I got home from picking up my new car last night, and our Internet was down. For over five hours! None of our three computers would work.
We called our Internet provider and found out there was a wide spread outage in our area, but there were technicians "working on it".
It was horrible. I felt so out of touch. What if people were posting things on their blogs, and I was missing out? What if people had left me comments or emails and I was unable to read or answer them? I couldn't check the live doppler or the hourly forecast in anticipation of our morning walk! Jeff was unable to check on any leads he might have for work the next day.
Boy, it is hard to believe that not too many years ago we lived completely normal lives, without the internet. What the heck did we do with ourselves? I don't remember.
I remember hating dial up, and the first day we got broadband. That was pure delight. I think I jumped up and down.
The other day, one of my students asked me a question, something I didn't know the answer to. I said, "Let me google it." Within a minute, I had the answer. I thought, "How awesome is that?" When I first started teaching, I couldn't have done that. We didn't have the internet back then. At least, not in our classrooms. I had to put in a floppy disk to run a spell check on microsoft word!
I'm sure the dogs would be happier if I spent less time on the internet, but hey most of their treats and toys get ordered online. I don't see them complaining when I open up the cardboard box printed with a dot com on the side, and its full of goodies for them!