My brother will always amaze me...

@topffer (36113)
Svalbard And Jan Mayen
February 17, 2017 5:54am CST
He works as the general accountant of a pension company, and, frankly speaking, we do not share many things in common, except our parents. When my father died in 2014, he left us his goods, and we realized that we were sharing something else : we do not want of something jointly-owned between us, and we decided to sell them. Among them, there is a small house with a large barn in the countryside. The house is a 17th C house, it is on the top of a hill with a nice view ; I have been surprised by the relatively high price estimated for this property by two estate agencies, as the house and the barn are not occupied and in bad condition. In France we need to do a real diagnosis to sell a house, including many things from energy performance to detection of termites. It has been made a week ago and sent to both of us by email. Well, to me and my sister-in-law, because my brother has no email address at home. He is stuck in the 1980's, and has an allergy to internet and mobile phones. Today my brother called me from his job, because he has offered this property to a neighbor, and the neighbor asked for the diagnosis. (me) "You sent it by email ?" (him) - No, I have no email address. "You have no email address at job ? I cannot believe that , you sent me several emails!" - I have one, but it is handled by my secretariat. "Then, ask a secretary to do it." - It is a private affair, I do not want to ask for that. "Sit at a terminal and do it yourself." - Hmm... hmmm... I do not know how to do it... Can you send it ? "You do not know how to send an email ? Alright, give me the email address of the neighbor." - His email address... Wait, I forgot to ask him. I give you his phone number, you will contact him. OMG ! If you think that he is my older brother, you are wrong : he is my younger brother. He remembers me a memory of a professor teaching social law inviting his students in Master II to his home (a nice 18th C castle with a large park) and asking "Does somebody know how to light the gas stove to prepare a coffee ? It is the cook's day off, and I have never done that." Have you ever heard of somebody who do not know how to send an email in 2017 ?
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
17 Feb 17
I have a brother that seemed incapable of turning on the stove many years ago. He honestly thought I would reheat his dinner for him when he came home late from work and our parents were out for the evening. Being the difficult 17 year old that I was at the time: I looked him in the eye, smiled sweetly and said "if you can't reheat leftovers yourself, I guess you'll starve" and walked out of the room. .
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
You exaggerated a bit, he could have eaten raw and cold. I approve you, you were not his servant.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
@Platespinner You did the right thing. I do not know how my brother would do without his secretaries and his wife. He reads his daily newspaper online, but I would not have imagined that he could not send an email by himself.
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@JudyEv (134913)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 17
Haha. That doesn't sound like you Joanne! Or maybe it does.
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@LadyDuck (176702)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 17
Even my brother can send an email. I had to explain several time how to "cut and paste" a text but he finally understood. He is my younger brother.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
They should meet and create a club. I have received a few emails from my brother. Now I know that it was from a secretary. Next time I send him an email I will start by "Can you tell to my brother...". Well, he is not annoyed by spammers. And it is impossible to join him directly by phone, as there is always an answering machine at his job like at his home, and he calls back later.
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@LadyDuck (176702)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 17
@topffer Also my brother does not reply to the phone, I always get the answering machine, they should meet because I think they are quite unique.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
@LadyDuck I really hate these machines : I do not call to speak to a machine. It is impossible to disable it on my smartphone, all I have been able to do was to increase the number of rings before the answering machine takes the call.
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@allknowing (69455)
• India
17 Feb 17
Not fair that you expose your brother like this here. After all you both have the same blood
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
I just expose that I have learned from him that he does not know how to send an email, and apparently he lives very well without this knowledge.
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@allknowing (69455)
• India
18 Feb 17
@topffer You mean he hand writes and posts letters and stuff?
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
@allknowing He posts letters and when it comes to emails he asks a secretary or his wife.
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• Pamplona, Spain
17 Feb 17
So as not to shame the ones I do know that cannot send an e-mail I won´t say. They are just not into the Internet and that is it full stop. They play games on the Internet and nothing else. I have to teach my youngest things also that I would have thought he would have known too but there you go. It takes a World. I had to learn the hard way like most I can send e-mails and all that yes. I even get surprised looks when I say that I know how to. I have seen those kind of Houses going through France not many but they do look very nice. We went by Car the last time hence we got to go on all the secondary Roads till we found the right one going into Paris. Some know, some don´t, when they feel like it they will get around to it. I can understand your frustration though I really can.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
I am not frustrated, but thoughtful. His title is "Director of the management expenses division". I wonder how he can control the expenses of more than two thousand employees without feeling the need to send an email times to times by himself ? I know that he reads his daily newspaper online, so he is not completely out of the internet, but he will certainly not read this.
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• Pamplona, Spain
17 Feb 17
@topffer Yes I bet you must wonder why but like he says his Secretaries do all that for him I suppose and he can be online why not to read the Newspaper? He is probably only interested in what interests him and nothing else. I had to show my youngest the other week how to send photos to his Mobile from Facebook. Do you think he would get it well no and I got myself in a twist trying to show him how easy it was but he did not want to know. That is a bit annoying when he keeps asking you and then after he does not want to learn anything about it. To each his own is what I say.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 It is not really annoying here because we have a common interest to sell this house. His interests have always been very different from mines...
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@JudyEv (134913)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 17
Wow! We did have people from Singapore who had a microwave in the house but didn't know how to use it - and the girl didn't know how to wheel a wheel-barrow. She didn't know to lift the handles up the wheel it.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
I should ask him if he knows how to use a microwave or if he relies on his wife for it ? Joking, he is not that dumb.
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@JudyEv (134913)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 17
@topffer While I can understand people not wanting to use a computer or whatever I also believe that they will be left behind in some ways. Already our ABC television says 'for more information go to etc. I don't know how you are supposed to find out more if you cannot access the net. However I can't talk as I am still refusing to have a mobile phone.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Feb 17
There are some but not many.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
I also think that it is very rare in 2017. I have a friend who rejected internet until the beginning of the 2000's, but it is quite impossible now that we have to use it to do it our income tax report.
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@celticeagle (119865)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Feb 17
@topffer .....The first time you do somethings on here is a little scary but after that it is not a problem.
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@syeow1 (4958)
• India
17 Feb 17
Yes I know many people's who was topper s of college at their time but did not have basic knowledge of computers..
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
He has never been very bright but he finally managed to have a Phd in economy when he was in his early 30's. He has a basic knowledge of computers because I know that he reads his daily newspaper online. But I would never have imagined that he did not knew how to send an email.
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@syeow1 (4958)
• India
17 Feb 17
@topffer don't think he is lazy that means he love is family and work .That is why he did not have interest in these things..
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
19 Feb 17
I could see if they were older as there are a lot of people over 70 who have never done this. But someone younger. Sounds like he never wants to do or learn anything for himself and that is a SAD state.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
19 Feb 17
He learns what he wants to learn : he reads his daily newspaper online, but he does not feel the need to know how to send an email.
@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 17
My husband doesn't have the first idea, but he is 86. I myself didn't know how to do it until 3 years ago at the age of 74.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
18 Feb 17
I have a neighbor who started in his 80's, it is never too late. My father had an email address that he was never checking, but he knew how to use it in his 70's.
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@JESSY3236 (7295)
• United States
17 Feb 17
When I was going to a community college, my professor didn't like technology.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
It is difficult to omit technology nowadays. Maybe your professor changed his mind ? Anyways, my brother is a special case.
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@Corbin5 (116209)
• United States
17 Feb 17
Well, the only person I know who cannot send an email is my 95-year-old dad. Looks like you are going to have to handle all the dealings with the house.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
I know that, and it is something difficult to deal with. My father had also an Alzheimer decease, and we sold all his vineyards in a county where he had been a mayor of his native village. I will always remember him telling me : "It is not a smart move. I own nothing there now, and I cannot be elected."
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@Mike197602 (13911)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 17
my dad who is in his mid seventies is more up on technology than me if I ever get left property again I'll try and persuade my sisters to not sell and rent it out. I made a mistake allowing my grandparents and mums house to be sold, we should have kept them.
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
My brother is stuck in the 20th C. I inherited of 17 buildings from my mom, and I have realized that it was somewhere toxic : lot of hassle coming from the tenants and the neighbors, and heavy taxes. My brother got an equivalent inheritance, sold everything to buy a house in a big city, and his house is worth much than all mines today. It is why I agreed to sell the properties of my father. Honestly, I would not recommend to keep any house, except if you want to give it to your children.
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• Philippines
17 Feb 17
Lol! That's was so funny. But you sell everything. Don't you want to preserve one to inherit by your future kids? Maybe I am a bit old fashion but... No! Anyway it is your decision and it is best to sell everything you can.... Hehehehe it is just that your parents I think put a lot of effort to buy those lands for your family.. Hehehe hope you don't get mad. God bless... But your brother is very funny. Lol! I know a kid who does not know what a cellphone is because he was raised in a mountain later when he became a celebrity because of his good looks and good personality and talent he learned to use one. Hehehehe. Do you know the big brother house show? That's where he got opportunity to learn that there is a cellphone existing in the world. Lol!
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
I have enough roofs to maintain, and houses are a source of hassle paying too much taxes for the money they make, when they make some. My brother was not raised in a mountain, but he has never had a cellphone, and I do not think he will ever have one.
@tzwrites (4954)
• Romania
17 Feb 17
Even grandparents use email
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@topffer (36113)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
17 Feb 17
I know that. My brother is a special case.
• United States
21 Feb 17
Are you sure that we do not have the same brother, because mine does not know how to work a computer, either.