DIARY OF A TECHNO-SLAVE
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
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.
Happily drinking coffee and playing computer Pinball Space Cadet. I’ve been fascinated with pinball since I was 4 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!
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 ………………………..
I’ve now had 9 comments and finally the hubview meter is registering at 88!!!!!!! All’s well in my world!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!