Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Get Out And Go Buy An Envelope.

So, I ran across this fascinating little post about an interviewer asking Kurt Vonnegut about a passage in his then newly published book, Man Without A Country, struck a chord with me. 

I lost my OPS Manager to Covid early last year, so I took on some of her duties. That made a lot of people happy; it got me out of the building and the engineer's hair when it wasn't necessary for me to be involved. Computers and technology are wonderful, and they make us better at what we do. But, we must never forget, as Vonnegut reminds us, that we are dancing creatures.

I have come to know exactly where Vonnegut was coming from.....

 DAVID BRANCACCIO: There's a little sweet moment, I've got to say, in a very intense book-- your latest-- in which you're heading out the door and your wife says what are you doing? I think you say-- I'm getting-- I'm going to buy an envelope.


DAVID BRANCACCIO: What happens then?

KURT VONNEGUT: Oh, she says well, you're not a poor man. You know, why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don't know. The moral of the story is, is we're here on Earth to fart around.

And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we're not supposed to dance at all anymore.

~ Thank You Larwyn's Linx@ Doug Ross Journal for the Linkage! ~

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