I’ve figured out that this blog is really just a place to actually be me. I don’t have to try and be someone on Facebook or twitter, I catch myself doing that a lot.
I feel special in moments when I’m called upon to help others in special circumstances. In this instance, my dad needed to be taken to the ER because he’s passing a kidney stone, his 5th one, believe it or not.
Anyway, nothing to worry about. Our nurse Kevin from southern Kentucky is here helping. He’s already got the pain down from a 8 to a 2. Nice job, Kevin.
Anyway…. That’s not why I’m here (tumblr) tho. I’m sitting her in the fairly new, state of the art, Centerpoint Hospital in Independence, Mo. Looking around… I see all of this wonderful, beautiful technology. Brilliant medicine, the most highly technological machines. And to think…. That none of this had even been thought of 100 years ago. This is perhaps the one thing in all of this earth that blow my mind the most, the speed of technology. And I don’t just mean computers. I’m talking about giant buildings, air planes, SPACESHIPS for crying about loud!! The Internet…. I still don’t even get that. And cell phones, you expect me to believe I can talk into this little box and it’s digitally transmitted from here to Chicago, and my voice comes out of another little box, instantly? That’s BS. I don’t believe it.
I don’t know, I guess I don’t get it. I’ve always had a desire to understand how things work, and somethings I just can’t comprehend. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that we went from riding in covered wagons pulled by mules to speeding across the sky at the speed of sound, in just a handful of generations.
And the television? Don’t even get me started. I don’t think we really give ourselves enough credit. Humans have done some amaaazzzzing things. Think about it.
I learned something about tumblr tonight… That you can’t reply to your own post. I think that’s really cool. Think about what the means for a little bit.
It was brought to my attention the other day that I have a constant need to be connected to technology. (As I write this on my iPhone while I wait for someone else to finish their burrito,) This has kind of been on my mind ever since. What it is about the Internet that gives it prominence over most everything else in my life?
My English teacher taught me to never ask a question that I’m not going to answer later. So just trust me. I’ll get there.
If im watching a sporting event or a movie that im not particularly interest in, I’m usually surfing the Internet at the time same time. While I eat, I have my phone. I’ve even been known to take my iPad into walmart just for the fun of it. The point is…. Well, I’m not sure of the point.
There has to be some value in the days where your only means of information came from newspapers and radio. I hear of older people who would look forward to getting the paper in the morning when they were kids and looking at all of the baseball box scores to see how all of their heroes performed the night before. Today, we edit our fantasy sports lineups online with the click of a mouse and get instant updates. Then, they used card board playing cards, pencil, paper, and dice to keep track of their imaginary sports teams. Sometimes I wonder if the simpler times were the better times.
Then Sunday happened, when terrible storms ravaged through Joplin. I was getting updates in real time from people in Joplin before other members of my family even knew what had happened. As I was listening to the police scanner in Joplin describe the scene and cry for help, my dad sat at the table saying there couldn’t have been that much damage. Moments later, a tweet mentioned that as much as half of the city had been destroyed. It was a surreal experience.
I had always wondered when that would happen, when the way i experience an event would be drastically changed because of twitter. This is the first one that’ll I’ll always remember. It makes me wonder what 9/11 would have been like if twitter were around.
I think I’ve found my point: that knowledge is power. The reason I, and probably many others in my generation, am constantly connected is because of the amount of information that can be acquired simply from following the right people and looking in the right places. Sure, there’s a lot of stuff I’m probably missing out on. But that’s my choice, a trade off that has been made because I have realized that I get a thrill from knowing things as/before they happen. I’m starting to realize I love history. Especially baseball history. There is soooo much out there about the game that I’m starting to learn that I just think is fascinating. The teams, the old players, the way the game has changed, the reasons why things are the way they are.
Now I’m just filling space. Now let’s go to the finish:
At what day and age will we finally stop saying “in this day and age….”. It kind of seems medieval, am I right? Some things just might never change.