It’s About Time

*Huey Lewis sang about it 

*Michael J. Fox Drove a DeLorean back-and-forth through it

*New York Times best-selling author Ryan North penned a must-have survival guide just in case you ever find yourself traveling through it.

As we “spring forward” this weekend, we couldn’t help but think about time. Some say it flies, others are convinced it drags on and we ponder whether or not we would like to travel through it.

Brooke (60-Something Baby Boomer)

Forward or back? This one’s pretty easy for me. We all know what happened in our past (though we continually tend to ignore it), but the future?? Nope. Way too scary. And those spandex unitards are super unflattering.

So, it’s back to yesteryear for me. Specifically, the 1920’s. Also, I’m filthy rich. And that’s old money. This is my fantasy and I’m not some nouveau riche parvenu. I don’t want to play unless those ropes of pearls and bejeweled headbands are the real thing.

The Roaring Twenties represented freedom from Victorian Age restraints, both literal and figurative. In addition to women’s suffrage, the era has been described as “…a hedonistic interlude…a decade of dissipation, jazz bands, raccoon coats and bathtub gin.” Yep. Sign me up.

Of course, a girl needs her rest so, when #flapperlife becomes all too frenetic, all that old money will book me passage on a luxury liner to Paris where I’d take up residence as a much-loved member of the Lost Generation, a group of expats defined by youthful idealism; heavy drinking and multifarious love affairs who wrote novels considered to be literary masterpieces. Sounds about right…

I picture myself slouched in a Left Bank café, the very picture of louche sophistication and world-weariness, downing gin rickeys and penning my next blog piece. Tune in for that one, gentle readers!

Lindsay (Fabulous 40’s)

I would love to go back in time.  I don’t know the exact year, but like every entitled only child, I want to make my own time!

I want to be of the age where I ate everything, never gained a single pound, stayed a perfect size 4 and all of my parts were taut (no exercise needed) and I want to enjoy it!!  I want to break out some Daisy Dukes and a little tied crop top and own it. I want to go back in time when cell phones were around but expensive and rarely used. Why? Because I only want to call someone if I need to be rescued, I do not want to be constantly available. Wait people, just wait. Your lack of planning is not my emergency, I cannot handle it while driving 70 MPH down a freeway.

I want to go back to the time when you were in a car with a bunch of people and could not remember the name of a song and, at the end of the night, you still didn’t know because Siri. Alexa or Google were not in your pocket. People had time to think and take a breath, which this world could definitely use more of.

I want TV with more than three channels, and no I don’t want to get up to change the channel, but I could use less than five thousand channels and dozens of apps for TV viewing. An easier time, quieter and slower. We have so much to juggle today, I can’t even relax when watching a riveting show…I find myself simultaneously playing candy crush or doing a crossword puzzle on an app. I want to go back to doing crossword puzzles in a book, with a pen, not because I can but because that is all that exists. BUT…. I am not giving up Amazon…so I’m squishing about 15 years into one, because I’m not totally insane.

Amanda (30-Something Millennial)

Can I stay right here?! I’m not even sure that’s the best choice given the recent state of affairs. BUT I’m a firm believer of the past being the past and I’m not sure I want to ruin the surprises of the future, which is wild for me to say because I love nothing more than a plan.

I didn’t think I was a “live in the moment gal” but after thinking this one over, I am. I have no desire to go back to Downton Abbey days for sure. If I had to go back to a particular decade, I think I’d like to hang out at Studio54 in the 70s. As an 80s baby and 90s kid, been there, done that and I don’t need to relive low-rise jeans. Ever. Heck I’m a girl that’s never even seen the movie, Back to the Future so I’ll just keep chugging along and avoid the time machine.

Karen (F’ing Fifties)

I do not wish to travel back in time, like Amanda states above, “been there, done that.” Don’t get me wrong, I would give anything to go back and spend more time with loved ones who have passed, surround myself with all my former pets, re-live all of my favorite moments and perhaps, even learn exactly how you get to Sesame Street. Of course, knowing what I know now, I would certainly do a lot of things differently, but, Marty McFly taught us that doing so comes with its own risks and I certainly don’t want to “butterfly effect” any of them out of my life (or my memories).  I’d rather get a glimpse into the future, but not too far, like maybe next week. I’d like to know the winning Mega Millions numbers.

What would you do? Would you travel thru time?

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11 thoughts on “It’s About Time

  1. I know exactly where and when I’d want to go! After my idiot ex-husband took major advantage of my absence and after surprise filing for divorce had the gall to tell me he had half expected I wouldn’t move from So Cal when his job moved to TN, those years I “lost” without knowing how he felt are certainly some I would like to have the opportunity to redo!

    1. How wonderful it would be to go back in time, knowing what we know now. My life would have certainly taken a different path as well. Who knows, we may have ended up as neighbors in So Cal!

  2. Although all of these imaginings are quite alluring, I’ll have to go with Brooke’s vision in this episode. (Don’t worry, Karen, we’re still tight. “Wonder Twin Powers, activate!”) I’ve long had a crush on the 1920s, with the spirit of that time calling to me for decades, especially the angle of dragging my gay ass to Bohemian Paris, rubbing elbows with Gertrude Stein and scribbling mesmerizing words at 3am in a Montmartre atelier…

    1. Au revoir, I completely understand the allure of Les Années Folles, and to experience the art, the cafes, the culture along side Madame Brooke would be magnifique! And, not to worry, Gleek and I will take a break from our crime-fighting activities while you are gone. We will even allot a portion of our lottery winnings for your bail money, I have a feeling you and Brooke may need it. Now, Do you happen to know the exchange rate for francs in the twenties?

  3. I can’t believe next year is a BIG Birthday! Time has gone by so quickly. Yes, like Karen, it would be nice to go back and spend time with all those who are no longer here, but on the other hand, I wouldn’t trade my kids and grandkids for anything. So I think I’ll just stay right here. But it would be great to know the winning Power Ball or Mega Million numbers.

    1. Well, let us be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday, it is practically next year already anyway! If you do go back to the future, perhaps you can toss us a couple of the winning numbers when you get back? We won’t tell anyone, we promise!

  4. Another good one Barb!

  5. Great read as always!

  6. Howdy. To me, time does zoom by. And the pandemic years seem to be moving exceptionally fast, for reasons I don’t understand. Anyway, all we can do is try to use our time productively. Neil S.

    1. I don’t understand either. Currently listening to Mick Jagger telling me that Time Is On My Side but I don’t believe him, it’s almost April Fools Day and I haven’t even made a New Years Resolution yet. Oh well, there’s alway next year (which, based on my calculation, will be her in a few weeks)!

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