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January 22.20


The watering hole. If you can disregard the feeling of cold mud up to your belly, you can see the attraction: an invigorating dip in melted ice and the latest gossip. What’s the word, hummingbird? What’s the tale, nightingale? (Who can forget the immortal lyrics in “Bye, Bye, Birdie”?)

I have a morning routine which involves turning on the computer as I stumble along the well-worn path from bedroom to coffeepot. When I return, hot coffee and cold cereal in hand, I click into my watering hole. Email. Blog. Then I’m fortified for the news and weather.

Yesterday was appallingly different. I settled in with cold cereal and hot coffee, yes, but the computer screen was all wrong: no Internet! Gasp!

Dear reader, can you imagine? I was without Internet all day yesterday, and I do not have television. I felt as though the entire planet had dropped away from me.

I remember life without the Internet. I even remember life without television. Back then I saw the people that mattered — friends and family — every day. Now I meet them on the Internet. I watched the birds in their mucky happy hour, and I missed my watering hole dreadfully.


8 thoughts on “January 22.20

  1. Say it isn’t so! πŸ™‚ Yes, most of us remember the ‘old days’ but they included as you said family and friends who lived close and dropped in. Today, we drop in via the Internet. It’s kind of funny – you had loss of Internet yesterday and today the TV/cable system is screwed up and croaked. Hmm, is someone out there trying to tell us something? πŸ™‚

    • Oh, no! The Internet here and tv/cable there? Indeed, someone is trying to tell us something! I do like that way of putting it: dropping in via the Internet. It’s always nice to have people drop in, and even nicer when you don’t have to worry that you haven’t dusted yet this week/month/year. With the Internet, who can tell? I hope your cable/tv problems are fixed quickly and painlessly!

      • Thanks for the laugh because I’m with you – dropping in while I’m in my pj’s before showering with coffee in hand and dust on the surface. πŸ™‚ Here’s what I did. I took a photo of the error message on the tv with my phone, went down to the front desk with the phone, the tv remote, and the cable remote. I described the issue to a young man about 20, and asked him to show me how to fix it. He told me to go back, use the tv remote to turn it on, and push a particular button on the cable remote. Did it, and it works. Do I know what I did? Heck, no, but I don’t care because it works. πŸ™‚

      • Brilliant! And absolutely right: the first order of making anything work is to find a very young person. You don’t have to know what you did — just bask in the glory!

  2. I, too, have no TV. It simplifies my life (although there are plenty of distractions online) but now no internet means, nearly, no life.
    And, of course, I would be lost without WhatsApp to stay connected with family and friends. I’ve enjoyed watching Anne with an E because it’s a close reminder of life without any technology at all. So refreshing, but not a realistic alternative to our all important modems.

    • Hi, Shirah! I live happily without television, and sometimes I think I could live happily without all of this stuff, but it’s not that kind of world now and I freely admit that I love how we can stay in touch with friends and family in miraculous ways. Anne with an E is based on Anne of Green Gables, yes? A lovely world to visit! Not at all our reality, as you say, and that’s probably what makes it so inviting.

  3. The birds did their best to provide alternative entertainment it seems, but I am glad the internet is working again… assuming this post means it is. It’s surprising how many uses we find for technology when it is broken. I used to work in a rural place where the phones often seemed to break and never could remember when the lines weren’t working. I’d try to call someone, realise I couldn’t, put the phone down, do something else and then almost immediately try to call someone else again.

    • Oh, yes, I can see that. It’s like reaching for the light switch when you know the power’s off. I too am glad the Internet is working again! The birds are not at their watering hole today, so I am forced to think that they were there yesterday just for that alternative entertainment for me.

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