Time Is Running Away

Gotta go...to an indie bookstore!

The obstacle in my path is less definable. (Monte Dutton)

The obstacle in my path is less definable. (Monte Dutton)

Clinton, South Carolina, Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:47 a.m.

The world grows ever stranger.

Stranger / Shut out the light and lead me …

An irrelevant country lyric, signifying nothing. A different connotation of the word “stranger” that showed up in the above paragraph solely because I thought of it immediately after I typed the word “stranger.” The song is about seduction. I don’t know yet what this blog is about, but seduction is a long shot.

“The Russian Revolution in Color” is on TV. How could the Russian Revolution be in color? When it happened, there was only, just barely, film. Technology run amok. A common theme these days.

Maybe I'll be less grumpy when baseball starts.

Maybe I’ll be less grumpy when baseball starts.

Our own government does not dictate what we can see at the cinema, but, somehow, North Korea, that humorless citadel of ignorance, does. They might “hack” theater goers. Thankfully, “hack” is one of those words with a totally different meaning in technologese. Right up there with “surf,” “troll,” “just sayin’,” and various inventions (“welp”), and obscure contractions (“Ima”) and acronyms (“RINO”) that are perpetually rising, falling, and being replaced by others.

The old version of “hack” would, however, be worse.

It's a wasteland out there, but it's a pretty wasteland. (Monte Dutton)

It’s a wasteland out there, but it’s a pretty wasteland. (Monte Dutton)

A telling analogy is that I am just as perpetually one iPhone behind, and neither the general nor the specific concerns me as much as, apparently, it does others. One of the reasons that a person my age isn’t “hip” (see what I mean about being behind?) is that no one allows me to be. I’m tragically unhip, just as the kids are tragically unaware of why they are wrong in so many ways in which they assume themselves to be right.

I was just as wrong when I was young, and I shudder several times each day thinking about it.

Some things change. Some things don’t. But it’s all going ever faster.

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About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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2 Responses to Time Is Running Away

  1. Dave Fulton says:

    My Jitterbug flip phone is at least a generation behind your latest iPhone, Monte, but it servers my purposes just fine… when I can remember how to turn it on and off!

    Some of us do remember when a hack not only filed poor sports copy, but might drive a taxi. Ima just sayin’.

  2. Monte says:

    The noun “hack” never occurred to me.
    I was thinking, as in, “hack” something. What I basically meant was being computer hacked was better than being hacked to death.

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