I know it. You know it. Everyone who knows me knows it.

I am a man who is constantly connected.

I have a cell phone, naturally, as I work for AT&T. I have a Bluetooth headset, which is also required, but I’d have one even if it weren’t. My Blackberry has two email accounts registered on it, and my text message inbox has dozens of recent messages. I have web access on my phone and I have shortcuts to CNN, The Weather Channel, and more.

I have a Mac laptop computer at home. I have an account with MySpace, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, MSN, Blogger, Livejournal, Mobile Me, and Flickr. Not to mention my World of Warcraft account. I log into those daily to either check information, update information, or store information.

In two months, none of that is going to matter. My constant connection to the world will be severed and I will be wandering the Earth. For the first time since 1994, I will be offline. I thrive on being the guy that is ‘in the know’ and up-to-speed on current events. That will be changing.

I am trading in my online presence for a real presence out there in the world. What’s important to MSNBC will no longer be a concern to me; instead, what is important in this local kiwi paper? What is going on in Laos today? What does that gent at the bar have to say?

I predict it will take a bit of adjusting. Indi frequently comments that she is concerned I’m going to be in withdrawals. I’m hoping that will be over and done by the time my two-week ocean journey is finished. We’ll see.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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2 Responses to Connections

  1. Eagle says:

    I for one have no worries that you will be just fine. You may even love not having an electronic leash.

  2. Anonymous says:

    so that means i can have your macbook, rite?josh.

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