Monday, December 6, 2010

Online Presence Suspended

Monday, December 6, 2010

It felt surprisingly refreshing when my digital presence got suspended for the last couple of days. Unlike some celebrities who have opted out of the virtual world for charity purposes, my absence, though, wasn’t voluntary. For some unknown reason my internet connection at home has been down since Saturday, and I am posting this from the office.

Contrary to what I was expecting, having no web access did me a lot of good.  Instead of endlessly refreshing my home page for new messages and squandering time on Facebook--browsing through friends’ pictures and observing how they’ve changed since high school and listening in on other people’s conversations and wondering why they are having such exchange in public—I lost myself in the labyrinth of the Belgian Congo in the 1960s, powerfully woven by Barbara Kingsolver in The Poisonwood Bible. I was able to take a nap, figure out how to disassemble and reassemble my vacuum cleaner, watch a replayed episode of Glee, and shop for a new pair of denim shorts.

Connectivity has now become a necessity, but disconnecting—voluntarily or otherwise—can be worthwhile, too.

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The technicians came at noontime to fix the connection and lift my suspension.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

except for watching glee i approved all the downtime activities.

Angeli said...

hahaha. and you were forced to give me a call instead of relying on google chat. :)

Anonymous said...

i was not forced i was strongly persuaded. :)

Angeli said...

because you were afraid that somebody else will. hahahahahah

Anonymous said...

i learned that from charles, you snooze to lose. :)

archer dee said...

Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible is one great read!:)

Loree said...

It's feels weird to be without a connection if it's for a long time. I winder how we used to get by without the internet.

Angeli said...

@archer dee: it is! i'm not a feminist, but i like how kingsolver narrated the story through its female characters. and don't you just love adah? :)

@loree: yeah. the things we are used to are all sliding into 'obsolescence', like writing by hand, sending mail through post, library cards, books...

 
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