What did we do before cable and internet?

@sissy15 (5634)
United States
November 28, 2015 5:40pm CST
I mentioned earlier that I watched the OSU vs. Michigan football game, but I missed the first half due to a power outage. Last night our internet and cable were out, and didn't come back until we decided to watch a blu ray, our very first one BTW, we have had a blu ray player for almost a year, and have just now watched a blu ray, we bought a couple during the black Friday sale. We watched "The Heat" with Sandra Bullock, and Melissa McCarthy. I love Melissa McCarthy, so needless to say I liked the movie. Anyway we got our cable and internet back last night, and then this morning our power went out. Our power went out a couple of months ago too, only that time a squirrel made a stupid move and the transformer blew and woke up my son from sleeping and him running and screaming, because it sounded like an explosion. Today it wasn't a transformer, about a quarter of the city's power went out, including my boyfriend's work. My boyfriend was being paid for standing around doing nothing, it was out for a couple of hours. We finally got it back, and then 10 minutes later it went back out, and then after another 20 minutes came back. My son is afraid of the dark, so he was clinging to me. I told him to take a nap, and maybe by the time he woke up it would be back on, sure enough he went to sleep, and when he woke up it was back on, and he is now convinced that if you sleep it will bring the power back on...who am I to tell him any different? lol. Let me tell you, I thought it was bad yesterday not having TV or internet, but not having power at all puts things into perspective. What did we do back before we had cable and internet? How did anyone ever survive without power? I guess when you get used to something, and then it's suddenly not there you can no longer remember what it was like back before you had it in the first place. My son was lost. I took to writing, and coloring lol, my son did color some last night, but he got bored with it really quickly. I mean he has a ton of toys he loves playing with, but he likes having the convenience of knowing he has the TV. Half of the time he doesn't even watch TV. It usually just plays in the background. I think it's time to start making a list of stuff we can do when this happens again, because this certainly isn't the first time this has happened, and it won't be the last. If I had my way I would have gone back to sleep, but my son wouldn't let me. I had to wait for him to fall back to sleep before I could, and no sooner did I start to doze off the power came back and woke him up.
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4 responses
• Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 Nov 15
We adapt to our environment/surroundings. It is funny to think we were able to survive without video games, internet and cable. To think we had to interact with one another and talk face to face, what a concept :-)
@sissy15 (5634)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I know that IS a crazy concept lol. I kind of miss a life where I didn't rely on being glued to a computer screen. I might try to go a week without relying on technology eventually, but I'm going to have to talk myself into it lol.
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• Minneapolis, Minnesota
29 Nov 15
@sissy15 I would like to go some place remote and dump my computer, cell phone and any other type of technical device and just live there and enjoy my surroundings.
@sissy15 (5634)
• United States
29 Nov 15
@Castlerock34 That sounds easier said than done. I'm so immersed in electronics, it's the best way I have to keep in contact with family who live further away from me. If I didn't have a kid and a boyfriend I'd be happy living off by myself and not having contact with everyone.
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@marlina (76664)
• Canada
29 Nov 15
We were used to live like that then, we didn't know any better. We sure played a lot more outside and read a lot.
@sissy15 (5634)
• United States
30 Nov 15
Yeah, it's amazing how things change over the years. I played outside a lot, I would go outside and play until the street lights came on and then I had to haul my butt home lol. I used to read a lot more than I do now, I miss it. Maybe it's time I find a good book and get back to it.
@celticeagle (119215)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Nov 15
I like Melissa too and enjoyed that movie. She was good in Identity Thief also. I did a lot of writing on college rule paper. And, I guess I was outside more too. I was in much better shape then. Argh! I do so agree with your thought on getting used to things. I go crazy when the TV and internet go out. I am so addicted and spend most of my time with usually both of them on. And what I really love is when the phone goes out(all three are on same program, same company) and we have a landline. When it goes out we have to try to get the convenience store let us use their phone. (Our neighbors are all foreigners and usually gone.) So, it isn't much fun.
@sissy15 (5634)
• United States
29 Nov 15
That movie had us laughing. I've been meaning to see Identity Thief. I remember writing on actual paper, teachers everywhere are rejoicing that they no longer have to try and make out each student's handwriting. I don't mind when the phone goes out as long as I have data and can IM people via fb messenger. Now if I have none of the above then I get irritated. I don't talk much on the phone, I hate talking on the phone, and I really don't like texting either. I mostly just use messenger if I can help it. We really have come to rely too heavily on electronics. I do think it'd be easier to not to use electronics if I was completely on my own, because I would have less people to keep track of, and less people calling me, I wouldn't have to make appointments etc. but I wouldn't change having these people in my life for anything, so it's worth it.
@PhredWreck (6051)
29 Nov 15
I did a lot more fishing, walking along the tracks and communing with nature, hanging out with friends and doing stuff, you know, all that lame junk we don't need anymore since we have the Interwebs.
@sissy15 (5634)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I think I spent a lot more time outdoors too. It really is a shame most of us have lost touch with life and feel the need to stare at a screen. I would have gone outside to do something today, but it was too cold and I didn't have keys to get back in. We can currently only find the one set, and my boyfriend took them with him to work.
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