Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I didn't forget to post

Posting way early this morning, as this is a travel day for me. I head to the great Midwest for a run of seminars this week. One would think that I could easily blog while in the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International airport, where I lay over from 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM. I could, but I flatly refuse to pay for the wireless Internet service.

ATL has wireless Internet access in every corner of that city-sized airport. With all those laptop-carrying people, sitting around with nothing better to do, why should the Internet be free? Ten bucks to go online with your choice of carriers. Hopefully that charge is just enough to dissuade the frugal travelers from checking in with the office emails, so instead they can buy the $6.00 coffee.

I'm lost without Internet access, and it makes me worry about my entire generation. The terrible memory-loss ailments that afflict older folks devastate the brains of people who had to add and subtract without the aid of a calculator, to remember phone numbers without speed dial, to recall banking hours to access their cash without the backup of the after-hours ATM. Even with a lifetime of brain exercise, too many of our elders suffer from slipping memories. What will become of us who rely on Google for long-term memory?

That will have to be the end of this rambling post, as I need to tab over to the Delta website to recall the departure time for my flight this morning.


LJ said...

Yeah the other... oh, I've forgotten what I was going to say.

Anonymous said...

My parents still refuse to pay for dial-up... nuff said?

Hope you have a safe trip :)

---someone with ferkakta folks in Brooklyn...

Cora Spondence said...

I think you should just have a travel blog because your insights and ideas about how to make travel less like Guantanamo Bay would go a long way into reinventing what has become a giant pain in the ass no matter where you go.
That being said, I wonder if people worried about the loss of written language once every household had a phone or two in it?
With every generation, technology makes us more its beyotch.