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Little things can make a huge difference

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By SAM HATCHER

Little things can make a huge difference.

Of course what’s considered “little” to some can be monstrous to others.

So was the case Tuesday morning when we reported to our offices at The Wilson Post for work shortly after 7 o’clock.

As always, the first stop after turning on the coffee pot is a quick check of received email.

Herein we establish the first problem of the day.

There is no current email. All the email posted on the computer screen is from hours earlier.

I scream “my Internet is out,” and from across the office a response comes back that it’s not the Internet that’s out but rather the phone system and the Internet.

We have a problem, Houston.

It can be a most difficult situation in a newspaper office to publish a newspaper with no Internet service and no telephone service.

My optimistic ways told me that we’d probably have to endure this inconvenience for may be only an hour or so.

At 9:30 we became uneasy. At 10 o’clock we were biting nails. When the little hand hit the 11 and the big hand hit 12, we hit the roof. Still no telephone and no Internet.

Service was finally restored at 11:30 and we became operational again as a newspaper.

I’m sure we lost business because our telephones were out, and I know we were slowed getting our newspaper to bed (ready for printing) because of the outage.

Losing telephone and Internet service may seem like a small matter to some, but it sort of fits the axiom “how did we ever manage without it?” The “it” being telephones and more recently the Internet.

Can you imagine the traffic on Highway 70 between Lebanon and Nashville if President Eisenhower and Sen. Gore hadn’t teamed together to create the interstate highway system?

And how many stops to use a land line would each of us have to make daily if we didn’t have a cellular telephone?

Our world of modern conveniences have us watching flat screen high definition televisions with pictures so sharp you can count the blades of grass on a football field.

We have access to high speed travel, to an endless array of computer technology, to microwave ovens, to extraordinary health care assets and to a host of other options and opportunities that can make our lives more sustainable and productive.

Yet it seems, as this week in our case at The Wilson Post, the “little” things that we’ve become so dependent upon can drive us absolutely crazy.

By the way, when will there be technology that will let us chill something as quickly as we can heat items in a microwave? Now, that would be a winner for sure.  

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