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The internet, cell phones, and assorted computers.

This is a cool idea for a high school – one of the local schools’ English classes had its students resist using technology for a short school week. No cell phones, no FaceBook, not even radio in the car on the way to school.

Brian and I for years would take a technology vacation. We’d go somewhere, and leave our computers behind for a week. We didn’t own cell phones then (I resisted getting a cell phone until 2006, and then I had it off so often most of my friends deleted my cell phone number from their address books).

It was good for us, and it usually felt like waking up.

Now that we have iPhones, we are rarely without a computer. It’s been a long time since we’ve taken a decent length technology vacation. Probably the longest time we’ve been unconnected this year is when we drove to Eastern Oregon, and that’s just in the car because the hotel had wireless.

I will have to think of a good time to take one (it may not be even possible right now with how many hours Brian is working and with me in school).


If any of you have a Masters in Folklore, the Oregon Historical Society is hiring someone to be their Folklore Programs Manager. I say that mostly because at various parts of my life I dreamed about studying folklore and fairy tales professionally, and it’s something I pretty actively collect and follow. It’s the sort of degree that everyone would tell you you were nuts to go after while you were studying it, yet here’s a job for it, right now.