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Traveling with a Computer Girlfriend

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Traveling with a Computer Girlfriend


“Old Faithful,” my big rock of a Dell laptop, has served me well through the toughest stretches of travel these past two years. But I have began to notice something: traveling with a computer makes me a vastly more cautious traveler, as the extent that my activities and travel methods are limited by Old Faithful’s inherently delicate construction.

My computer has become a friend of sorts. I sure enough hang out with it enough to be a friend. “Old Faithful,” is what I call her. And like a friend, I must watch out for her when out on the Road, as:

Old Faithful cannot be out in the rain.

Old Faithful can not be knocked around, kicked, or dropped.

I harbor reservations about sitting on Old Faithful.

I do not like being separated from Old Faithful’s company, so I do not allow her to ride in the steerage of a bus, train, or plane.

I am also a little bit jealous when it comes to other suitors pursuing Old Faithful, so I keep her hidden at all times and only bring her out when there is no one else around.

I miss Old Faithful when we are separated, so I rarely let her wander out of my proximity.

I must be more aware of my travel plans and be sure that I find shelter for Old Faithful as well, as she does not like sleeping outside without a waterproof blanket.

Old Faithful also likes to be warm but does not like excessive heat, or does she like the freezing cold.

I think that Mira is also jealous of my relationship with Old Faithful, so I must sometimes choose between what girlfriend I want hang out with on any given night hehehe.

So traveling down the long, long road with Old Faithful requires a certain amount respect, diligence, care, and, occasionally, cleverness. In the vagabond world it is difficult to control all of the situations that you find yourself in, and traveling with a computer is sometimes a lot of work.

But Harry Franck traveled with a Kodak camera in 1910. I am sure that this was almost the equivalent of traveling with a laptop today. Franck crossed mountain, desert, jungle, storm, and scorch on foot with his Kodak in his shirt pocket or wrapped up in a bundle that he carried under his arm. His camera completed a Vagabond Journey Around the World a little scathed, but undamaged.

Old Faithful takes inspiration from this story.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 13, 2008

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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