Butler County Times Gazette
  • Forced to unplug while on vacation

  • I know. I know. I’m on vacation. It is great to be forced not to work and be able to just relax.


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  • I hate being unplugged.
    I know. I know. I’m on vacation. It is great to be forced not to work and be able to just relax.
    But I don’t relax.
    I worry that who knows what is happening and with one phone call, email or text message I could solve a problem that will linger until I get connected again.
    I relax when I am fully plugged in and can see that there are no problems that need my attention.
    We spent a week in Arkansas. It is a lovely place full of trees, lakes and scenic golf courses.
    But I was five times closer to a WiFi connection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    There, my son and I would walk about half a mile to an Internet cafe. In Arkansas, we were in a little resort town near Greer’s Ferry Lake.
    You know, the lake that John F. Kennedy Jr. dedicated in October 1963 in what would have been his last public appearance before his fateful trip to Dallas.
    Who knows how that might have turned out if he had been able to find WiFi or a decent cellphone signal while he was here?
    The only wifi connection I found was at the guest welcome center. How hard could it be to run a wifi signal to each swimming pool area or even each set of rooms? They have electricity, phones and DirectTV in each room. It seems like a problem that could be addressed so that those of us who are slightly addicted to information and maybe a little too attached to their offices could get the peace of mind of being connected.
    Don’t think that I am going to let Sprint off the hook either. The cell service I have here includes a roaming signal that works really well if you stand on the deck with one hand in the air.
    Dear people of Sprint, “Green Acres” went off the air about 40 years ago. I’m not supposed to have to climb a pole and ask for Sarah to make a call down to Mr. Drucker’s General Store.
    Oh well, I will be back in civilization soon where my biggest problem will be my wife telling me I check my email too often during dinner, get too many text messages and write too much at home.
    She is asleep next to me right now as I write this in our bed in Arkansas. Apparently, she has no issues with being unplugged. She is taking it very well.
    She can go fishing, play golf and ride around on a boat on the lake all day without ever wondering who is trying to contact her.
    Page 2 of 2 - I feel sorry for her.
    She doesn’t know what she is missing.
    I do and I just want to know what I missed.
    Is that so much to ask?
     
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