The Fine Art of Wastin’ Time – Keeps Evolving


All within about 10 days I get 20 invitations to join facebook and link to others at LinkedIn.

And the endless temptations to join Second Life and escape this first life.

Made me think back to a step-son’s friend’s father’s quote about their break dancing. He called it the current “Fine Art of Wastin’ Time” and I concurred.

The only folks on the planet who don’t get to experience this in their youth is almost everyone besides those of us in the very well Developed nations. And even some in our midst do not have time for distraction – daily shelter and food are the focus.

Not whiling away their day without real purpose.

But back in the day for me – a child of the far south suburbs of Chicago – my distractions from the drudgery of childhood boredom?

In the days of my youth…

  • Cartoons on TV
  • Playing baseball
  • Collecting Baseball Cards
  • Candy and bubble gum and ice cream
  • Shooting Marbles
  • Riding my bike everywhere
  • Tonka Trucks

In the days of my adolescence time…

  • Reading Boys Life and various kid books
  • Playing baseball
  • Playing football
  • Riding my bike all over town and – taking it across log jams in the nearby creek with friends to merely “get to the other side” to further explore our small town universe
  • The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Animals and then the Beatles via my little transistor radio

In the days of my High School time…

  • Girls
  • Work
  • Girls
  • Driving
  • Girls
  • Cruising
  • Girls
  • Music
  • Girls
  • Movies
  • Girls
  • Pizza

In the days of my College time…

  • College girls
  • Tennis
  • Poker
  • Risk
  • Movies
  • Work
  • Cruising
  • Music

In the days of my US Navy time…

  • Reading
  • Tennis
  • Photography
  • Touring the Pacific coast and Pacific Rim on an all paid 3-year tour
  • Reading
  • Music

In the days of my early career…

  • Ironing my dress shirts
  • Yard work
  • Weekend work at work
  • Movies
  • Music

In the days of my mid career…

  • Weekend work at work
  • Reading business books
  • Reading novels for fun
  • Music
  • Golf
  • Golf
  • Golf
  • Skiing

Today…I waste/invest my time in…

  • Grandchildren
  • Blog Surveillance on T&D/ Learning/ Knowledge Management and Performance Improvement
  • Generating content for my own Blog Postings/Wikis/SNs
  • ISPI
  • Facebook
  • Boating
  • Boating
  • Golf
  • Music
  • Grandchildren

Is any of it a waste of time? Depends on your personal needs and your personal views.

To each their own!

Unique and Shared

But think of all of the lack of “shared experiences” that future generations will experience.

We all know where that “3-hour tour” phrase that I adapted above – comes from. Don’t most of us in the USA? Because we shared the fine art of wastin’ time back in our day. We shared TV and Radio and Rock music – nation-wide – almost as one.

And now – those days are over. Or would seem to be – initially.

But they are not. Not really.

Because won’t the future generations have facebook, etc. as their shared experiences?

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