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My Pa

Tonight, I managed to spend some quality time with Pa. I had to go over to my parents' flat to collect some documents and took the opportunity to set up Yahoo Messenger for him too. At 69, he is still learning new tricks. He showed me how he surfed the Net reading practically all Chinese dailes around the world.

He also had all his MSN accounts, IDs, emails written on little pieces of paper and stuck on the table next to his keyboard(so cute) He, however, do not have passwords written anywhere. When I asked him why, he told me it's a precaution, in case anybody gets at it and hacks into his account. "Good Grief! Pa, who is going to come into the flat, look at all the little pieces of paper and hack into account?"

My Pa & Adam
But I guess he's just a very careful man, which is good. I could learn a thing or two there.  When we were younger, travelling in his car means we have to be absolutely still and quiet. Any slightest sudden movement or sound that remotely resemble a click would mean an emergency brake. Even my brother, Richard, turns into an angel in the car. He also taught me the technique of holding back the passenger on sudden stops. Very useful, I suppose in those days when seatbelts were not mandatory but it has now become a reflex to me.  

My Pa reads a lot. He 'studies' the newspapers. Now he does not need to buy several papers. He can read them online. When we were younger, we used to hear fantastic stories, either of his travels or perhaps something that has happened. It sounded so fantastic that we wondered if they are true. Attempts to get verification from Mum failed. She will just smile and say, ask your Pa lah. Of course, Pa swears that it's true.

Tonight, I noticed that Pa's computer skills have improved by leaps and bounds since April. Perhaps pretty soon, he may start a blog of his own!

Reader Comments (4)

Good to hear that. My dad doesn't even want to learn to sms, email, online, etc. I need to sms his clients for him, occasionally email and correspond with his clients.

But he loves PinBall - i may need to buy a new keyboard soon. He's too kan-cheong! Can't stop hitting the keyboard!
September 12, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn
:) Maybe you should designate a different keyboard for your Dad's pinball sessions. Everytime he wants to play pinball, just plug in Pa's pinball keyboard lor
September 13, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Hehe... I remember when I was teaching my mom how to login to email... that was such an exhausting process! But now she checks her email everyday, chats on MSN with my brother and I, and even invented a new shortform; gts = going to sleep
I am impressed...
September 14, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWanZ
gts? mmmmmmm, very useful.must find an opportunity to use that.
September 15, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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