“People who have so much of their personality invested in the Internet can’t really survive as whole individuals without it.” ― Mark A. Rayner, The Fridgularity
Oh boy! That quote hits a home run with me. I invest so much time, energy, and money in trying to get a faster internet signal in Nicaragua. I know that I am addicted to the internet, and I may need an intervention. Yet, I wonder if I would be a better person or a different person without the internet. Would my personality change without the internet?
If you have followed my blog, you know I am a geek girl and I am constantly searching for solutions to increase the speed and connectivity to the internet on Ometepe Island. Check out a few of my past posts.
The trees in our neighborhood had blocked the direct line of sight to the mainland for our internet signal. We couldn’t top the trees because many of them aren’t on our property and we couldn’t extend our pole tower on the roof of our casita because the cables wires that secure the poles had to extend beyond our roof.
So, our only option was to build a new and taller tower. Five men came from the mainland on Friday to construct our tower. It was fascinating to watch them build our tower, if not somewhat frightening because I have a fear of heights.
Someone suggested putting a webcam at the top of the tower to stream the view. Since we own the tower, maybe we can rent some space to a cell phone company to get a better cell phone signal in our community. Or, we could have bungee jumping! Ha!
Almost done. They strung the cable to the house and hooked up the new tower. But….but…wait!!! There is no internet! Evenor said they have to change the frequency on the mainland. So….I wait. And wait…and wait.
On Saturday…still no internet. Saturday evening I sent a message to my service provider and he said, “Yes, you have internet now.” But, I didn’t. Troubleshooting in Nicaragua is always an interesting experience. The geekiness in me deduced that it had to be a problem with the router settings.
It took me two days of clicking on every setting and changing the configuration, and late last night…voila!!! I had internet. I still don’t have a clue what I clicked, but my internet is fast…well it is all relative. Fast in Nicaragua is a speed of 5 mbps.
Can I survive as a whole person without the internet? Probably not! My life revolves around troubleshooting, researching, writing my blog, and googling…EVERYTHING! How did I grow up without Google as my constant companion? I think access to the internet enables me to be a better and more knowledgable person. It completes me!
Can you survive as a whole person without the internet?