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The dangling conversation

January 30, 2013

I thought that, if I stood at the kitchen window and held my mobile up in the air at an awkward angle for minutes at a time, I might just get enough of a phone signal to explain Dancing Beastie’s long silence. No luck. I’m writing this in a cafe in the nearest village, where the internet connection is excruciatingly slow but better than nothing at all.

We have had no internet at home since the beginning of last week. The office phone line, through which it comes, is dead too. The telecoms company is ‘aware of the fault’, but they sure don’t seem very aware of what it’s like for my husband to try to run two businesses with no phone and internet connection!

It makes me realise how much I have come to rely on access to the web. Whether ordering the weekly groceries, following up information on the Gaelic evening classes I am hoping to start, checking whether younger son’s school is open (we had a LOT of snow last week), settling marital disagreements (yesterday’s was on the history of the development of symphonic form, although they are often considerably more low-brow), browsing the tail-end of the sales or just listening to the radio, so much of my daily life is now conducted online.

The enforced semi-hibernation in last week’s snow – emphasised by power-cuts as snowy branches brought down the electricity wires – was quite nice for a while. I bought what groceries I could at the local shop-cum-post office. My son got a day and a half off school as blizzards prevented parents and teachers getting out. I thrashed my husband at Trivial Pursuit.

But now the snow is thawing rapidly, the world is moving again, and we would really quite like to be moving with it. And I miss blogging! Apart from all the practical aspects of life which we handle online, I have realised how important the web is for social connections. I rarely feel lonely at home, even on days when I don’t see another soul between the school runs. That is not only thanks to the dogs (and the trees?), but also because I can keep in touch with the rest of the world online. Except that, as of the past ten days, I can’t. Come on, telecoms guys. I want to re-join the conversation.

P.S. The title of this post is lifted from an old song by Simon & Garfunkel, but I’m afraid that a link to it is beyond my capabilities at the moment!

P.P.S.My apologies if I am unable to respond to comments at the moment, and also for the loss of my old formatting: the settings have expired while I have been offline. Grrr.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2013 4:38 pm

    I hope your power is soon restored.

  2. Dancing Beastie; husband of permalink
    January 30, 2013 4:45 pm

    You did not thrash me!

  3. January 30, 2013 6:15 pm

    Oh dear, DB! That’s a long time to be disconnected in today’s world. Hope it gets fixed soon.

  4. January 30, 2013 6:25 pm

    Enjoy the pause. Rare in today’s world.
    (But do completely understand the difficulties of trying to work and run a business with no phones or internet. UGH. Worst part of hurricane recovery…that and missing friends in the blogging community)
    Great title, loved that song.

  5. January 30, 2013 7:16 pm

    Oh! One of my favorite songs EVER. “The dangling conversations and the superficial sighs…” I’m adding a link for people:

    Hope it works.

  6. January 31, 2013 12:57 am

    Not sure,but I think a little bit of enforced ‘disconnection’ might be quite good for us all. As a family we have decided to try something that my son has called ‘Tech No Tuesday’. Apart from the essential fridge (milk doesn’t taste so good when it’s gone off), we propose to have one day a week without the electronic connectedness and focus a little more on the ‘real’ life connectedness. I think I may struggle. The key is choice though and if it is of ones own choosing then to switch off, just once in a while, may be no bad thing.

  7. January 31, 2013 8:11 am

    Poor you! I imagine it might feel slightly different in the height of summer, but there would still be the functional aspects of life that are now on the internet – eg online banking (why did I think of this – could be because I’ve just transferred money to one of our university students). I’m surprised that your husband’s businesses aren’t a priority factor in getting the engineers out.
    When our children were at primary school we used to have a ‘no screen Sunday’ every now and then. It didn’t survive secondary school and the need to connect to the school intranet for homework discussion groups and resources posted online, and emails to and from teachers.
    Good luck with the evening class. I am plodding through an Italian one at the moment and finding it a struggle alongside very full-on work. However I’ve set myself a programme of languages to learn/brush up on, tho Gaelic definitely isn’t in it – I am so not a Gael!

  8. January 31, 2013 8:36 pm

    I can fully sympathise – we were regularly cut off by bad weather while living in North Wales, and we were trying to run a business too. I really hope you are back on again soon.

  9. January 31, 2013 8:41 pm

    Ooh I feel your pain! I too would desperately miss the connection to others! And I know the frustrations of dealing with the telecoms company. However nice the person at the end of the phone is I just want to scream at them to fix the bl**dy thing NOW! Hope you are re-connected soon – in all it’s many forms!

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