An Uncharted Journey
I did not start out on this journey expecting that I would need to change so much over the years just to keep up with technology. But there you have it – over 5 decades has seen a great deal of change.
Mostly I love the new techy toys and programs that have become available. But in recent years I have been spending a great deal of my time with my head “In the clouds” so to speak. Virtual everything, everywhere.
When you live in the city or the suburbs, it’s not that difficult to keep up. Living in the country though? Not such an easy thing to do. I can no longer turn a blind eye to what I took for granted just a couple years ago. While city living is the cat’s meow for many folk, and while it served its purpose while I was working and brining up a family, it was not my ultimate desired location.
No, I wanted to go back to my roots. Back to the country where things seemed simpler. Maybe it was just that my recollections of country living were simpler because I was a child and saw things from a totally different perspective than I do now.
Don’t get me wrong – I love it up here in the country. But there are a great many things to consider when living in a rural community.
In addition to those things, comes the extra headache for things I did not need to think about in an urban environment.
Did you know that UPS, Purolator and FedEx do not have to travel out to my location to deliver packages that I have paid a premium for? No, instead they decide where they want to drop them off. For example. I got a visit from a neighbour one day to deliver a FedEx package that had been delivered to the liquor store in town (about 15 kilometers from my place). Their reason? The courier driver knew one of the employees that worked there lived on my road, which meant they saved themselves a few minutes.
Am I happy that my neighbour was being neighbourly? You bet! The problem is, this is not an isolated incident. After 2 years of living in the country, and out of approximately 12 packages we have paid extra to have delivered to our door, only one has ever reached our doorstep. And that was after an argument with the courier service. One of my personal beefs.
Did you know that because there are not enough people in a rural area, that we all have to pay extra for every service known to man? For example: The world has gone global and the government has decided that access to the internet is considered as important as the telephone. So all Canadians must have access. The problem with that? The internet service provides still get to gouge the rural community for those services. I guess the regulators don’t consider that important.
Did you know that many rural areas have only 2 options for internet access? Satellite and cell phone towers. One is unreliable and one is over the moon expensive. Great choices.
So, living in the country and working virtually from home has provided me with some major challenges. I am taking on the big guys, and trying to cause enough of a stink that something gets done. One little voice in an isolated area. What do you think the changes are that anyone will hear me?
Maybe I should “friend” the local newspapers and challenge the government officials. You never know, I just might do that yet.