Last night our internet went out. This happens once or twice a year and even though it’s not the end of the world, it still sucks.
We couldn’t watch Netflix or stream something from the computer, we had to actually watch network TV with commercials! Talk about first world problems.
To make it even worse, Verizon towers in our area were undergoing some maintenance and our 3 and 4G speeds were down to dialup at best. We couldn’t load Facebook or Twitter without waiting a few minutes.
It was like we had lost all connection with the outside world! Well our internet connection that is.
And it’s not even like we needed to be on the internet. Not having it is more distracting than having it as you obsess over why it’s not working. You call tech support and they say things will be back up soon; as in 6 hours. Heck, I could barely hear Verizon’s support as the towers were so bad.
The sad part about it all is that it wasn’t that many years ago when we didn’t have internet everywhere. We’ve become so accustomed to it in such a short period of time that when it’s down for minutes, let alone hours, we start to feel disconnected and anxious.
I just want to tweet.
I just want to check to make sure I have no mail.
I just want to make sure no one is trying to get ahold of me.
And it’s not like anyone is. Being offline isn’t the end of the world; even though it feels like it.
Some day I plan to go a whole day without internet, or a weekend! But then I think about how I can’t tweet about it or share my super awesome Instagram photos, and then I think that maybe now is not a good time.
But hey, at least I can say I did it. Years ago that is. Before all this broadband and 4G stuff. 😉