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the young toddle on… (Sunday October 3rd, 2004 - 13:33)

category: mmhuh?

… but the old rapidly age.

Again I have strange feelings about the concept of passing time. Doing my bit of regular reading by Dan the other day I was a little stunned when he mentioned his eldest daughter was 8. I met her quite a few years ago now but in my mind’s eye she must have been about 11 by now. Not the case. Perhaps it’s what he tells about her that has warped my memory, but I’m sure when I met her in London she was older than 4.

My little brother similarly is coming up to his 7th birthday at the end of the month but again I feel like he’s been around for ages and should be older.

On the other hand I was heading down Pitt Street towards Pitt Street Mall yesterday to waste some time while my photographs were developed and I saw a familiar face and the familiar face saw mine and we stopped for each other. I hadn’t seen Scott in probably 8 or 9 years but he seemed significantly aged – not in the looks side of things but in the way he talked, what he was doing with his life. He mentioned a few other people who had limboed under the 30-year-old line and I was shocked.

Other friends have recently hit 30, 35 of 40 and I feel like yelling “Stop!”. They’re similar to the way I’ve met them be it 5 or 10 or more years ago. But these little counters keep clicking over year after year all too rapidly.

Why is it that children seem to age so incredibly slowly and adults as if they’re Kimi in China trying to catch Jenson and Rubens to get to number 1 by the end of the race?

In other things.. one of my best and oldest friends Kurt married the lovely Michelle last weekend and it was a joy to see them looking so darned sexy and happy and surrounded by friends to live up the joyous occasion.

Kimi did indeed come third in China without a glitch in his motorcar. Lovely.

Halfway through the third of the books I bought the other week. Any suggestions for modern literature to look out for when I’m done? I’ve been getting a little stuck on what to read but happy that I’ve passed last years (slow) effort of 18 books with 23 read so far this year – I’m not going to reach 2002‘s 52 but I’m gearing up to give that an attempt again next year.

Camera at the ready, I’m off this afternoon to see Front End Loader perform at the Annandale before the screening of the NRL grand final.

4 comments to “the young toddle on…”
Dan said on October 4th, 2004 at 4:14 am:

Well, makes a change from the usual “my, don’t they grow up fast”, I guess. Time eh, it’s all relative (in this case, my daughter)

heretic said on October 4th, 2004 at 5:00 pm:

hmmm, well i just finished (and enjoyed) Sean McMullen’s trilogy … er, Greatwinter Trilogy or something. Begins with “Souls in the Great Machine”. Librarians duelling with flintlocks and a human-powered calculating machine.

I think I’ve already recommended William Gibson’s “Pattern Recognition”…

retoxed said on October 6th, 2004 at 5:15 am:

books? Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. An epic. Spans 70 odd years or something. Loved it.

Other recent reads? The Man in the Basement by Walter Moseley. Really enjoyed this one. Quirky.

🙂 T

Dan said on October 18th, 2004 at 7:16 am:

Books? See my blog: