What’s the matter Lassie

When did mega corporations determine they know what is best for us? Who gave them the right to decide what I want in my automobile, phone, breakfast cereal, etc.? Who are they to decide how I am going to live my life?

I know what you’re thinking, here he goes on one of the anti-left rants we always read in the past. No, I’m not going to do that. One reason is due to the fact I don’t think it’s just a left thing, I think it’s left, right, progressive, thing. So what am I talking about? I’ll tell you.

First thing is about two months ago I was in an accident with my pick-up. No one was hurt, the other driver was too stoned to feel anything. My truck wasn’t totaled, but it is getting some body work, necessitating my having to obtain a rental car. It was a nice, new 2022 Toyota. With all the bells and whistles. That’s the problem. I’ll put my headlights on when I’m good and ready. High beams? I’ll use them when I think it’s necessary and not when Toyota thinks I should. I don’t need to have a beeper go off every time I pass someone or someone passes me. I see them, I know they are there.

Then while I was dealing with all these unwanted and unnecessary distractions, Apple decided to update the iOS in my phone. This is a once a month occurrence lately. They take off apps I like, they put new ones on I don’t like. But the thing that really set me off was the battery charging process. Did you know that the default (and contrary to what Apple tells you you can’t change it) is to no longer charge your phone 100%. It is supposed to save electricity and is better for your battery. That’s all well and good if you stay in your car, office or home all day but what about when you are out and about?

I like to take long walks with my dog Jack. It is not unusual for me to go out for two or three hours. Because my phone battery doesn’t charge all the way, it will die before I am back to the truck. What if I, being the old, fat guy I am, fall and need help? I love my dog but I’m pretty sure he won’t be able to pick me up. And I know he isn’t going to go get help a’la Lassie. “What’s the matter Lassie, did Timmy fall in the well again?”

What if I get lost? If there is no battery I can’t use my GPS or compass. My dog won’t be able to lead me home, hell, he can’t even walk in a straight line. “Look a rabbit.”

I’m sure I am not the only person who feels this way. I still have enough grey matter left to be able to function on my own. I can make decisions. I know when I need to put my headlights. I know when I need to go to the bathroom, doesn’t mean I’ll make it, but I know when I have to go.

So please mega-corps, let me make my own decisions.

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