As I examine my life it is apparent I have evolved into a creature of the 21st Century in terms of technology.

As I examine my life it is apparent I have evolved into a creature of the 21st Century in terms of technology.

Don't think for a moment I am some kind of a technological whiz kid, who is reliant on the most recent gadgetry. Instead of a smartphone, I have what would be described as a "flip phone" that any true child of the 21st Century would turn their nose up at because it won't do much more than make a telephone call.

How much do I use my little phone? Most days I don't even turn it on. Consequently I have to make sure and remember to connect it to the charger on a semi-regular basis, lest I get caught powerless in a moment when I actually have cause to use it.

So why even bother to own a cell phone? It gives me peace of mind to put it in the hands of my wife, Nancy, if she is going to be making an out-of-town trip. But of course giving her a "security blanket" doesn't mean much if I haven't remembered to charge it up.

My technology reliance was made particularly apparent a week or so ago. On most weekday mornings, when I roll out of bed a little before 6 a.m., one of the first things I do is fire up the family computer. On a typical day I'll first check the National Weather Service's website. I also might read the Cardinals' game recap, provided they had not lost in infuriating fashion the previous night. Then I will jump to YouTube and do a couple of workouts that I have bookmarked.

Unfortunately the day I'm referring to was not a typical day. I found myself unable to access any of the early-morning websites I normally visit.

"Big deal," I told myself as I watched a small, colorful pinwheel spin on the computer screen. “Eliminating my Internet time will just mean more time to get around for work.”

But then it hit me, the loss of the Internet connection at the Henley hacienda meant more than losing access to Facebook, which I knew I could do for days without hyperventilating. But no Internet also met no telephone or television, which was concerning. Fortunately by the end of the day our Internet issue had “magically” been resolved.

While convinced I could do without Internet for a period of time there are other, more basic, services I take for granted that I would be lost without, namely electricity, water and sewer.

Like most people there have been times when a severe storm has left my home dark, plumbing work has meant shutting off the water for a time or a clog in the sewer system has meant being afraid to flush a toilet. None of those situations was enjoyable.

The most recent reminder of how important those services are came last week when the kitchen sink drains were running slower and slower. Nancy resorted to a tried-and-true strategy of pouring boiling water down the drain and using a plunger, but unfortunately that did not have the desired effect. In fact, because the water couldn't drain out it instead went up and out a vent pipe's seam in the basement, creating a mess.

My handy-woman wife broke out her "snake" in an effort to attack the clog herself, but when she started unscrewing the clean-out trap in the basement the pipe's contents came spraying out.

With our preferred drain man unable to come until Tuesday, we have avoided running water down the kitchen sink drains. With the dishwasher out of service because of the clog and dishes piling up, I rolled up my sleeves and did them by hand in a couple of large containers. When done with the dish water this 21st Century guy resorted to be a very old school disposal method - I carried the pans outside and dumped the contents on the ground.

As I write this column over the weekend my hope is the drain guy doesn't find anything more than a clog and we soon move past the time when the drain wouldn't any more.

The views expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Courier-Post.