Friday, August 11, 2023

Microstory 1950: Favorite Chaps

Generated by Google Workspace Labs text-to-image AI software
Myka: What do you think of this one?
Leonard: For me?
Myka: Yeah. It has really good battery life, and a fast processor.
Leonard: Do they just make phones with buttons for dialing phone numbers?
Myka: You don’t want to be able to text?
Leonard: Yeah, in my world, the numbered buttons have letters too.
Myka: Oh my God, you calgian. It takes forever to text that way. If you want something simpler, we can do that. But no friend of mine is gonna have a brick, or even a candybar.
Leonard: What the heck is a calgian?
Myka: You don’t have calgians? They hate all technology. I think the original term sprouted from a movement a long time ago of people whose loved ones were killed by the first horseless carriages, or something like that.
Leonard: Oh, we call those people hoobliers.
Myka: That’s a weird word. Anyway; scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. What about this one?
Leonard: When I was staying at the hotel on the government’s dime, I didn’t have to pay for anything, but I could still see the prices. Based on my understanding of the value of your dollar—which is different from what I’m used to—that is still a lot of money.
Myka: I can afford it.
Leonard: Whether you can afford it or not is not the problem. It’s whether I can afford to pay you back. The offer from the Office of Special Investigations did not come with a rate of pay, and I still don’t even know if I’m going to accept it.
Myka: This isn’t a loan, Leonard. It’s a gift.
Leonard: You don’t have to do that.
Myka: I want to. I don’t need a new job; I’m doing okay for myself as I am.
Leonard: What do you do for a living? I don’t know if you ever said.
Myka: I work in a room full of remotely accessed computers and servers. I don’t have technical expertise, but if someone who’s working from home needs their machine to be turned back on, or something else goes wrong that requires physical access, they send me a message, and I handle it. I also ship and receive their home devices.
Leonard: Oh, that’s interesting.
Myka: It’s not. Things don’t go wrong often. Luckily, it allows me to watch TV all day.
Leonard: Once when I was struggling to find a job, my father gave me the best advice I’ve ever heard. The goal for those who don’t have any special skill or passion should be a job that gives them the most amount of money for the least amount of work.
Myka: That is interesting. [...] Anyway, let me get this for you, okay? I think you may find yourself using the features more than you think. Don’t feel bad about the money. I need to know that you’ll be available at any time. Plus, you’ll be able to install SatChapp.
Leonard: All right, I won’t feel bad. Thanks, Myka. And what is SatChapp?
Myka: It’s an app that lets you track your friends via satellite. SatChapp, the sat app for your favorite chaps. There’s a jingle that goes with it. Here, I’ll look it up on VidChapp.
Leonard: I’m one of your favorite chaps?
Myka: *giggling* Shut up. Of course you are.

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