- Writing out a check for every purchase and household bill and keeping up with the damn little check register, subtracting as I went along. Love online banking and bill paying. They do the math!
- Running to check the answering machine the minute I got home to see what calls I missed (and often swearing as a result). Love cell phones!
- Muting commercials and waiting endlessly for them to be over. Love digital recorders! (TiVo especially.) Recording programs and skipping through the crap is the only way I can watch TV.
- Walking around Blockbuster reading the back of DVD cases, trying to find a decent movie. (And don't get me started on the damn late fees!) Love Netflix! And its new “Watch Instantly” feature.
- Sending every single agent/editor query by mail and waiting months for responses. Love e-mail queries! Rejection is easier when it’s faster—like ripping off a band-aid.
- Sending files to Adobe’s free converter program and waiting days to get the PDF back. Love making my own PDFs from Word and InDesign.
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