For me, technology is an ironic Catch 22 of the 21st Century. The one thing which defines the development of humanity in the past 10-20 years is something without which we cannot really function, yet it also simultaneously can tend to function so unreliably.
Take, for example, the story of my technology-based life for the past two months.
First, my laptop dies while I'm on the road. Lenovo sends me a new hard drive, but my Windows recovery CDs fail to work. So, I send my laptop into Lenovo. It's returned, with a new motherboard mind you, and my Windows recovery CDs still can't perform their singular function of recovering my laptop. I've now sent my laptop off one more time. (And no, Apple lovers, I will not be investing in a Mac anytime soon, despite your guarantees of non-breakage.)
Second, my phone decides to 1) start shutting off when I close it, and 2) temporarily choose to not function unless it's plugged into the wall. So, I go to Verizon on Saturday, and they send me a new phone because my current one is under warranty. I receive it today, go to Verizon tonight, and am then informed by my customer service representative that I was sent the wrong phone. So, it looks as though I'll continue to have a sickly phone for the next chunk of tour (fortunately, this next tour is only two weeks long).
I'm not concerned about not having a laptop (I survived the last short tour without one, so what's two more weeks, right?). And I'm not too concerned about having a less-than-perfect phone for the next two weeks. It just seems that technology, while being the wonderful thing it is (and subsequently allowing me to keep track of my travels, however spotty my records may have been in the recent months), also seems to cause many inconveniences.
I guess things could always be significantly worse, right? I suppose I just feel the need to justify why I haven't been updating this blog or posting pictures on facebook.
I'll be back home April 29th, for what looks to be a mini-summer vacation of 5 or 6 weeks. So, at that time, I'll (finally!) get the chance to heavily delve into updating this less-than-adequately-maintained-as-of-late blog!
Here's to two more weeks of travels!