A Day Without a Laptop

So my laptop power cord bit the dust last night before I went to bed; this is my second cord in a little over a year to quit on me, and I realize now it’s because I never unplug it from the laptop. (When I was shoving it in and out of my bookbag to and from work and school on a daily basis, the end that plugs into the computer was slowly fraying away.) The saving grace is that all my term papers were turned in, and I didn’t have any other pressing assignments that had to be done right away. I ordered a new cord online right before the computer died, because I’m resourceful like that, and then the security guard here at the hotel was kind enough to let me “borrow” one from Lost & Found…AKA, I’ll have a back-up one to keep here at work! Sign #746 that you’re officially an adult: you get super-excited about having a back-up laptop cord. Lame!!

I share all this because I’ve said for the last seven or eight years that I could do just fine without a computer or a cell phone if I had to give them up. Well, it’s funny how once theories are actually tested, we react very differently than we predict we will. Or at least that’s the case with me. To speed up my narrative, here’s a timeline of my 24-ish hours without a laptop, AKA any type of Internet connection whatsoever:

2AM Thurs.: I realize the laptop is dying, figure out it’s the frayed cord that died, I order a new cord, and hit the hay.

8:30AM: Up for class, I feel so lost not being able to check my e-mail, Facebook, etc. Blah!

9:45AM: I’m sitting in the back of the class seeing about 4 people Facebook-ing (which is so rude during class, FYI). I’m past irritated.

10:50AM: Instead of running upstairs to the Writing Centre to get online, I go home to lay out, glad to not be bothered with online mumbo-jumbo. I’m going to make the best of this, I tell myself.

12:15PM: After doing some errands around the house–during which I actually cut on the TV downstairs (I watch everything online nowadays)–I finally lay out with a book in hand. (The book is an assigned one for class, but it’s much better than I anticipated.) Even as I soak up the sun, trying to feel carefree, I miss my laptop. So lame, so lame…

1PM: My new Netflix DVD arrives. Wait, where’s my laptop so I can watch it?!?

1:30PM: I hit the hay, too tired to care about missing my computer any longer.

9:30PM: I wake up for work and am actually able to leave my house on time since I’m not wasting time on Facebook!

10:46PM: I clock in almost on time for the first time in weeks. Yes, weeks. Or months, I’m not sure. None of my co-workers can believe it.

10:55PM: Signed on to a work computer at last, I begin checking my e-mail, Facebook, my power cord order, etc. In the midst of this, I realize what an addict I am to the Internet. Humiliating indeed…

1:30AM Fri.: I have a laptop cord finally! I can’t wait to get plugged in and “start living” again. Yes, I just typed that.

2AM: I start typing this blog. I found the pic below in an e-mail from the Ace Hotel Palm Springs, which I’m currently obsessed w/ after staying @ the Ace NYC. It reminds me of the carefree-ness that I longed for while I was laying out yesterday afternoon. This is the picture of bliss:

Ace Hotel Palm Springs (formerly a HoJo...so cool!)

Notice there are no laptops in that pic. No one’s on Facebook or furiously e-mailing. Case dismissed.

Hope everyone had an amazing April; May is officially upon us!

brt

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  1. Shannon

     /  April 30, 2010

    very funny blog. I had a day like this a few months ago when our computer crashed….you don’t realize how much you really “need” the internet until you can’t use it. I still wonder how we made it through high school without them, or worse – with dial-up. šŸ™‚

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  2. So true! The Tuckers didn’t even have a computer until I was in 11th grade, and the first time I ever got on the Internet was in 12th grade at school. However, I’m very glad there was no Facebook in high school…what a nightmare that would’ve been!

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