a V-E-R-Y different world

"Nothing is constant except change", certainly everyone is familiar with this commonly quoted axiom.  And while it's over 600 years old, it is certainly more true today than ever before.

I was a child of the space age, born in 1960,  I vividly remember that day in 1969 when man walked on the moon.  I was eight at the time.  And it changed my world, I became a skeptic of the phrase; "It can't be done."  Since that day, when I hear someone say that, I mentally translate it into "You mean you can't do it, I reserve the possibility."  The wonder of life is to be found in the art of the possible.  I was been fortunate to have been born at just the moment I was.  Today we live in a world of amazing reality, where the sciences of genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and computers are at the very edge of eliminating the word "impossible" from the dictionary.

But it hasn't been too long ago that things were rather different...

I recently came across this picture of myself at the age of 2, taken at my grandparents house. (I'm the one on the left).  This house is, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere.  It's sits in the center of a national forest, where a loaf of bread represents a 40 mile drive. 

At the time this picture was taken (Oct - 1963), this house had electricity, but no water (mains or wells), no gas, oil, telephones, television, etc.  No indoor plumbing.  It was an era of outhouses (Always fun in the middle of a country-dark January night). Water was obtained by catching the rain runoff from your own roof into concrete cisterns. Wood burning stoves were used for cooking and heat.  I took many baths outdoors in large galvanized metal tubs.  It represented a reality that was only a few steps out of the American frontier from 80 years before.

Fortunately the modern revolution has now reached the backwoods.  It's still a 40 mile trip for a loaf of bread.  But now, even this part of the country has telephone service, wells, propane heat, satellite television.  And this house has been upgraded with indoor plumbing, and even looks pseudo contemporary.

This exterior shot was taken just a couple of years ago:

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