Does Technology Reduce Us to Grunts?

Before dawn, I will make my way to O’Hare Airport, bound for New York. I love Gotham. But I hate travelling in temperatures this frigid. It makes me peevish, so I want to travel light and reduce the schlepping.

I pack my gadgets: Laptop, laptop power supply, cell phone recharger, headset, noise-reduction headset, Blackberry, Nikon camera, iPod with Belkin recording device, and cell phone. I have little room for the two books I’m reading, not to mention my health and beauty aides. The digital age hasn’t freed me. It’s made me a pack mule.