Some may ask why I’m throwing away two days of my Teacher’s Convention
break to spend time in a less than exciting town of 3000 people.
The simple answer is that I have no social life
, so I’m not throwing anything away. Reminding you all that this is only partly true, I’ll move on.
Since I got here, I have received no email
s. I’ve done no instant messaging
, and no boring teenage girls have random
chatted me. I haven’t updated my web site
, my opennap
server isn’t running, nor have I checked Slashdot
yet. In fact, I haven’t even talked on the phone
All of these facts are probably blatantly obvious, but a point is being made. All the things I just messaged are all parts of my daily life. In fact, it’s almost become repetitive. For just a couple days, I’m escaping the routine. To give myself time to think. Time to write. Time to play guitar. Time to play pool. To live a simpler life in a town where most everyone knows most everyone, and everything
is within distance of a brisk walk.
Of course, this hasn’t stopped my from bringing my technology
with me. I still have this Powerbook
(which, by the way, is on the verge of dying beyond death), along with CD player
and tape player. Of course, AC
adaptors are needed to power the aforementioned devices, and an extension cord
This house never changes. My grandparents’ house, that is. I mean, yes, they got new flooring in the kitchen, and that Pentium 100 wasn’t there before, but relatively very little has changed. Except that everything has shrunk
. The furniture, the ceiling, the fridge. It’s all smaller than it was a couple years ago. Even my grandparents have shrunk.
I could get used to this small town life
Rarely do car doors get locked. Ditto with house doors.
There’s a fair number of pickup truck
Even doing the smallest, most obscure thing will guarantee you a spot in the town newspaper
I think that if I lived here, I wouldn’t ever want a car
. You can circumnavigate
the entire city on bike
in very little time.
Unfortunately, I still think I’d still rely on Edmonton
for a few things. For instance, there’s only one computer store in the area, and I imagine it’s Mac
sections leave something to be desired. Also, in terms of clothing for someone my age, there’s like, two stores that cater as such.
And yeah, you can forget about getting cable
internet or DSL
Indeed, a much simpler life. Maybe the kind of simple life that I need.