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Step 93: Tuning Out

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March is officially no-facebook and no-twitter month for me. I was in desperate need of a Brain Cleanse, and my days are much more serene without all that online blather.

Downside? Not seeing immediately what distant friends and family members are up to. (ie. sister who’s just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro!)

Upside? More time, less distractions. More time for reading books. And actually playing the piano sometimes. Plus the sudden realization that if I miss a few posts (and even the latest hilarious “meme”) the world will not come to an end.

Is isolation from the outside world a good thing or a bad thing? When you’re young it’s nothing but bad bad and bad. Everything worthwhile is happening elsewhere, and (as Neil Young put it) everyone knows that this is nowhere.

But… as you grow older the cultural white noise starts to make your head hurt and the little house in the deep dark woods starts to look like a pretty good option.

Is this part of my country lifestyle slowdown? I suppose so. I still like the hum and buzz of activity, but this month the hum and buzz is coming from me instead of my newsfeed.

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Step 11: Find a Packing App

Oh yeah, I am now one of those. Got the iPhone and use it for so many things that I’m surprised when it rings and I remember it’s a phone.

Not for everyone, not gonna proselytize here. And yes, I am wary of spending every minute staring at the damn thing instead of interacting with real living breathing people.

But it does have its uses.

There are millions of apps for this gadget so I figured there must be something for making lists of boxes and contents, etc. Naturally there’s not a lot to choose from and they are pretty elementary (as opposed to the stunning graphics and complexity of more important things like games!) But I did find one which is doing the job quite nicely – I type in items as I pack them and upon arrival I can do a search to find out which box my automatic card shuffler is in. (Yes, I have one. It belonged to my grandfather if you must know.)

There was one app that was just too obsessive-compulsive, even for me. For each box you could print out a bar code sticker, and as they are unloaded from the truck you scan each one so you know right away if any are missing. Whoah nelly!

The one I picked in the end is called Moving Van, and it’s quite good, with one major flaw: there doesn’t seem to be any way that you can find out how many boxes there are! Doesn’t that seem a) fairly elementary and b) incredibly useful?

Oh well, it was only $2.

Silly me, wanting an app for an actual useful, practical, Real Life, Non Play purpose! Back to Angry Birds now… (No! Not really.)

p.s. This kind of app is only good for those, like me, who are packing way in advance, ie. one box a day. For those with a shorter deadline, doing all that typing would probably just take too long.