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Friday, June 18th, 2010

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I realize I left things off on a negative note last time. A bit of a cliff hanger. Is she going to stay? Will she leave? So to those out there in the nether who were worried about my well- being in this far-away land, you can breathe a deep sigh of relief. Colin and I patched things up (he apologized) and the reason I haven't been able to blog is because my internet's been out of commission for 2 weeks! I'll spare you the bureaucratic mayhem I experienced trying to get it connected again (it mainly involved harassing the real estate agent). I just have one question: How on earth did we manage before internet was invented?

I was talking to my student Jack the other day about inventions. You know, the printing press, the wheel, windshield wipers, the post-it, etc. (we were debating which one was most useful) and it strikes me now how vital the invention of internet is. I could live without a cell phone. I don't ever use post-its (or rarely). I don't drive so windshield wipers don't affect my daily life. I can and have lived without TV for several years (although it is nice to have during the World Cup!) I could go on but you catch my drift! I cannot live without the internet. As a matter of fact, I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown several times these last two weeks because I didn't have the internet (although I suppose that could also be due to the fact that Beverly left and half the teaching staff at our school is being renewed...!). My relationship with Mike hinges on a good cable connection. And I'm not the only one. I read a while back that Americans are cutting back on many expenses EXCEPT high speed internet connection! See?! Information, communication, creation are all available (no, achievable!) with this one invention! The wheel never achieved that much!

Posted by Evil1 21:15 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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