It was my wife, Debbie’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and when I asked her what she would like as a present, she said she would like one of those Alexa things from Amazon. I’m not technologically challenged, but I have little knowledge about Alexa. I’ve heard plenty about her as my daughter and son-in-law have one that they shout instructions to, to turn off the lights or turn on the heating in the bedroom etc.
Box of Tricks
So, this box arrives courtesy of Royal Mail and I wrap it up for wifey’s birthday. It wasn’t a surprise as she had asked for it, so on the morning of her special day she opened the box and set about looking for somewhere to put this modern-day box of tricks. I helped her set it up and then sat back to see what all the fuss was about. Like all things technological these days, it’s never a straightforward process of setting up these things.
It’s Him Again
Passwords for this, the BBC, and everything else online. In all honesty, it wasn’t too long before she was up and running and Jeremy Vine could be heard spouting off about bunions and one thing or another with the BBC Doctor. Oh well, Debbie is happy and that’s all that is important.
Fast forward a week or two and when I get up in the morning, I like to sit in the peace and quiet with a cup of tea. No radio, no television, nothing, just silence. When Debbie gets up she always puts the radio on, or as it is now, Alexa. Of course, she shouts out a command “on”, on it comes. Simple.
What Is That?
I’ve noticed though, that what I hear every morning is, “Alexa, play Crazy T*ts Radio” and on come the dulcet tones of Ken Bruce. I thought at first I must have misheard her and after another week or so I had to ask Debbie what on earth is Crazy T*ts Radio? “Oh, get your ears tested, it’s Greatest Hits Radio!!” Well, I never.
I’ve tried asking Aleska questions myself, like “What time is dinner” to which she replies she doesn’t know the answer. It’s the same with next week’s winning lottery numbers, she is no help. I did think about what my dear old Dad would make of these modern-day devices if he were here. He’d probably call her Blodywyn or Doris and get fed up when she doesn’t reply.
If you’d like to know more about Alexa there’s information here: Website.