Internet was restored late yesterday afternoon, also announced on WRAL. I wonder if the loss of only Cable Television would have warranted a news alert. During the outage, my phone continued to provide me access to e-mail, but otherwise we were cut off.
With little else to do, I walked up to our neighborhood stores, about a mile from the house, to drop off a package, go to the bank, and then to do some grocery shopping. On my way back, it started to drizzle. Brenda called me on my mobile phone asking if I needed her to come out and get me. I was still four blocks from the house. I declined, because it was only a drizzle, and she replied that without Doppler radar, she could not see if there was harder rain on the way. She said that she felt blind.
It’s kind of an absurd statement, “I feel blind,” but at the same time, there is much to it. I remember when there were no satellites up in space looking down on our planet. Now, she can effectively, from her desk, see real-time weather patterns from space (and I from the mobile phone in my pocket), interact with people face-to-face around the world, circle the globe and zoom in to view buildings and local geographic features, often in great clarity, and so much more.
We can see and understand so much about our world. Yet we still misunderstand so much, and continue to fear and fight. I hope that our new eyes and our new ears will one day help us to learn to love.
Joyful holidays to everyone, and may the new year bring happiness, prosperity, and understanding to us all.
A pot of gold’s worth!