Posted by blamethebanjo on Saturday, May 12, 2007
As time passes and things change I can't help but wonder what it will be like in a few more years.I think about my dad and all the many incredible innovations he saw occur in his time.Born in 1913 there were few automobiles on the road when he was a boy.At least in rural Kentucky there weren't.He could look up at the sky and there were no plumes of white streaking across that jets had made the way they do today.
There was no television to pacify and steal his time.They had no radio or stereo to listen to.There was music,homemade and local.My mom was a guitar player and singer drawing attention from my dad I suspect.
He didn't have to worry about a cell phone squawking every few minutes when he was busy and would rather not be bothered.Somehow without air conditioning or central heating they got by.
They had to go outside to use the outhouse.They cooked their meals as there was no going out to eat.They ate without being told every bite was killing them because of fat or carbs and all the other awful things we ingest. I don't see how they did it.
Dad rode his horse everywhere he went so gasoline was of no importance.Things sure have gotten better haven't they? Now I admit I love so many of the gadgets and important tools we now depend on but I wonder just how much better off we are.
Things will continue to change,you can count on that.Some of the luxuories we are used to though seem to be like a candle that is burning near it's end.Oil is getting so expensive that the automobile seems doomed to the people like me who have only so much to spend.It is hard to imagine a world without them.When dad was a boy he couldn't have imagined most of what we have today.Yes things have changed and they will keep changing.I doubt that the horse will see a comeback but I feel confident something else is just down the road somehow.If we are ever going to get out from under the thumb of the oil companies,it has to.It will be interesting.It always is.
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