surreal experiece

Surreal is defined as “weirdly unfamiliar, distorted, or disturbing, like the experiences in a dream or the objects or experiences depicted in surrealism.” This describes this last 10 days of being without a computer. Normally I have two laptops nearby and they were both down and normal life came to a screeching halt and surreal moved in — or at least that is the way it felt. I was not aware of how much the computer dominates my normal routine. Here are a few things that went undone: online bill paying, personal scheduling (daily, weekly, monthly), instant messaging, blogging, checking favorite blogs, sending and receiving email, a writing project, attention to a research project, normal Bible study, prep work for some teaching responsibilities, and a lot of other stuff.

Needless to say, I found it somewhat uncomfortable and unnerving as any type of normal routine was non-existent for ten days, and forced to remember a time when computers were not part of my world – and not all that long ago. A time that everyone – at least those of us who can remember those times, have referred to them as much simpler less complicated. Funny, without my laptops, I find life much more complicated and frustrating. My, how things have changed, but I still don’t want to go back. I’ll just deal with the occasional surreal times.


One Response

  1. Yeah! and you also remember times when there weren’t antibiotics,HECK you’re old enough to remember pre-writing don’t you? LOL.

    Yeah. It sucks when little things like electricity, computers, cell phones, and indoor plumbing go away. Try reading a series of books by S.M. Stirling which deal with this very theme. It’s interesting if not a bit disconcerting.

    Your bro.

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