I miss not being available.

Once-upon-a-time, the only phone you had was hanging on the kitchen wall, and your parents were the only ones allowed to use it.

Today, I have four phone numbers, 10 email accounts, four Facebook pages, two Twitter accounts and a blog I deal with.

You’re reading the blog now.

For those who are under 30, or were smart enough to completely avoid most of the aforementioned paths of communication, there was a time in America when people talked to each other face-to-face.

This may be something you’ve only seen on your iPhone or computer, but it really did happen. I was there.

People talked, played cards, and went bowling.

We’re now caught up in a never-ending vortex of information. And there’s no one to blame but ourselves.

When pagers first came out, they were a necessity for important people. Then, they became a status symbol for people who weren’t important, but wanted to be.

Then came cell phones, the Internet, texting, Facebook, Twitter, and on-and-on-and-on-and-on.

I truly believe that today, most Americans over age 10 would not know what to do with themselves if it all vanished.

Thinking about all of this made me remember when not having these distractions allowed for silly things, such as reading, taking up a hobby, planning for the future or talking to each other…in real life…without a mechanical device.

I vote we set aside one day where we all walk away from all of it. Just one day. No Facebook, no Twitter, no email, no texting. Everyone. Just to see if we can do it.

I’ve set aside next Tuesday. So, what do you say? Sunup to sundown, none of it. Wanna Give it a shot and see how it goes?


I’ll be checking all day to see how you do.