All This Free Time

Published 2:45 pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Think of all the time you have saved.

Whereas people once felled trees, split logs, stacked wood and burned it in metal stoves to cook food, you now simply push a button for evenly spaced, instant heat. Estimated time saved/day- 3 hours.

Whereas people once bought horses and fed horses in order to ride horses in order to go places of distance, you now simply step inside a rectangular metal box (car) and it can take you 55 miles in one hour. Estimated time saved/day- 3 hours.

Whereas people once grasped a small cylindrical-shaped object encircling lead (pencil), wrote words on sheets of paper, folded it and placed it inside an envelope and then took it to a mailbox or post office and waited a week for a reply, you now can type on a keyboard, hit one button and send your message to Bangkok, Thailand and receive a reply in two seconds. Estimated time saved/day- 1 hour.

Whereas people once had to actually get out of their chair and turn a knob each time a different TV channel was desired, one can now stay in his chair, press a button and accomplish this same task moving only one muscle in his or her right thumb. Estimated time saved/day- 30 minutes.

Whereas people once purchased cloth and made their own clothes with needle and thread, they now can procure any possible variety of clothing including color, size, length, style, etc. and have it delivered to their doorstep the following day. Estimated time saved /day- 2 hours.

Whereas people once hand washed, after every meal, forks, spoons, knives, plates, pots, pans, and glasses, they now can be placed in a waterproof box (dishwasher), a button pushed, and thirty minutes later they are all clean and dry. Estimated time saved/day- 1 hour.

Whereas people once gathered dirty clothes, placed them in a bucket of warm water, scrubbed them against a corrugated board, rinsed them, squeezed out the water, hung the clothes outside on a line to dry, took them off the line and ran a heated iron over them to eliminate wrinkles, they now place wrinkle-free garments in a box (washing machine) that washes and rinses and then into another that dries them. Estimated time saved per day- 2 hours.

Now, reader, by my estimation, you have an extra 12 hours and 30 minutes per day over previous generations. Doesn’t it feel great having all that extra time?