By Angela Ebron
I didn't get a DVD player until 2005, and I didn't buy it. It was a gift from my coworkers; I was laid up at home for weeks following surgery, and one morning the doorbell rang-it was the UPS guy. Inside the box was a get-well card and a DVD player. I started laughing because I knew exactly who'd suggested it as a gift and why. For years I'd gotten grief from my friends about my lack of gadgetry. They couldn't believe that I didn't have a DVD player. I don't need one, I'd tell them. And I didn't. If I wanted to see a movie, I'd go to the theater or rent a video (I did have a VCR). And even though I now had a shiny new DVD player, I'm embarrassed to admit it sat in the box for nearly two years.
The truth is, I probably would've never hooked it up if videos hadn't become obsolete. My VCR had been serving me well, thank you very much. Then suddenly you couldn't find a new release on video to save your life. It reminded me of when albums and cassettes gave way toRead More »from Why I live low-tech