In my last post I wrote about going to Orlando with my wife’s family and how I really made a bad decision by not bringing any optical aid to view the night skies. OK, I learned my lesson and will not venture out without a scope or my binos.
I don’t know about you but I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have a connection to the Internet. I read Cloudy Nights Forums, check the weather, order books form Amazon.com, and on and on. So imagine my surprise when we unload our bags and I hear someone say there is no wireless connection. One of the kids wanted to play an online game and couldn’t find the wireless connection. PANIC strikes. I’m thinking something is wrong and surely I’ll be able to connect to read my daily paper, that’s what I call Cloudy Nights forum when asked, “What are you doing on the computer?”
So I unpack my laptop and plugged it in and waited for it to boot. Once booted I check for anywireless spots around and find several but none are for the home we are staying in for the week. [enter MORE PANIC]
After trying every thing I can think of, it slowly sinks in that I am without an internet connection for a weeks vacation. I will never admit it but I think I felt moisture around my eyes, must have been a water leak or something.
I did bring my new Kindle loaded with a few books, I only had it for about a week, so not too many titles on it but it will have to do.
Next morning I woke up to no Cloudy Nights, no news reports, and no idea what the weather would bring later that day. I booted my laptop and as I did I noticed it was grinding (reading) something on the DVD drive. I thought back to what DVD did I leave in there and forget about. I thought it was maybe a movie but could be a music CD as well. After the laptop came up I opened the drive and behold there sat a wondrous sight. I had left the 1970′s decade of the Complete Sky & Telescope: Seven Decade Collection archive in the DVD drive from a few weeks before. Oh what a nice surprise! Ten years of one of my favorite astro magazines and 5 or 6 days of free time to read through them. My “woe is me” song was over and I could sit back and read until I fell asleep. My PANIC attacks subsided from not being able to connect to the internet. It’s amazing what a daily dose of Sky & Telescope magazine from the 1970s can cure.