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When we moved to Costa Rica six years ago, the local utility provided only dial-up internet access.   Within a year, DSL came to our house.  This was my communication with the outside world – my life-line for news and entertainment.  I don’t get a good radio signal because there’s a mountain between me and the station 25 kilometers away.  Although TV is available through cable to some locations, most of our friends and neighbors choose a satellite dish.  We choose neither.  An experiment at first, we elected to do without TV for as long as we could stand it.  We’re both spent much of our pre-blackberry childhoods in front of the tube.   But here, we relish the quiet without electronic stimulus.  Our soundtrack is monkeys and parrots outside our windowless house.  We just wanted to say no. Read More