WHEW!! (And thanks again!)

“Christine is out of intensive care, and does not immediately need surgery.”  Yay God!!  And thank you for letting us know you were praying–it meant a lot.  Our church does have an email prayer-list, but there’s nothing like lj-er’s (at least our group) for being “right there” at their computers!

Now… AFTER that post about “Nature Deficit Disorder”, we found an email about camping with the internet!  It’s an article from the Globe & Mail, and we’ll try to trim it a bit (a looong article!)

                    DAVID GEORGE-COSH                 
Globe and Mail Update
July 13, 2007 at 8:30 AM EDT

When Brad Rome goes camping, he makes sure to bring the essentials: bug spray, floppy hat, lawn chair – and his laptop.

As soon as Mr. Rome arrived at Ratter Lake Campground near Sudbury, Ont., at the beginning of the summer, his first order of business wasn’t setting up the campfire or heading down to the beach. Instead, he powered up his computer and logged on to the campground’s wireless Internet hot spot.

Wireless access to the Internet is quickly becoming a standard feature at Canadian campgrounds.  At least 80 Canadian campgrounds and RV parks – including about 30 in British Columbia – now offer wireless Internet for their guests.

Kampgrounds of America has fully outfitted more than two-thirds of its 33 Canadian campgrounds with free WiFi. According to Jef Sutherland, the company’s vice-president of information services, 324 of the 379 North American campsites that KOA operates now have WiFi access – twice as many as last year.

It’s a luxury for campers like Mr. Rome to be able to take his laptop on the beach and conduct business while catching some sun and avoiding frolicking children.

“I’ve got a direct virtual personal network line to my office and it makes life so much easier when I’m away from work,” he said.

Nicole Lepage, owner of Ratter Lake Campground, says having WiFi service helps attract customers – particularly ones from outside Canada.

“Often, it’s a long time for them to be away from family, so now you can keep in touch with them. Oftentimes, we’re overbooked and we see people in the parking lot using the Internet connection,” said Ms. Lepage, who charges $3.50 an hour for the service to recoup the initial cost of setting up the hot spot.

Cody Harris, chief operating officer of NomadISP, an Idaho-based wireless Internet provider for RV parks and campgrounds, says the
four-year-old company has seen the interest in campground Internet access boom, doubling the firm’s growth since the beginning of the year. Mr. Harris has installed 10 hot spots in Canadian RV parks and hopes to have 50 by the end of the year.

Russ Roffey, a resident of Burnaby, B.C., who was RV camping at Ratter Lake, insists having the Internet at his fingertips doesn’t take away from the camping experience. “I find I can just turn off my cellphone or laptop whenever I want. When you want to get away from it, you can.”

That last sentence sounds rather like an addict, who always says “I can stop whenever I want.”  But holidays are for getting away from work!  Remember the days when people went on holiday to escape the phone?  Even the people living in this house know they need to get away from the Internet… (but they do enjoy it when it’s available in a campground…)

God, help people to know how to REST!!!

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