When I was a kid, power windows and power mirrors on a car seemed frivolous –
but I can’t imagine anyone buying a car without them now.
Electric pencil sharpeners seemed to be the height of stupidity –
until we bought one.
Electric toothbrushes seemed totally unnecessary –
until I got one for Christmas.
When I was in college, Tom Wolfe published a book called The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. Truth be told, it didn’t have a lot to do with electricity, but it WAS a celebration of a “psychedelic life style”. Being a “child of the 60’s”, the title immediately brought to mind black lights, the fragrance of patchouli, and “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
A movie of the same title is scheduled to be released in 2010.
I recently discovered that people actually spend good money for a thing called “an electric cigarette”.
Although it’s not intended as a smoking cessation device, the electronic cigarette CAN help folks to quit smoking. For those who prefer to continue to smoke, it’s a safer alternative to the nicotine cravings that come with “regular” cigarettes.
To quote the drill sergeants that I grew up with in the National Guard:
“smoke ‘em if you got ‘em”
And to quote Forrest Gump”
“that’s all that I got to say”