As the endless wait continues for our "friends" in Washington to decide that online poker isn't the devil and that society won't collapse if people like to toss around a few electronic cards and win or lose a few dollars, I really have nothing new or interesting to say. It just happens to be ten minutes to five on a rainy Tuesday afternoon and I'm thoroughly fed up with everything I've been doing, so why not blog.
Lately I've been debating what the wins and losses would be if I simply abandoned the internet. I don't feel like I spend outrageous amounts of time on twitter, Facebook and other social media sites but I do check them pretty often. I waste quite a bit of time reading the 2+2 Forums - not so much for the poker strategy but because trolling the idiots who post there is pretty amusing. There are a few other sites that I read. All in all the internet consumes a pretty decent chunk of my week.
Back in the day (a hackneyed phrase that I love nonetheless) the internet was a source of profit. Now, since there isn't any income coming in it's a liability. Not a major one - I wouldn't save much money if I canceled my domains and my ISP - but an expense nonetheless.
If I abandoned the internet I would certainly be less informed. I rely on the net for news as well as entertainment and that news includes both "hard" news and Facebook updates about what everybody's kids are up to these days. I'm not sure it matters.
I would miss interacting with my invisible internet pals, but I'm not sure how much of a hit that would be. I enjoy y'all but it's not like we talk daily. Other than a couple folks with local ties I'll probably not see many of the WPBT folks ever again (Las Vegas is not happening in the foreseeable future).
It would not be difficult to fill any time saved. There is always something. When I canceled my cable subscription the internet filled the time. If I surfed less I would probably read more. There is always something.
I don't make rash decisions - hell, it seems like I hardly make any decisions. I haven't thought this one all the way through. But that's what I'm thinking about today. Honestly, I miss online poker.