Saturday, September 01, 2007

Driving the Interstate

As I am writing this, my partner is driving us on I-80 East on our way to visit my family back in Ohio. Through the miracle of wireless broadband (thank you Sprint), I am able to blog while he drives. It is amazing that we have come this far, in just a few years.

Let's just think about it. I joined AOL as a dial-up member in 1993. That was the only way to connect to the internet. I paid a PER HOUR fee - and I remember the first bill was unbelievably high. I was fascinated by the whole "chat" thing. At first I was nervous and scared, because the chat was happening so fast - and I couldn't respond quick enough (my typing skills at the time were seriously lacking). But I was determined to have my say in the chat rooms, so I quickly adapted to the new environment and improved my typing skills. This fascination led to longer online sessions, resulting in astronomical bills. But it was worth it.

Now. 2007. AOL is free, the internet is nothing like we imagined 17 years ago, and I am BLOGGING while sitting in the passenger seat of a moving car going 65 miles an hour down the highway. It is amazing to me how far we have come in the realm of technology.

My question remains: If we can do SO MUCH to change our future through technology, why can't we use this knowledge and inginuity to move us away from things like: war, poverty, famine, disease.

Leave it to me to make a blog post about "bloggin on the highway" to an issue about global concerns. I love myself!!