Saturday, October 07, 2006

Random thoughts and a new bit about childhood

Why does the Snickers bar cost 75 cents in the vending machine at work but the Baby Ruth only costs 60 cents? Sure, the Snickers is the "Kleenex" or the "Xerox" of candy bars--and it tastes better too, but it's not like Baby Ruth's suck or something. Did Snickers every play a pivotal role in two movies (Caddyshack AND Goonies)? Nope.

Do you want another reason NY is the center of it all? At least one of the zip codes for the city is 10001. Talk about primacy!

Someone stop the madness! Things are absolutely out of control when you're putting computers in your toothbrush.

Recently, I was sitting/leaning on our new queen-sized bed tying my shoes. It occurred to me that now that we've upgraded to a bigger mattress size, we have removed the novelty of large beds in our lives. So now, the only place we can experience the oddity of a larger mattress is in a hotel. While I was pondering this randome thought I realized that maybe that is what adulthood is . . . the slow whittling away of new experiences, removing all novelty and the wonder of new things never experienced.

Someone smarter and more eloquent that me has made this point before, but I don't know who. Anyway, I'm not saying this is a desirable thing or something to be sought after . . . I'm just wondering if this is sort of a functioning description of (at least one aspect of ) adulthood.?

(I told you this was random.)


lulu said...

I must disagree. While we tend to lose the more uninhibited wonder of childhood, there are plenty of new experiences to have as adults. Starting a new business, for example. The author of "Cold Mountain" was describing the hero of his new book as someone who was always moving forward, filled with that American sense of movement, of always pushing ahead. I looked at Kevin and said that sounded like us. It's a lot more drudgery than what I was used to in childhood (which, for me, went by achingly slow), but it's still new. And, if that fails, having children never fails to provide new experiences--and you get the vicarious thrill of watching someone else experience things for the first time.

flipper said...

I agree with the possibility of new experiences, blah blah blah.

But what I really can't get over is a toothbrush called "Triumph." WTF? Is the average American really that hard up for something to feel triumphant about? Seriously, the only thing you should feel after brushing your teeth is minty fresh. If it actually gives you a sense of accomplishment, you really need to try to do more with your life.