Adding to the list of what I hate—after people—and things that you cannot live with and cannot live without—like women—is technology.
At times, I miss the old days, when things were simpler. I’m talking about a time when there were three television channels and transistor radios, which played good music. Television had dials, which you had to stand up to operate. I recall the first video recorder, which had two levers to record and no timer. Now, one needs an advanced degree (or a teenaged child) to operate most household equipment. I have five remote controls in my living room to operate the television, even though some are multi-purpose. After the cleaning lady has been near the television, nothing seems to work the way it did before she arrived. It takes some random pushing of buttons to return to semi-normal. I do not expect to experience “normal” again anytime soon.
I have six computers, each handling different tasks. I do not want to rely on only Mac or PC, because each has its strengths and weaknesses. I do not discard old computers, because there is data which I do not want to move or erase. Mac has Word, but it is not as good as PC Word, which is useful for my dodgy novels. Mac is good for music and is linked to my phone, and it looks nice on my desk.
But, when I write a book, I use a Mont Blanc fountain pen and stand an antique stand-up desk. Sometimes, progress is our most important problem, and one must fight to maintain old ways.
NB. The title sounds like the firm which paid Romney obscene amounts of money to destroy jobs, but is spelled differently. That said, the definition works well, despite the different spelling.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.