Remember when the Y2K bug threatened us all? Things looked perilous. What with all of the computers in the world crashing, water and food shortages (by the way, the 30 year shelf-life long-storage food you purchased back then is halfway through it’s expiration), power outages, general gloom and doom combined with various and sundry inconveniences…we were prepared for the worst. People purchased waterbed mattresses to fill with drinking water, backup generators, and then something remarkable happened: Time continued and so did our existence.
So, what have we learned? We have learned that bad things happen, though not usually when we expect them to. We have also learned that good things happen and often times go unnoticed. It seems we collectively learn what is ‘bad’ or ‘good’ news based on what someone else tells us. I am as susceptible to that as anyone. It is for that reason I began to distance myself from the debilitating effects of non-stop news many years ago. I say ‘distance myself’ because there is no way to completely avoid news. That is, unless you completely isolate. To achieve that, you would have to totally unplug.
I have a secret admiration for people who don’t have a cellphone or an email address. I don’t know how they function in today’s world, but I admire them nonetheless. Thirty years ago, no one had either. Strange as it seems now, people were able to have rich and fulfilling lives with only a T.V, a radio, a newspaper, a landline phone, and possibly a fax machine. A fax machine, you ask? The fax machine was the Facebook of the 80’s. It seems we people are an inherently social crowd.
Wherever you gather together socially, I hope you enjoy your time with family, neighbors and friends. No doubt, 2015 will be unique, just like every other year!
We will remain closed through Sunday January 4th. Our winter hours for January & February are: Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays.
See you next year!