Books: An Abridged Existence (excerpt)

Chapter 14


The telephone wakes everyone who is within hearing range, who happen to be Sid and Carl. Sid decides to ignore the phone, and just lie there on the bed. He hears Carl fumbling around searching for the phone in the other room. Sid can just barely not hear the conversation that Carl is having with the caller. Carl seems rather angered at this call, and slams the phone back down on the receiver. He can only assume that Carl went back to bed, for he hears no more noise from the other room. That or Carl has had an aneurysm and died. Either of which Sid is not going to do anything about, and he actually doubts the latter.

Several hours later the sun comes pouring in through the windows. They have both slept well into the day. Carl wakes up, drinks a cup of coffee, and is later joined by Sid.

“You want breakfast?” Carl groggily asks, he is by no means a morning person, and prefers to be active up to the late hours of the evening.

“Sure,” responds Sid, half asleep.

They go outside and get in Carl’s Car and drive to a breakfast restaurant. They do not have to wait long to be seated, because they have arrived in between the breakfast rush and the lunch rush. They look at their menus and decide on what they would eat that late morning.

Sid just orders eggs and toast, with marmalade. He likes marmalade. It is one of his favorite condiments, if it can be considered that. The eggs he orders to be cooked sunny side up, but they turn out scrambled because the cook does not know how to make an egg sunny side up.

Carl orders bacon, toast, and some waffles. He isn’t usually a big fan of breakfast, and usually only gets cereal. But for some reason, something has made him rather hungry, and he gets what he thinks will be a filling meal.

While they wait on their orders, they begin to chat, which is not unusual for two near complete strangers temporarily living together.

“So, tell me more about this ‘internet,’” Sid seriously asks. He is very technologically illiterate, and does not even know how to turn on a computer, or so he claims. He prefers the old fashioned method for things, primarily due to this technological illiteracy.

“Basically, it can connect one computer to another, through somewhat complicated means. However, you don’t have to know how it works to be able to use it. You can also send and receive electronic mail through it,” responds Carl. He is no expert on computers or the internet, but he is rather good at making up answers on the spot to questions he does not know. And with a person as technologically illiterate as Sid, the person he is explaining it to won’t know if Carl was right or wrong about what he is saying.