Alexa Has Arrived In Our House

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.

Silence

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.

Just Ask

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.

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45 Comments
  • Geo. Raymond
    June 16, 2023

    I had an alexa on my desk for about a year by the end I was just using it to keep track of whatever food I was preparing. So, essentially, it was an egg timer that listened in to everything I said.

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Thank you. Thatโ€™s funny ๐Ÿ˜„

  • christinenovalarue
    June 16, 2023

    ๐Ÿ’œ

  • derrickjknight
    June 16, 2023

    Poor you

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      I know. Thank you, Derrick. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Peter's pondering
    June 16, 2023

    We have three Alexa devices and one Google Home. I didn’t want my first one to be lonely when we were out. I do wish they’d learn to tidy up though!

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Ha, I think Debbie thought this one might help with the washing up. Thank you, Peter. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Going Batty in Wales
    June 16, 2023

    I was given one by my techie son but only used it as a timer. Then I kept forgetting the exact phrase to use and she got fed up with me. The feeling was mutual so out she went!

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Lol, I am hearing some funny stories about Alexa. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • newepicauthor
    June 16, 2023

    I hate it when people tell me to get my ears tested, but perhaps I should.

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Yes, always best to get them tested. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Herb
    June 16, 2023

    “Greatest Hits Radio?” I did a spit-take on that one. I was reading your post out loud to my wife and daughter as we were just discussing this very thing yesterday and TNT said, “That’s sounds like something my dad would hear!” The Google Mini won’t call emergency numbers for you unless you have a subscription and we were wondering about Alexa?

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      I know very little about them, Herb, but I bet there will be some sort of subscription involved with Amazon. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • luisa zambrotta
    June 16, 2023

    Is it called Alexa there too? sometimes I hear my neighbor giving her orders in a very loud voice: who knows if she obeys๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Yes, it is called Alexa here too. I believe you can change her name, but I donโ€™t think we will bother. Your neighbour sounds like she maybe a bit bossy! Thank you, Luisa. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • SusanR
    June 16, 2023

    You’ll learn to love it! I have a Google system instead of Alexa. It turns lights off and on, changes the temperature on the thermostat, reminds me to do things at certain times, acts as a timer or alarm, plays my choice of music or news, answers all kinds of general information questions to save me having to look them up, tells me date, time, temperature, gives weather forecast, can place phone calls. That last is the main reason I got the system. Several speakers around the house so if I fall or something bad happens, I can just tell it to call for help. Oh, and one of its hubs runs a constantly changing display of my favorite photos. It would keep a shopping list for me, but I prefer a handwritten list. One funny thing … my manners keep cropping up. Google will answer a question for me and, without thinking, I’m likely to reply “Thank you” out loud. That’s what living alone can do to you!

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Well that sounds very positive to me, Susan. You have made it sound very acceptable. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Carolyn
    June 16, 2023

    AI makes me nervous. I hate to think that a small appliance is so much smarter than me. A friend has one and talks to it a lot. I have Siri on my iPad because it was part of the package. I programmed it to speak French because it amuses me. My mother would have dropped it in the fish pond but I think Dad would have been intrigued. Probably would have asked for the cricket scores.

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Thank you, Carolyn. I find it difficult to actually talk to a machine. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • John
    June 16, 2023

    I’m glad that your wife is happy, Trev. I just can’t trust those devices.

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      I donโ€™t fear it, I have nothing to hide and I can always pull the plug on it. Thank you, John ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    June 16, 2023

    Greatest Hits Radio …sure. sure…

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Honestly. Thank you, June. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    June 16, 2023

    Oh no, Trev!!!

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Thank you, Rosaliene ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • WebbBlogs
    June 16, 2023

    My teenage son got one for Christmas last year. I didn’t use it the first couple of months but now I ask about the weather and such. My grandkids on the other hand like telling Alexa to make cart sounds. Yes, Alexa will make fart sounds and she also will make a variety of factors sounds. The grandkids find it hilarious.

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      Ooh, I must try that, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • WebbBlogs
    June 16, 2023

    Oops lots of errors in my comment. It is supposed to say fart sounds and that Alexa will make a “variety” of fart sounds, not “factor”

    • Trev
      June 16, 2023

      I got it. ๐Ÿ˜„

  • Jim Flanigan
    June 17, 2023

    Alexa took out a restraining order against me.

    • Trev
      June 18, 2023

      Lol. I can believe it, Jim. Some of the things I am hearing. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Lolsy's Library
    June 18, 2023

    If only they could tell us the winning numbers!

    • Trev
      June 18, 2023

      Yes, wouldnโ€™t that be great. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • mitchteemley
    June 20, 2023

    Forewarned is forearmed. ;>) Thanks, Trev!

  • mjcd2017
    June 22, 2023

    Neither Alexa nor a Thermomix will ever grace my home ๐Ÿคฃ. Enjoy shouting at it, though, Trev!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Hope
    June 27, 2023

    Hi Trev, I would think you have to be very careful with what you say around Alexa. Me I would have to make sure I pronounce every word I say.

    • Trev
      June 29, 2023

      You do have to be very careful, sheโ€™s definitely spying. Itโ€™s the same with the phone, listening to everything. Thank you, Hope. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • boromax
    July 3, 2023

    HA! Crazy T*ts Radio!!!

    • Trev
      July 4, 2023

      Yep. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Judith Barrow
    July 6, 2023

    A coffee spluttering moment!!! Couldn’t resist sharing on FB and Twitter. Cheers!!

    • Trev
      July 6, 2023

      Awww, thank you, Judith, thatโ€™s very kind of you. I hope you didnโ€™t make too much mess with the coffee? ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Š

  • shankjoejoe
    July 6, 2023

    There’s nothing else quite like morning coffee enjoyed with peace and quiet. I’ve come to believe we (anyone who trys) can be at our mental best before the noisy distraction of the world . . . well . . . distracts us. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Trev
      July 7, 2023

      I agree with you there. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • sustainabilitea
    August 4, 2023

    Our daughter and son-in-law have one. Not for me or my techie husband. I prefer the peace and quiet as you do and no one outside the house listening.

    janet

    • Trev
      August 4, 2023

      I know exactly what you mean, thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š