Okay, I’m really starting to feel old now.

In an effort to bolster the city’s social media presence, I looked around for a way to mainstream our platforms so I could create one post that would show up on at least three different social media sites.

What a disaster! I did find a program that would allow me to do just that, and at first it looked like it was going to work perfectly. I was excited when I clicked “post” and sat back to watch what I expected would be a great victory. Instead I was treated to an error message telling me that I needed to download the program on my cell phone in order to make this all work (I was working from my computer at the time).

So I did that, thinking that was my only hurdle. Wrong again. I was told I didn’t have permission to post on the city’s site of which I am the administrator!

So, back and forth I went between computer and cell phone, then chatting online with the software’s help desk (they don’t allow phone calls – something that would make the discussion much, much faster and easier).

As I sat at my desk, cursing all this technology that’s SUPPOSED to make our lives easier, I thought of calling my 17-year-old daughter, who would probably be able to fix the problem before I had a chance to say, “What the heck?” Now, I consider myself to be a centrist when it comes to technology – I’m not very tech savvy but I’m also not a complete novice. But this struggle I had the past few days is making me rethink my status in the tech world.

So, as soon as I’m done writing this column (writing is a very welcome break from this battle), I’ll be back on the chat line with Mr. Technology, hoping to finally get things on the right track.

Now I’m going to defy the weather outside and get into a springtime state of mind.

First off, the Wahpeton High School Prom is tomorrow night, April 13, with Grand March starting at 7 p.m.

Then, we really get things rolling when Chahinkapa Zoo opens for the season on April 27 at 10 a.m.

Graduations are next, with the NDSCS ceremony on May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Blikre Activities Center, and the WHS ceremony on May 26 at 1 p.m. at Wahpeton High School.

And don’t forget about Blue Goose Days, May 31-June 2, with the Sesquicentennial Concert on June 1. It’s going to be a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Chris DeVries is the Community Development Director for the city of Wahpeton. He can be reached at 701-591-2109 or chrisd@wahpeton.com

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