Summer has arrived in my neck of the woods! And so has the nasty pollen that invades my nostrils and makes my eyes all puffy. So, out with the antihistamines. After all, my pale skin needs the vitamin D and who could miss a sight like this.
I haven’t been out much due to a hefty writing schedule but today I had no excuse. I had a doctor’s appointment in the city. So Cindy the navigation system was set up and off I went for an hour’s drive to Cologne.
The sun was shining and early morning drivers seemed to be in good spirits, until I hit the city traffic. Madness. Doubly crazy when I took the wrong lane and had to use facial and wild hand expressions to ask to podge in. I waved frantically at a man in cool dude shades in his super-sized BMW next to me, to gain his attention and ask if I could pull in front of him so that I wouldn’t end up on the wrong side of the Rhine. But he was obviously late for work and gave me some kind of rude signal, which I translated as, ‘No way!’. But a kind lady in a Corsa behind him obviously understood my dilemma (the number plate tells them I’m not a city girl) and she let me through. Mission accomplished, arrived on time and managed to park.
After my routine examination, the doctor said goodbye and told me to take my time getting redressed. She turned away and started talking her notes. Being my nosey self (or should I say an inquisitive writer) I watched her use a dictation, speech recognition program, which typed up her notes into an already formatted letter template. I was impressed at the small amount of time needed for her to complete the task. I have had the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program for a few years but lost patience with it quite quickly – thinking at the time that it’s much quicker to type (I can touch type). But maybe after seeing it work so efficiently, I should blow the dust off the disk and try it again.
Do you use such a program for your work? Do you suffer with hayfever? Has summer arrived where you are or is winter setting in?