A friend and coworker of mine recently had a weekend that I can only dream about. You would think a radio person such as myself gets to meet pretty much any musical celebrity you can imagine. While there is some truth to that, I’ve met a few here and there, I’m probably the worst waste of access to meet and greets ever.
I’ve been late to more of them than I’ve actually met. Case in point: I was too late to meet Incubus, Macklemore, Ludacris, Avenged Sevenfold twice, Steven Tyler and, well, you get the idea.
But this isn’t where I wanted to go with the column this week.
The friend and coworker that I talked about, before I got distracted, met Dave Grohl over the weekend. She was at Memphis in May, and Dave was there. The Foo Fighters weren’t scheduled to perform, mind you. He was just there, enjoying the three days of music and barbecue, I guess. So, she did what probably none of us would have done: She went over to Dave, handed him her baby and took some pics. This toddler is now officially cooler than I have ever tried to be in my 40 years of living on this Earth. This, also, is not the point of this column.
The point is: when I asked my friend/coworker about the rest of her weekend, she said “you can see it on my Instagram.” Correction: she’s apparently just my coworker… Or maybe that’s just how we are now. We don’t tell our friends and daily acquaintances about our lives; we rely on social media to do it for us. I’ll admit: I’m guilty. I assume that if I post something on Facebook, everybody knows about it.
It doesn’t stop there. I had a conversation recently about how much we Google random things: “What was that song that went…” or “Who was that woman in that one movie?” Someone told me that they just try to remember the person, place, thing, movie, song lyric, etc., without Googling it because, you know it’ll come to you eventually. I tried it. It worked, and it was so much better just remembering it.
So, I guess that’s where this column finally ends up: Try to live without the internet. No, I’m not going to issue some sort of “Internet Challenge” or anything … but I challenge you to try to do things without the internet (see what I did there?).
Try to settle that argument about who was on that episode of that show or what band sang that one song back in that year without searching on Google.
Or, perhaps most importantly, tell the people close to you about what’s going on in your life… in an actual conversation. I’m a huge fan of all the conveniences that social media and the web offer. But I feel that we definitely benefit from remembering how to do these things ourselves.
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