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30 January 2007 @ 04:37 pm
kids know more than you!  
Somewhere on my way home from Madrid, my ipod was stolen.  I'm not sure how it happened and I'm not even sure that I care.  All I know is that I need a new way to listen to music on my long bus rides across Bulgaria.  So this month I'm going to start pricing them and try to figure out which one I should get.  I asked my fellow teachers where in town they sold mp3 players and none of them even knew what in the heck I was talking about.  I realized I was asking the wrong people.  It wasn't my accent that was confusing them.  They really just had no idea what in the heck I was talking about.  So I asked my fourth grade boys. 

BINGO

After talking with the boys for about 5 minutes, I walked away knowing where they were sold, the cost, and how many songs I could get at each price range.  After I walked away, they were still arguing about the best models and the best stores in town.  So now I just need to go to these stores and figure out how to get the best bang for my buck.  Just like in America, the kids know everything about computers and all things that are cool to go with them.  They know way more about cell phones than I do, even though I sold them for four years and they are very internet savvy. 

I have a feeling that these kids are not unique to Bulgaria but represent a global trend by young people.  I grew up with computers and had one when I was 15.  These kids have them from birth and will surpass me in computer knowledge, if they havent already done so, within a few years.  The world is changing so fast and the future is going to show a smaller world than it already is.  Everything we do will affect everything else.  My kids are not going to be just Bulgarians, but global citizens along with all of their wiz kid peers from countries all over the world.   Like a native language, technology is best understood by people who learn it from birth.  I cant wait to see the world in about 10-15 years when these kids start making their marks.

In today's world I think it's even more important for people to join programs like the Peace Corps and to travel abroad to see how other people live.  I've really begun to realize while being here how interconnected everything is and I strongly feel that this experience will make me a better person in any future path I take. 
 
 
 
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poofycloud on January 30th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
You'll get the best price on a music machine if you buy it through an online store. It's really easy! Just do a google search for "електронен магазин" and you should find a number of stores. Also look at Technomarket and Technopolis. They have good websites, though you can probably find better prices at another store. Paying for your purchase is really easy as well. When you're filling out the order form, choose to use a courier service that will deliver it directly to you. By choosing "наложен платеж", you don't pay anyone for the item until it's in your hands. You can expect the courier service to cost about 6-7 leva, but you'll probably save much more than that by finding the best price on the exact item you want. Oh, and you're welcome to come next week, but be sure to bring good hiking shoes!
Melodyharm1020 on January 31st, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
i'm going to do this and get back to you for help. In fact, maybe we'll do it at your house :-) I'll bring my hiking shoes and see you next weekend!
lizisnotworkinglizisnotworking on January 31st, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
i love that you thought to ask small children. also, i'm sorry for the loss of your ipod.
lizisnotworkinglizisnotworking on January 31st, 2007 04:36 am (UTC)
Eric + 9 year olds = crazy amounts of computing musical knowledge.
Melodyharm1020 on January 31st, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
how does he know this? He doesnt even like music!!
poofycloud on February 1st, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Some mysteries are best left unpondered.
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