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It’s Like Riding a Bicycle: Just ask YouTube

Last night a neighbor’s child dropped by and asked for help with her bicycle’s flat tire. I brought out my trusty pump, but try as I may the tire wouldn’t hold air.

Seeing the disappointment on her face I decided to go the extra mile and take off the tire. As a kid who was a paperboy, my bike was my trusty sidekick and I’ve fixed a million flat tires in my life (or so it seems). But this one had different brakes that I was unfamiliar with and wouldn’t let me get the wheel off.

The look on her face wouldn’t let me give up so I asked her to wait and went to my computer. I fired up YouTube. Did you know that you can find out how to fix almost anything on YouTube?

YouTubeSoon I came back loaded with information and got the wheel off. Although I haven’t fixed a flat in ages it all came flooding back like it was yesterday, and it wasn’t long before I had the inner tube off looking for a leak in a bucket of water.

She was fascinated learning new skills for her bike and I was feeling pretty good too, fondly remembering my childhood and passing on skills to the next generation.

What’s the moral of this story? Not much really, except I never realized how much practical how-to information there is on YouTube … and … well, it’s nice to know this ole geek still has a trick or two up his sleeve to share.

Often times we ask ourself if we still have relevance and purpose in life. This little episode reminded me that technology and real-world experience can go hand-in-hand, and that it’s worthwhile to open the door and share when that little girl comes a-knocking.

While you’re here please enjoy this video from Mr Bean who has his own peculiar way of doing things.

Written September 26th, 2011 by | 16 Comments | Filed under: Featured Tips, Social Media Tips

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  1. I love how You Tube has enabled a whole category of “Do it Yourself” amateur film makers. It’s a perfect medium for them.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 8:08 am said...

    @Jaffer, yeah, even Mr. Bean has a contribution.

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  2. great story, great moral to the story and a nice break from what I am doing.

    It amazes me how much information you can find on YouTube that is not just for fun, but practical as well

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    It delights me when the “old” and the “new” can come together and not clash nor collide, but gently go hand in hand…way to go!

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    Reply by: Jaffer at 6:45 am said...

    @Diane What a subtle way to call him “Old” hehehe

    (Okay, I am kidding)

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 8:06 am said...

    @Jaffer, Brat :-)

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 1:18 pm said...

    @Jaffer, shhhh I might be called a brat next…running for the hills now… lol lol lol

    **as that say you are only as old as you feel..and I am mighty young..so to see the new technology work with the old time ways is just a pleasure to see and witness

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:36 pm said...

    @Diane ( Blogneta), ;-)

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  3. Your totally right, YouTube has helped me with so many random tasks that you would never expect to be on there, how did we get by without it! lol. Also just wanna say that i love the layout of your site dude, well done

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    Reply by: BB at 4:28 pm said...

    @Will, thanks for your kind comments.

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  4. I do agree with your context. YouTube is definitely similar to riding a bicycle.. ;)

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    Reply by: BB at 4:29 pm said...

    @Raj, thanks for dropping by.

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  5. Your allegory story is fine and teachable. It impressed me how much information you can find on YouTube that is practical as well.

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    Reply by: BB at 4:30 pm said...

    @sujit kumar, glad you like it.

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