Metropolis, IL


From My Orbit: There are still some glitches

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Updated: 10:20 AM
Michele Longworth
Although the heat and humidity are still lingering, summer has come and now it is almost gone for another year. Once again, I have had little time to get out and fully enjoy the summertime.
It always feels like I don’t have that much free time to do a lot in the way of volunteering, but again this year, I was very happy to help Project Hope Humane Society with its second BarkAID event held at Headlines Salon. This year, Aug. 15 was proclaimed as BarkAID Day by the City of Metropolis and Sonic Drive-In, Just Like Mama’s Home Cooking and Fat Edd’s Roadhouse were gracious enough to donate a portion of their food sales that day to Project Hope.
Master hairstylist Patrick Lomantini cut hair for donations to Project Hope and by the end of the day a grand total of $1475 was raised. I know I reached out to several of the businesses about advertising and donations and to everyone who helped, especially Mutt-ropolis Pet Care, Beagles Bay Animal Hospital and River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital, who helped sponsor the advertising, I am so grateful for the help they gave.
I will especially remember this year’s event because I told Lomantini I wanted a short and sassy cut, and he cut my hair shorter than it’s ever been before. I was nervous after he cut it because I had a lot of gray. But after I got some color on my hair and began playing with the styling, I must say the shorter locks have grown on me. In addition to that, I’ve had some people telling me that I look younger. Shoot, I’ll take that!
Toward the end of summer, I was busy visiting New York City, Florida, Los Angeles, Chicago and Texas, just to name a few places. I’ve been to these places multiple times, yet I haven’t even left the city limits of Metropolis.
How you might ask?
Through the modern advances of technology and an application on my phone called Periscope, I’ve become slightly addicted to this app.
When I first became acquainted with the World Wide Web way back in 1998, there were “chat rooms,” where people from around the globe could type comments to each other. Now, those chat rooms are able to stream live video, through smart phones.
Basically, whatever a person is seeing can be broadcasted to the whole world on Periscope and people from everywhere could join in to see the broadcast and can type comments. As with anything online, there is some good Periscope content and a lot of bad.
I’ve found some really good people in New York City, which is where I tend to watch a lot of broadcasts. It’s really interesting to be able to see a live sunrise in Hollywood Beach, Florida and then moments later tune in to see Andy Lindenauer on his morning commute to the Time and Life Building in New York City. Later on in the morning I might catch Dave from Chicago on his morning walk to work and catch a glimpse of the former Sears Tower. Usually around sunset time, there is a broadcaster I follow from north of Waco, Texas, who “scopes” the sunsets from her farm, and I’ll try to catch one of her videos.
Granted it’s not like actually seeing these places in person, but still pretty cool that I can see live video from all these locations from the palm of my hand. Technology just never ceases to amaze me.
But, even with the vast technology that is available today, there are still some gliches.
My friend Sheila and I had planned to go see the movie Sully, about Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s heroic landing of a United Airways jet in the middle of the Hudson River in January 2009. We had agreed on the 5:05 p.m. show this past Saturday evening.
When I got there right at 5 p.m., Sheila wasn’t outside the theater or inside the lobby so I didn’t know if she was already there or not. So I texted her three messages back to back at 5:03 p.m.
“R U already inside?”
“Are you here?”
I had not heard from her, so I still was not sure if she was there or not. I went ahead and bought my ticket and decided to go on into the theater. I didn’t easily spot her in sitting in the theater, so I found an aisle seat toward the front and plopped down.
At 5:24 p.m. I received a text: “I’m inside. I’ll get u a diet coke.” So at that point, I thought surely she was running late and I texted her back to tell her where I was sitting.
Finally at 5:47 p.m. I got another text from her: “Make immediate left up steps when come in. 5 rows up.”
And, at 5:49 p.m., the final text: “Where u b? U ok?”
It was at that time, I finally figured out that she was already in the theater and had been the whole time. After the movie was over we started piecing together the times we had received our text messages.
So, we did see the film together, just not sitting beside each other like we normally do and I had to wait 1 hour and 36 minutes to get my Diet Coke.
Ah, technology, ya gotta love it.
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