We've been offline the past few days due to technical issues. What happened is that we tried to reset something on our wireless router which messed it up and then we couldn't bypass it to hook up directly to our DSL modem, and yadda, yadda, yadda ... you've been there before.
Thankfully we didn't miss out on anything crucial but the cyber-isolation was disconcerting for me. I didn't realize how much I rely on the Internet to communicate with friends, do banking, get the news and entertain myself. On Sunday I was stuck in the house with three 11-year-old boys playing musical instruments at top decibels and when I went to my computer to escape, I remembered I was offline and felt very, very alone.
Watching my son try to deal with it all was most amusing. His class has been studying early American pioneers, so when he asked me how he would get along without the Internet I told him to pretend he was one of the pioneers. He took me seriously.
Yesterday, he stared at the computer, signed loudly and said, "It's like living in the '80s."