I’ve had a very frustrating week – my home has been sans internet.
The net has become such a part of everyday life that we take for granted how much we use it for.
Even now, mere hours before the deadline, I’m wondering how I’m going to get this column to the editor on time!
I needed to do some online banking, check my email, order some tickets to go and see Skyfall and book a restaurant table, all of which I needed a trusty internet connection to do.
Heaven forbid I should actually venture into the realm of customer service and pick up a phone instead.
This is the 21st century! We don’t need to wait for opening hours – we can just click and buy when it suits us.
When describing my no-net problem to a friend, I used to word Dickensian. That of course conjured a picture of workhouses, the Artful Dodger and Miss Havisham.
A far cry from not being able to purchase some new pants online.
We forget how lucky we are sometimes. My friend Rob runs a college radio station in the United States.
He’s in New Jersey and has been without any electricity or heating for over a week.
The pictures from America have been really shocking.
I don’t want to go all thought-for-the-day on you but I think it’s easy to forget just how good we do have it sometimes.
We’re lucky enough to live in a first-world country at a time where things are available to us as and when we need them.
I think I can cope without the net for a few more days, don’t you?