Friday, August 8, 2008

Our Modern Struggle

Sure gas prices are high, stocks are shaky, and our political climate is in upheaval. But the real issue facing many Americans today is this:

How do we blog while we're camping?

Rather than attempt to leap this seemingly insurmountable hurdle, I will do what those who camped before me so long ago did: Take a break.

Other solutions exist, of course, but given my limited time before my trip and my current financial situation, these are now unavailable to me.

Allow me to address any concerns you may have about my upcoming absence.

Question: "Blogger lets you schedule posts! Why not just get ahead and then we would never know you were gone?"

Answer: That's what a person who had planned their blog better might have done. Taking a break is also a strategic move to help you realize how much you miss me when I'm gone. (See the previous month's complete void of posts for evidence of this.)

Question: "Just use your iPhone to update your blog!"

Answer: Actually, it's an iPod touch. It's like an iPhone, but with an extra bit of disappointment to those who think it's an iPhone at first glance. I can't tell you how many times I've had this conversation with people. Anyway, to use the iPod I would need a WiFi connection at the campground. I don't think there is one, but I'll keep the iPod with me just in case. Oh, and that wasn't a question. Try again.

Question: "Can't you just find an internet cafe or something when you go to town?"

Answer: This is camping. It's not your sissified form of RV camping. We're talking real tents and dirt and snakes and everything. We're only bringing the bare essentials, such as a propane stove, a dutch oven, cookie dough, a generator, a window unit to cool the tent (this is south Texas after all), a coffee grinder/maker, and a campsite within walking distance of a Starbucks. Just kidding. We are actually camping though.

Question: "Who cares if you're gone? Just think hard while you're away and give us something good when you get back!"

Answer: Good point. It may be hard to see the implications of technology and the church out in the woods, however these next couple of days may help me see some of the technological items I use on a daily basis in their proper perspective... Actually that's probably not going to be the case at all. It will likely reveal a heretofore unrecognized reliance on technology which I will begin to realize within 12 hours of our trip and beg the group to find me a way to check my email, facebook, and blogs before I go bonkers.

All of that is to say this: Thank you for reading Digital Worship. I will be away for a few days, but don't worry. I will return on Monday eager to type and enjoy communicating with each of you very soon.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on the other side.

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