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Modern Times, Or The Simple Life

Early yesterday morning, our electricity source was cut off. I don’t want to bore you with the details but, believe me, life is not the same without the energy supply feeding our daily routines. For a start, the heating does not work without the electric pump supplying the gasoil, and it is very cold in Felanitx, Mallorca, these days (10° C outdoors, 16° C indoors).  The water does not work and thus, the toilets do not flush. There is no running water, hot or cold. We have no access to the computer nor to the Internet, no television to watch the news and no radio to listen to the wireless. It was eerily quiet in the house all day long for the absence of the normal activities. After a few hours one gets used to the unusual circumstances and adapts one’s behaviour but, as the sun goes down rather early in Winter, here in Mallorca, even an ample supply of candles does not give enough light to read the papers or a book.

As far as this blog is concerned, I must apologise for having to temporarily cut back in my usual community service. Yes, I managed to take my son’s laptop to the local bar to prepare today’s blog entry but, his computer does not have any of my photographs stored on it and my photo archive is inaccessible for the time being.

The lack of comfort is quite stressful. I am angry about the situation not for the fact that I am cut off from a vital service but for the total dependence I seem to have upon the supply of electricity. The complete unavailability of the digital world and the addiction that I did not realize I had to the likes of WordPress, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, YouTube, EuroNews and the BBC is quite a sobering experience. I may have to rethink my position. Do I want to be addicted to the digital age to quite the extent that I seem to be hooked? I do not think so.

Let’s see what will happen later today. I’ll keep you posted.

The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Thank you very much.

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  1. It’s true we can become a slave to the digital age but your insights and experiences need to be shared. Use technology for your benefit and always remember there is an OFF button which should be used you have the control and the choice. Enjoying your blogg very much.

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