Poetry Time: Objects in the Mirror

December 3, 2010

Here’s a bit of passive-aggressive nonsense for your Tuesday:

Everyone who knows you
knows how you look
when you are not looking at them.

They love you anyway
because they want to show you
you.

You flinch at their smeared surfaces,
swipe them against pant leg or shirt tail,
ignore their offered truths.

They are closer than they appear.

When they appear,
you shatter them,
trample them,
because you cannot make them clean enough.

But you won’t see their shards
with your bare feet,
not until they bite and sting.
Sometimes they are closer
than they appear.

Obsolete Technologies and Millennial Nostalgia

From the WordPress Daily Prompt:

Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?

My generation (AKA the Millennials) is always feeling nostalgic for no good reason, especially considering that we’re not really old enough to feel nostalgic. I recently read somewhere that the reason for all this Millennial nostalgia is because technology has changed so quickly in our lifetime, leaving us with more to be nostalgic about in a short time. Not sure I agree with that, but there are indeed a lot of memories surrounding items that are not around anymore or have been upgraded.

I remember being tethered to the kitchen by the telephone’s cord, then getting a cordless phone a few years later and a cell phone a few years after that. I played for hours on my Game Boy Color (still have it and it still works), which did not have a backlight and whose graphics were appallingly horrible compared with today’s handheld gaming devices. I remember our giant CRT monitor and the sound of the dial-up modem and how my brother would have to stop playing his online game so I could call my boyfriend. I remember listening to Christmas music on cassettes while riding in the car. I remember going to the video store and taking out The Secret of NIMH for the millionth time and having to rewind the tape when I was done. Not even 10 years later, the video store went out of business, and we were getting Netflix DVDs in the mail (now we don’t even get the DVDs; we have online streaming). And I remember learning about the old card catalog at school, which was replaced with a computerized system a couple years later.

Whew. Lots of technological change in less than 30 years, and I didn’t even get through half of the things I could think of off the top of my head. So I guess I am one of those nostalgic Millennials after all.

But I don’t know if I miss any of those old things per se. It’s nice to look back on how things once were, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling nostalgic because of the technology itself or because those times fell in the realm of childhood/teenage years, which were easier times than growing up and having to face *gasp* the real world.

My theory is that Millennial nostalgia is caused not so much by the speed of the advancing technology but by a yearning for our childhood, as we are coming into adulthood and now realizing what we had taken for granted. It could also have something to do with the economic depression in the late 2000s and early 2010s, which made getting a job and meeting other “milestones” more difficult.

Perhaps we are not the most nostalgic young generation that ever was, but we sure do whine about it a lot. :)

Would You Rather? Reading Edition

I stole borrowed this idea from Ravyn Whyt. It’s the good old “would you rather” game but online and related to reading. So here goes:

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

This is a tough one, but I’d probably go with trilogies. It’s nice to get involved in a story and its characters over many books. And there are a ton of good trilogies out there that I have wanted to read.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

It doesn’t matter. I think I mostly read books by female authors, but that’s not because I deliberately read their books because they are female. If the book looks good, I read it no matter who the author is.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

The obvious answer would be Amazon because of its low prices, but the reality is that Amazon has closed my account for reasons known only to the robots that work there. So I would have to pick Barnes and Noble, even though I find them overpriced.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Depends on the book. I would say TV shows because there would be more to watch. But I don’t really watch TV or movies.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

If I had all the time in the world, definitely five books per week. But realistically, I only have time for five pages per day.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Author!

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Librarian. I have always found retail and sales to be dishonest.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

I don’t have a favorite genre, so this question doesn’t apply. :)

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

Physical books. I have never actually read an ebook because I’m a Luddite.