My home is not a place, it is people.
without my technology???
Published on March 24, 2005 By Cordelia In Misc

No computer...what will I do? Fighting down a sense of rising panic...

No Internet connection or telelvision at home - f*** you Charter - for over 2 weeks. And now work computer is hosed, at least temporarily. It seems to me that the world is trying to tell me something.

Isn't it amazing, (or perhaps a better word is pathetic) how much of our lives revolve around technology?

During the fall of 2003 I was living close to San Bernardino, California (so don't mess with me, I'm from the 'hood) and there were several very large forest fires. Link You might have heard of them. Burned over 300,000 acres in my area alone. We were all evacuated from our homes, and all I took with me was my dogs and the computers. The only two important things. It seems I felt that all else could be replaced. Others took boatloads of stuff with them, and some refused to leave - as if staying would stop the fire.

It's at times like that when you look around yourself and say "look at all the crap I can live without".

and yet here I am. No TV no Internet makes Cordelia...something something.

I wondered around for about an hour this morning waiting to hear if I would get my computer back, until I finally came up with something I could do without the Internet and a word processing program.

Now getting any real work done is an issue. I don't have my documents, I don't have my e-mail addresses, I don't have my passwords, and I don't have MS Office installed, or any graphics software like Photoshop. In other words, I might as well just be using pen and paper, which I have been doing this morning. I had almost forgotten how to use these ancient tools. But use them I am, and getting work done even...except for taking time out to write this.

So, thought I'd blog about it, 'cause I can do that at least. Can't spell check it though - sorry in advance for any errors.

But my sister is coming to visit and I have 5 days off ahead of me, so I'll stop complaining now, get the work done that I can and try not to think about it again until I come back on Wednesday.

Have a lovely Easter holiday, all.


Comments
on Mar 24, 2005
Enjoy your vacation Maybe stardock should make the networked operatiny system draginol was talking about the other day.
on Mar 24, 2005
Ah, those ancient tools, pen and paper, as you so eloquently put it! What are we without technology, it's a horrible thought! Enjoy your time off Cordelia and have a pleasant Easter and fun with your sister.
on Mar 26, 2005
Happy Easter, Cordelia.

I have noticed when I try to write with a pen, my handwriting is horrible, worsened since my school days. And I'm so slow with a pen....

>> We were all evacuated from our homes, and all I took with me was my dogs and the computers. The only two important things. It seems I felt that all else could be replaced. Others took boatloads of stuff with them, and some refused to leave - as if staying would stop the fire.

I guess they hope it won't happen, and if it does maybe they think they can do something about it, not understand how fatal that idea can be.

In that situation, if I gotta go, I'd probably take my harddisk, my laptop and some important documents.
on Apr 01, 2005
Heya,

I take it that your techonology issues have been dealt with? Or are you still bashing your head against a virtual wall?

I would really like to thank you for all of your kind comments and support. I'd been away from JU for a while and, even though it sounds ridiculous, I was feeling a little nervous about coming back - as though I would be viewed as one of those friends that you only see when everything is going to shit for them. Then I realised that the whole reason I got into blogging was because I wanted to write, not the politics! Your support means so much to me. Expect an email from me today!

I hope that you are doing OK. You mentioned something about having to give up a dream yourself, but I shall be nosey the relatively private format of email!

Take care of you. Have a good weekend!

Suz xxx
on Apr 01, 2005

Suz - oddly enough, I am still typing this from a temporary replacement computer. Hopefully technology issues will be resolved today.

And you are welcome. I have enjoyed your articles very much and was glad to see you return. Blog on sister. SOmetimes it's all we got.

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