Other times, it just downright fails.
I have 2 primary email accounts I use. My google e-mail, which is what this-here blog runs on. If you comment, email, whatever, this is where you're sending it to. But I also have my everyday email. The one my bills, my facebook, my twitter, pretty much everything important to me is run off of. It's darn important.
So when the above-mentioned important email account suddenly stopped receiving emails on Thursday, I got somewhat worried. I've had that account since 2007. Countless accounts across the interwebs are accessible by that email. Can I get it to work again? Nope. How come hotmail can manage to make my account "undeliverable"???
Despite my best efforts to not freak out, I allowed myself a moment. You know that kind of moment. The kind where you 100% lose your shizz for no good reason. I knew it really wasn't a big deal, but there was a certain amount of emotional attachment to that particular email address. It was my alumni account for my first undergraduate degree. I cherished how smart and accomplished I felt whenever I wrote it out. YES I survived 4 years of college, out of state AND with my life a mess, and I have this email account to show for it.
Okay, maybe it didn't mean that much (although all of the above is true)... but I still loved it dearly.
So after I lost it for second, I decided to take swift action and regroup. I moved on over to yahoo, and set up a new "darned important" things email account. Slowly but slowly, I started to remember just which accounts happen to be linked to that account, and have started the switching over process. I realized that my Twitter was connected to that email, and found out I had missed tweets because of the email outage. Sorry guys, if you happened to tweet me during that time. I wasn't ignoring you, I just didn't know said tweets existed.
It's times like these that I remember that as great and useful as technology is, we always need to have a back-up plan. We need to know how to function without all of the short-cuts that email, online bill pay, paperless statements, etc... provide. This is probably why I always want to learn the skills that are becoming less and less important to society. Gardening, cooking from scratch, sewing, and generally being self-sufficient are important skills to have when technology is on the fritz. They are skills that help me to appreciate my grandmother and my great-grandmothers, who had to make do with what they had, and who were always able to make something out of nothing.
Because in a culture that values leaving as little waste behind as possible through the paperless movement, when technology fails, you have to re-create everything out of nothing.