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Topic: Digital Detox (04/24/14)
TITLE: Lloyd Is Hearing Things
By Ken Ebright
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Maggie, his wife, who was washing dishes in the kitchen. "Lloyd, what did you just say?"
"I didn't say anything; the computer just spoke to me."
Maggie strolled out to the family room and stood next to Lloyd. "The computer doesn't have a sound card." She rolled her eyes. "There's no way it could speak to you."
Lloyd gritted his teeth as he turned around to look at his wife. "Honey, I heard it with my own ears."
Veins bulged on Maggie's forehead. "Stop lying to me! You said it, not the computer."
Lloyd picked up his mouse and tossed it down on the pad. "I'm not lying; I heard it talk to me."
Maggie shook her head. "Lloyd, either you're lying or hallucinating. You spend way too much time on that computer."
Lloyd beat really hard on the keys of his PC. "Maggie, I'm a guy, men need to have their toys."
"I am tired of fighting over the stupid computer, it's destroying our marriage."
Lloyd spun around and glared at his wife. "No, it's not. When are you going to understand that I need this computer?"
Maggie started to cry. "Maybe it's time for us to split up." She stormed out of the room.
The screen fades to a shot Lloyd sitting in darkness. Lloyds head is down and then he looks up into the camera. "My wife badgered me to see a psychologist as a result, I went to the Computeron Treatment Center. I didn't realize that I had a problem. The doctor diagnosed me with a computer addiction. When I came home from work I would sit in front of my PC until midnight. I would go to my son's basketball games with my laptop. My wife and I fought constantly. It was at Computeron, that I rededicated my life to Jesus. I attend church every week, and my relationship with my wife and kids couldn't be better."
The screen fades back to the family room. Maggie is at the computer and Lloyd is sitting on the sofa.
Maggie was typing away on the keyboard when she heard this. "Stop, beating on me, please."
Maggie's face started to turn white. "Honey, did you hear that?"
Tears flowed from Maggie's eyes. "I am sorry. Maybe, I have an addiction too."
The screen fades to black, and the lights come on in the sanctuary, and the congregation is silent.
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