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    Unplugged

    Got away camping the past week, largely unplugged. We had our phones with us but checked in only once a day for emergency calls, that was it. Coming back I see there's a hurricane, there were a few shootings, and biggest shock of all, some people are arguing politics in the Hot Button forum.

    My general takeaway being unplugged that long - the internet era has imposed on us the ability - and seemingly the need - to respond to everything immediately. Twenty-five years ago we would read the news in the morning, maybe check out the news on tv in the evening, but that was it. This need to respond, urgently it seems, to everything is adding so much stress on top of all the normal stresses - going forward I'm really going to try to consciously resist that feeling. Taking time to think, consider, mull things over ... these are important things.

    I recommend unplugging if you can. Perspective is a good thing.
    It certainly feels that way. But I'm distrustful of that feeling and am curious about evidence.
    Some people think he's playing chess when actually his aides are trying to stop him from eating the pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TranaGreg View Post
    Got away camping the past week, largely unplugged. We had our phones with us but checked in only once a day for emergency calls, that was it. Coming back I see there's a hurricane, there were a few shootings, and biggest shock of all, some people are arguing politics in the Hot Button forum.

    My general takeaway being unplugged that long - the internet era has imposed on us the ability - and seemingly the need - to respond to everything immediately. Twenty-five years ago we would read the news in the morning, maybe check out the news on tv in the evening, but that was it. This need to respond, urgently it seems, to everything is adding so much stress on top of all the normal stresses - going forward I'm really going to try to consciously resist that feeling. Taking time to think, consider, mull things over ... these are important things.

    I recommend unplugging if you can. Perspective is a good thing.
    If I go off grid, who's going to deliver my pizza?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    If I go off grid, who's going to deliver my pizza?
    Door dash, he said he took his phone......
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    Quote Originally Posted by TranaGreg View Post
    Got away camping the past week, largely unplugged. We had our phones with us but checked in only once a day for emergency calls, that was it. Coming back I see there's a hurricane, there were a few shootings, and biggest shock of all, some people are arguing politics in the Hot Button forum.

    My general takeaway being unplugged that long - the internet era has imposed on us the ability - and seemingly the need - to respond to everything immediately. Twenty-five years ago we would read the news in the morning, maybe check out the news on tv in the evening, but that was it. This need to respond, urgently it seems, to everything is adding so much stress on top of all the normal stresses - going forward I'm really going to try to consciously resist that feeling. Taking time to think, consider, mull things over ... these are important things.

    I recommend unplugging if you can. Perspective is a good thing.
    You sound like my Grandson's Grandpa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GwynnInTheHall View Post
    Door dash, he said he took his phone......
    MY pizza, not his.
    “There’s no normal life, Wyatt, it’s just life. Get on with it.” – Doc Holliday

    "It doesn't matter what you think" - The Rock

    "I borked the entry." - Some dude on the Internet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    You sound like my Grandson's Grandpa.
    I see what you did there.
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    if you're at a campground on sunday morning as everyone leaves grab the firewood they leave behind. there will be competition for it like 2 old guys driving trucks and a bunch of 8 year olds pulling plastic wagons or even hooked up to a bicycle. just flip the kids the bird every time you beat them to it, because they'll steal wood from people still camping. and after when you see the old guys in the trucks, rub it in and point out how much you kicked their ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nullnor View Post
    if you're at a campground on sunday morning as everyone leaves grab the firewood they leave behind. there will be competition for it like 2 old guys driving trucks and a bunch of 8 year olds pulling plastic wagons or even hooked up to a bicycle. just flip the kids the bird every time you beat them to it, because they'll steal wood from people still camping. and after when you see the old guys in the trucks, rub it in and point out how much you kicked their ass.
    that's a thing for sure, but it's a spectator sport for me ... I'm happy to sit there sipping my coffee, watching people try to save on a bit of kindling ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TranaGreg View Post
    that's a thing for sure, but it's a spectator sport for me ... I'm happy to sit there sipping my coffee, watching people try to save on a bit of kindling ...
    You Canadians are so polite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    You Canadians are so polite.
    or lazy. sometimes they're related.
    It certainly feels that way. But I'm distrustful of that feeling and am curious about evidence.
    Some people think he's playing chess when actually his aides are trying to stop him from eating the pieces.

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