Writing about the loss of driving skills is one thing. It's actually the numbers that aren't adding up for me!
Numbers and I have never been firm friends. We have a tortuous relationship. I'm just plain scared silly of them really.
Does senility research differentiate between numbers and words? I'm comfortable with words. I love them a lot. And they love me back. Sometimes we can get quite passionate.
OMG! What if the numbers go first?
As I've aged the world has become subtly and increasingly and exponentially dependent on numbers. And The Number-Smug tell us that we should keep changing our passwords and never ever use numbers that are so predictable that even a toddler could hack into.
Why is this suddenly stressing me more so than usual?
I am entering two ten thousand word scripts (OMG did you notice that I automatically used words to label the numbers?) in a writing competition. Each has to have a synopsis of less than 1000 one thousand words. I have worked solidly on them until I am bug-eyed as they have to be submitted a week before we fly out. I have had to have the word count for the synopsis written beside me as I meet the no more than 10,000 word script target. It's not intuitive. It has never been intuitive. It feels like I've just given birth to twins. It wasn't the writing that got me, it was the scary formatting requirements and the bloody word count.
All of this did not put me in good humour for this morning's bright idea that I should prepare for our next big adventure.
We are about to travel and I am linking cards so that funds transfers are easily achievable. I had to banish my husband from my office as he looked over my shoulder and tensely tried to help.
He doesn't understand any of it at all and he was starting to seriously stress me as I was intuitively feeling for what the hell I had originally given as a code for something I don't use all that often.
Thank goodness for password recovery emails but woe betide you if you have a number of email addresses and have failed to link them.
The twenty-first century numbers trail is starting to look positively Machiavellian! And the implications for we ageing Baby Boomers as we attempt to pay bills, access money and thrive in on-line communities is another nightmare of Orwellian proportions. Forget 1984, it's 2015 that we should really be scared of!!