I Was Bored

By Jabo
@jaboUK (54860)
United Kingdom
August 15, 2018 9:23am CST
I was without my computer for a few days, and didn't realise how bored I would be. It surprised me as I didn't get a computer until I was 73, and quite happily filled my time before that. To make matters worse I couldn't even get out gardening as it hardly stopped raining. We needed the rain as we hardly had any all summer, but it would come when I hadn't much else to do. I've been reading books and doing Sudoku and other puzzles, wrote a couple of poems, but still got bored. This computer thing really takes hold of you, doesn't it? What do you do when your computer is out of action? Photo is of one of my baskets.
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@Kandae11 (40210)
15 Aug
I won't last too long A couple of months ago, I decided to give up my internet until the service was much improved. I lasted 20 days. I decided that half a loaf was better than no bread and I will work with the faulty service until it gets better.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
I remember you doing that - has the service not improved?
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@Kandae11 (40210)
15 Aug
@jaboUK It is a bit worse. It is a daily battle to do anything online.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
@Kandae11 How frustrating for you.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Aug
I feel a bit lost when internet service is not available too. I start looking at the books of poetry I have around and enjoy that.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
As you know, I like poetry too, but not an overload of it
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@LadyDuck (170400)
• Switzerland
15 Aug
You are so right, I cannot believe how much computer dependent we have become. First thing I do in the morning is to read the news using my computer, then my emails. I wonder if I should try to use it less.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
It's become a way of life hasn't it? I felt really cut off without mine.
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@LadyDuck (170400)
• Switzerland
15 Aug
@jaboUK The day I had a problem and I waited for a new power to replace the old one in my desktop computer I was lost.
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@xFiacre (4771)
• Ireland
15 Aug
@jabouk @ladyduck My wife forbids me to take my phone on holiday so that I can’t check emails or be contacted about work. It annoys me but I appreciate it. She takes her phone of course, but only so that family can contact us. I feel useless and isolated for the first few days.
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@allknowing (68597)
• India
15 Aug
There are days when both the computer and tv get out of bounds specially when there is thunder and lightning. I reminisce sitting in my favourite corner. There is so much to go back to - happy and sad memories.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
Oh yes, we can alwys reminisce, but I like to be doing something
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@allknowing (68597)
• India
16 Aug
@jaboUK Not that I just sit and reminisce but that is a part of keeping me occupied
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@Morleyhunt (20276)
• Canada
16 Aug
I will read, sew, bake....quilt, sew.....did I mention sew? I get much more accomplished when I step away from the computer.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
I don't have any of those skills, my skills are gardening and writing poems. I couldn't do the former because of the weather, and my ideas for poetry ran out after I'd done a couple of poems.
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@Morleyhunt (20276)
• Canada
16 Aug
@jaboUK my husband is passionate about the garden....I don't mind helping....but I might get my hands dirty, and then sewing could be a problem.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug
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@myklj999 (16749)
16 Aug
"I was without my computer for a few days, and didn't realise how bored I would be. It surprised me as I didn't get a computer until I was 73" So when I saw the preview for this, I thought it was going to be a poem. I'd go ape without mine. This is my 'social life' these days, being as I don't care much for physically being around people.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
Lol - that is almost a poem without me realising it. So your computer is really a necessity for you?
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@myklj999 (16749)
16 Aug
@jaboUK Pretty much. I don't have any 'friends' I go visit, and I don't go out anywhere except for shopping.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
@myklj999 No girlfriend?
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• China
16 Aug
I have been attached to the computer and am at a loss to know what to do without computer in the afternoon -I hardly play it in the morning.Same here,I didn't feel bored when I have no computer,but without it, I like a cat on hot bricks now.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
That's a good way to put it Chang - a cat on hot bricks
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@Hannihar (40011)
19 Aug
@changjiangzhibin89 I feel empty without my computer and found when did not have my phone I missed it.
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• China
20 Aug
@Hannihar Nowadays it seems that we can't do without computer and phone.
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@JudyEv (130063)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Aug
I love seeing photos of your beautiful flowers. I hate being without my computer too. If I can't use it for some reason I usually resort to reading or crocheting. I even sudoku on my computer although I try to have a book of puzzles on hand as well.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
I've never tried sudoku on my computer, perhaps I'll have a look. I like the really difficult ones in 4 by 4 sqares instead of 3 by 3. Thanks for liking the flowers.
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@JudyEv (130063)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Aug
@jaboUK Is that the one that uses 0-9 and A-F? I love those but you don't often find them.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
@JudyEv Yes, they are the ones. I have a couple of books of them, and what I do is copy them onto graph paper and do them again.
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@MALUSE (42575)
• Germany
15 Aug
I was a bit younger than you when I got to know computering, but I was already ancient from the point of view of the young computer freaks of today. I've been online for 18 years now and I can say that life without a computer is possible but not desirable! :-)
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
You've hit the nail on the head - possible but not desirable
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@MALUSE (42575)
• Germany
15 Aug
@jaboUK I remember that once when I was teaching a class of ~15-year-old pupils, I said to a boy, "Believe it or not, there was life before computers were invented". He replied from the bottom of his heart, "Thank God that I wasn't born then yet."
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• United States
15 Aug
You are so right.
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@rebelann (42375)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Aug
I go nuts when I can't be online, lately I've had some vision problems and can't see well enough to be online that much.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug
I read your message and am sorry about that. So how are you filling in your time? Presumably you can't read much either.
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@rebelann (42375)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Aug
I can read if I squint and get close to the screen @jaboUK but that's tiring and then I've also been busy cleaning up mom's house, finally, and that too has been time consuming. I'm hoping my vision improves soon so that I can resume my normal online activities, I really miss all of you here. Isn't it funny how we've come to make so many friends on the internet? I can remember when I would have argued it wasn't possible, silly me.
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@marguicha (100076)
• Chile
15 Aug
I have heard that computers are a worse addiction than most of the others. I could quit smoking, but I don´t know what I´d do now without my laptop.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
Exactly, it's the same for me. I felt really isolated without mine.
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@marguicha (100076)
• Chile
15 Aug
@jaboUK Addiction
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@Corbin5 (112825)
• United States
15 Aug
I think the computer really does make us somewhat unable to think of other things we could do that are worthwhile. I know so much time sitting while on the computer does not do our bodies, and perhaps our minds, much good.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
You' re right about the bodies, but it can do our minds good and we can learn a lot.
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@marlina (76562)
• Canada
15 Aug
First, I love your flower basket. Second, when I don't have my computer, I feel lost!
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
You're like me - don't know what to do with myself witthout the computer . Thanks for liking my basket.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
15 Aug
Well, when I don't have my computer I definitely read my Bible more often. I spend more time with my children and husband. Anywhere we live gets cleaned a whole lot more too, Lol.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
Lol - cleaning is the last thing on my list! Your children obviously take up a lot of your time anyway.
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@riverwild (2303)
15 Aug
i get bored without internet. it was off a few days ago
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
You feel the same as me
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@Juliaacv (32275)
• Canada
15 Aug
Your basket is bright and beautiful. I know that we rely on our devices a lot more then we realize it, and when they are gone we realize it pretty quickly! Welcome back.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug
It really did surprise me how much I missed it - I even went to bed early!
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@yoalldudes (2353)
• Philippines
16 Aug
I love you bouquet so much.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
Thank you, I love growing flowers
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• Philippines
16 Aug
@jaboUK You mush have a green thumb.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
@yoalldudes We call it 'green fingers' in England, but yes, I do seem to have them.
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• United States
16 Aug
Write, draw, read, play a video game on one of the systems, watch movies, crochet, get out of the house and ride my bike, go swimming. Computers are nice and I wouldn't want to be without one, but I don't think I would be short on things I can do to pass the time.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
That's good, and I didn't think that I would miss it quite as much as I did.
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• United States
17 Aug
@jaboUK I will admit that while I would be doing any of those things I would constantly want and try to get onto the computer in between. "Okay, I went swimming now to get onto my laptop and check up on my good friend... oh, yeah. I cant. Um...reading! I will just get on my computer and transfer the book I am reading... er... no computer. I forgot. I will just go make lunch. What was that recipe I found on the internet?... Maybe I will make something else."
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug
@things4gotten Yes, it's become so much a part of our lives now.
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
16 Aug
i love the randomness of flowers in that basket. yes, i believe a day without working in our computer makes our day dull.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
16 Aug
That's it - you've hit on the right word - dull. Glad you like the basket - I just bung the plants in and hope they look ok when they flower
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
17 Aug
@jaboUK i guess when you do the floral arrangement of a wedding, the venue will be so colorful and so organic with the fresh flowers you will place in every decorative pot, or the bride's bouquet.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug
@ridingbet I've never done any floral arrangements for anything, my flowers stay in the garden till they die
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@rebelann (42375)
• El Paso, Texas
17 Aug
I'm curious, what kind of soil do you use in your baskets? I want to see if I can create something like that inside my home.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug
I use packaged compost in my baskets - it has a lot of nutrients added, and I put slow release fertilier pellets in when I plant them up.
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@rebelann (42375)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Aug
Thanks @jaboUK I'll have to give that a try.
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