remember the time before Internet?

...I sit here on my couch typing on my iPod on this Sunday evening. Why? I have no Internet here at home right now. (Our cable company was sold, and let’s just say things haven’t gone as smoothly as the new company would have liked.) I’ve had two days of no Internet. (With no idea when it will be back up.) No uploading photos. No ability to quickly research. No email. No Facebook. I will need to find some public wifi to be able to send this post.
This lack of access to all things “web” is like a trip back in time. There was no email or Internet when I went to college. (We had computers, but they were mostly used as a word processor.) The concept of a blog post wasn’t part of the vernacular. It’s actually kind of nice not to have immediate access to everything. Are finding out the lyrics to “Bullet the Blue Sky” really so important that it can’t wait until I find the cd and read the liner notes? I’ll help you…the answer is “no”.

No Internet access has created time in my day to read (gasp!) a book. To work out. (Gasp, again!) To really focus on thinking about my burgeoning pet photography business. I think most of us can relate to how much of a time sucker the Internet can be. Don’t get me wrong. The www is wonderful. As a research nut, the plethora of information is mesmerizing to me. As a photographer, the variety of work that I can be exposed to in seconds is inspiring. The ability to quickly converse with someone living in Turkey closes the geographical gap. The Internet is awesome. But…

But as generations before me have reminisced about their past—a past with no television, no radio, no telephone, no electricity (ok, I doubt anyone waxes poetic about the time of no electricity :) ) — I can’t help but remember how great it was, how less complicated it was, to not email/text/talk on cell phones, you get the idea. You especially get it if you’re a person over “a certain age”. :) You don’t miss what you don’t know.

And I am most amused by Apple’s insistence on capitalizing the word while I type on my iPod— elevating the word to a proper noun!