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DIARY OF A TECHNO-SLAVE

Updated on August 31, 2010

INTRODUCTION

Fellow hubbers, and other readers, in my previous Hub,” Slave to Technology”, I described my travails of enduring a massive power failure of 48 hours which occurred from Wednesday through Friday (8/4 to 6/2010). The purpose of this hub is to show a diary of a techno-slave two days after the power was restored.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010

5:30 AM

Woke up in normal state of bafflement and reached for the lamp on the nightstand. Noticed my hand bumped into something and heard crashing sound as the flashlight that I had meant to put away two days ago thudded off the floor and wall.

After light came on gave careful examination to my flashlight. Whew it still worked!!! Proceeded into the kitchen and placed flashlight back into the drawer where it should have been put two days ago and flipped the coffee maker on. While coffee was brewing let Salem out.

5:45AM

Happily drinking coffee and playing computer Pinball Space Cadet. I’ve been fascinated with pinball since I was 4 years old.

6:15 AM

Spitting and cursing at stupid rigged computer pinball Space Cadet, I proceed to try and catch-up on my email and hub reading. Notice coffee has got to the warmth of hour old dishwater I rush into the kitchen and nuke the coffee (luckily I have the foresight to buy styrofoam cups for my coffee). Return back to computer and go back to playing pinball Space Cadet.

7:00 AM

RememberI was going to read email and hubs. Exit pinball Space Cadet and open AOL. Darn it this coffee is cold again. I head back to the kitchen. Good hot coffee in hand I head back and sit down at computer and proceed to catch up on email.

9:00 AM

Close AOL and open Hubpages. This coffee is tepid again. I head into the kitchen and dump out stale coffee. I pore new cup of steaming Java, add creamer and sugar. I start reading hubs and boy am I way behind. I continue reading until I am all caught up on reading hubs.

2:00 PM

Good lord this coffee is ice cold and I’m famished. I head into the kitchen and heat a large can of Chunky chicken and dumpling soup. I open a Pepsi and dump out the cold stale coffee. Drat I have no saltines!!!! Oh no worry I'll just use the Town House crackers in place of saltines and I swath on plenty of salt and pepper and I won’t even notice a difference. Wow, Campbell is really making their soup way too salty, and since when is Chunky chicken and dumpling soup so hot?

2:05 PM

First 24 ounce Pepsi is gone. I rush to the kitchen for another as there’s still half the soup left. I notice the soup is getting cool so I nuke the rest.

2:06 PM

I’m back to eating lunch. Ouch, I scorched my mouth on that darn soup!!!!!!!! I dash into the Kitchen and plop an ice cube in my mouth. I run into the bathroom and look into the mirror. Lord there’s a blister on the roof of my mouth!!!!!!!! I ponder dialing 911, but reconsider because I’ve suffered worse so go back to eating lunch.

2:15 PM

Lunch is finished so I go to my profile page on Hubpages. Oh, No…..my Hubscore has dropped 3 points in four days, but I haven’t published in nine days. I’ve got write a Hub!!!!!!!!!! What’s worse my page view is down to 15 per day!!!!!!!!

2:16 PM

Furiously typing (really hunting and pecking) my new hub, “ Slave To Technology”. Having trouble remembering all the sequence of events!!!!!!!! I’m back to typing. I’ll wing it if I have to!!!!!!!!!!

3:30 PM

Published Hub done or not, I can make revisions on the fly!!!!! I keep watching for hubviews, I’ve already had four comments and no hubviews are showing!!!!!! Maybe the Great Hubpage computer is broken!!!!!!!!!

4:00 PM

Remembered that tomorrow is garbage collection day and rushed into the kitchen and emptied the freezer into a trash bag. Wow this thing must weigh 50 pounds!!!!! I also threw away the open mayonnaise and open chicken broth from the fridge. Went downstairs and scooped Salem’s litter box into the previously emptied ice cream containers. Took all the trash to the end of the driveway that is the collection point.

PASSAGE OF TIME ………………………..

10:30PM

I’ve now had 9 comments and finally the hubview meter is registering at 88!!!!!!! All’s well in my world!!!!!!!!!!

CONCLUSION

Folks I think it’s clear I have a techno-monkey on my back and my 48 hours without power did nothing to abate its addictive power over me!!! I’m too old to change my ways now so unless we have a disaster I’ll remain a slave to technology for the remainder of my days!!!!!

I want to make this disclaimer which is I have never actually kept a diary, journal, or any other such contrivance. All facts related are true but actual times are my best remembrance.

In my previous hub I promised fellow hubber sheila b an answer to her question, “What are you doing buying a house less than one month before your 64th birthday? “. My answer is I don’t really need over 2000 square feet of living space, but I don’t want to move and Salem has lived here all his life, and he has his hunting grounds very handy!!!!!!!! In other words I’m buying this house because I want to and I can afford it, I think and hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      Some of the details involve others and are of a personal nature. I don't care about myself, but the others may be embarassed!!!!!!!!!

      Concerning the thermos I use styrofoam and like to nuke it to keep it steaming hot!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Your explanation about buying your house makes sense. I really asked thinking you'd write a whole hub about it. Sounded as though there's a story there. Ever think about putting your coffee in a thermos?

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Wayne,

      You read the situation correctly!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Woo...thing I saw a few tinges of 'withdrawal' in there Tom. It is obvious that all this technology that is surrounding us is making us a lot smarter...duh! Thanks for good laugh! WB

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      We all do face this, and it's a curse!!! Take good care of your dog!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your understanding comment.

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Enjoyable. We all face this. I'd better sign off and walk the dog.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Dusty,

      This technology thing is insipid in the hold it has upon us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • 50 Caliber profile image

      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Tom, I enjoyed this, it seems to have a hold on me as well, I tried to remember what it was I did before the computer each morning.... I just can't. 50

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      I have a travel cup, but it has metal pieces on it and I can't nuke it!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your visit and comment.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tom, The description of your day is similar to some of mine. If you put your coffee in one of those travel cups it will stay hot a lot longer and it holds a bigger cup. I enjoyed your hub. Thanks for the chuckles.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      eovery,

      You are surely correct. However like, and hooked are two differing things, and I'm almost incapable of functioning without my fix!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • eovery profile image

      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      You know you love technology. Us Enkineerers are generally techno geeks.

      Car salesmen love to sell cars to enkineerers. They just show them the new gadgets, and specs on the hp and motor torque. I know my father in law and brother in law just go ga-ga on new cars and their technology.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Robert,

      I hate to admit you've got me pegged!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thank your for your visit, and your comment.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      Yessiree, we're all hooked on technology and when it something so nice as electricity is interrupted we realize what a bunch of sissies we all have become. Got to have my coffee, strong and hot.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      That's a good idea, but what about my microwave oven? I don't have any more room besides in the kitchen!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Tom,

      May I suggest that you plug your coffee maker into an outlet near your computer! It will save time getting that hot cup. One more thing 64 isn't old, it's the new 50! See you at breakfast.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      SusanP,

      You are totally right. I've been shopping for one, and I think I'll be ordering a Trak Phone from WalMart!!!!!!

      Thank you for your visit, and your comment.

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      SusanP 

      8 years ago

      This is cute and sooo true!! : )

      But you need to get a real phone for use during a power outage since the portable ones rely on electric. This is something my daughter taught me when I first got my battery phones.... "Mom, keep your old phone to use for times that the power is off."

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Sheri,

      Your statement is oh, so sad, but oh, so true!!!!!!!

      Thank you for your comment.

    • SheriSapp profile image

      SheriSapp 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for bringing a smile to my face, Tom. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are ALL slaves to technology of some kind or another!!!

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