New Year’s Resolution: Country Life Won’t Make Me Obsolete

I hate buying into the world is out to get me mentality, but sometimes you just have to admit you’ve been marginalized.
A recent list on the Huffington Post of the items made obsolete during the “aughts” is partly to blame for these feelings of irrelevancy.
My chief mistake seems to be living in the boonies.
Because calling has gone the way of texting. Newspaper classifieds the way of online ads and landlines the way of cell phones.
Also out are dial up internet and the yellow pages.
And this just in? The writers of these sorts of lists have never lived in a mountainous region in rural America.
It’s true, I have a cell phone – but much to the amusement of the woman who sold it to me in June, the number of texts thumbed out in it near nil. My landline is still my main mode of voice communication, and I still get calls every months from friends wanting to check in on the Democrat’s classifieds because Craigslist just doesn’t cut it for the local jobs and sales.
Likewise, I know friends suffering with a dial up modem because neither Time Warner nor Verizon offer services in their corners of the county.
Does this mean I am a walking, talking time warp, or am I just part of a country where the “haves” and “have nots” are split by much more than income?
The truth is, we might be out in the middle of nowhere, but we’re still somewhere in the “heartbeat” of America. A CDC survey reported by the AP mid-last year found only 20 percent of Americans have eschewed the landline for total mobile access. Four in 10 households were still without any cell phones at all.
As of August of 2009, Neilsen estimated there were more than 220 million Internet users, but only 69 million were broadband subscribers.
Listen at a local town board meeting, and there are repeated pleas by residents for these resources – requests to resist the frogmarch toward irrelevancy.
We need to get moving before another decade passes us by.

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