My husband and I returned yesterday afternoon from a long weekend away. We spent the time recharging and relaxing at a bed and breakfast near Lake Geneva, WI. It was really nice just to have the time off and to have a bit of balance in our lives. My mother seemed a little baffled that Dave and I chose to go somewhere without TV. She could manage 3 days without a computer fine (although my parents do travel with a laptop pretty much everywhere), but TV would be much harder for her. For me, missing the computer and the connection to the world was much more difficult. But there’s certainly a generational difference there: My parents get their news from print newspapers and the TV; I get mine all through RSS. It was a little weird not having any idea what was happening in the world all weekend.
Mostly, I really just enjoyed relaxing, being on the beach, reading in our room, and hanging out with Dave. Saturday morning we visited the Yerkes Observatory, the largest refracting telescope in the world. I remember taking the tour of the observatory growing up, and it was fun to see it again. We even bought a little piece of meteorite (yeah, totally touristy, but the money supports the observatory). I love that this telescope that was built over 100 years ago is still making contributions to science and education.
Do you think that anything we write and create now on our blogs and wikis and online videos and networking profiles will still be educating people in 100 years?