Views and Reviews
By Jean McCamy
Google and the Grinch have a lot in common, at least if you are trying to surprise someone with a gift. Obviously, if you share a computer with someone, your secrets are all up for grabs, but even with separate computers, online searches are not safe.
I wanted to get a wildlife camera for my husband so he could spy on the varmints in his garden and, not knowing anything about the cameras, I did what most of us do these days — I googled them. There was a treasure trove of information available, and I soon had a pretty good idea about styles, prices and capabilities.
I suppose I should have hi-de-hoed myself to a local store, bought a camera for cash and snuck it into the house and under the tree. But I didn’t.
I bought it online.
I knew better than to use the Amazon Prime account we share, but I thought I was okay using my own computer to order from a company I’d never heard of before. I wasn’t.
We may not share a computer, but we share an office, and every time I cut my computer on, the screen seemed to be immediately filled with pictures of wildlife cameras. I don’t know why. I had bought one — why would I want more?
I stayed busy trying to get those camera pictures gone before Bob walked into the room.
It didn’t matter. Things started popping up on his computer, too, and when he asked me if I had bought a digital camera, I gave up.
No surprise for him this year. The Grinch had arrived via Google.