Saving Time Is Complicated

By Randy Gaddo I try not to label myself a “technophobe” or “digital dinosaur,” but more and more these days I find myself wailing and gnashing my teeth as yet another cyber/electronic/digital episode occurs. I turned a year older on February 21, which may be partially to blame for this reflective lament. On that day in 1953 (you do the math), the world was far simpler than it is now and on a farm in Wisconsin, it was about as …


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5 comments on “Saving Time Is Complicated

  1. Chuck Costas on said:

    Amen my brother. Where are Ozzie and Harriet and the Cleaver family when you need them?

  2. Wesley Bishop on said:

    1953 was a very good year!! Your descriptions bring back many memories as I also grew up working on my grandparents northern NY dairy farm and identify with everything you mention down to the automatic gutter cleaner. It is sad to me that the simple things from that time are mostly gone and I am glad that I have been able to pass many of these things down to my children who do understand but may be the last generation that does. We are fortunate to be on the edge of the Adirondack Park so the recreation opportunities abound and for a short while longer there are many large tracts where there is no cell service so we can truly get away from it all. I feel very fortunate not to have been chained 24/7 to the machine but it is getting more and more difficult. Our public facilities are, as you mention, possibly the shining light of sanity in this techno world. Very refreshing comentary and thanks.

  3. Scott W. Rowan on said:

    Amen. As one with a 16 & 13 year old, I constantly am amazed at their level of confidence with technology, while wondering if it is truly such a wonderful thing. There was a PBS special last year about technology, and MIT (or Harvard, can’t remember) studied college kids who were adept at multi-tasking. What they found was they could do a bunch of things at once, but nothing was done very well, and that is my concern. We need play and recereation areas, and we need to remember to slow down and “smell the roses”.

  4. Beth Hamil on said:

    Amen! As a fellow 1953′er ( I stopped doing that math a long time ago), I can relate to your thoughtful and entertaining comments. It is just a matter of time before the technology generation relizes that humans can only take so much “data input” and have to stop and return to nature on a regular basis. What feels more natural than floating/splashing around in water. I hope that waterproof cell phones never catch on!!

    • Randy Gaddo on said:

      Waterproof cell phones! You’d better be careful talking about that idea; it’s just crazy enough to be profitable. I can see teens and tweens splashing around in the pool with their AquaCells strapped to their wrist, talking to friends, texting, splashing…there would be new “ExerTalkText” classes springing up where you can do water aerobics and text or talk to your friends at the same time. The possibilities are endless…in fact I’m surprised someone hasn’t come up with it yet:-)

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