Sunday, April 6, 2008


I think I’m addicted.

Wait, don’t they say the first step of recovery is admitting you have a problem?

I’m addicted to being online.

I’m planning a holiday in June, my first real holiday in nearly 3 years. You know the type of holiday where you go someplace new (and not for work, just for the sheer joy of exploring someplace new.) I’m planning on a cruise in the Baltic Sea for 10 days, it’s going to be heaven, I’ll visit some great cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallin, Gdask and Oslo and because I’ll be on a ship, I won’t have to think, plan or strategize about how to get to the next place.

Where does the addiction come in? I’ve had several people ask me if I’m taking my computer with me. The instant answer was yes, I mean after all, I’d need to check the internet to find places in each city to visit and to check in with the rest of my life 10 days is a very long time.

This evening a friend asked me if I knew how much it cost to connect from a ship, I hadn’t given it much thought, If McDonalds can offer free WiFi surely a cruise ship will too. Turns out that may not be so true. And, being the cheapskate that I am, I started to reevaluate my decision to bring a laptop along and started to think about how nice it might feel to have a few days when I didn’t have to obsessively check email or skype. Frankly, except for a couple of sick days back in January I can’t remember the last time I had an unconnected day.

However, the true sign that I’m addicted was arriving home tonight to discover our router is dead and we’re unable to get online. I’ve found I don’t know what to do with myself for the rest of the evening. So I decided I would blog in Word and transfer it over when we get back online. It’s clear, I’m addicted.

In honor of my addiction, one of the funniest songs of last year, Brad Paisley’s “Online” (to be filled in later after I can get back online again to get the link)

UPDATE: It's now Sunday afternoon and we are still without internet at home, I've resorted to going to our other apartments just so I can get online.
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