same planet, different worlds

As I read a book while riding Charlotte’s light rail during yesterday’s evening commute, another passenger sat beside me and opened their own book to read. My choice was a collection of Allen Ginsberg’s 1950’s-1960’s journals. The other person preferred something with the words ‘Trump’ and ‘Real Estate’ on the cover. I can’t remember ever reading any “how-to” or advice book relating to money, personal relationships or anything else. The fellow passenger/reader appeared much younger than myself and I recalled in my early/mid 20’s that one of my favorite authors was H.P. Lovecraft.  But these days anything related to Donald Trump is more likely to cause me to have nightmares.

Speaking of technology(?), I’m not now inclined to buy a new Blu-Ray DVD player. Early in 2006 I finally broke down and bought a regular Sony DVD player and have since amassed a collection of seven DVDs. (not counting the Ken Burns JAZZ set) The Zenith console stereo originally purchased by my parents around 1969 still works well and looks good as furniture in my music/reading room. My early 1980’s Pioneer direct-drive turntable, newly outfitted with an up to date Shure cartridge, will continue to be used frequently. And the older analog knob tuner TV (non remote control for the young ones out there) which I rescued when our AT&T office was closed and we were sent to work from home in 1995, will probably provide service up until February 2009.

In this age of electronic journalism and blogging where the keyboard is the primary method of transferring thought, each day as I unpack my mid 20th century Parker fountain pens I prefer to write with, I realize that whatever literal meaning the phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” once had is long gone. Yet I willingly risk staining my fingers each time I refill those pens from the bottles of ink I use instead of writing with some cheap, disposable pen.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to same planet, different worlds

  1. Interesting. I think when we have a passion for anything, we are more likely to invest in quality products or tools of the craft.
    And, too, I think (here’s where I sound like an oldster) that things used to be made better at one time than they are now; it’s usually cheaper to replace than to repair and we need to replace more often.

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