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Technology Breakdown Leads
To Psychological Breaktrhough

by Wanda B. Friends


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When a fiber-optic cable was inadvertently cut last Thursday afternoon, all communication was cut between Calhoun County and the outside world.

For a period of almost three hours there was no long-distance service, internet, cell phone service or the ability to use credit and debit cards. In other words, total chaos reigned.

The streets of Grantsville were crowded with people trying find out what had happened to life as they knew it and when things would return to normal. 

 Some people went to their cars to access the world through their “OnStar” devices, which operate from satellites and do not depend on cable or wires. They were quickly spotted, however, and mobbed by folks who were beginning to go through the early stages of communication withdrawal.

“Just let me do a quick check of my email,” some cried. Others wanted to know if they could update their FaceBook accounts or place a fast bid on eBay. No one, it seemed, needed anything important, so the frightened owners of cars with “OnStar” installed quickly gathered together in the town parking lot and parked their cars in a circle for protection.

As the minutes ticked by with no communication fix in sight, people began to notice that they were beginning to experience yet another weird feeling. Just standing around, talking to one another, was bringing feelings that they had not experienced in years. They were feeling a sense of . . . community. It was almost better than being jacked in to the circuits of the world wide web.

They found that they were able to find out, in real time, how friends and family were doing. They could tell what the weather was like because they were out in it. There were sounds of spring, laughter, barking dogs and the happy chirping of birds.

It made many realize that this is what it must feel like to be truly alive, and that what they were used to was nothing more than a pseudo-life.

Sometime in the evening all service was restored, but not many people know the exact time it happened. They were out visiting with neighbors and friends.            April Fool’s



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