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?
Soon 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.