So said the teenager (who shall remain nameless) who sent me an e-mail after seven at night. She and her classmates were supposed to meet me after school today, but decided last night that before school worked better for them.
I got her e-mail 12 hours later, when I had Wi-Fi at work. I admit being annoyed by her presumption that I should rearrange my schedule todo them a favour. However, I chalked it up to teenaged thoughtlessness.
Then I met with them later in the day and ka-pow!
“Why didn’t you answer?” she asked. “Don’t you have your iPad?” (Note: It’s my employer’s iPad, as I’ve explained before; but since she considers her school-issued iPad her iPad, she doesn’t understand the distinction!)
“When I leave work, I turn off the technology.”
Big. Blank. Stare.
I can’t help laughing, thinking about it now. Turning it off when the battery is low – that makes sense. But voluntarily turning it off? No freakin’ way!
I know that I rather miss using the Internet at home. Surfing news stories, reading blogs, watching videos: it was so relaxing and brainless.