Thursday, July 12, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Pages of the Past
• One of my Wednesday afternoon “to-do’s” here at the paper is The Pages of The Past.
I drag out the old, bound books — in 2012 the books are 2002, 1987 and 1962 — doesn’t sound right, does it?
Then I have to go to the proper week in the old paper and find something interesting to fit in the Pages of the Past space.
And it’s a chore, all right! I have to read all the stuff from 50 years ago and laugh, or, sometimes even better, in the 25 years ago look at the pictures and say, “Wow, look at her hair!” Big hair was really popular 25 years ago!
Ten years ago is the hardest. Maybe because it’s too recent? It is fun reading my column from 10 years ago though.
“Ten Years Ago” — I’m on a mission — I have to save the Princess!
My column was all about discovering that you could play a really old Nintendo game — Zelda — on a computer, if you had a game pad.
I wrote about forgetting to eat, sleep, etc., playing Zelda on the computer — finding treasure, killing dragons and saving the maidens in each castle until you get to rescue Zelda, the “head” princess.
Talk about your strange coincidences! About two weeks ago, I refound the way to play Zelda on my computer — full screen, so I can see it! Bought myself a new gamepad and son and computer geek Kris set me up so I wouldn’t die (it’s called cheating) and I’m forgetting to eat, sleep, etc. I’m normally 10 minutes late to work anyway, thankfully that hasn’t changed (yet).
I was worried 10 years ago about sharing my computer game with my grandchildren — “which compulsion is strongest? The grandmother instinct to give everything I own to my grandchildren or the computer game compulsion — which requires you to hold onto the game pad controller until they pry it from your cold, dead fingers...”
Ten years ago, I had to hurry and get home, because I’d found the clues and treasure that was going to unlock another castle.
Funny — that’s the same reason I have to hurry home today!
• If one more person asks if it’s hot enough for me I’m going to lay them out!
Yes, it’s hot enough. It’s also summer in the south and we’re going through another drought season and so basically, this is what it’s like living in the south — it’s HOT!
As a child, I didn’t really notice hot. My granddaughters don’t really either.
Now, I’m old and I’m hot and I’m cranky.
Let’s all pray for rain!
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