Technology is providing new ways for normal people to express the depth of emotions, intricacy of ideas, and complexity of concepts missing from written communication. Where words are not enough, people seek alternate methods to share emotions. Sometimes word-replacements are just downright funny.
In 1979 I wrote a letter to President Jimmy Carter. I was 11 years old and I knew more about the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup than I did about politics—Ron Yeager, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russel, Ron Cey, Dusty Baker, Rick Monday, and the amazing Reggie Smith; the best team ever fielded. My mom complained a lot about the price of gas and I had a major crush on a girl named Dana. That letter to President Carter is a constant reminder that the US is greater than her Presidents.
In 2004 we raced through one of the busiest airports in the world between domestic and international departures in order to make a flight to Costa Rica. We sat squarely in the middle of the arriving aircraft, waited impatiently to deplane, donned our backpacks, and ran at a full sprint. Twelve years later we raced through another airport, only this time we were with our son and daughter-in-law (DiL) in southeast Asia.
When we purchased our first house years ago in a small suburb of a major midwestern city, it was more than a home, it was a storage facility. Over the course of thirteen years, we accumulated furniture, unused construction materials, camping gear, sporting equipment, and all manner of miscellany. Despite all of the various items obtained over the years, there always remained enough room for another shoebox.