Forever Loading: The Slow Internet-Havers Lament

internet_construction_workersHello, out there. I’m sure many of you are reading this through the wonderful world of high speed internet. I’m here to tell you there’s a whole world out there you thought died long ago. Sadly, there are still people (like me) who live with the struggle of painstakingly slow internet.

No, it’s not dial-up. At least with dial-up, there’s consistency. It might take a good three minutes for anything to load, but you know eventually, it will load. With slow, wireless internet, everyday is a surprise. No, not the fun kind. One day you might think all your (internet) problems are solved and the next, you’re forced to pull out the ‘ole DVD player.

As you more fortunate individuals speed through the 21st century, others less fortunate are forced to stare in the face of the spinning wheel of death. Sure, the country looks nice, but it comes at a price. The price: high speed internet. People will tell you that you can enjoy the crazy fast download speeds as any city-dweller enjoys. They’re wrong. What they’ll (conveniently) leave out is to even catch a glimpse of instant downloads, you need to build a 60 foot tower in your backyard. And even then, there’s no guarantees.

The worst is the false hope created by the appearance of a supposed connection… just to later learn that it was a figment of your imagination, that the connection wasn’t actually strong enough to do anything. You sit, watching those “three bars” taunting you, like a carrot on a stick, just out of reach.

So Many Books, So Little Time Spent Reading Them

20140218-202659.jpgWhy is it that when our internet drives us crazy, we’re ready to throw our computers out the window? I mean, that’s pretty violent. The computer had nothing to do with the internet crapping out. It’s simply an innocent bystander, and yet the internet means so much to us that we’re willing to use it as a scapegoat.

The internet has become the source of our entertainment. We not only use it to communicate, we’ve started handing over our entire music and movie libraries to it. And when it goes down, what do we do? We panic. What we should be doing is picking up a book instead of  freaking out because we’re going to miss Game of Thrones. When we finally do decide to sit down and read a book, we feel so noble and accomplished. We shouldn’t be reading just so we can tell people we read, we should do so to educate ourselves.

Personally, I love books. Well, I love the idea of books. However, I will admit, I have a hard time sitting down and reading a book after a long day of work. It’s much easier for me to sit in front of the TV and let it do the work for me. My shelves are filled with books, but there are many of them that I have yet to read and be inspired by.

One of the things I hope to do more of this year is read. I’m hesitant to make it a “New Years Resolution” because I want it to be more than something new to try once and cross off the list. I want to read more in general. I want reading to become a bigger part of my life.