Do you remember the sound of dial-up?
I used to take a book to the computer with me to wait while the computer dialed, connected, and downloaded pages.
We're on dial-up speed again.
All of the trees around our house have blocked our satellite signal. The raspberry bushes were the final
After being without internet for nearly a week, Bob (the internet wizard) looked high (on top of the roof) and low (from the angle of the ground) for a solution. In the end, he winced as he handed us a little box and said, "It's only about as fast as dial-up, but at least it's something until we can fix the problem." Fixing means Calvin digging a trench and Bob laying wire for 200 yards and then hooking everything up all over again.
At first I didn't think dial-up speed would be too bad - I'd just read a book while I waited. But it doesn't quite work that way anymore; our data is much larger than before. I could almost finish a book by the time a page has surfaced.
The leaves on the trees are also blocking my cell phone coverage. I have to go outside and stand in a certain area to be able to talk on the phone or download data.
An appraiser once told me that each mature tree improves your house value by about $1000, which means they're our gold mine; but this week they don't feel like much of a bargain.
However, I am reading two books that I've wanted to read for a very long time. Books that make me think, and when you're on dial-up speed you have plenty of time to think.
Dial-up isn't just a memory anymore.