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DangerMan (Neologizer of AssGate)5/15/2019 6:38:55 am PDT

re: #91 steve_davis

my father was born in 1929. Died last year. He wasn’t quite old enough to fight in WWII, but if he’d been born in 1928, he could easily have gotten into the Pacific theater, lying about his age. I think of it like this: my maternal grandfather was born in 1900. Queen Victoria was still around. He could easily have fought in WWII. My office mate at UNO in 2000 was roughly 60 years old. His grandfather was born a slave. History isn’t nearly as old as we tend to think it is. 20 years ago, I was a young man. 20 years from now, it’s entirely possible I’ll be dead. (I mean, I’m in good health, so hopefully not, but 73 is old enough to where I could die in my sleep and nobody would think that was particularly odd.)

more on scale of time
sometimes i think about how far back just one live generation goes

i was lucky to have all four grandparents - all born in the 1890’s
- my dad went into business with his dad
when we graduated, my brother and i went in with them and for 6 years, three generations were practicing together. my grandfather happily worked until the day he died in 1985 at 91.
- my mom’s dad lived to 94
- mom’s mom to 105 in 1999

point of all this is i was lucky to know three of my grandparents for a very long time.
that’s direct - me to them. i am who i am because of how we evolved together and because of what i learned from them of at least some parts of life and the world before i existed.

so going back just one live link, how far back did their individual lives span? did they know their grands and other folks? for how long? how much history of that prior world were they exposed to? that question is lost to time