… when I manage to remember to write the weekly post before it’s after bedtime and what passes for my brain has fried. This is not that day.
This is the day a Kate looks at the date and wonders where the heck the year went that it’s August already, and thinks that someone, somewhere is cheating because it took so much longer for a year to go by back when I was a kid.
Yeah, even allowing for time being kind of wibbly-wobbly and depending a lot on the perception of the person experiencing the time, it still went by much slower back in the day. I remember the challenge of remembering that the two digit year now started with 8. Then the 9s came along, then the next thing I know the 0s are done and we’re nearly out of the 1s. It just doesn’t seem that long ago that there was widespread angsting over the Y2k problem. Hell, it doesn’t seem that long ago that I watched the news of the fall of the European Communist regimes with a kind of stunned awe that something which had seemed so immutable (and horrible and evil) could fall so quickly.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I stood on the back porch hoping to see the Space Shuttle and dreamed of being able to go into space and study the geology of planets – or moons – that weren’t Earth. Sadly that dream wasn’t to be, but why something from my late teens doesn’t seem to be all that far in the past is something I really don’t know.
Maybe it’s because I don’t really feel old. On the inside I feel almost as though nothing has changed since somewhere around my mid-20s. The outside is another matter, but then, I’ve never been all that connected to what’s going on there. I don’t think I could have managed to drive over 1000 miles with an untreated broken ankle if I was closely connected to the outside. You kind of need to be a bit detached from things like pain to be able to pull a stunt like that.
So yeah, maybe I’ll get my mess sorted sometime, but I don’t recommend holding your breath. It might seem to me like it’s hardly been any time at all, but it could easily be years before I figure it out.