Users of the popular Google-based email service are having trouble accessing their accounts.
Got mail? If you use Gmail, checking to find out right now could be a problem. Google’s Gmail service is unresponsive and won’t let users access their accounts. The outages have been intermittent and seem to affect the Tampa Bay area and beyond. “Right now your mother is trying in vain to email you about Gmail being down,” the Comedy Central network tweeted a short while ago. Word on what is causing the problem isn’t readily available. As Google works through the problems, the Largo Patch email accounts are also suffering intermittent outages. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Is the Gmail outage impacting your day? Let us know in the comments section.
It may be quicker and easier to send an e-mail, but getting something in the mail the traditional way makes me feel special.
The frequency of my visits to the U.S. Post Office in my neighborhood changed about five years ago. I had a P.O. Box I used to mail letters and cards to my friends and family living in other states. I enjoyed the meticulous nature of folding each letter, placing the stamp, sealing the envelope and blowing good luck on it as I sent it on its way. But things changed. I got rid of my P.O. Box and started sending e-mails instead. The selling point was it saved me time. Lots of it. Then I got to thinking the less time I put into sending this electronic message, the less energy it had and the less heartfelt it was. It doesn't mean I cared less for the friends and family I was sending it to. It just meant that I had less time to devote to the …