Thanks for reading it pooh. I think I used the hand gestures joke 3 times. I tried to make it a bit of a running gag, it shows up once or twice more throughout the book. The pedestrian tag joke is just an oversight, I'll revisit that.
It wasn't so much getting away from technology, as using it in an appropriate way (at least as I saw it), and getting rid of unnecessary distractions. In the month I was over there the phone was only on when I was expecting a call, or when I had to make one. I never once checked my email or browsed the web. Like a lot of things, this type of technology (phones, MP3 players, the internet) is great when used in moderation and for a purpose. It was using it excessively, or as a means to alleviate boredom that I wanted to avoid.
As far as pages, I'm not sure in the format that I posted. I have one or two more edits to do before I print it, so I just did those pages as layouts for later. But, in Word and double-spaced, it was 130 pages. So I would guess somewhere in the 200-page range.
I love that quote at the bottom too, but who do you think you are, Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin? You can't go around quoting yourself, that's bad form.
Edit: By the way, I started writing some more Bible stories for you last night.
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life. [The Last Continent]