Apparently Pretty Dependent…

Prior to this past weekend, I hated technology. I avoided it at all costs. Zoom classes were initially my worst nightmare. Over the last 11 months, however, I learned a lot about technology and how to use it to my advantage. Though I would still try to avoid technology whenever I could, I learned numerous tips and tricks to make it more user-friendly. I also gained a lot of patience for when it would not work the way I wanted it to or if things were downloading slow… or so I thought. As many of you may know, the Portland area lost power on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 around 10 pm. At first, it was your classic power outage: an adventure. My housemates and I were all huddled around a candle making memories. The next morning, the feeling of the adventure was completely over. My house was the same temperature as outside. I could not work on my assignments which were due later that day (fortunately classes were eventually canceled). I could not even watch Netflix or scroll through social media on my day off, because my phone was dead and we had no wifi. I sat in my car for an hour and a half to get my phone charged up to 35%, only to find out my phone service wasn’t good enough to even send an iMessage or respond to emails. I was bored out of my mind, which was not something I was expecting since I did not see myself as someone who spent a lot of time on her phone/laptop. I was very frustrated with my inability to talk on the phone, text, scroll through Instagram, set an alarm, work on homework, check my emails, etc. When my power came back on this morning, I was incredibly grateful to fall back into my normal habits of texting my friends and casually working on my assignments. Needless to say, technology plays a HUGE part in our lives whether we like it or not. When our power is taken away from us, we are all left struggling trying to remember how to stay warm, fed, and entertained.

2 Replies to “Apparently Pretty Dependent…”

  1. It’s crazy how much technology is present in our lives. Want to read a book? You’re probably going to need a lamp. You never appreciate what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, right?

  2. Ugh. What an awful time for our region. (I confess we never lost power. One advantage of living downtown with no exposed power lines.)

    Guess this assignment proved to be a timely one for you and the rest of PDX-based classmate. Glad your power is back and you an return to your usual habits.

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