All it takes is a modem and a landline, though, to bring back certain realities. Like this (from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph):
Problem Idles Buchanan No. 1 MineAt least nobody was carried out on a stretcher. This time.
By BILL ARCHER, Bluefield Daily Telegraph
OAKWOOD, Va. - A mechanical problem in Consol's Buchanan No. 1 Mine late Friday evening prompted the company on Monday to mail out a force majeure letter to customers advising them that coal shipments will likely be interrupted for a time, and that about 200 coal miners will be temporarily laid off while engineers work to repair the problem.
According to a Consol press release, a problem with the mine's skip hoist mechanism caused a loaded skip and an unloaded skip to fall to the bottom of the mine shaft - approximately 1,600 feet. No one was injured ... (link)
A world away. And yet the men and women at Buchanan No.1 are in my thoughts today. Keep them safe, Lord. There are no finer - or more deserving - people on this earth.