Future Shock All Over Again
We spend much of out lives looking towards the future while at the same time we are dealing with what is right in front of us. Occasionally we glance backwards to remind ourselves of the lessons we learned from the past or to get a quick shot of nostalgia. Before we all drove automobiles most transportation centered around horses with a single rider or hitched to wagons in teams. Most towns had livery stables and every street had hitching posts. Today we only imagine horses at a racetrack or a ranch out west and horse power refers to the size of our car or truck's engine.
Today we all drive cars, SUV's or pickup trucks in all sizes and colors. Most driveways have more than one vehicle parked safely inside the garage or outside ready to be dispatched in a moment for any whim we might have. Since most petroleum products are priced according to world production levels our monthly gas credit card bills often rival our rent or mortgage payments. The Peace Arch City's abandoned gas stations are a common reminder of the past economic boon and bust scenario. As the world market fluctuates many of us are fixing up bicycles or walking more.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.