Monthly Archives: May 2014

An Old-Fashioned Vacation

I’m on vacation. On a very nice cruise ship. With a spa. Looking at lovely scenery. Without a consistent Internet connection. International roaming rates may apply.


I’m not particularly tech-savvy. I cheerfully admit my iPhone is smarter about itself than I’ll ever be. There are probably millions of things I could access on the Internet, and amazing photo-shop tricks I could use, but don’t.

On the other hand, I am technologically spoiled. I text message and check my email at a whim. I jump on and off the web to check facts while writing. I don’t think about what a marvel these activities are. Until they become awkward.

On a cruise ship, the Internet comes via satellite, but doesn’t work in port. Minutes are expensive, and the connection is slow. I wonder if my Social Media pals notice my absence.

I’m stepping back in techno-time – recording experiences on my unconnected laptop, taking pictures with an extra piece of equipment called a camera.

The next time I access the Internet will be to upload this blog. Next week the blog will be late – but there will be pictures to see and stories to read.

Meanwhile, I’m on vacation. On a very nice cruise ship.



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