I am once again amazed to find out how much of my life is missing when I do not have stable access to the internet. This just goes to show how sad the social relationships of a PhD student truly are. I have to realize more and more that most of my social interactions throughout the last few years have taken place in the digital realm. Actually, come to think of it, this situation honestly never seemed all that negative to me. I am sitting in front of my computer writing all day anyway, so having some digital friends to talk to every once in a while is quite practical–provides you with company and you do not even have to switch back and forth between different applications of language. You can just keep writing. The last remnant of real world desires I have left are then fulfilled by a heavy dose of The Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, or Survivorman, which present the counterpart to my existence via the romanticization of physical labor (obviously itself always a characteristic of the white-collar bourgeoisie, or of what has recently been termed the “cybertariat” [a term that carries a slightly different class connotation than, say, the status signifiers “middle-class” or “upper-class”).
Long story short: I still to not have internet at home, a situation that will hopefully change soon. This means that I had to make the trip down to campus today to catch up on my life that seems to continue without me. The commute is not too bad. I tested it out for the first time and it takes me a little less than an hour to get here on the El (train). Tested the Halsted bus yesterday and had to find out that it sucks (door to door service but it takes me almost an hour and a half that way). Taking the train works, even though I have to walk a few blocks. Not too bad in the summer. We’ll see how that goes in the winter.
Now I just have to find a coffee shop in my new neighborhood that offers free wi-fi. Emilio suggested Dollop, which seems to be a little north of me. I have seen a Caribou just a block south of me (on the corner of Broadway and Melrose, I believe) but they frequently charge people for wireless and I am just not willing to pay a coffee shop chain to access my digital self. Does anyone have any ideas regarding a nice coffee shop with wi-fi in my hood? I really like the Bourgeois Pig but that is on Fullerton, i.e. about ten blocks south of me.
Once again: I promise that my postings will become intellectually more stimulating again once I have internet at my house and have more time to write. Moving is just so disruptive.