Fandango’s Provocative Question: #136

Fandango has posed an interesting question today and I thought I would have a shot at answering it.

If you were forced to chose, would you rather live without the internet or live without air conditioning and heating? Why?

This is a tricky one for me. I rely on the internet for many things as I live in an isolated community with no services except for a local shop that sells bread, milk and a few other necessities and isn’t open every day. I order my groceries online, I bank online, when I was living here alone most of my communication with the outside world was via the internet. It even powers our landline phone and as TV reception is very bad here streaming is how I watch TV.

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However, I initially thought that I would choose air-conditioning and heating over the internet because that is a matter of health and comfort. When we lived in Adelaide we didn’t have air-conditioning and the summers there were dreadful. Instead of buying an air conditioner we moved to Tasmania where we’re blessed with a temperate climate. It does sometimes get hot and humid in the house during summer but not the way it used to in South Australia. It gets pretty cold in winter too. We usually have the heater on in the evenings and occasionally even during the day if it’s really miserable. On the whole though Sisters Beach is not as cold as Geeveston or Oatlands were. It’s certainly not as cold as winter in parts of Europe or North America. We’re unlikely to freeze to death if we had no heating. We’d just be very uncomfortable.

So surprisingly I think I’d be willing to live without heating and air conditioning in order to still have the many benefits of the internet. Of course I may feel differently when it’s 40 degrees Celsius and I am sweating like a pig.

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On second thoughts, don’t make me choose. I can’t.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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