A sweeping chore day


You never know how much you miss something until it’s not there.

Come back internet!

Last week, I was working on an assignment that involved research on the web. Not long after I typed in the address, I noticed that dreaded spinning circle just kept on spinning.

The page refused to load.

My phone bleeped and showed I had a text message.

A Spectrum service alert informed me about an internet outage. The estimated time to reconnect was two hours.


Who would have thought we’d rely so much on technology these days?

I remember when our “search engine” was a card catalog in our school media center (fancy name for library). If you couldn’t find what you needed there, you either asked the librarian for help or picked another topic.

At home, I had the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia set.

The entire volume, 26 books in all, sat inside a book shelf in the living room. Many a time I pulled one or two of those books out, grabbed my pencil and notebook, and laid on my stomach as I took notes.

You had to be careful not to copy word for word.

Somehow, the teacher always knew if you did. Probably because your vocabulary wasn’t quite as sophisticated in those early teenage years. Then again, some words — which I’d like to use right now — can’t be spoken or written in a paper.

It’s been close to an hour without internet.

What to do next?

There’s always house chores — making up the bed, dusting furniture, vacuuming, washing clothes, cleaning the kitchen counter, sweeping the kitchen floor and taking out the trash.

The grass needs cutting.

There are a few weeds to pull.

I usually save most, if not all, of those duties for a Saturday because I don’t get distracted as easily as I do during the week. Most of the time I just multi-task and they eventually get done.


Still no internet.


Spectrum just sent another text.

“We now estimate service restored by 11:30 a.m.”

Where is that broom?

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at rcoggins@mountolivetribune.com.


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