February 11, 2012

"Why Don't (S)he Write?"



"Dances With Wolves"
is the story of Army Lutienant John Dunbar
who is posted at an abandoned small fort
in the Southwest in the 1860's;
and revolves around his meeting
with members of the Sioux Tribe in the area.

There is a great scene where Dunbar
and his wagon driver, Timmons,
on the way to the fort come across
a drying human skeleton on the prairie.
Timmons is this filthy, uncouth rumpled man,
who begins to giggle when he sees the skeleton
and says,
Somebody back East is saying,
"Why don't he write?"

I've been without a computer since November,
and in phone conversations with friends and family
(back East)
there have been queries as to
Why Don't She Write?

I am happy to report we have a new computer
and I am glad to be back.

I had to borrow a computer to post the
Moccassin blog,
but it just wasn't the same.

I've come to truly appreciate what
NOT
having a computer means:
When most radio commercials list "check out webpage".
When attempting to renew my medical license
and seeing the paper application only has a website for renewal.
When ordering a computer,
(the one we wanted was out of stock
in Santa Fe and the two locations in Albuquerque),
and they want my email address to contact me when
the computer comes in. (!)
Sorry: I don't have a phone that has email;
so getting a notification might be a bit tough.

The "cyber-fast" probably did me good.
Libraries offer free computer/internet use
but
you should call ahead to reserve
and only for 15, 30 or 60 minute
blocks-of-time.
Or you'll walk into the library and
ask for computer use and be told,
"the first 15 minute computer is available in 2 hours".

I appreciate that they offer the service
and I enjoyed wandering the stacks,
finding a comfortable chair
and reading a good book for 2 hours
before getting wired.

I'm glad to be back
but I plan to stay off the computer
and continue to see more
away from the screen.
I've found harmony away from the computer, too.

One of the last lines in "Dances With Wolves"
is John Dunbar's description of the tribe:
"They were a people so eager to laugh,
so devoted to family,
so dedicated to each other.
The only word that comes to mind is harmony".

1 comment:

Joe Nobiling said...

It is good to be away or without some thing(s) in order to appreciate them. I've said to my co-worker, when I retire, I'm not going to miss working with the computer a bit. Of course, by that time, we'll be so wired we may be carrying tablets that will be our computers, phones, connectivity in one device with the wired world.

My blog, http://joenobiling.blogspot.com/, has a post about a recent show of Josh's you might be interested in seeing. He'll be graduating with his MFA this spring from the University of Delaware. Both he and Brandye hope to be able to get back in the midwest to teach at the university/college level.

Kath and I saw Gloria and Gary Burlingame at Books a Million last weekend. They told us they'd been out to visit you two and had a highly enjoyable time. I hope to make it out your way in the near future.