Life without the internet

Life without an internet connection is the pits. The internet provides me with so much daily inflow and outflow that it is a major part of my social communication activity. When access is interrupted for any length of time, it significantly affects my quality of life.
We have been without telephone or DSL service for two days. We first noticed it after some grading was done in the back yard.

I don’t mind the phone being out because we have cell phones, but I began to feel email and blogging withdrawal symptoms after the first eight hours. After two days without an internet connection, I feel numb and slightly retarded.

The worst feeling came when I realized that my only source of news was TV and newspapers. After months of daily news filtered through bloggers, I have been spoiled completely.

It was so bad that I went without watching TV news rather than subject myself to the covertly hostile gossip that passes for news on mass media. After a short while, I lost interest in TV entirely.

Fortunately for our sanity, Sprint came through in first class style. They sent out a technician this morning and he discovered that our phone service takes a detour through the back yard and the cable was buried only a few inches below the surface.

I don’t know how I missed taking us off line long before this, as we have been planting bushes all along the route where the cable is buried.

I am very glad to be back on line. Regular blogging will resume shortly.

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0 Responses to Life without the internet

  1. Tammi says:

    It’s funny you should write about this today. I was just having a similar conversation ealier. Hmmm – if I had to choose between cell phone and internet which would I keep. That was pretty tough for me. I chose the cell phone but I can not imagine being without my internet.

    You get big kudos for keeping your sanity! 🙂

  2. I threw myself into the design of a new product and that helped for a while.

    I almost got so desperate that I started cleaning up my office.

    I thought of several blog topics as my sanity dwindled, one was almost too horrible to mention. Imagine a future world with non-stop 24/7 TV News running in all public places and no internet. It would be a world of enforced inflow and no outflow. Suicide rates would skyrocket…

  3. fletch says:

    Welcome back to the “unreal” world. I often wonder, at least for myself, if I do spend too much time on the net though. I keep intending to read some of the classics, and Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, but by the time I’ve read all the new stuff online every day, I don’t seem to have the energy to read and really digest the really old, old media…a good book with a hardcover.

  4. phil says:

    For our annual leave Dan and I deliberately go without the net at the beach house we go to. It is kinda good, as I can really relate to your withdrawal feelings. We can’t resist poping in to a net cafe every now and then to collect email and blog etc.

  5. Da Goddess says:

    Glad you’re back to blogging. Just remember that not everything you read on blogs is true and that any news filtered through a blog is just that – filtered news.

    Anyhow, glad you’re back!

  6. susan says:

    The internet, and the weblogging system does indeed give a more accurate and well-rounded picture of what’s happening–but only if sources are made available, and the sites you visit present both sides/all sides of opinion on the facts.

    We missed you. Missed YOUR opinion.

  7. oldcatman says:

    a scary thought…no internet……TV is not a sub nor is the phone…….cell phone? Don’t growths
    hanging on my ear…………….Maybe playing
    DVD movies on your computer would be a
    suicide prevention tool if the net went away!

  8. Avi Solomon says:

    Bill Gates, of all people, takes what he calls ‘Think Weeks’:
    “I go off for a week with no interruptions. In fact, this one I was pretty religious about not doing e-mail, no phone calls and just day and night, other than sleeping, I’m reading.”,1759,1556075,00.asp

  9. Denny says:

    I hate to misplace stuff or have my routines disrupted! Isn’t it silly? Glad to have your intelligent mind back in the mix!

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