Friday, June 19, 2009
NEW WORLD ORDER
I noticed this at the airport, but it is apparent at coffee shops and other public places. The hierarchy of the wall plug, the outlet. Just a little scary. Our codependency to an inanimate object!! Who could imagine that such a small thing could be so important in our lives to "recharge", "stay connected", or "plug in" our various "addictions" from computers to phones, to gaming and music devices. As I enter the waiting area at the airport, I am nervously scanning the room to see where I can "connect", in case my batteries get low. Are there pods of people grouped around an outlet? Will I have to use the cafe and order something cheap to qualify to use their plug? Or did the airport thoughtfully plan these into their design? If not, I may have to resort to reading a book or write a letter or what if I had to resort to use words to communicate with another traveler. . .
So far, Portland airport gets my vote for the most electronically savvy and provides scenic views as well.