My World and Welcome to It!

These are my thoughts and opinions about life in general. I also get daily prompts from DSP which inspire me to write. If I throw in some scrapbook pages I've done, photos I've taken, and stories about me, you will have an idea about my loony life!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Communication and Adventure Day 8 (Colorado)

Blog prompt: “Communication: The art and technique of using words effectively to impart information or ideas.” That is what we are accomplishing here. A form of communication by using words effectively to impart information. But with the advent of the computer and the shortcuts used on the computer to convey ideas and emotions it appears they are becoming more prevalent in our day to day lives, as well. How has communication changed since the computer became a household appliance?

Instead of mailing letters to family and friends, I am able to update them about my activities through email and my blog. Since I do not really like talking on the telephone, I love that I can send information to others by email. I also like using my word processor so I can write what I want to say and then look over it to make sure it is conveying the right message. I can edit the information easily (as compared to hand writing this information) and will be able to make my message clearer and concise. I also like getting messages from others in an email so that I can refer to the message as often as I need to. I think having a computer is becoming a necessity in every household.

I also started using Twitter and Plurk to communicate with many friends over the internet. This really was exciting when we traveled to new places and I got to meet my virtual friends face to face. By broadcasting where we were eating dinner and the time we would be there, people could decide if they wanted to join us or not. It makes me feel like the world is a smaller place than I imagined and that meeting new friends cancels out a lot of the ugliness I hear about on the TV and the newspapers.

Travel Notes:

This morning we woke up really early because the time here is two hours earlier than it is at home so when it was 6am here, it was 8am at home and I was really bored just sitting in the hotel room. Finally we ate some breakfast here at the hotel, and then headed to WalMart to buy supplies in case we got snowed in. We bought the essentials like: diet pepsi, chips, cookies, candy, and fruit. Then we went to the Air Force Academy and looked at their beautiful campus with the mountains as a backdrop. Then we headed to the Garden of the Gods and hiked some of the trails. It was so amazing to see the sun hit the rocks and hard to believe that a blizzard was coming. About 11am, the skies darkened and it began to snow so we headed back to the hotel. Luckily there are three nice restaurants around the hotel within walking distance. While we ate lunch, we watched the snow come down heavier and heavier. I thought it was pretty exciting! When we walked back into the hotel there was a line of people checking in because the roads were so awful. One man said he was only 40 miles from home but he was not going any farther. We will stay in our room, watch lots of TV, play on our computers and watch the snow!

You can see more pictures on Flickr - click HERE.


Tink said...

Having the instant gratification of communication from email, twitter and plurk is wonderful. I just hope we don't lose any of our dignity by being able to say what we want without any fear of reprisal. I know most of us don't, but there are always those that do, that probably wouldn't have if they had to confront the person they were talking to.

Though I agree with is so nice to meet blogging buddies. Having met a few myself, there is just something really nice there...

Love your pictures from your trip today. It has been so long since I have had to deal with a blizzard. You two stay tucked in and warm.

Life Psalm; Pixel Punkin said...

Hi Pat! Sounds like you're having a ball! Enjoy yourself! Sorry we didn't get to meet up w/ each other a few weeks ago. Maybe next time. Between my illness and my mother's I haven't had a lot of time or energy for posting in the last few weeks.

Keep us posted on your exciting adventures!