It hit me Monday as I sat in a waiting room at Doctors Hospital.
I'm way too dependent on technology.
I've got a cell phone so I can always be in contact with the world -- even if I'm sitting a mile off Jekyll Island on a fishing boat.
My laptop computer has become the central nervous system of my life. It's got a CD player, a DVD player, high-speed internet, the program I use to lay out The Mirror, photo editing software and enough memory to store more than six months of photos. And since it is a laptop, I can work on The Mirror with me wherever I go.
At home, I've got two computers -- both connected to the internet.
I can't get away from the world even if I try.
Last week was one of those weeks I wanted to get away. For those of you who don't know, my mother spent some time in the hospital starting last Thursday evening. A couple of days -- and a row of stitches along the left side of her neck -- later, she was back at home and on the road to recovery.
She was lucky, but so was I. My wife lost her mom three years ago, a close friend lost his mom in the last year and my best fried lost his mother in law in the last year. Each were taken before their time, including two lost to cancer.
I'd like to think I've never taken my relationship with either of my parents for granted. I know that's not the case. And it's something I hope to change in the future.
While I'm on the subject of good news, I was thrilled to see the hubbub around Hurricane Ivan was just a lot of wind.
Even though it meant Miriam and I spent several hours over the weekend picking up pine cones, sticks, branches and pine straw, that's much more preferable than having to grab a snorkel to check the mail. (By the way, did you see the picture of the woman fishing off her front porch in West Virginia? That could make me change my opinion of flood waters.)
And finally, I'd like to give a pat on the back to two Bulldogs.
First, Georgia's Danny Verdun Wheeler, who is shining on defense for the Dawgs this year. He was in the middle of an instrumental goal line stop against Marshall Saturday and has seen significant time on the field in the last two games.
Secondly, Thomson's Anthony "Pooh" Erwin. Now, I'm not advocating for him to be take the starting quarterback spot from Dan Ivey this year (there'll be plenty of time for that in the future), but I was thrilled to hear he'd scored (twice, technically) Friday night. Pooh is a wonderful young man, and I'm expecting great things from him -- on and off the field.