I went along to the meeting, which was to start organising the various events on in the village this summer. The good thing was that it was in the village pub, and I don’t get along there half often enough. The rather depressing thing was that so many events will be sports related. And honestly, I couldn’t be less interested. I’m trying to be good-natured about it, interested even, but I’m not. And the more there is on, the harder it will be to pretend. Also, I’m supposed to be secretary for this committee and I’ve been failing miserably for months. The couple of hours a month required seems to have just gone past my tipping point recently, and the chairman, a very good friend fortunately, has been sending out information instead. I apologised and she brushed it off; I said that I know the reason – that if she acknowledges I’m not keeping up to scratch, I shall stand down and she’d rather keep me on board, even if I’m a bit flakily unreliable for a while.
But what I’m wondering is, do you use the internet as a reward for having done work or as something to stave off the moment when you have to start it? I daresay many of us would admit to a bit of both, but I do generally set myself targets, if the work is boring enough. ‘When I’ve written that letter and those minutes (or at least the first page) then I can spend ten minutes reading blogs.’
The phone and iPad do keep me off the computer to some degree, as I can read emails there as they come in without logging on to check if I’ve received them. I’ve not really missed the computer much, in fact – although actually, I’ve just staved off work that now I’m going to have to do in haste rather than spending all week on it. I’ve quite missed Facebook Scrabble, but not much else.
Frankly, I’ve never much been one for surfing the net. I find it quite annoying. However carefully one puts in the words for a search, there always seems to be a load of stuff that is well off-topic. Oh for the days of an encyclopaedia and a reference book. And yes, I know the advantages of having the WWW at ones fingertips, but there can be too much information. Norfolk isn’t known for too many dual carriageways, never mind super-highways.