Going Off-Grid = Anxiety


Posted: August 12th, 2004 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off


Just an observation: a couple of weeks ago, I helped my friend J move back down to Georgia, and we trucked it down in a 24-foot U-Haul truck…with no radio, air, running lights, parking brakes, … a bit of a safety hazard, to say the least, but we eventually made it to our destination.

I had forgotten my cell phone charger, and on top of that the signal dropped out through much of the Virginias. I hadn’t realized the extent to which I had become emotionally dependent on the device until that moment. I had resisted getting a cell for so long, and once I did, I became one of those people. Granted, I don’t overuse my phone, but I now definitely understand the psychological comfort associated with having one. Makes that recent MIT survey hit a little close to home.

And on top of that, even though I brought my Newton Messagepad 2100 with me (along with my wireless PC card), I never found an open network I could leech off of. I know that a lot of people out there romanticize the notion of living off the grid in this all-too-modern world–I’ve been one of them on occasion–but when you don’t have the option of getting back on, it makes you just a wee bit tense.

I need my fix.


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