OK, I just got back from about five days of housesitting without an Internet connection. It was odd to say the least. I felt very disconnected from the world, like I was missing something. The first night, at least.
By the second night, I was starting to enjoy it. It was like a mini-vacation.
Now I'm starting to think that I could do it if I had to -- live without communication. Perhaps even without power. Yes, yes, my log-cabin plans are progressing along nicely.