**NEW** Chat Video!

Ah, technology. Where would we be without it? I have a whole love/hate thing going with it. While I lurve things like my microwave, radio and DVD player, I have no idea how to use all the functions on my cell phone, I couldn't work an iPod to save my life and I have no desire to Wii.

I am not a techie. I know, I've hid that well, haven't I?

So you can imagine my range of emotions when I saw that Gmail is now offering the new video chat. Or would that be:

**NEW**

Be the first to use the (da dun da) Video Chat! You'll be the coolest kids on the web, we promise.



I'm sure you'll understand why I didn't wet my pants in excitement over this. Technology kinda scares me, especially when it's new. I'm still learning how to use the remote to work the TV for crying out loud. (And you all wonder why I watch videos in the wee smalls of the night when I'm up with puppies.)

There is a reason that I love working from home. Dressing up is never an option. I wipe snot and clean dog kennels for a living. If I changed into clean clothes every time I got something on me, I'd run out of things to wear by lunchtime.

And since I'm not wearing cashmere (that's dog hair, I know you were confused for a moment) I see no need to wear pearls either. Or earrings. I do brush my hair, but that's when I get up in the morning. If it gets wind-blown while I'm out feeding the zoo, it stays wind-blown the rest of the day. I do not apply make-up while at home because painting the barn door when the rest of the barn is in obvious disrepair is only accentuating the problem.

But getting back to the topic at hand, there is no way that I'll be using the **NEW** video chat option. Potential puppy owners would run screaming, Rocking Pony customers would take their business to Baby Gap, and I would lose all my bloggy friends. In addition to the face filling the camera, there would be the kids and the house in the background. While this would effectively distract from my unpainted au naturelle goodness, I may also have my kids taken from me when random strangers see Micah share his wholesome dinner of funnel cakes and pepperoni slices with the dogs.

I do not see this as being the best new feature ever. But that's just my humble opinion.

13 comments:

Infrared Goggles said...

Exactly! When my son is skyping (or whatever) while playing an online game with the kid two streets over, I have to know about it first. He can tell me, "we're on the air!" as a courtesy before the people on the other side of the microphone get to hear me give him a five minute warning to get off of the computer and do the dishes! I should have the right to nag my son in my own house without an audience, right?

Along those lines, I agree with you about video chat. It's not for me; it is for young adults, who are lonely and broke from paying the rent and can only afford cyber friends!

MoonNStarMommy said...

I haven't used my webcam really since "dating" Dennis long distance... well other then webcam'in the babies for the grandparents or Dennis while I was away! LOL ... no one needs to see that much of me but Dennis and the kids, and frankly, they live with me, who needs it!

Karen Deborah said...

you gotta point!

Karen said...

I am with you on this one. We have some streakers around here and video would just turn them into exhibitionists. We don't need that.

Flea said...

Oh c'mon. It's 11 at night, I'm in my PJ's, I've just had a nice bout of tears and the eyeliner and mascara I wore to go out to dinner with my husband (what a nice surprise gone wrong!) is running down my cheeks. Why on earth wouldn't you want to video chat?

Burgh Baby said...

If you spent five minutes doing Wii Fit, you would become a believer. For real. I'm addicted to that damn thing, and you know how opposed I was to the Wii even entering my house. But, shhhh . . . don't tell Mr. Husband. He has no idea I've been using it after he goes to bed.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

We did the whole webcam set up so my kids could get to know their grandparents in California (who they rarely see) and my God was that a mistake. I will innocently walk into a room sans cuteness and realize my Mother in Law is glaring at the fat rolls, cleavage and cheerio hair accessories.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I hear that. Although seeing you at your best would probably be less intimidating :-)

I think watching me try to communicate while Miss Ky climbed all over me like a spider monkey, or my racing off to discover she just poured a quart of milk all over the kitchen floor (I am here waiting for my tiles to dry since I was forced to mop after dinner) might make people tired. It does me.

Shellie said...

I think you have a lot of company on that one.

The Sports Mama said...

Having a webcam and a teenage boy in the house at the same time is just an intervention waiting to happen. We'd rather avoid that, here, so we just don't have a webcam. (See, the child came before the webcam, and there's a pretty strict "no return" policy. But I often wonder if the webcam might've been more fun??)

JennyH said...

I agree, nobody wants to see what we are all doing while hanging out on our computers! Moms are usually doing about 42 different things at once!

Michelle said...

Yep, I'm so with ya. You won't catch me doing a video chat. ever. But then again, if I were hot and 16, it might be a different story.... ;)

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