March 25, 2007

Shutdown Day

Well, I survived a whole day without my computer(s). I run a service for other people on one computer - so that one didn't get shut down, but all the primary computers in my house were turned off all day yesterday. Did I miss getting on my computer? Perhaps once or twice I wanted to get on my PC. I wanted to check the weather, check the movie listings, look for something to do downtown and even wanted to play World of Warcraft instead of watching TV.
Each time, I thought about how I did these things 20 years ago. For example, movie listings. We used to call up the theater and listen to movie listings on a recording. You'd call in, and have to sit through the movies you didn't care about until you got to the one you wanted to watch. If someone started to talk and you didn't hear the times you'd have to listen to it all over again.
For the weather, we listened to the radio, and going downtown ended up being preempted by rain. In the morning we cleaned up the garage, I played some basketball with my son and then it was off to Home Depot to pick up some garden and lawn soil. I sat and watched half a movie while my wife got ready to go out and we went to Tyson's Corner II for some cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. When we came home we all sat down and watched RV on TV, and the night was over. I went to sleep two hours earlier than I would have than if I'd been playing WoW.
All in all, it was a good day.

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