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June 18, 2013

Age is a Number

Four years ago, I wrote a post on Growing up, Growing Old. As I re-read it now, I'm in the mood to post some more on the same lines...

John F. Kennedy once said in a speech in 1963 that change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. True enough, but not original. Heraclitus the philosopher beat him to it when he wrote “Change is the only constant in life.” 2500 years ago, in Ephesus! In Future Shock,  one of my favourite books about the changing world, Alvin Toffler writes about change and what it does to people, to society; and how they try to adapt. Expectedly, when we are exposed to changes at an accelerating pace, stress and failure to cope become major problems. Toffler discussed these issues in 1970. Today, that future shock is already here!

While I age and my system slows down, the changes in the world around me are accelerating at a crazy pace. Double whammy!

Random Recall

I wonder how many remember these!

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops 
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78 RPM records

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Adding Machines
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A Time When...

Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe' or 'Tick Tack Toe'


'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
 'chickenpox'   

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Having a Weapon in school meant a slingshot.
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Cardboard stuck in the spokes transformed a bicycle into a motorbike.

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