Could we do without all those computers?

We have had a rule at the cabin that we will not have a television to entertain our family or friends who visit.
Since the cabin was built in 1967, there have only been two occasions where a portable television made an appearance. One was the 1972 Canada Russia Hockey showdown. The other I can’t remember.
We relied on listening to CBC Radio in the morning and had the weather radio tuned to announce any impending weather.
A telephone has been in the cabin for almost four decades.
But during this past week’s holidays, my sister asked the question, “How many computers are at the cabin?” It was an eye opener.
My eldest son piped up to the question; “Do we count smart phones?” And then we began the count.
I have left an old white laptop that I stopped using about a decade ago at the cabin to pick up news. It is slow, but remains reliable in surfing the web.
My sister has brought a small notepad computer that she leaves as well. Her husband follows baseball and will check scores of the American League several times over a weekend.
We had installed wireless at the cabin about four years ago so that we could take an occasional day from work and still be able to remain in contact and work at the cabin with our computers.
All this gets back to how many computers we had at the cabin on Saturday. I had brought my work computer with me, as had my wife. Both sons had their computers with them.
That meant there were already six at the cabin. Three of us had smart phones that in every way are full-fledged computers.
My wife had her iPad with a complete library of books and games. That boosted the number to 10.
I had my e-book reader as did my mother and son. There was a debate: “Are e-book readers computers?”
There were only seven of us at the lake. We seem to be heavily wired in.
My eldest watched the world swimming championships from Shanghai just as it might be on a television.
Adam, my youngest son, connected nightly face to face with his girlfriend in Korea using Skype, and the whole family had the chance to meet Meesun.
On Marnie’s iPad, we became addicted to Whirly Word and it was played for hours.
I must admit that although I didn’t turn the computer on, I was constantly referring to my iPhone for weather updates and the time. The battery died in my watch and it became my timepiece.
I managed to read several books on my Kobo, as did my wife and youngest son on the e-readers.
Could we do without all of those electronics? Probably, but their convenience makes life simpler.

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