A World without the Internet

Day One- I woke up this morning, well afternoon, and discovered that I had been transported back in time; to a land before the internet. I had no access to the outside world. No email, no Facebook, no blogs. When I didn’t have an answer to something I wasn’t able to quickly search and find one. If I didn’t know it, it wasn’t available to me.

It was a dark world, a world I hadn’t seen in well over a decade. When I was last here I didn’t know any better. I didn’t know how wonderful and amazing the internet would come to mean to me.

I remember it fondly…the year was 1998. We had just purchased a new computer and Juno came installed on it. I remember the now familiar tone of the computer dialing and then connecting; the scratchy, screeching noise of the internet. It wasn’t used for blogging or social networking. It was used for selling beanie babies and checking email; and you didn’t check it every fifteen minutes, no you checked it once a week at most.

I remember the first time I ever laid eyes on amazon.com. My parents called me into the room and asked me for a book title. They were trying to stump amazon, trying to search for a book they didn’t have. It was a beautiful innocent time. *sigh*

Now it’s gone. I have nothing. No internet. No unlimited access to knowledge. I feel like a part of me has been removed. I keep reaching for it and it’s not there. Time is moving slower. Life is losing all meaning. A new expansion to the Sims 3 came in the mail for me today, but I can’t install the bonus content. I bury myself in my book and pump out 2500 words, surely it’s time to go to bed now? Nope, not even close.

How will I survive?!?!

Day Two I’ve lost weight, my eyes are hollow; I am slowly starving, from lack of internet. I met my husband at the door today and begged him to tell me what it had been like to use it at work. Was it as beautiful as I remember it? Did the internet miss me? Had I been forgotten?

It’s 9 o’clock and I’ve been up for only 8 hours but I’m already thinking about going to bed. I didn’t get as much written today as I did yesterday. What’s the point, without the internet? I read my blog post to my husband and he laughs telling me I’m funny. He doesn’t understand; he gets the internet for at least half the day.

I am lost, floating away into nothing.

Day Three Finally, finally, I have the internet. Reading back over my recaps of the last two days I feel like I might have been a little over dramatic. Maybe a little. It doesn’t matter now though because it’s back. I’m now checking my email, downloading my Sims 3 bonus content, renewing a library book, etc… Hopefully even with the added distraction of the internet I can get as much writing done today as I have the last 2 days.

It’s good to be home!


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