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Return to normal life

April 20, 2009

We take so much for granted in our century – even normal is pretty amazing when you think about life today compared to that for the average American 100 years ago.  

Last weekend we were in Vegas – bright lights, vibrant entertainment, great food, and new experiences.  This weekend kicked off  celebrating a birthday of a good friend along with about twenty of his friends at a local pool hall and tavern.  

Saturday,  I replaced the universal joints in the PTO drive for the winch on my Army surplus M35A2 duece and half,  mowed the lawn,  transplanted some trees,  caught up on some DVR’d shows,  and went out to dinner.  

Today,  I worked on the shop, made the monthly run to the dump, fixed a fence gate and the railings on a deck for my wife’s best friend.  Wrapped up the evening with the weekly shopping run to Wal-Mart.  

Jet travel, ready access to processed and packaged foods, complex  materials, technology, abundant energy.   All this is ‘normal’ for our society in our century.  I wonder if our society is nearing the apogee of individual freedom, the ability to go and do and consume and create at will?

What a wonderful time to be alive.

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