Our backyard fence is older, and doesn’t quite extend all the way down to ground level. When Penny, Kasey and I went outside tonight, our canine next-door neighbor decided to check us out in a very dog-like, unself-conscious, under-the-fence way that made me laugh.
“What the hell!” it thought. I want to find out what is going on over there and I don’t care it I have to endure a fateful of dirt to do so.
You can live in a place for decades, as I’ve lived in Columbus, and not really see it until you stop driving in and out and start walking around. Since I’ve begun walking to work from our new house in German Village, I’ve been seeing downtown Columbus in an entirely new way — including appreciating some parts of downtown that I’ve never really noticed before.
So here’s the first of a series of photographs that I will publish periodically that show places — such as this very European-looking scene, with its red brick wall, yellow brick building, and even brick street — within the footprint of downtown Columbus. Anyone care to guess where they are?
It’s hard to imagine not using email at all in the modern world. I can understand wanting to have some important conversations face to face, where the people involved can react to each other, or concluding that a nice handwritten note about an important occasion is a more meaningful, personal touch than sending a message that ends up in typeface on a glowing computer screen. But email is now so ubiquitous that complete non-use makes you wonder: why? Is it really plausible that these folks never tried to use a new form of technology even once? Do the non-users think they’re just too important to use a handy communication tool that the rest of us use on a daily basis? Are they afraid that they are going to say something stupid or intemperate and that it will be preserved for all time? Are they so clumsy and incapable in their typing — or thumbing — skills that they just refuse out of frustration?
It’s like still using pony express when you could make a telephone call. It immediately suggests that you are out of touch and out of step with the modern world and the daily lives of most Americans. Politicians who aren’t using email aren’t violating federal law, but they are violating societal norms.