'Matter of Laugh or Death,' a humor column
By Bill Dunn
Interesting observations on this thing we call life
(appearing each week in the Republican-American newspaper, Waterbury, CT)
NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED IN 30 YEARS
(Note: this is an essay I wrote on behalf of the Class of 1979 for a special Reunion issue of The Bucknellian newspaper.)
It’s hard to believe it has been 30 years since Graduation Day, 1979. It’s hard to believe after this many years, we continue to say, “It’s hard to believe…”
What did we think, that we were immune to the passage of time? That we would remain forever in our 20s? That we were the first generation in history that would not wake up one day and discover we were now in our 50s, and our kids are older than we were when we graduated?
Yes, that’s exactly it. We never thought we’d ever get old. Or, at least, we never thought it would happen so darn quickly.
There’s an old expression: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Well, there’s another old expression: The more things change, the more they REALLY change.
Here is a list that demonstrates how much things indeed have changed during the past 30 years. Each couplet describes something we were doing back in 1979, followed by what we instead are doing now in 2009.
Author P.J. O’Rourke wrote about his college years and how he had changed so drastically during the subsequent decades. The book is titled: Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut.
Now that the Class of ’79 has acquired age and guile, we too understand that the experience gained during the past three decades far outweighs youth, innocence, and especially those hideous 1970s-style haircuts. Which brings us to our final 1979-2009 couplet:
Well, at least that’s our story and we’re sticking to it. Have a great reunion!
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