Remember the time when we thought Shane lost his wallet for the second time and canceled all of his cards? That resulted in our changing our credentials on most of our subscriptions, including the one for my phone. And here's a fun fact: we recharged my phone for £10 when I first came into this country and that account balance literally lasted me over a year because I never call anyone.
But soon after we canceled his cards, I lost all of my phone balance because my plan expired. The very same plan that gave me free mobile data every month. Ever since that started happening, instead of going on their website and changing the card credentials once and for all, we started doing the lazy thing of topping up my balance each time I ran out of it. And this was just call balance with no extra data plan. So over the past few months, we've exhausted quite a lot of money every time I mindlessly played Candy Crush while waiting for him at work, or updated my Instagram while at brunch.
And yesterday was one of those days when my account balance dropped to zero once again and I found myself sitting at a table with my friends and just talking to them without even once taking out my phone and checking for updates. Not only did I survive, but I thrived.
Yesterday truly was a day of just walking, talking, laughing and listening without even a single distraction and I think I'm going to go without mobile data for some more time before I fix this problem once and for all. This time, I'm going to do it right but for the time being, I'm going to go without internet. It's pretty cool to not receive messages and notifications on the go which in turn, end up making you spend a few extra minutes staring at a screen and completely missing out on the fart joke your friend just cracked.
I don't want to be one of those people and sound preachy here but as a millennial who spent a majority of her adult life staring at a screen, getting a feel of what it must have been like hanging out with friends in the 90's was pretty cool. Next stop: Dial-up internet, although I doubt if I'll have cool things to say about that experience.