The Cell PhoneI often think about the jump in technology my parents and the people who grew up in their generation have experienced. For instance, my father went from not having electricity in his town, to having reliable power everywhere. He went from handmade wooden sandals to shoes, sneakers, foam sandals, etc. He went from taking a ship to get to the US to seeing the Space Shuttle go into space. He went from having to go to the city of Naples to make a phone call to having cell phones where he can call from almost anywhere.
It’s funny, when my father is using his cell phone it’s almost as if he thinks he is calling Italy in the old days, when we had to talk really loud so they could hear us. That was just 35 years ago.
Last week I put together an exercise bike for Mom and Pop. I put it together at my house then dropped it off. When I brought it there, they weren’t home so I put it in the family room where he wanted it so they can watch TV while using it.
Now this bike has a small digital readout with it and some buttons to press so I was worried that it might be too complicated. However, it was a simple one and I showed it to Pop before I ordered it to make sure I covered my butt.
Anyway, I dropped it off then waited for the phone call,
Pop: Luigi! Luigi! Pronto! Pronto!
Me: Yes Pop I’m here. Stop yelling please
Pop: Ima no yelling! Hello?! Can you hear me?!
Me: Yes Pop I can hear you. Please stop yelling
Pop: Listen! I see you brought the bicicleta! Grazie!
Me: Yes Pop.
Pop: Howa she works!
Me: You get on it and start peddling.
Pop: What? Listen! You cana hear me, no?!
Me: Yes Pop.
Pop: I no hava to press the buttons?!
Me: No Pop. Just start peddling. You don’t need to know any of the readout.
Pop: What? Que es a readout?!
Me: Nothing Pop. Don’t worry about the buttons. Just peddle and don’t worry about the other stuff.
Pop: Whata, you think Ima stupid?!
Me: No Pop. You don’t need to worry about that stuff. Honest.
Pop: Tell me what this stuffa is!
Me: OK. One is the amount of time you are on the bike; one is the number of calories you are burning…
Me: Yes, it’s um… the amount of …… the amount of weight you are going to lose.
Pop: Hmm! What else!
Me: Your heart rate. And the last one is the amount of distance you are covering.
Pop: Shesa standing still! It’s not going anywhere. So I noa need that!
Me: Do you really need the other ones?!
Pop: No! Momma and Me justa need to peddle!
Me: That’s what I thought.
Pop: Ok! Ima gonna go! I gotta a nice fish in the oven for dinner! Grazie!
When I got off the phone not only did I have a headache from trying to explain everything, but I also had a headache from being yelled at. His conversation was so fast, that my head was spinning a little bit. I started to think of the two of them taking turns on the bike watching “Jeopardy” after they had their fish dinner. I couldn’t help but laugh at the picture of the two of them trying to figure this contraption out. I can’t help but wonder what they think of all of this. Is all of this stuff better? Is it better now or was it better before when everything was simple? All know is, I‘m sure the fish was good.
Baked See Bass Toscana
1 whole Sea Bass or Porgy roughly 1 to 1 ½ lbs.
1 jar Coppola’s Roasted Garlic SAuce
12 Pitted Kalamata Olives roughly chopped
½ Cup White wine
10 sprigs Fresh parsley finely chopped
4 Cloves Garlic finely chopped
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Pepper
1 pinch Oregano
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
2 tablespoons Butter
1 Fresh Lemon
MethodClean the fish and rinse well. In a sauté pan add olive oil and sauté garlic till golden brown. Add parsley then rest of the ingredients. Sauté till sauce is creamy. In a ceramic or glass baking pan, place the fish. Pour the sauce on top of the fish. Add ½ cup of water in the pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. When serving, squeeze a fresh lemon over the top of the fish and serve over your favorite pasta. Serve with a crisp white wine ie. Pinot Grigio, and a nice crusty loaf of Italian bread.