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The Full Analog in Paris

April 28, 2011

“Off the grid” sounds better than “Cold Turkey,” but the latter may be more how I feel after a few untethered days. Yep, I’m cutting the cord beginning tomorrow night with the exception of Skype on my Android in case of emergency back home. Paris is supposed to be the most romantic city in the world, and I’m going the full analog to find out. Oh, technology my love, let me count the ways:

  • eMail: I’m incommunicado. email is out for a week, but I’ll leave a very nice out of office message and send some non ePostcards. Oh, and I’m thinking about dumping YahooMail for a younger and hipper Gmail when I return.
  • SMS: Nope. All those little messages I would have sent you attempting to describe the indescribable in 160 characters or less? I’m keeping them to myself.
  • MMS: Sorry. Those moving (and still) images will be captured in my mind. Maybe my girlfriend will capture a few for posterity on her new Nikon P300.
  • Music: The LeoPod is staying home too. I’ll just have to rely on that constant stream of music in my head. Plus, they have music in France, right?
  • Reading: Le Kindle, you’re staying home. Taking a little more room, but offering real paper pages will be:
  1. On Paris by Ernest Hemingway
  2. A Moveable Feast, also by Ernie
  3. Lonely Planet Guides to Paris and France
  4. Barron’s French at a GlanceHey, maybe I’ll even try reading Le Monde while enjoying a croissant et café au lait…
  • Blogging: There’ll be no live updates either here or on my personal blog. I’ll be blogging the old fashioned way in a classic moleskin notebook
  • Twitter: The only tweets I’ll be engaging in are those sung by birds in Jardin du Luxembourg.
  • Facebook: Ugh. I’m getting the shakes already…

Yeah, my world without technology is a scary place, but I just have to take it one day at a time and experience it.  I’ll let you know how it went if I come back.

Au revoir…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelley permalink
    May 1, 2011 7:46 pm

    Definitely switch to Gmail, Leo! You’ll love it. Hope you have a wonderful time in Paris! 🙂

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