Calling Home or Writing Home
I do not have a Home, I have a Home where my family is, and this will always be my Home. Home is where the family is, however, I also know or slowly come into a full realization that I am a
- Man without a country -
I have this toy called a cell phone. I love gadgets; I can go into a hardware store and e in heaven.
Well, my computer, cell phone, internet, web page and all these techie toys are to me gadgets or play toys.
I use them to call or write home.
Now, the problem is this, I now have many homes in many countries. I have friend all over the planet and they are not choosy. They live where they want, and I am not living where they live. I am here living in Manila, next week I will live in Bangkok and hopefully soon in Katmandu, Nepal. I live where I am, not where I used to live. It is the perception of life that is changing. In the past, the world needed and was required to communicate with a location. The reason why I say,
- Calling Home or Writing Home -
I can call my parents or friends at their homes. I do not have a home. Many say to me,
- I will wait until you are back in the USA to call you -
I then know, they do not read my blog or newsletters or they would know, this is, could or would be 3-6 months from now. Then when I am in the USA, they say, you left so early and I did not have time to call.
The culture of perception of living is a location. Even though we says - paperless work - or - truly mobile - these are just buzz words in reality and are not true. Even though many people say they are a traveler, you can see,
- They send things home -
I do not send things home; I do not have a home. I have sort of a place I would send things I never want to lose.
PLAYING WITH MY CELL PHONE
This is all about me playing with my cell phone; I am in my little 4-walled room, typing on my computer, playing on my cell phone. I connected my V555 Motorola Un-locked Quad Band Cell or Mobile phone to my computer by a cable. I have a Motorola program called - Synchronization Suite - actually it maybe be called Motorola Phone Tools. I am not sure, however it is a Motorola program when I purchased the telephone.
I am playing with my telephone; there are NEW phone numbers of friends on the telephone.
I leave tomorrow for Bangkok.
I will not return for maybe a long time.
I accidentally ERASED all the numbers on the phone. Gone, finito, I cannot find them.
LUCK has it that this program has a thing called RESTORE - I was able to find and restore all the telephone numbers on the telephone.
You can save telephone numbers on the phone or on the SIM card, I change SIM cards ever 2-3 weeks, therefore I save on the Phone.
Whatever the case is the bottom line is I travel and I do not want to lose my friend. My friends have a location, I can return to the location. However, I may never pass this way again.
In computer lingo or ideas, concepts, we strive to back up or make redundant or repetitive systems that will allow us to restore or keep information if we have an accident and delete all the information.
I have to have ways of remembering and keeping my new friends telephone numbers. I am afraid, I do not want to lose my pictures, however I really do not want to lose the way of contacting my friends.
IF I asked a computer person or almost anyone how to keep telephone numbers, they would say,
- It is easy -
What the are telling me is either
1. They do not care if they lose a number.
2. They have no numbers or friends to lose, therefore not important.
A Traveler, a true traveler has lost contact with a good friend, has no idea how to ever find this person again. I can return to the locations where I met them, however I may have met them in Ecuador and they live in England. I can go to where they say they lived, however what if they was in college or university, they are now not at home.
I keep thinking about President Clinton, I believe he proposed an Email Address for life; I do think the world needs to somehow or someway stop people and assign them a contact for life.
The government of the USA, IF we want gives us a Social Security number. This is our number for life; we can if we apply for it have a way for the USA government to contact us in a very long way for life.
Somewhere over the rainbow in a land of never never there is a way for all of us to find a friend and never lose that friend. They can move, travel, be who or what they want to be, and never lose them.
I look for redundant, impossible to lose ways of keeping my friends telephone numbers, addresses. I have this constant worry.
- If someone comes into my room while I am in the shower, steals all my toys, computer, cell phone, camera, etc? -
Will I be able to find you again? I wish I did not care, however I do.
All these thoughts because for one minute I thought I lost all my telephone numbers in the phone. A panic, a feeling of loss.
Calling Home or Writing Home