Renaissance Dad: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wi-Fi

Renaissance Dad: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wi-Fi

Like most of us, I’ve been through some tough times in my life.

So, I can face pandemics, political upheaval, seclusion, rioting, rationed toilet paper, and even being locked out of my favorite coffee shop.

But this morning (and I think this might really be the end) . . . I woke up with no Wi-Fi.

It’s not me, you understand. No, I can happily spend days on end festering in my BarcaLounger with a thick book and an unlimited supply of potato chips.

No, what makes this a potentially apocalyptic situation is that I’m trapped in a wireless-less house with my 13-year-old daughter, Grace. For her, access to the internet is not simply a convenience, but a human rights issue. A physical necessity that should be written into the Hierarchy of Human Needs right between oxygen and drinking water.

Luckily, it’s only 9 a.m. (a period of time that she refers to as “the middle of the night”), so I still have a few hours to enjoy the peace and quiet, sip my coffee, and plan my escape.

Read the rest of this article in the full digital issue below.

Perry P. Perkins is a third-generation chef, award-winning writer, and culinary instructor. He lives with his family in Longview, and operates the MY KITCHEN Outreach Program, for at-risk and under-served youth. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including sixteen “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthologies. He is also a reoccurring guest-chef on AM Northwest. More of Perry’s work can be found on Amazon at, and his cooking blog at

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