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Dia De Los Muertos Festival at MECA in Houston Tx
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So they delivered a new phone book today. It’s smaller than the two, HUGE ones we used to get when we first moved to Houston. But it’s still paper. And it’s still sitting by the front door while I try to figure out what to do with it.

On the one hand, we have used a paper phone book a couple of times in the last twelve years. Once when a neighbor borrowed it. And um, nope. Can’t think of another time. (Hubs says he flattened leaves in one once.) I can’t say I loved browsing through the phone book back when it was the only option. You spent too long with it and your finger tips turned black from the ink. And searching was labor intensive unless you knew exactly what search term you needed. Let’s face it. Categories back in the old days were pretty basic. Forget searching for “I have a leak that could be my roof or my refrigerator or my a/c.” (It was my refrigerator, btw.)

So I’m walking down to the mailbox to mail something (still occasionally use snail mail) and mulling what to do with the phone book. Storage isn’t quite as hard now that the phone book is smaller, but after our recent adventures in decluttering, I’m not anxious to re-clutter with something that hasn’t earned its keep for a very long time.

So why didn’t I just toss it?

What if we suffer a massive EMP pulse that wipes out Google?

I reach the mailbox and realize that if we suffer a massive EMP pulse that wipes out Goggle, I probably won’t be able to call anyone anyway. We do still have a land line. Does anyone know if they’d go down in an EM pulse?

And is it weird that I’m wondering about this stuff while stuffing a letter in the mailbox and raising the flag, then walking back to house? (Beautiful day out there, btw. Sunshine. Perfect temps. I’d go take a walk, but now I’m worried about a massive EMP pulse.)

Is it weird I’m worrying about this AT ALL? Cuz now I’m worrying that I’m weird in what I’m worrying about. Which is like being caught in a causality loop. At least, I think so. I’ve never actually been caught in one. Should I worry about that? What if I am and I don’t know it?

Do you ever find yourself worrying about weird stuff? And if you do, how do you stop yourself? I will admit this blog post is helping some, kind of like replacing one mind worm song for another. Only different. And what should I do with that phone book? Keep or toss?

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Is It Weird To Worry About This?
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7 thoughts on “Is It Weird To Worry About This?

  • January 20, 2015 at 7:28 am

    That pretty much covers everything above: yes it’s weird to worry about things you can’t change – if by worry you mean obsess. Fleeting thoughts are just the byproduct of imagination, which you have in abundance. Yes, and EMP will fry anything with a circuit board, which will include telephone switching centers and routing stations, as well as most modern phones. If you have an old rotary phone with a cord, that will survive, but there won’t be anything left to connect to.
    Worrying about being weird. I like to think of it as I do insanity: They (how do I get to be a They?) say that as long as you question your sanity, you’re still sane. It’s when you feel nothing is wrong with you — it’s everyone else — that you’ve gone over the edge. So as long as your weirdness concerns you, you’re fine. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.
    Doug Bittinger recently posted…One Chilly MornMy Profile

    • January 20, 2015 at 8:19 am

      LOL! That’s good to know, Doug. If I have to be talked off the ledge, I hope you’re there. Unless there’s that EMP thing and then, well…. grin. Thanks for stopping by!

  • January 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    An EMP will fry everything electronic including your landline’s circutry, within it’s range, unless it’s in a farraday cage …
    Fun fact – microwaves are farraday cages! 🙂

    Our mail is delivered into community boxes at the end of the road. There’s an extra slot to post any mail.
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    • January 20, 2015 at 8:22 am

      So I could save my phone in my microwave IF I knew it was coming…yeah, it’s toast! LOL I would make my house a farraday cage, but I don’t want to live in a microwave!

      We actually have a sort of community row of mailboxes. I have to walk down to them. I think there are 6 in the row? But where I grew up, the mailbox is on the side of the house and the mail person still walks up to put the mail in. It’s rather funny, because she has a truck like our post person here, but she has to either get out at each house, or leave it at the corner and walk the street.

  • January 19, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I still feel the paper yellow pages come in handy sometimes (especially if you’re new to a particular area) but I haven’t used the white pages in years. Most of the time if I’m calling someone who’s number I haven’t memorized, I’m at my desk anyway, so google is quicker!
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    • January 19, 2015 at 7:25 am

      You mean your postie won’t take a letter while they are out delivering? Wow back.

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