Today is the day, the National Day of Unplugging. This holiday was created to get people to take a break from their new smart phone devices, tablets, computers, TVs, watches, pacemakers, integrated home automation systems, gameboys, robotic surrogates, GPS systems, house arrest anklets and air conditioning units. It might as well be called the Nation Day of Spitting in the Faces of Modern Innovators and Inventors Day. Or maybe I went too far.
Although it is against my nature, as an experiment, I have decided to embrace this day of unplugging. I have gone to great lengths to ensure that I stay unplugged. I turned off all the lights, took the batteries out of the smoke detector, blew out two pilot lights, turned off the filter and air bubbles for the fish tank and disabled our security system. In further preparation, I bought a butter churn, wheat grinder, cow bell and one of those small framed motorcycles with pedals instead of a motor.
Even after only trying it for…15 minutes so far, I feel so free. Being unplugged is liberating. It has freed up so much time and I have learned so much. I was so excited about it I decided to shout my excitement from the rooftops. Shouting was liberating as well and helped me learn about police response times and noise ordinances decibel allowances, both of which were surprisingly low numbers.
So, do you see how much opposition there is to unplugging? We need to spread the word about unplugging and fight all those who are constantly plugged….that could have come out better….that could have as well.
I did have to take a brief pause from being unplugged to make this plug for the National Day of Unplugging, but I’m sure you understand. How else are people going to know? (side note: plug is a funny word. plug. plug.)
Join me, and possibly dozens of others, in taking the unplug pledge. You can find out more about the National Day of Unplugging on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Groupon, Google+, about.me, MySpace, esurance, Pinterest and match.com. You can also live tweet your progress with #unplug