Locality trumps online

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Locality trumps online

Today was Scout­ing for Food, where the local scouts pass out plas­tic bags to be gath­ered the next week, hope­fully filled with food dona­tions to help feed the hun­gry. Instead of spend­ing my morn­ing catch­ing up on the lat­est news on my phone, I spent most of the morn­ing putting miles on the pave­ment with another dad and our two Scouts, putting bags on over 100 homes.

That time was fun. The 4G con­nec­tion in our neigh­bor­hood is poor, so while I took some pho­tos of the Scouts putting up bags, I spent the rest of the time engaged in con­ver­sa­tion, some of which was quite comical:

  • Scout: So why do Muck Mon­sters have muck?
  • Me: Well, I guess with­out muck, they’d just be monsters.
  • Scout: Huh…I never thought of that.

Me nei­ther kid.

This morn­ing also reminded me that local­ity feels so much bet­ter than online. While I enjoy engag­ing online with friends, I also see how the online envi­ron­ment sucks you in and leaves you feel­ing empty. I’d be fight­ing with peo­ple I’ve never met on Face­book or on my blog, only to real­ize later that most of them had no clue about the issue and in many cases, were sim­ply happy to have an argu­ment for the argument’s sake. In real life, you could eas­ily switch sub­jects, but online, the whole process just leaves you feel­ing empty. Sadly though, I would keep doing that, because it’s so easy to sit on the couch and scroll Face­book on the smart phone…and for many (includ­ing me), it’s too easy.

So I’m let­ting local­ity trump online engage­ment for a while. I stopped blog­ging on my blog (although I’m con­tin­u­ing here because it’s fun), cut down on the Face­book, min­i­miz­ing the argu­ments with idiots, and instead focused on the peo­ple here I can see and speak to. If noth­ing else, it got me to hike another 2 miles today instead of sit­ting on the couch, and that’s not too bad.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any fed­eral agency. I mean, duh, I didn’t even men­tion any­thing fed­eral until this disclaimer.

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Today was Scouting for Food, where the local scouts pass out plastic bags to be gathered the next week, hopefully filled with food donations to help feed the hungry. Instead of spending my morning catching up on the latest news on my phone, I spent most of the morning putting miles on the pavement with another dad and our two Scouts, putting bags on over 100 homes.

That time was fun. The 4G connection in our neighborhood is poor, so while I took some photos of the Scouts putting up bags, I spent the rest of the time engaged in conversation, some of which was quite comical:

  • Scout: So why do Muck Monsters have muck?
  • Me: Well, I guess without muck, they’d just be monsters.
  • Scout: Huh…I never thought of that.

Me neither kid.

This morning also reminded me that locality feels so much better than online. While I enjoy engaging online with friends, I also see how the online environment sucks you in and leaves you feeling empty. I’d be fighting with people I’ve never met on Facebook or on my blog, only to realize later that most of them had no clue about the issue and in many cases, were simply happy to have an argument for the argument’s sake. In real life, you could easily switch subjects, but online, the whole process just leaves you feeling empty. Sadly though, I would keep doing that, because it’s so easy to sit on the couch and scroll Facebook on the smart phone…and for many (including me), it’s too easy.

So I’m letting locality trump online engagement for a while. I stopped blogging on my blog (although I’m continuing here because it’s fun), cut down on the Facebook, minimizing the arguments with idiots, and instead focused on the people here I can see and speak to. If nothing else, it got me to hike another 2 miles today instead of sitting on the couch, and that’s not too bad.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any federal agency. I mean, duh, I didn’t even mention anything federal until this disclaimer.

Please donate to Da Tech Guy, because he is the most handsome man in the blogosphere!