Life In The 21st Century

5.45 AM
London, England

late last night i set up my mac isight camera for a live video chat with my friend mel in los angeles. the video didn’t work, but we were chatting via instant messaging. my daughter, erica, sat next to me.

amazed that i was chatting real time with a friend a third of the way around the world, i turned towards her, “isn’t this amazing?”

“dad,” she said affectionately condescending, “i was born during the age of the internet. this isn’t exactly ‘amazing’ to me.”

#15 on my son michael’s list of ways to know you live in the 21st century is: “you get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.” i’m afraid i’m going to have to declare #15 outdated. the new #15 is: you get up in the morning and go online before you’re even old enough to be drinking coffee. amazing.

into the mystic…

© alex mcmanus, 2005

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