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RIP IN THE MODERN WORLD

August 22, 2011

REMEMBER THE STORY ABOUT RIP VAN WINKLE?

He got sleepy and had a little nap, and when he awoke, twenty years had passed by.

They could do a rewrite for the here and now–

an Oldentimes upgrade.

I picture it like this:

There’s Rip, Youngish, around 35, clean-shaven.  He is walking past a computer.

“I think,” says Rip, “I’ll check my email.”

Rip sits down in front of the computer and begins the process of signing onto the internet, supplying his

password and log-in

and soon Rip Van W. is sailing along online, hitting his favorites, checking his bank balance, etc.

T   I   M   E        P   A   S   S   E   S   .   .   .   .   .

Next thing you know, 20 years have gone by…

p   i   s   s   e   d        a   w   a   y  .  .  .  .

Then there’s RIP–

He finally

LOGS OUT~

SAVES~

CHECKING FOR UPDATES………………………………………………………………………………

Rip Van Winkle

Stands up from his chair and stretches, blinking at the artificial light.

HE

Yawns and stretches again.

HE looks myopically around him at the new buildings that have sprung up, where before there were only grassy fields. Rip has aged drastically. His bones are brittle, his extremities are aching. He has pain.

His hair is all shaggy and grown out. He has grown a long thin scraggle of white beard.

He starts to walk away from the computer. He is now a feeble old man, needing a cane to walk. He moves slowly away and manages to travel about ten shaky feet when he hears a

DING!

Then he hears a voice–

“You’ve got mail!”

Slowly–

Rip van Winkle

turns back to sit at the computer again.

Maybe to watch a movie (Like Benjamin Button) streaming on netflix.

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