The $64,000.00 Question

For technical reasons ChessMan and I were offline for almost exactly two weeks. Although we don’t think about it otherwise, after about 24 hours into our involuntary phase of withdrawal, we were seriously asking ourselves:

“What the hell did people do BEFORE the internet?!?!?”

Even the TV was a poor substitute when those kB are not streaming merrily through our broadband connection.

OK, both of us are online junkies. We have had to acknowledge and accept our habit, because ‘cold turkey’ is definitely not where it’s at.

I work and network online. A lot. Being offline so much actually turned me off the computer. Theoretically I could have had a whole USB stick full of witty personal blog entries, as well as the first chapters of my upcoming eCourse and eBook all waiting in the pipeline. Well, it didn’t happen. I approached the laptop and writing with something like distaste knowing that I couldn’t just surf over to http://www.leo.org to look up a word or check out some other site as a quick distraction. It even meant we had to physically go to the bank. In other words, I did as much as was absolutely necessary before wheeling over to ‘ye olde internet cafe’.

Well, we’re online again (sorta) and that must be why I notice the sun shining.

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2 Comments

  1. marit said,

    October 3, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Oh lordy.. I know what you mean! I’ve been running back and forth to the library for internet time and it’s just glorious to have it back home again!!

  2. caratime2 said,

    October 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    In the meantime it’s almost scary to think about how dependent I’ve become on the internet. So much of my work revolves around me having access to the web; be it to pick up/send mail, do research, post on my blogs (I have two business-related blogs along with this one), etc. I’m trying to find the right balance of online/off-line storage just in case Y2K hits us a decade or so later than feared….


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