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December 20, 2012

Giving the gift that keeps on giving


“Everything going well with you and Nancy?” he wonders.

“Couldn’t be better. She does the Christmas shopping. I sign the cards.”

The Viagra list goes on. I heard from a couple of single folks l’d love to match this Christmas. And one of my Sunday School students e-mailed to ask if this was something she should buy online.

“No, Alice. It’s not for kids. Just hit the delete button.”

Let it be known that I was the last guy at my newspaper to abandon the electric typewriter and switch to computers. Since that time, I’ve come to the realization they’re a fantastic item, especially with “spell chick.”

At any given time, they can make a mistake so great that it would take technicians several months to cure the problem.

Once my tsunami subsided and all was going well for the holidays, we hit another snag. This one happened to be with the new computer we bought back last Christmas for my wife.

Just when she was enjoying the last laugh over my dilemma, some hacker got into her system and sent out personal ads for Victoria’s Secret.

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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