Are you taking part in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge? This week’s theme is “Lines”
I was busy on my computer when I heard a loud “booming” noise coming from outside. The whole house started to vibrate and thinking it maybe an earthquake I rushed outside to investigate. I then noticed a man with a machine planting a wooden pole on the land next to our property. How can one man with one small machine create so much noise and earthshaking vibration?
BOOM, boom, BOOM!
“What the hell is he doing?” I thought. “Why on earth is he planting a pole there?”. I pondered a moment just thankful he had not tried to plant it in the middle of our driveway access! You may think “No they wouldn’t do that”, trust me they would! When the house was built the Electricity Company planted their power cable pole so it obstructed access to our driveway. The builder took the course of least resistance and our drive now has a tricky angled kink in it. I curse them every time I reverse off the drive as it is a fairly skilled manoeuvre to miss the gate posts.
Anyway, I digress…A.D.D
So why was he planting the pole? Ah yes…I spotted another workman hanging from the telephone pole, opposite our house, casually smoking a cigarette.
“Oh no” a wave of panic washed over me as it dawned on me “They are adding another telephone line” and “Pooh, I’m going to lose my internet while they connect it!”
It then struck me that this simple wire, strung between randomly planted wooden poles, was actually our “life line” connecting us not only to a world-wide web for information but also to our friends and family across the world via VOIP, webcams and emails.
The internet rules my day, my life and my existence could I manage without it – could you?
(OK telephone line and life line is rather an “off the wall interpretation” but I was becoming desperate)