Aug 032016

Big Adventure for them, the smell of summer for me

Day 5 of our enforced experiment dawns warm and humid. The air conditioner is already kicking on; in the South, no time is too early to be hot. I am reminded how fortunate we are that the lightning only took out our cable. We still have power.

To me, this is still a pleasant warmth, something to be enjoyed, unlike the battering heat of midday; waves of moist airborne combustion that must be endured rather than enjoyed.

My Gamer Girl is much more cold tolerant than I, but that much less able to withstand the heat. The outdoors are closed to her for the entire Southern summer, even this early in the day.

Again I am thankful that we didn’t lose power too.

This whole thing is harder on her than me. We have no cable, but other than Bronco games, I don’t watch TV anyway. In cable’s absence I’ve been catching up on my reading; a net plus.*

My Gamer Girl too. But she is home all day while I am not. Cable has left a much larger hole to fill.

We have no house phone, but we both have cellular, more or less, as much cellular as a one-bar 3G rural connection allows. The house phone is our only dependable, quality voice line but we are making do. A net minus, albeit not a very negative minus.

Lack of internet is much more noticeable. No DDO. No constantly having all of the news and information in the world at your fingertips.

So instead, we play boardgames in the evening.** This also affects my Gamer Girl more than I; one cannot easily play boardgames by oneself during the day.

And of course neither of us can play boardgames with our online friends. Boardgames, as much fun as they are, don’t work like that.

Lack of internet is a big minus. The biggest loss of the bunch.

On the other hand, lack of internet also means that instead of locking myself in the office first thing in the morning, I am blogging out on the screen porch, where we get the best cell signal.

Where I can hear the birds, and the insects, and the frogs. Where I can smell the morning, and it smells like summer. Where I can bring the cats, a Big Adventure for them, a humorous interlude of cat-watching for me.

This is good.

Maybe I need to find a way to do this even after we have internet again.

Which should (said with fervent hope rather than any form of certitude) be later today.

🙂 😀 🙂

* The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.

** Tobago, Vasco de Gama, and a massive Carcassonne Mashup.


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