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This is not a car blog, but I occasionally do that--so, after that fair warning, here goes.

There's an old saying, "Invest in real estate.  Land:  It's the only thing they're not making more of!"

Well, your time here on earth is the land of your life, expanding outward in usage towards some edge of an eternal ocean that we don't need to linger on for this blog.  This land of time--YOUR land--is limited just like any continent that meets any sea.  And think about how we spend it nowadays versus a few decades ago:  How many of the readers of this can recall a time without cell phones and Constant eMail Via SmartPhones?  And recall also the pleasure of an afternoon at the park without even a house phone (no cord that long!) to disturb it?

Nowadays, we are connected 24x7 and WANT to be connected.  Well, we know that addicts all want their addiction-of-choice, and should they get it?  Should WE get it?  Don't we each know what is best for us?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

When I still played out in public up to just a few years ago, I was more than once on stage playing and singing a song and my cell phone would buzz in my pocket because I forgot to turn it off for the show.  Really?  I have to turn off my Personal Umbilical in order just to play a song??  And, yet, truth be told, in the audience some folks were texting, some quietly phoning, and even once in a while someone videoed the performance from their cell phone.

We've all forgotten that connecting means connection, not contacted but touched, not reached but shared.  Important stuff.

Time is NOT a commodity, no matter that we would blindly make it so.  It is precious and runs out all too soon for all of us.  So take a minute to look around and connect with the world.  You'll enjoy it, I guarantee it.

Then get back to *(&^%$! work!  

Gotcha!!!!!!!!!  :)

by Keith Shetterly, Copyright 2012 
www.keithshetterly.com All Rights Reserved
keithshetterly@gmail.com 

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Comment by Rocco Penn on March 26, 2012 at 2:20am

Excellent post, Keith. Way to bring it back to reality. Sometimes, I think we get stuck "out there".

Comment by J.D. Rucker on March 23, 2012 at 4:08am

Keith, I can't. That's why I let my smartphone read it for me.

Comment by Keith Shetterly on March 23, 2012 at 3:50am

Ha!  JD!  However, I was glad to know you can read.  :)

Comment by J.D. Rucker on March 22, 2012 at 11:06pm

I just read this on my smartphone. I felt guilty doing it, but it was a very ironic experience.

Comment by Tom Gorham on March 21, 2012 at 6:12am

Keith, thanks for slowing me down.  Coincidentally, this morning, my wife said something similar to me.  Why rush to oblivion?

Comment by Keith Shetterly on March 20, 2012 at 8:31am

AJ, I *love* that events page.  All about, it my friend.


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Comment by Aj Maida on March 20, 2012 at 7:30am

Keith...I will not put down my smartphone!!!!!! Just kidding....as often as possible...am loving this weather was out on the deck last night looking at the stars with a nice bottle of Pride (the wine not the ego kind!!!) Hey Brian....3 and 1/2 hours...http://www.papasdodge.com/upcoming-events-papas-dodge-new-britain-h...

Comment by Keith Shetterly on March 19, 2012 at 7:29pm

Jim, thanks as always!

Brian, no kidding.  I remember the old days, when Men Were Men and the Cars Were, Too!  :)  

When records were vinyl and the cloud was something funny hanging over the happy crowd at a concert.

When a trip to the studio by a band was an effort to capture and record what folks had loved at their shows, not an effort to launch a marketing effort for t-shirts, caps, CDs, and grills.

When the funny noises that turntables made were a novelty moment before you played the music instead of the rhythm section of some modern hip hop music. 

I spent hours at the record stores just reading.  I love lyrics, though my memory isn't what it once was for the words I'll never forget how cool it was to own my first album.

I once thought rebellion was throwing my pager into the ocean.  I got another one, then the cell, then the smartphone.  I'm as connected as anyone, I guess.

But I'm still connected to those old days, too.

Thanks for the compliments!  I do think a lot about stuff nobody else seems to, so its nice to see at least some readership to those ideas.

Comment by Jim Radogna on March 19, 2012 at 6:02pm

Love it Keith! Thanks for sharing some good common sense advice that we often miss.

Comment by Brian Pasch on March 19, 2012 at 6:01pm

Keith...

I love the fact that your passion covers so many aspects of business and life...keep up the good work.  Times are changing indeed..as I turned 50 this year you tend to look back and reflect.

The need to connect and to "be present" are still so important for all of us to remember. No matter what age we are. The clock of time keep tickin' indeed. 

 

I do need some help and time to reminisce ....since time is short!  

 

  • Do you have any Hagstrom maps for Northern NJ...they seem to be gone from my glove compartment and I have to take a trip to a dealer in Vernon next week.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica is stopping print production this year, my last set of Encyclopedias was in 1978. Do you have a line on anyone who can hook me up with a discounted set from 2009 or 2010?
  • Since I switched to cloud storage I have a dozen milk crates of Albums and VHS tapes that need a home.  Is it sad that my 15 year old son will never have to leave home with the task of finding a home for his record or video collection?
  • Does anyone remember how it felt to travel to a record store and purchase an album to look at the inside photos and read the lyrics on the vinyl sleeve?  I miss that feeling since clicking on iTunes is a cold experience.
  • Does anyone remember listening to Pink Floyd "Animals" with big headphone and thinking "WOW..This is Amazing?".
 
Well, I guess that since Spring is here, I'll take out my 1969 Superbee and hope that one day I can take Ralph Paglia for a spin...knowing that he loves this car.
Does anyone else miss those Muscle Car days where cars were "thin" but the engines were monsters?
 

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