OK, I am not trying to get political here. It is just that we've spent the last several months rolling out our new website. The goal was to have an online repository for these columns and a platform where I could blog regularly and folks could get information.
Well, the Computer Geeks' capacity for delivering more than I wanted intervened. More than I could possibly imagine possible, actually. They were determined to do their best to keep the job interesting, but my goal was not so lofty. My expectations were simple, basic even: I just wanted to pay for what I wanted to get. Then I wanted to get what I was paying for.
I was willing to pay for this, as I already have a real job. If I had to spend all my time on the website, I would lose more income than the task was worth to me. And I don't have the skills; the geeks do.
So here is the deal: I pay the money and that makes me the boss, so I get to make the rules. They take the money and that means they are going to do what I want. Or so I thought. Expectations were not aligned. For them, this is a challenge and opportunity to achieve what has not yet been accomplished in the Ethernet. After all, this is their world I have entered. I am a guest paying for my entrance, but not (apparently) enough to give me authority.
After months of effort on all sides, their creation went online with a name so complex no one could remember it. (Yes, my fault.) It continues to be a work in progress between what is possible and what I actually want.
I'm not making an excuse for how the Obamacare site turned out. I'm just saying that he could either run the country or the website, but probably not both. Just imagine the shape we'd be in if all he had done for the last 6 months was worry about the geeks.
The good news is you can now go to scottfunk.org (new name) and find an archive of all the last seven years' columns on Aging in Place. You will also find two blogs posted each week. Is it perfect? No, but it operates and no one's life but mine is being complicated by it.
In the end, things happen and nothing is as easy as one expects it to be. After all, if it was that easy, Aging in Place could just happen by accident.
Scott Funk is Vermont's leading Aging in Place advocate, writing and speaking around the state on issues of concern to retirees and their families.