As I sit here at my desk staring at a small, rectangular space of pixels telling me that it will be "connecting in 3m" and explains said countdown with an "Oops.." - I am reminded of the feeling I had as a youngster when experiencing the rare occurrence that was a landline phone going completely out of service.
It was strange. It could even be downright nerve-wracking under the circumstances, especially as a child.
- What if you needed to call 911?
- What if I need to know what the temperature is outside? (JAMJAM1 anybody?)
- What if I was really wanting my mom to order a pizza??
As a teenager (pre-internet), it was an especially emotional and dramatic event.
- How else was I going to talk about the snooty girl that fell down the stairwell in her high heels she couldn't wear?
- How could I hear a reaction to my critique of VH1's top video countdown?
- How could I find out what was playing at the movie theater??
Now as an adult (kind of an adult), I find a Gmail outage triggering some of those same emotions albeit not quite as laced with fear or agony. I've got the rest of the internet as avenues to the people I need to contact, and I have a cell phone sitting on the desk right next to my hand.
But still, dammit. I want to know how my buddy's lunch break went.
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