Just Do It!
3 years ago I was a total computer-ignoramus.
Venturing to just switch on one is like asking me to scale a craggy mountain, let alone knowing what is a Mouse. Isn’t a mouse one of those scary, scuttling and hideous-looking animals which make women jump screaming onto the nearest chair?
IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT
David quoted this in Chapter 2 in Chords Of Strength
My kid brother , who lives in the UK, made many efforts for years to teach me, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say, to bundle me onto the computer chair, to send him some emails.
No, I said.
Why not, he asked, glaring at me.
Because, if I clicked the wrong button, the computer might explode into my face. I will write you letters.
Write letters?! I must go find a writing pad…go find an envelope…go buy a stamp…drive to a postbox…then wait 2 weeks for your reply?!
I’m too busy to learn.
Too busy doing what?
Never you mind.
You are so stubborn. I have a good mind to handcuff you to the computer chair if that’s the last thing I do.
Don’t you dare. I will tell Mother.
So that’s how it went for a few years. I remained the ignoramus which no one in their right minds in this time and age, would want to meet.
AI Season 7 came and went. I was broken-hearted like the rest of you. No more David?! When will I ever see him again? Will he make music to play on the radio? Will he make records for me to buy? What the devil shall I do?…sniff…
The Results Show came to an end. It left a hole in my heart. And I began to wait…with the radio constantly on…waiting and hoping and wishing…and trying to tolerate the horrid stuff being played.
I heard a certain particular song from the radio. Hmm…I thought…that’s a nice new song. I heard it again a couple of days later…I wonder who…then again I heard it…omg that voice sounds familiar…is it..? I ran to the radio and plastered my right ear (the one that works) flat onto the speakers… OMG!…OMG!…OM bloomin’ G….it’s Him! It’s Him!! At long last!!
Immediately I phoned a friend. BLAH?? blahhhh??! BBBLLLAAAAHHH??!!
Yes, yes you out-dated woman. That’s a new song by David Archuleta called Crush. It debuted on Billboard at No.2.
BBBLLLLLLAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! (meaning: Why didn’t you let me know!! in many angry words and calling him all kinds of names)
And still, I did not go near the computer. Simply because I was ignorant of all the things that went on inside one. I didn’t know fansites, forums, youtube etc existed. I had not the slightest knowledge that a Malaysian fansite called AAM was just down the road. I thought a computer is used just for emailing. Why didn’t my stupid brother elaborate?! I would have gone on my knees to beg him to teach me instantly. Kid brothers are so insensitive sometimes! Hhmmph!!
Someone told me David was coming to KL to do a Showcase. I went berserk again…What! Whaat!! Whaaat!!! I was all over the place. I phoned Sunway Hotel. I phoned Sunway Pyramid. I phoned anyone and everyone who had a patient ear for my rantings.
Eventually, someone kindly said to me: Why don’t you go on Google?
You can find out everything you want to know from there, including your precious David Archuleta.
REEALLY?! Why didn’t you tell me earlier?! Ggrrrr…..
With not a moment to lose, I grabbed hold of my 12 year-old niece to give me a quickie course in computering. After having done that, I spent 3 consecutive days locked up in the privacy of my room going through all David’s old news and new news which slipped through my fingers right under my ignorant nose all those months. What a blast I had! And what a fool I have been!
I am still pretty blur as to the complete use of the computer. But I am gradually learning. At least I have fulfilled a dream by making a start – a dream to constantly keep in touch with David’s news.
Because David said to me: If you Can Dream It, You Can Do It.
I am curious to know what things David has inspired you guys to do. Become a Mormon, like our dear AAM’er Sam? Wear skinny jeans? Plant some trees? Begin to play a musical instrument?