Rolling in the Deep

I can’t get enough of this great song:

Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 8:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Relic

I was walking through U of T campus, and while looking at all the students milling about, I was thinking about how education has changed since I was in school.

I realized that my life has spanned several different eras. Compared to present day, I am a relic

In my youth, I saw the JFK assassination on the television news. I watched “I Love Lucy” and “Get Smart” and “Gilligan’s Island” and “Car 54, Where Are You?”. I used slide rules, and my first exposure to computing was with punched cards and binary code. I had to do research at a regular library, without the benefit of the Internet.

Playboy was considered pornography; the magazine supposedly contained “dirty pictures”. Seriously. I kid you not.

It was the height of the Cold War. I saw literature at the local emergency centres that outlined how to build your own nuclear shelter, and contained graphic, full-colour simulations, using make-up, of what nuclear burns to your flesh would look like.

I played with liquid mercury in the science lab. I made furniture in woodwork shop from solid walnut and mahogany and maple.

I ripped off nickels and quarters in parking meters when the coins got stuck.

I saw my first movie (well, the first half ‘cuz I felt guilty and ran home), something to do with Fu Manchu, for 25 cents at a theatre.

I put caterpillars on black car hoods on the hottest summer days and watched how they would walk funny. I used a magnifying glass to pop ants in the sunlight. I had not yet developed a sense of respect and empathy for life. (It would be many years before I shed my sadistic streak.)

I think I’m a different person today. Wiser. Mellow. Confident.

But I still feel ancient when I see what today’s kids are doing in college and university…I can’t keep up, and this is something of a downer. The world has changed, and is changing, too much for me to handle.

Published in: on June 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

I’m having an orgasm

Look at this lake view from my condo this morning. You have no idea how happy it makes me! It’s bee-utiful!

(I’m not sure the photo does it justice. All I know is, looking out my window at the lake, I’m having an orgasm.)

Published in: on June 14, 2011 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment