Friday, April 10, 2009

What Do You Mean There's No Internet Access??

Yosemite was a wonderful getaway. We hiked to two different waterfalls, got snowed in on Wednesday (who knew you could get 8 inches of snow in April??!!) and had a fabulous time reading, writing, playing Yahtzee and roasting marshmallows.

My son was shocked to discover that our cabin did not provide internet access. He couldn't believe that people (in America especially!) live without the internet. Ha! When I was his age we still had to get up and walk to the tv to change channels. Computers took up entire rooms and cell phones didn't exist. I'm still amazed by how much technology has changed in my short lifetime. In the 10 years since I became aware of the internet it has advanced in leaps and bounds. Remember dial up? And waiting forever for images to download?

My favorite thing about the internet is being able to research any given topic almost instantly. If I'm looking for information about presidents or faeries, publishers or agents, I know can find answers on the internet. And while it might not always be accurate, at least it's a good staring place.

I found this in my email when I got home. Fourteen days to go and I'm getting more comfortable with my pitch. It doesn't always come out exactly the same way when I say it, but the important elements are there and hopefully my enthusiasm shines through. My book on pitching recommends thinking in terms of sound bytes, or pretending that I'm being interviewed on a television show. I had fun pretending I was being asked questions and figuring out my responses. The practice also helped me solidify the most important points for my pitch. And the internet has helped me research the people I'm going to be pitching.

Drew's do people live without the internet?


Anonymous said...

I can't imagine what we ever did without the internet!

Good luck!

Michelle D. Argyle said...

I know I would have a very hard time living without the Internet. It sounds like you had a great trip! I want s'mores now... !

I think that's so great you are practicing your pitch. I need to do that! You are you going to do so well! You'll catch attention with it, I'm sure. :D

Glad you are back!

Pen Pen said...

I agree!! I often think about how I used to sit on the phone listening to the movie times playing at the theatre and then I'd miss the movie I wanted to see cuz I'd start talking and have to listen all over again :)

I went with my family to Conejos Ranch in Colerado and there were no tvs or internet---It was weird. THEN- When Hurricane Ike hit us in Houston this past year, the power was out, the the water was off, AND no internet--THAT was hard! -as was the drive to San Antonio when the only people we saw going the other way were FEMA!!!! Trucks ---ahhh!!!

PJ Hoover said...

The internet certainly does play a pretty major part in our lives! I can't imagine not having it, and it really hasn't been around all that long!
So glad you had fun and snow!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Meredith - Me neither! And thanks!

Glam - Mmmm, s'mores...I hope my pitch gets their attention!

Pen Pen - Yes! The movie times were such a pain to have to listen to the whole loop! And I can't imagine living through a hurricane. That must have been terrifying!

PJ - It's amazing how quickly it has changed our lives!

C.R. Evers said...

sounds like a beautiful place to go, but yeah, no internet access for too long might make me start to ~*twitch*~ LOL

Good to see you back!

Rena Jones said...

Yosemite is one of the most beautiful parks in the country. Maybe even thee most beautiful!!!

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