Recently, I made a really wacky decision. It's one I've since come to regret.
I disconnected my cable.
Now that's not such a big deal, right? After all, I don't watch TV often. What I forgot was that when I unplugged, I literally unplugged everything…TV, phone…and internet. ARGH!The next item on my list is to restore my high speed internet. Who cares about TV? I need my Wikipedia!
That's the sound of Belinda in withdrawal.
Actually, the theory was sound; without the distractions of Twitter and Facebook, I could sit down and get some quality work done. The real outcome wasn't so pretty. I started missing emails from important people…like editors. I didn't have the quick fix of being able to go look up a little factoid online. And I got really lonely.
Well, the library isn't so far away, and Barnes and Noble has free internet too, so every day, I haul myself outside and drive to the nearest hot spot. What I've discovered is that I'm
a worrier. Are the dogs OK? Does my mother need me for anything? It makes production difficult. I've got hundreds upon hundreds of unopened digests and messages because I'm in such a hurry to get back home.
Once I calm down and focus, it's not so bad, and I'm forcing myself to pay attention to the world around me. Right now, I'm looking out on the rooftop garden at the library. There are certainly some interesting folks here too. Downstairs a guy is preaching from the Bible. His grasp of history makes me shudder, but his intentions are good. There's a woman with a dozen stacks of
paper spread out over a table. Her head is down and she's sound asleep. It's mostly quieter here than the bookstore, but there's still the hum of whispered conversation.
In all, my experiment in being unplugged hasn't been so successful, but its had some highlights. I'm getting more organized; I make lists of what I need to do while I'm on the internet. That means less impulse shopping, I'm not wasting so much time online.
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"As a general rule, you won't find the love of your life while you're on your knees under a table."