Amanda Hopper Writes

A writer's tale of living and working in the country.

Surface of the Moon

Did you hear about that horrible fire on the news?
“No.”
Hey did you read about that proposed bill on Fox news?
“No”
What’s the weather supposed to be like this week?
“I don’t know.”
Did you watch that Youtube video I sent you?
Well, for that one they just got the look. The one with the raised eyebrow.
Of course I haven’t heard, read, or seen…I have been living on the surface of the moon for 5 months. Well, not really but I may as well have been.
We have endured months of modem living. Modem living was all the rage when I was in high school, but the world moved on. Here in our little country paradise, there was no high speed Internet. Which meant that paying bills online became a 2 hour ordeal and getting directions anywhere was impossible.
We would even have blackout times in the middle of the day, when the modem wouldn’t connect. A block of day reminiscent of mission control saying to the stranded astronauts, “see you on the flip side.”
Why don’t you just use your data plans on your phones?
Wow, wish I had thought of that even once over the last 150 days. And they say there are no stupid questions…
We only get one bar of cell service in the sticks…if we’re lucky…and the wind isn’t blowing too hard…or it isn’t raining.
The withdrawal symptoms early on were terrible. Random yells of frustration, ticks, a lot of fist clenching. But over time the addiction seemed to fade. At least I thought it seemed to fade, until the day Andy announced that a 90 foot tower would be gracing the front of our property.
Rebar cages were painstakingly built, concrete was poured. And eventually came a high-flying man who erected the tower section by section until he could see into the windshields of local airmen out for their weekend flights.
Next came the high flying Internet man, who installed the dish that would provide the fix. The fast flowing information highway has been in our home for two days and this is the first time I have been allowed near a computer. Mostly because Andy and Grant are still sleeping…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a crazy man on a tower!

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