A little piece of handy advice to all of you, so you can maybe avoid repeating some of my mistakes. If you have older relatives who aren’t really aware of the internet, and they seem pretty content to carry on not knowing much about it, seriously, don’t try to bring them into the digital age. Yeah, there might be that one site you know of that they might find interesting. Doesn’t matter. Think big picture. It will only bring you pain.

My mom was dimly aware of the internet, I mean she knew what it was, pretty much, and had heard of some of the major things like Facebook and Twitter and ebAH. And so I had the bright idea that I could sit her down and show her how to navigate. Hoo boy, was that a bad idea.

You know, when you’re below a certain age, you really forget that things like folder hierarchies, left clicking, right clicking, double clicking, point-and-fucking-clicking are just kind of things you’ve internalized because you pretty much grew up with them. Having to explain them to someone who doesn’t quite get how a mouse works? Crap. It’s like, do you need me to talk you through using a fork, too?

I mean I love my mom and I’m glad she’s back and all, but… Ugh.

Also while I was showing her the web, I had the bright idea to show her the blog as an example, and she was all happy that I’m still writing, but…now she knows about the blog. So now I’m going to have to be thinking of my mother looking in here and worrying about if I should be watching my fucking language or some shit like that.


Polyphonic pro moronic
Memento from Children's Week

10 Responses to Oops

  1. Aliok says:

    Yep, there are some things that are better not mentioned to family. My parents just do not understand the attraction of Earth Online, so I use a nom de plume when discussing it on the internet; as the saying goes, it’s better not to ruffle the raptor’s feathers.

    On the up side, at least my parents understand computers – one is an engineer and the other is a former engineer.

    Hmm, speaking of professions, did your mother have a specific profession while she lived in Garadar? Maybe you can find a way to use it as an analogy.

  2. Toka says:

    My parents don’t even have internet so i am lucky there. Apparently the connection in Tanaris is terrible. I wish they would move to a more civilized place.

    • Quick pro tip that I didn’t know till Spazzle told me: if you get yourself a decent wireless router in Tanaris, you can totally piggyback on the wireless network they have over at the Caverns of Time. And dude, let me tell you, Nozdormu has the BOMB ass internet hookup over there. Never mind whether you can connect to it from Gadgetzan. You can fucking connect to it from 500 years ago.

      All you need to connect is the password, which I’m not going to come right out and SAY here, but let’s just say when Nozdormu set the network up a few years back, he decided to be all slick and make the password an anagram of his own name, because what are the odds of that ever coming back to bite him?

  3. Cygnia says:

    Now I’m picturing what Garrosh’s mom would have sounded like…

    • I’ll tell you what my mom DOESN’T sound like — that Aggralan chick. Not least of all because Aggra has that crazy-ass accent that doesn’t exist anywhere else on Draenor. She didn’t even always talk like that. When she was a kid she talked like the rest of us, then when we got to be teenagers all of a sudden she tried to go all exotic. I still remember the first day she rolled out the new voice, Dranosh Saurfang was all, “Um, why are you trying to sound like you’re from Argus or something? You literally grew up two huts over from me.”

      Have fun, Thrall. Especially once she shoots out a kid and cuts you off. Heh.

  4. Porphyria says:

    Hi Warchief’s Mom!
    P.S. I hope she reads the comments too!

  5. A Concerned Citizen says:

    Count yourself lucky she hasn’t found the personals sites yet, like my mom did. The horror. Gods below, THE HORROR.

    • Dude, don’t even joke about that shit. It’s bad enough Eitrigg seems to be hanging around even more than usual ever since my mom has been spending a lot of time at Grommash Hold, and don’t think for a minute I’m not getting ready to do some serious pummeling if THAT old prune starts getting any funny ideas.

      • A Concerned Citizen says:

        How I wish, OH how I wish, that I was kidding. If I ever meet the guy who invented Horde Friend Finder, I swear I’m gonna play a Chief Thunder-Skins drum solo on his head.


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