My Daughter and I went shopping the other day. Our intention wasn’t to buy things though, we sometimes like to just see what’s out there. During the holiday season, a bunch of little outdoor markets open up. They set up a bunch of stalls, and different artisans come and ply their wares. There is usually a lot of cool handmade jewelry, a plethora of hats and gloves. There are organic beauty products, and organic anything. I think the word organic is the greatest marketing tool ever- how can a pen be organic? We love to see the slightly unusual products- this year our favorite was the slightly S&M candles that creates a lotion from the dripping warm wax. It smelled good. There is usually a fair amount of upcycling, jewelry made from coins, hats made from socks (though I really question whether I want to wear upcycled socks on my head)
Along with the quaint holiday village, we also visited a very upscale mall. Now a mall in Manhattan is not quite like a mall in the suburbs- there is no Cinnabon. But there is Coach and Michael Kors. There are also two of the most expensive restaurants in the city, where I believe the tasting menu starts at 500$ a plate. Needless to say, these stores are beautiful to look at, especially all decked out with twinkles.
Now, in this mall there is an Amazon book store. I know, I know- Amazon has no right opening a brick and mortar, especially in about the same location as Borders used to stand. My daughter looked aghast when I said I wanted to walk in. What? That bookstore? She cried. But yes- the siren call of books was way too great. I literally can not pass a bookstore and not go in to hold, touch and smell a book.
Now, the front of the store had displays of all those virtual assistants. We stopped to read about them, found out the cheapest version was on a ridiculous sale. You know we bought one.
We set it up when we got home. And you know, when you get a new toy, you really play with it. Check out all it’s features. We loved being able to ask it to play music. You can say play 80’s music and it does. It tells you the weather. You can set up timers. You can play trivia. My family and I were having so much fun.
On Sunday night, my Husband the sports fan was watching ESPN. This is not unusual. What was unusual is that he was watching collegiate Corn hole. Yes. There is a college sport for the game of Corn Hole. For the uninitiated, corn hole is a beanbag game. There are two slanted boards with a hole in them. The object is to stand a distance away and attempt to toss your beanbag into the hole. Simple. We’ve played it before- it’s very popular at backyard barbecues and days hanging at the beach.
But corn hole as an actual competitive sport?
My daughter asked our virtual assistant about the rules of corn hole.
I am going to be very clear about this: be really careful if you ask your virtual assistant about this word. We got more than one answer, and let’s just say one of the answers made us all look at each other and burst out laughing. Not an answer for the under 13 set…..
So the lesson here- in this holiday season, if you are tempted to purchase a virtual assistant, they are wonderful, they are fun and they are helpful.
But they also have a very dirty mind…..