I have a new companion. Like Ms. Garminia, she is a mostly-quiet companion but she is always at the ready. when I call upon her for help, she responds right away to ask what she help me with.
Our communication does not always go smoothly. There are times when she goes off on tangent, Amelia Bedelia like, trying to help me do something which I have no interest in. I try to redirect her…and sometimes it works. Other times, she stays the course (the WRONG course).
Take my attempt to send a text to BoBo.
Me: Siri, ask BoBo what time his flight comes in.
Siri: I’d be happy to look that up. What flight would you like me to look up?
Me: No, Siri. Send a text message to BoBo to ask him what time his flight comes in.
Siri: Julie, I would be happy to look up that flight for you but I need more information.
Me: Siri, PLEASE send a text to BoBo.
Siri: What would you like to say to BoBo.
Me: What time is your plane landing?
Siri: Let me look that up for you…
Me: No, Siri. Ask BoBo.
Siri: What would you like to say to BoBo, Julie?
Me: Never mind.
So I decided to ask her assistance on a seemingly simpler task.
Me: Siri, please find “The Beach House in Seal Beach” in my list of contacts.
Siri: Would you like me to search the Internet?
Me: No. Just look in my contacts.
Siri: What would you like me to look up?
Me: Never mind
Me: Siri, please create a task to remind me to download a book from Craft & Vision when I get home.
Siri: Julie, I would love to help you with downloading that book but I do not have authorization to do that.
Me: Just remind me to do it.
Siri: Would you like me to create a task for you?
Siri: What would you like me to remind you about?
I could get frustrated – and I suppose, I did – but then I decided to have a little fun with her.
Our subsequent communication went something like this…
Me: Siri, Siri, in my car, who is the fairest blogger of all?
Siri: I found fifteen auto dealers… seven of them are fairly close to you.
Me: Siri, look in the car for the fairest blogger of them all.
Siri: If you’d like, I can search the web for “the car for the fairest blogger of them all.”
Me: You really have a thing for cars this morning. I’ll give you a hint: Julie is the fairest blogger of them all.
Siri: I don’t understand.
Me: I know. We need to come to an understanding here.
Siri: What can I help you with?
Me: Siri, what do you think about Keeping Pace?
Siri: It’s nice of you to ask, Julie, but it doesn’t really matter what I think.
Me: You’re right, it doesn’t. I just wanted to know.
Siri: It’s nice to be right.
I love Siri.