Ready To Meet The Jetsons?
Sorry, Im stuck in an air-jam
You might be saying those words some day if the Woburn, Mass.-based
Terrafugia company (which means, escape from Earth
in Latin) gets its way and completes its TF-X the worlds
first flying car. Thats right the thing that
the Jetsons teased us with as futuristic transportation is
currently undergoing feasibility studies as we speak. The
four-seat, plug-in hybrid TF-X would be able to take off and
land just about anywhere just like a helicopter. Thats
all well and good, and Im sure any circa-1960s science
enthusiast will lust to drive/pilot one, but I have one concern
that trumps all if we, the collective people of Earth
are such lousy drivers on the ground, what makes anybody think
well do much better in the air? I dont even want
to think of what happens when you run out of juice over somebodys
While were on the
of bad driving, may
I kindly remind all concerned yield to pedestrians
at the crosswalk. Not only is it good manners, its the
law. And nobody likes it when I get grumpy counting the number
of cars that whiz past me at a crosswalk without giving the
pedal on the left a second thought.
No matter who I talk to, someone
knows someone who knows someone who is suffering from a lousy
cold during this time of year. Sadly, sitting behind this
desk of mine, I am no exception. And its hard to know
who is medically sick, and when a co-workers repeated
nose-blowing can be blamed on allergies. While were
wondering exactly what ails us, we can all do things to make
sure we dont inadvertently share the love, shall we
say. If you are one of the unlucky cold-stricken lot, be sure
to wash, wash, wash those hands, and carrying around a neat
little bottle of hand sanitizer (they even sell key chains
to attach to car keys!) is a safe way to keep germs contained
and make a better work or home environment for everyone.
Does not compute
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, isnt
it? Its supposed to help us manage the household budget,
while still leaving us time to play catch with the kids or
get those new baby photos around the family. And when its
all done, well still have a moment to put up our feet
and read the paper (ours, I hope!). Someone even created Moores
Law, which states that computing power doubles every 18 months.
But why is it that I always seem to be the victim of a technical
mishap? Either the GPS on my phone cant figure out what
street Im on, my favorite picture is too big to email.
You get the idea the list goes on, and on, and on
I dont even get any respite at work computers
crash and files disappear with some regularity. Sometimes,
I wonder if I should ditch technology and go back to the drawing
board literally. Anybody got an old printing press
and wax machine handy?
Creative minds welcome
Huntington village is known for
rich arts scene. We have museums, concert venues and associations
supporting local artists. Heck, I see at least a few folks
playing acoustic guitar or something outside Starbucks every
year. But just recently I watched a man make himself comfortable
near the former Black Lantern and start drawing. I think he
may have been sketching from something in a magazine. Maybe
he was whipping up an outline of one of the many fancy cars
on Wall Street. But really, it doesnt matter what it
was. Creativity breathes life into us. Once upon a time, I
heard that you cant spell Earth without art.
Food for thought, indeed.
Gotta love my kids
who were honored as the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce
celebrated the areas young professionals at their 30
under 30 dinner last week! I know a few of our kids have received
that high honor in the past, and its always nice to
see such young guys and gals, in all sorts of vocations and
callings, really starting to make it big. Hats off to you
from Aunt Rosie, and I wish you many more years of success!