Tim Dowling: my dad is 100 but I’m the one with ‘old person’s problems’

Netflix, my phone and the new fizzy water device are all conspiring against me

A few weeks ago: I’m in Connecticut, driving my father, who is 100, to his doctor. It’s in an area I haven’t been in for years, and although I’ve entered the destination into my phone, I can’t make the map come up on the hire car’s screen. During a sharp left the phone slides from its perch, and is now issuing muffled instructions from under my seat.

“I was fine until I got the flu last month, when your brother was away,” my dad says.

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