Last night’s dinner conversation included a debate on the necessity and/or appeal of texting and instant messaging.
My date was mildly astonished that I’ve never met my boss or my coworkers. As a matter of fact, I don’t even know what they look like or how they sound.
I’m a telecommuter. I applied for work online. I interviewed and tested via email and FTP. I get assignments via email, phone text and AIM.
I have fibromyalgia. It’s an odd illness. It prevents me from sitting or standing for long periods. As long as I keep moving, I’m fine, but that has its limits as well. Eventually my back and knees will complain, and after a while they demand bedrest and Advil.
So I ended up here. I do all my work on my bed. While sitting in a chair becomes painful after a couple of hours, I can work long days sitting on a mattress, propped up with many pillows, and still be able to cook, exercise or hook up with friends at the end of my “shift”.
When I was a child, we had a rotary dial telephone, four television channels and a Kodak camera that shot 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 black and white film. Dad was in the Air Force, and I grew up around tubes and solder and meters and stuff. Mom was a public school librarian, and when the budget enabled the system to put computers in, she learned how to use one. But they do not have a computer at home, and while she has a cell phone, she keeps it turned off most of the time.
It’s an interesting time we live in, and I seem to be squarely in the middle. I’ve resisted using Twitter, because I already spend so much time on my Treo and Facebook and email and AIM. But the Red Cross and the National Weather Service are finding that during an environmental crisis, satellite TV really bites, and when the power goes out there’s not even that. So status updates and tweets help folks find food, water and shelter — and loved ones.
I do have a Twitter account. I check it online about once a quarter, if that often. But methinks a more proactive path lies ahead.