here I am, in my old little kitchen, and I have had a gift of that fancy brand popcorn,Orville Redenbachers’ popcorn.
so, how do I pop this new popcorn? If you guys remember the old science fiction stories of the future, or even the Jetsons family in the future, you remember that our future would have all kinds of wonderful, easy to use, technically fancy superduper appliances. – – Which would do all the work automatically, and we wouldn’t have to do it. Well here we are in this fancy future, and it’s not exactly what we thought it was going to be.
for one thing, we now have CON – AGRA, the huge massive company that makes all food, just about. And they are in control of this fancy popcorn. So if you try to go and e-mail or talk to any of these people about why you can’t figure out how to microwave your popcorn, at the right speed or hotness, you can’t get a hold of anyone on any of their webpages.NO CUSTOMER SERVICE.
yeah, welcome to the future! We have machines we can’t figure out how to use. We have microwaves we can’t figure out how to POP POPCORN; we have to use the manual, just to figure out how to do it. And it still doesn’t work because the speed and the amount of corn is not the same as the microwave instructions.
I was told long ago that I was more technically advanced then people in my age group, but I guess that’s not saying much. I was always the one who could program their VCR. And yet, now I cannot program the stupid microwave at the proper heat and speed. And, when I go on the website of the popcorn company, it turns out to be CONAGRA COMPANY, and they don’t want to hear from you. Their supposed e-mail connection doesn’t exist.
the only thing that both these companies, the popcorn company and the huge massive food supplier, CONAGRA have in common, is they both have a Facebook page. Maybe I should thank ZuckerBerg for inventing the only connection to companies who have no customer service and don’t want to give you any.. It is our only outlet to collar them, complain, and tell everybody they are fucking up.
You can go to local small farms in Oregon, around Lane County, but that’s a long ways to go for your food. You have to drive all around all the different farms, finding your fruits and vegetables. Some people think that’s fun, but only because they’re young. I’m not.
I complained to Carolyn, as usual. “What they hell am I supposed to do, go get a computer education so I can use my microwave popcorn?” And then I thought, “how come all those wonderful science fiction writers didn’t predict this? This was never on Star Trek, they always had food makers that effortlessly made your food to exact specifications, and they tasted good. NO CONAGRA; NO TASTELESS FOOD. No lack of diversity, and complete conformism and boredom of food! Gene Roddenberry, you should turn over in your grave.”
also, the future, the fabulous future, was not supposed to have no choices of food, that would force you to try and go out and raise your own watermelon, (if you could get the seeds on the black market,) Somehow, very expensive. “Antique seeds.” But forget raising your own food; we have major droughts, dry soil, bugs out of control. Welcome to “world climate change” and every other disgusting thing in Oregon,you can think of.huge BANANA SLUGS! And rampant out-of-control BLACKBERRY BUSHES.
OR you could spend a lot of gas and energy, running around to all those tiny little farms here, and paying a fortune for a watermelon, IF they were different than the “seedless, tasteless” watermelon in the supermarket.
NO THANK YOU! DO I want to make my life more futile, time-consuming, and harried? Nope!
all these little farms have not gotten together to have a very large farmers market. The one we have is tiny. So much for organically growing people, who think we all have tons of gasoline in cars, and TIME, to go visit them and buy their stuff!once again, the fantasy version of “organic, natural, small farm LUXURY”.
the person who gave me the super Special fancy popcorn, I could not tell what troubles. I was having; I would sound really stupid. so, I guess I’ll try it at a different speed or hotness, and risk burning it. Or, I could just pour all the seeds into a big kettle, and do it over the stove,like the antique. I am.
a lot of things in the fabulous future that were predicted did not work out; nobody predicted that Haiti would not ever be able to feed itself, and would suck off the rest of the world forever. Nobody predicted that lots of the world would get AIDS, and start dying off. EVERYBODY predicted that we would go out into outer space and go to other planets, far, far away, and settle them, and live elsewhere.
POO-BAH. EVEN to Star Trek! that is not going to happen. First, we will overpopulate the planet, and start killing all the oceans;all starve to death, kill each other for remaining food, kill off all the wild animals, and exhaust all the fish in the ocean.
no sci-fi predictions of dictatorships ruling all the countries, and making life very restricted, with no privacy, and every single thing you have ever done, in records, probably with the government.YEAH, NO PRIVACY, with a capital P. (Oh, there is one author who predicted a lot of this, the guy who wrote “1984” and “animal Farm”. Unfortunately, he was right on the money.)
one of the strangest things, no sci-fi predictions that young people would stop reading books, stop writing, not be able to sign their names, and give up trying to think. – Conformism rampant . And no predictions that all customer service by young people in every single retail store ,you can think of, would vanish with your youth.NO RETAIL EMPLOYEES! You are supposed to go to these huge massive marketplaces and do your own service in their store.
I was getting pretty depressed and discouraged about all those sci-fi predictionsof the future, that didn’t pan out, when I suddenly remember one that did; all my business dealings with the huge massive website called “AliBaba” run and owned by the Chinese. Talk about customer service! They have got it! The most reasonable and polite and helpful salespeople and customer service people I have ever met in my life. And considering I have no Mandarin Chinese, and they only have broken English, they certainly helped me figure it out.
yes, nobody predicted in all those wonderful sci-fi ramblings, that an Asian nation would grow big and powerful, and just about handle all the products of the world, and even have a very well –working website, where you could bridge the gap between nations, and look for products that America never makes.(okay, okay, I know all the downside of China’s employment, and slave labor. How could I not know?)
America, wake up and smell the popcorn! You have gotten rid of all customer service in every company in the United States, of any kind, and you just slit your own throat. – Because people want good customer service, and now they can’t get it anywhere, so they stop buying your stuff.guess who has very good customer service? AliBaba website.
and that was never predicted in the future, that the white race would become so downgraded, and inept, they could not do anything anymore, couldn’t produce anything, and sat there looking dumb with drool dripping out of its mouth. “Let the Asians do it. Let them make everything!”so when you try to buy a product, or try to retail it, it doesn’t exist. Made in America, you have to go to China. Not because you WANT TO, just because our spoiled little white race has forgotten how to do anything.
Yeah, science-fiction is great, it did predict many technical miracles, except it never told how we wouldn’t know how to use them.–that our wonderful foods would taste like cardboard; that billions of folk would keep cramping the planet to the bursting point–and that though we did have futuristic marvels, mankind himself would not improve, or gain huge knowledge or advancement. –and instead just get MOLDY. The same old human beings from ancient ages, who still hated logic, hated very smart scientists, and went around acting out the barbarism of violent chimpanzees. Mankind still of the Dark Ages.
(Sandraminadotty, in Eugene, Oregon, lost my appetite back in the past. 😦 ) 😦