I spent the last couple of days in Louisville. When I moved to Manhattan, I removed the WiFi and cable from the Shire near the Ohio. I don’t regret that decision, but it led to some privileged whining on my part.
The lack of cable proves no great loss. I have a DVD player there (purchased years ago for me by Sean and Eric) and a television set: a very, very small television set as people have repeatedly said. But it works and a trip to Half Price Books yielded a number of movies to view: Andersonville, Valkyrie, Wyatt Earp, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. They made for good entertainment.
But, multitasking became a major challenge. An air card seemed a good way to access the Internet. It would allow work to proceed while movies played in the background (which makes for all sorts of surprises as different viewings reveal different aspects of the movie).
For whatever reason or reasons, the air card did not function well. This resulted in a great deal of whining and complaining on my part.
After a bit of scenery-chewing and some texts to family and friends, I realized the foolishness of my complaints. In a world where children hunger, people have no work, illness strikes, war rages, exploitation occurs, violations happen, my problems came from a privileged position. Annoying problems. But trivial compared to what so many others face. And embarrassing.
A good remembering – not a learning – I already knew that. A good remembering. Hopefully in the future, I will remember sooner.
See you along the Trail.
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