It Only Seems That's I've
Gotten Mellow --
2003! I've mentioned this before but it still amazes
me, and I will risk being redundant. I remember when
I was young and I was sitting in the Henrico Theatre
watching the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. I kept thinking
"Wow! 2001. I'll be 45 years old. Will I live
to be that old?" "Will there be manned space
stations exploring the universe and looking for signs
of intelligent life?"
Well here it is 2003, and I'm 48 years old and still
kicking. There are no flying cars, and no teleportation
machines yet. We are, indeed, looking for signs of intelligent
life and we are coming up empty handed. Never mind that
the search is taking place on our own planet. What surprises
will 2003 bring? A rising stock market? A war? A new,
ever more dangerous villain for the world to worry about?
A new scientific breakthrough? A cure for cancer?
Sorry! I have no answers. Some of those questions,
I'll bet, can be predicted with a reasonable chance
for success. I, for one, am going to make the best out
of 2003 that I can, and I hope that 2003 is good to
all of us. If the SpringerConnection website is any
indication, it's only going to get better. I have been
told by a few individuals that the website has opened
up a whole new world for them. They said they've made
new friends and reconnected with old ones. I've been
told that this site has enriched people's lives immeasurably.
Do you have any idea what this means to me? For someone
to tell me that is the greatest gift imaginable. There
are no words to express the emotions that brings up
Aside from being a new year, 2003 is the 30th anniversary
of the graduating class of 1973. I have to say I have
not been to any of my previous reunions and this is
the first reunion since I started the SpringerConnection.
Needless to say, now is the time where I put up or shut
up. If I don't come to the 30th reunion after having
started this website for the aid of reunion committees,
then I run the risk of being branded as the biggest
hypocrite on the planet. If that were to happen, they
would probably put a picture of me in the dictionary,
next to the word. Maybe the Encyclopedia.
Just In Case You Think I've Gone Soft: I just saw where
Cadillac is coming out with a new car that will be made
of aluminum, have a 1,000 horsepower engine and cost
$250,000 dollars. Why? I say again, why? Have we really
lost our mind as a society? I'm beginning to think so.
Are there that many people out there that have wealth
in such an excess as to need or want a car of this caliber?
Gas is going to be going up at some point in the near
future. That's my prediction. Supply and politics will
dictate this, and it doesn't look good. Buy an economy
car. Forsake the giant SUV's. There is one exception!
Go out and buy a HUMMER. We will need many of those
on the road in case we are ever attacked in a 3rd World
War. And the Militias will need to commandeer them.
This message was brought to you by the Independent Corps
of Militias. Just kidding. Sounded good though, didn't
Until next time, hugs not drugs.