July 28, 2021
So, how many of you ever think about going to the Great Beyond? Now that’s the way to set the mood, isn’t it? I don’t ponder the future much, owing to the fact that I was a lawyer. The only question for me is which circle of Hell shall I end up in.
What brought this on, you might ask. Yesterday, I was loading an update for Norton Utilities, and it proudly announced that my “service expires 1/1/2050”. At first, I felt grateful that I wouldn’t have to worry for a while. But then I realized that I would be 98 years old when I next have to fret about it.
By then, I suspect that the only worry I will have will revolve around my sleep/bathroom cycles, which will resemble a German train schedule.
Quick aside. When stationed in Germany with the Army, I once watched a local drunk on a train station platform in Frankfurt. He was, of course, dressed in a three-piece source (albeit ragged and dirty). He had been sleeping on a bench for some time, and when he stood up without opening his eyes, he shuffled toward the tracks. There was nothing there, and I started to move to grab him. As his foot reached out off the end of the platform, a train pulled up, and the door opened to allow his foot to land in the train car. I could only applaud the precision of the railway system and the trust of the inebriated fellow.
Even though our lives are changing at a breathtaking rate, time moves on mercilessly. 2020 has proven that beyond any doubt. Instead of having to replace light bulbs every couple of years, fluorescents and LED’s may well survive us.
I just hope that I will have the time and opportunity to impart some of what I’ve learned to my grandkids. It appears that our adult kids have already passed me by. Aside from that, I would like to imagine that a few people may think that I’ve contributed something worthwhile along my way.