My Sister Doesn’t Have a Computer

She never had a computer, she’s afraid of computers, she can’t afford a computer, what use could she possibly have for a computer?

My sister has very parochial views about things–most things.  She hates gays and blacks and is suspicious of people who prefer cats over dogs.  Every time I see her or hear from her (which is rare) she needs money.  Every time I hear from her I wind up “lending” her money.

I haven’t seen or heard from my sister in a long time.

I do think about her sometimes.  I wonder how her life is going, but I sorta know.

Sometimes I wonder if she’s ever broken down and gotten herself a computer, but I don’t think so.  I think if my sister had a computer the first thing she would do is send me an email and ask me for money.  So since I have never gotten an email from her, I assume she doesn’t yet have a computer.

I haven’t heard from her in a while, but somehow I think that’s for the best.  That way I don’t have to fight with her about gays and blacks and cat people.

Tonight I was trolling on Facebook and Adrienne posted this funny YouTube video and I thought about my sister and how she probably doesn’t know what YouTube is, nor does she care.

Somedays I think it would be better if I didn’t have a computer either.  Sometimes I think of all the “real work’ I would get done if I would take all my Facebook and email and Twitter time and devote it to something more worthwhile.

But then I think of how happy this video makes me feel everytime I watch it, and what fun it was today to submit a piece of writing to this website and discover that I write like Cory Doctorow.

I feel sorry for my sister.  Not sorry enough to call her, but sorry because her world seems so small.

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