Old Habits Die Hard... A Creative Way To Unplug

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    I've actually never heard that song, but I like it.

    I used to be pretty addicted to my phone, computer and iPod, but if I didn't need technology to make money to survive these days, I'd be happy to unplug for longer periods of time. It probably helps that I don't talk to most of my family online, since they aren't even on the internet, but in many cases, I do prefer actual in person conversations, or even telephone conversations, to impersonal internet communication.
     
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    I no longer wear a watch, either. Not only is it not necessary, it is also harder for me to read a watch, and I would have to wear one of the really ugly ones which have big numbers.
    I usually have my cell phone along with me, so I can check that if i need to know what time it is.

    I do not want to be unplugged from the internet though ! This is how I have contact with my kids and my family and friends and that is one of the most important things in the world to me.
    Also, I totally love that just about anything that I am interested in can be found on the internet, so it is a source of continuing education for me.
    I can learn about ancient history, I can travel the world and see places that I will never see "in real life", so for me, it is more of a blessing than not.
     
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    Most of my life I had been addicted to collecting things. I could easily have been one of those guys visited by Mike and Frank of the show "American Pickers".

    My childhood was spent amassing collections of stamps, coins, comic books, rocks, cap guns, bottle caps, cigarette packs, pencils, maps etc.

    My teen and adult years saw collections of books, firearms, edged weapons, air guns, old catalogs and magazines, car parts, (as a teen I was attempting to get enough parts to build a model "T" Ford).
    Since I turned into a cranky old fart and moved into an apartment building, my collecting addiction has pretty much ceased. We can't have guns here, so my last collection was disposed of. I can't amass piles of old magazines and catalogs, so they were all sold on ebay. Most dated from the 1920's to the 1950's. I had a collection of knives but gave them to a daughter to distribute among family. It's kind of boring not having lots of "stuff" around to mess with.
     
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    Here's a link for American Pickers.
     
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    Thanks Joe. Even at my age, I never get tired of looking at Danielle. Mike and Frank, not so much.:D
     
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    It's always been easy for me to "unplug". It never bothered me to let the phone ring and not answer it. It took me until last year to learn how to use a smartphone - because I just hate phones. I never wore a watch until a few weeks ago, when I won a new fitbit. Now, my husband on the other hand - he literally runs to the mailbox as soon as the mailman comes. He couldn't let a ringing phone ring without answering it to save his life. He checks his email at least every 30 minutes or so. Oh well, he's only been retired for 5 years or so - he'll learn eventually that nothings that important.
     
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    I hate phones, because I have to answer one at work all week, and seldom is the caller on the other end all that happy, I feel a sense of revulsion just hearing a phone ring. When Friday comes, if I am not on call, the phone goes off and does not go on again until Sunday night to set the alarm clock. With that being said you would think that would be another piece of technology I would not need, but I still use the radio alarm clock. I just usually wake up long before the alarm goes off.

    I don't wear a watch. I don't like to clock watch for the most part. I decided long ago having a watch makes me careless. I would feel rushed and forget things, it just caused anxiety. Not to mention watches, no matter what type they were seemed to just self destruct on my arm. Didn't matter if they were the wind up kind or a battery operated one. It was as if my body would just reject such a thing and they would do weird stuff, like lose minutes or just stop then start. I have no idea why, but I do know that there is nothing more annoying then realizing a clock is not working right. For the most part of the day when I need one, I have my computer clock and a wall clock in the office. that is more then enough.
     
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    I haven't had regular television in years. Instead, I use whatever I can get through my Roku, and that's plenty enough, I do have a smartphone but I don't feel the need to answer it unless I am expecting a call. This doesn't mean that I never answer my phone because some of those calls turn out to be important but I don't feel the need to drop whatever I'm doing because someone wants to try to sell me something over the phone. My wife says that when the phone rings, I look at it as if I have no idea what that noise is. Mostly, I have the phone in case I need to call someone, and because I use it as a hotspot. I haven't carried a watch very often since I quit working as a paramedic, since I rarely have to do things at specific times.
     
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    :oops:So true old habits die hard. Love the video too! Thanks just what I needed to read and hear today! Sometimes it takes us time to get accustomed to the idea of what we need at present time. I never go anywhere without my watch and even sleep with my watch on. Old habits do die hard!
     
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