TBT! I Vie, You Vie, We All Vie for Wi-Fi!



(05/09/15) That’s the dream isn’t it? Free wi-fi 24/7, everywhere we go! The idea for this post came from a thought of mine last week. Yup, I had one. Hard to believe, I know, but sometimes I do. I thought to myself, what would I sacrifice to have free, 24/7 wi-fi everywhere I go? Has anyone else had this thought?

I thought that I could give up the pinky toe on my left foot for free lifetime wi-fi. I briefly thought I might let doctors implant a tiny wi-fi router somewhere in my body. I ruled that out though because I was worried about possible cancer from the constant signal coursing through my organs. Then I reconsidered because I remembered that  I’ve eaten fruit covered in pesticides and Chicken McNuggets made from chicken and asbestos my whole life and I don’t have cancer yet, (Two things: 1. if there is a God, please don’t smite me, it was a joke, and 2. If my blog is popular enough that McDonald’s sues me for the asbestos Chicken McNuggets line, I will be so proud)


Then I thought (yes, two times in a week!) that the premise of a great reality/game show would be a series of escalating mental and physical challenges like the old show Fear Factor (which gave me the idea for the name of this blog ten years ago)  until the final, victorious contestant, who is willing to go farther than the others, finally wins free 24/7 wi-fi for life.

So anyway, back to my left pinky toe. The more I think about it, the more I think I could give it up for free wi-fi. Here are the reasons that came into my head: 1) I’m right footed, so I probably wouldn’t miss the left pinky toe. 2) I wear socks and or shoes about 90% of the time, so nobody would even notice. 3) You know how bad it is when you accidentally stub your pinky toe hard on the corner of something?  I’d reduce the chance of that by 50%. 4) If someone did notice it was missing, once it’s all healed over, how repulsive would it really look?


I did consider if I’d give up a pinky finger for free wi-fi, but ruled that out pretty quickly because in my spare time I’m a classical concert pianist. No, I’m not, but I still could be if I have all my digits. It’s funny isn’t it? Fifteen years ago we didn’t have wi-fi and now I’m debating if I’d give up body parts for it. I would bet I’m not the only one either. That’s why the cell phone carriers are so evil. They know we want our data and they charge us crazy amounts, and we pay it.

When I’m elected President, or Sexiest Man Alive, whichever comes first, I am going to put Stephen Hawking and Neil deGrasse Tyson to work on developing a worldwide wi-fi system. It won’t be free, but it will be worked into your taxes for a fraction of the cost of the wi-fi or data signal you pay for through cell phone carriers. It would just become another public utility that everyone has a right to.  (Also, how did the Canadians know to name that high school drama TV show after Neil deGrasse Tyson before he was even famous?)  And did you know that Stephen Hawking is British? I don’t hear that in his accent at all. Go ahead click the links, those really are their websites)


So I guess there’s two ways I’ll get my 24/7 free worldwide wi-fi. I either have to become President or find someone to offer it to me in exchange for my left pinky toe. What would free wi-fi everywhere be worth to you?

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7 responses to “TBT! I Vie, You Vie, We All Vie for Wi-Fi!

  1. The cartoon about how much time before asking for the wifi password made me laugh, loudly. It’s usually one of the first things my kids friends ask for LOL

  2. Ah, it’s so refreshing to find someone who understands our relative insignificance means most paranoia is irrational.

    That being said, I think giving up a toe to have free WiFi installed might mean always having a bunch of hangers-on within 30 meters of you, trying to crack your password.

    That, and you might start listing to the left.

    • LOL, Erin you are too funny. Why do you think I’d be opposed to hangers on? It’s probably a great way to meet women, but then I’d always wonder if they only want me for my wi-fi.

      • Haha, true… you may have an excellent promotional gimmick cooked up. One of the best free-giveaway schemes ever.

        I guess you’d have to see how long it took for said women to casually ask about your wifi password. You could brag about being the next bionic man, though.

  3. It’s crazy how connected we are. I took my kiddos to LA yesterday. We went to the Skirball museum to see the Noah’s Art exhibit (very cool and interactive). We were gone for 8 hours. When I got home and checked my work website, I found I had missed 3 big announcements. Normally, not too much happens, but because I wasn’t checking every 10 minutes, so much happened. Still, it was nice being disconnected from the Internet and being connected to kiddos for awhile.

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