Hey everyone! First of, I want to thank all of those who submitted to the “Share Your Story” tab! It is beyond helpful for me in composing my book and I hope you too can read through the responses and find support and comfort.
And speaking of thanks….
But today, I’m writing a letter to the Internet.
Boy the internet has done a lot to me throughout my life. Its crazy to think that I applied to college, got an apartment, sold my matress, scored a handful of dates, and actually made some great friends on it! The internet has done me lots of good, but there are some crappy stuff that comes out of it. Naturally, nobody is perfect, and neither is the internet. But all in all, I have a lot to be greatful for from the interent, so here’s my thank you:
This is going to sound awful but boy am I glad I wasn’t here in those so-called good old days. Damn, that’s progress. How did people pass the time in their cubes back in the day? I can’t even imagine it.The ease of communication afforded by the internet is astonishing. I can email, I can instant message, I can do my banking and shopping and I can even call Australia without taking out a small loan.
You make planning vacations is a million times easier. Every available flight is mine for the finding. I can take a virtual tour of a hotel, check out the menu at a new restaurant, order tickets to a show and not mention, check out the yelp reviews to see if its even worth my time.
And then there is the blog. Through my blog and blog surfing, I’ve made some incredible friends. Yes, they are friends, even if I haven’t met some of them face to face. If I have a bad day, I just check the kind comments they leave me. They have yet to stab me in the back. A big thank you for that.
And thanks to you, cookbooks are a thing of the past. Why would I need to waste paper and space when I have a bajillion and one recipes at my finger tips?
And of course, you satisfy that inner frugal jew in me. You tell me when things I need go on sale, you allow me to print coupons, and even show me a map of the cheapest gas stations in my area.
Of course, like every highway, the information highway you have a few pot holes and sleazy hotels.
My junk box is filled with sexual enhancers and “amazing new offers” on a daily basis, and there are, sadly, those people I call indiscriminant forwarders, who forward every sugary poem or cutesy puppy photo that comes their way.
Recently I’ve had a lot of emails from people wanting to give me money – a lot of money! And all I have to do is give them my bank account information! And there was Jdate. What a mess that was. But at least I scored a few free drinks out of it.
All in all, you have done me much good. Sure privacy is laughable because of you and your twitter, facebook, and other stalkerish outlets.
Basically, from charities making money (like the over $155 million raised for US nonprofits by eBay’s Giving Works) to keeping in touch with Grandma, you have really has made our lives easier and allowed us to do more good things with our time. (Naked!)
What would you like to thank the internet for? What has it ruined for you?
I really need to start menu planning my thanksgiving dinner that I’m hosting. So this week I’m testing new recipes and today I was inspired by Mark Bittman’s raw butternut squash salad. I changed up a few of the ingredients:
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 2T organge juice
- 1 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1 T. water
- Freshly ground pepper
- 3-4 T canola oil or other neutral oil
- 1 meaty winter squash (butternut or acorn, etc.), about 1/2 whole, grated
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1 apple peeled and grated
- 2 T. walnuts
Whisk dressing ingredients together to make a vinaigrette.
Toss the squash and apple with the salad dressing. Sprinkle cinnamon and walnuts.