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Thursday, June 17, 2010

What, No DSL?!? You're Killin' Me!

I talked awhile back about how our new home has no mailbox. Would you believe…no DSL!? It seems the DSL ports in this little town are all taken. Gulp!

OK, I admit it. I’m an internet junkie. But I also refuse to pay exorbitant rates for access. There is exactly 1 cable provider available locally. And 1 satellite provider. And since we don’t watch television, we can’t get some killer bundle deal…I simply cannot will not pay $60/month +monthly equipment fee+installation+modem+?

And then there’s the fact that it just burns me to deal with companies that can’t just come out and tell you the bottom line…

What to do?

We are going to conduct a little experiment…and go back to dial-up for awhile.

Yeah, I know, I’m crazy.

But as much as I’m chained to my computer…I hate my computer…I hate the internet…because it has seriously sucked me in and totally changed how I view the world.

I need a change.

And going to dial-up will give me the impetus I need to make that change.

The other day my 10-year-old was begging me to get out the camera and snap something Emma was doing.

“You’re missin’ a great blog post!” he said.

He needs a change.

My 4-year-old demands coloring pages of any little thing that pops into his head. Do you know how hard it is to Google a coloring page of a giant…all you get are giant coloring pages.

He needs a change.

I need to drag my hubby away from Facebook and Backyard Monsters.

He needs a change.

We all need a change.

We’ll see if it’s possible to survive in the information age without always being on.

I’ll keep ya posted.

Do you have a computer problem? What do you do to keep your family’s electronic consumption under control?


  1. Well, if I had to go back to dial-up, I'd also have to quit my job. Yikes!

  2. Yep, the only reason this will work is because Hubby has a T1 connection at work (and WiFi) and the McDonald's down the street has free WiFi---otherwise, how would I do those Crew downloads...Yikes!

  3. We are in the same boat. We do have a mailbox now, and we pay $90/month for our internet connection!! Makes me sick to my stomach, but we need to have internet! With school, and home banking etc. Good luck! Be sure to keep us posted on your progress.

  4. I simply CANNOT pay $90 a month for internet. Not when we were debating whether or not to pay for dance lessons for Mary.

    Not when I see my family being totally sucked into the internet.

    The cost of the habit is too high in more ways than one.

    We've agreed to do this experiment for a month and then re-evaluate. Hubby wanted to go ahead and pay...but we've decide to give it a go.

  5. What about the library? I know our bigger one has access to lots of computers, I've never looked into whether they had free wi-fi...

    I can see your point about being sucked in by the internet can be a very hard thing to resist when it's so easy to access.

  6. I completely understand. I do. I live in a very rural part of the state. We only got DSL about two years ago. Prior to that it was dial-up. I literally sat at my computer with a book as it took THAT long for pages to load. Downloading anything. Nope! I'd walk away & do other stuff while it worked. There are still some parts of Maine where you simply do not have any other option but satellite if you want high speed connection and that's just way too pricey. Good luck!


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