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May 17, 2013

ADAMCZYK: The rewards of the modern age

Tonawanda News — Ever been overwhelmed?

Of course you have. Not all of us have the luxury of pondering the nature of time, but that’s what I was up to the other day when I should have been doing something else.

It was prompted by a tattered newspaper clipping from 20 or so years ago I found in a box full of old credit card invoices (a souvenir of where my money went), in which a man explained how he jammed so much into his available hours. (Writer, college professor, reader when he’s standing in line, etc. No word on how his children, if any, turned out.) Clearly, this guy was never bored, and evidently had a homemade schedule for his life and career free from a lot of bosses, influencers and other people to whom to answer.

Always Do Something. It sounds like a professional motivator’s pitch; its acronym could be the Ladies’ Home Journal’s disease of the month.

Some of us always Do Something. The valleys in my couch, the one aimed at the television, are reminders I’m always doing something (watching hockey, watching CNN, watching “Futurama”), and when I’m not Doing Something I’m wishing I was Doing Something.

Some of us are regularly complimented on the busy schedule we set for ourselves. Not how smart or handsome or astute I am, just how busy. Well, I am pleased as hell I have survived to this point in the 21st century, pleased I lived through (blare of trumpets) the computer revolution, and adequately astute to note how much, in the past reserved for the rich or connected, is available to me. Thus it is a shame if I do not reap as many advantages as I can.

Consider the Internet, and its instantaneous, more or less, call up of information, merchandise, sandwiches, pornography, commentary on current events, games, conversation and the like. One need not be Abe Simpson to remember walking miles, or waiting hours or days, to obtain all that stuff.

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