This is Offbeat Home's archive of Nitty Gritty posts.
This is our category dedicated to the hard topics of occupancy – the realities of having a home. Nitty gritties might involve moving, dealing with appliances, handling passive aggressive landlord notes, or choosing a utility company.
While attending a small film festival a few years ago, I made the mistake of texting my vote for the festival's best film. Within a couple days, my phone number had been sold to marketers and I started receiving a ton of text spams.
This made me very angry. I was already dealing with telemarketers calling my mobile, trying to sell me mortgage refinancing and carpet cleaning, and now I had to deal with shitty text spamming too? It started getting to the point where half the time my phone made a noise, it was a voicemail from a telemarketer or a text spam.
The Offbeat Empire has been there for many of my life stages, I hope the community can be here for me now as well. I'd love any advice and guidance from those who have lost a loved one and have chosen to do an event to celebrate their life.
As a writer, I'm at my laptop pretty much all the time. Sadly, that means the siren call of the internet is loud and constant. The urge to stop what I'm doing "just for a second" to check Facebook or news headlines or "research" something on Wikipedia for the next several hours is substantial. I figured the best way to combat this — other than developing a stronger will to not goof off — was to get rid of the internet when I didn't need it. Thus, the internet kill switch was born.