A Very Surprising Visit!

Much of the time when I use my laptop, I sit in my comfy chair in the corner of our bedroom.  And much of the time, I’m already dressed and “made up” for the day — so, ready to meet anyone who might pop up unexpectedly. But, I have to confess, sometimes I look pretty darn ratty, especially without make-up, when I’m sitting at my computer.

Soooo, let me tell you what happened on Saturday that will make me much more careful in the future about how I look during those times.

I was sitting here (where I’m sitting right now and, I might add, fully clothed and made up) playing my favorite on-line game, Words with Friends.  When suddenly a blue box appeared in the middle of the screen that said, “Terry D____ is calling you”.  And there were two boxes to check — “Accept the Call” or “Decline”.  My thought was, “How in the heck is Terry “calling” me on my computer?”  (We went to grade school and high school together and see each other at class reunions.  He lives in Arizona now.)  So out of curiosity I clicked the “Accept” button to see what happened.

Wow!  Immediately my whole screen was filled with a video screen showing Terry sitting in a somewhat cluttered home office,  smiling at me and looking a little incredulous himself (he had just found the app himself).  And when I turned on the sound I could clearly hear him telling me “Hi!”.

I’m still not clear on how to do that computer-phoning thing, but it was fun to have about a 20 minute “call” with Terry.  And I’ve never met his wife, so when she came into the room, he introduced me to her.  How fun is that?

BUT, now that I know what it means when that little blue box appears in the middle of my screen, I will first give a thought to how I look, before I click “Accept”.

So, a word to the wise — beware the blue box.  Or you may get a surprise visit you aren’t prepared for!

Of course, now that I’m aware of this option, it may be ME calling.  In which case, go ahead and answer it.  I promise not to act shocked however disheveled you are.

9 Responses to A Very Surprising Visit!

  1. Hilary says:

    Oh, I think I’d find that very unnerving. I guess that’s a Facebook option if your settings allow folks to know when you’re online, eh? The world is becoming Big Brotherish!

  2. Linda says:

    Oh my. I’ve been left in the technological dust when it comes to this stuff. But thanks for the tip. If I ever see the blue box, I’ll not only have to tidy myself, but I may have to do some hasty housecleaning. Or I could put a piece of duct tape over the little camera thingy.

  3. Sandra says:

    Hilary — It was definitely a shock. I had no idea I had that capability!

    Linda — I like the duct tape idea. I may use it. 🙂

  4. C. Beth says:

    Oh, an accidental video call would definitely panic me! Very funny!

  5. Sandra says:

    Beth — Very funny, AFTER THE FACT. Very disconcerting at the time! : )

  6. carlahoag says:

    This story reminds me of the old predictions about telephones with the screen. Sounded like a science fiction fantasy then, lol. I don’t think I want one for now.

  7. I had no idea you could do that! It would totally throw me and I’m uncertain about how I would feel about surprise visits that caught me unaware!

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