I’ve just spent about 3 hours this morning on Facebook, visiting and laughing with very old (I don’t mean that in a bad way!) & dear friends. As I’m looking out the front window, it’s rainy & dreary outside which can definitely do a number on your outlook for the day. However, since I had the pleasure of spending the majority of my morning laughing my ass off, I’m completely oblivious to the crappy weather.
I feel honored to have good friends I have known for…well, let’s just say a few decades & leave it at that – who have a great sense of humor, make intelligent comments and don’t get offended at my sometimes off color and frank remarks. It’s comforting to know that no matter what I say or how I say it, they will never judge me, resent me or get mad at me and will always be there when I need them. I feel very lucky to have friends like that in my life – and for most of my life to boot. What more could a person ask for?
Even though we all live hundreds of miles apart and haven’t actually “seen” each other in many years, we can still have a back & forth conversation almost instantaneously thanks to the almighty internet. It still amazes me. Why? It’s not like the internet hasn’t been around for a long time. You’d think the novelty would’ve worn off for me a long time ago. But no…Because I grew up when there was no internet. No cell phones, no cable TV with 5,000 channels & movies on demand, no iPads, MP3 players, Nooks or GPS devices – high technology was a long way off. Hell, I was in high school when the first CDs came out – and let me tell you they were NOT cheap. You were considered a high tech junky if you owned a CD player because the damn things cost more than most people made in a year. And then of course you had to be able to afford the CDs – which, in that regard there was a very small selection of music that was even released in that format. Even then, they had to be special ordered most of the time. How do I know this? Because I worked in a specialty record store when the first CDs were ever released. I grew up during a time that makes me appreciate how much technology and information we all have at our fingertips now and most people take for granted.
One of my very dear friends made me stop and think about all of these things just this morning with a very simple question: What was the first CD you ever bought? Of course she meant music in general, but I had to laugh when I posted my comment. Because quite frankly, I was an ADULT before I ever bought a CD or had a CD player to even listen to the damn thing. That took the conversation in a completely different direction at that point. Still about music, of course, but talking about 45s or 8-track tapes – going back to before everything was digitized, remastered and available for downloading instantaneously.
My son, who is eleven, will never know a world without all of the high tech conveniences we have all come to know, love and take for granted everyday. It’s kind of weird when I stop and think about that fact. How much has changed in the relatively short time since I was his age. It’s really incredible. I’m sure anyone under the age of 40 cannot relate nor is continually fascinated by all of the new devices and even higher levels of conveniences that seem to be never ending. It’s slightly sad to me that my son will grow up taking all of these things for granted. By the time he’s my age, who knows what will be possible and completely available to anyone with the money to buy them. I’m thinking, maybe someone will invent a device that can transport A PERSON instantaneously to anywhere in the world. Hell, even the Universe for that matter. Or the ability to time travel. OK, now I’m really sounding like an idiot…But seriously, it does make me wonder sometimes what kind of future is in store for my son. If I start thinking in that direction for very long however, I’ll just ruin what started out to be a most enjoyable day…Things could either get a whole lot better or much, much worse. Time to start thinking about something else – like NOW.
And so, to keep things on a happy note, enjoy some George Carlin and have a good long laugh. It always works for me…