Not So New Year
It is hard to believe that it’s 2013. Harder yet when you consider how far we “haven’t” come in the last 100 years. Granted we do things today that our grandparents would find unbelievable, like visiting with friends and family via the internet and web cams, and knowing what’s going on halfway around the world the second it happens. But so many things haven’t changed, they’re just in fancier packaging. We still travel around in “boxes” using the gasoline powered internal combustion engine placed on four wheels. True, today’s models are a far cry from the original, with our seat warmers, built-in GPS, and entertainment packages, but it’s still the same basic principle. Telephones have changed dramatically with the onslaught of cell phones, but most businesses still operate with good ol’ land lines, which are still connected for the most part via wires stretched on tall wooden poles. Disturbingly, people are still rolling dried leaves up in paper, lighting them on fire, and inhaling the smoke. And let’s not forget one of the most obvious things that hasn’t changed since Mark Twain used it for comedic fodder on the speaker’s circuit over 100 years ago, politicians. Happy “not so” New Year.