Walton-Smith – The older we get, the more time flies
March 30, 2010
As the month of March draws to a close, note that the year is already one-fourth over. I have heard a theory that explains, I think, why time seems to move faster as you grow older. Two things come into play. One, our internal concept of time slows down. When people over the age of 40 were asked to estimate without help when a minute was up, most came in at 80-90 seconds. However 18-25 year olds, asked to do the same thing were just a few seconds short or long or right on target. (This might explain why I’m always late.) Two, as we grow older we have virtually instant recall for things we have already experienced, allowing us to move ahead faster in our minds on to the next thing, thus experiencing more things in a shorter period of time. Huh? Never-the-less, 2010 is one-fourth over, and I can’t figure out where it went.For those who just can’t get enough of the “King of Pop,” it’s Movie Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 the Grand Lake Juniper Library. Sit back and enjoy the free screening of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, rated PG. Columbia Pictures calls it: “A rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts at London’s O2 Arena.” Thursday is April Fool’s Day. Look out for practical jokers. I can never think of any jokes to play on people, but my mother always looked forward to playing tricks. One year, she made tuna fish sandwiches for all us kids and my dad for lunch and included a layer of waxed paper which we all found when we ate our lunches . . . except for my dad, who ate his sandwich, paper and all, without noticing or complaint. To me, that was funnier than the prank.Easter is here already, and the annual Grand Lake Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 3, at Grand Lake Town Park. Bring the kids with their baskets for a prompt start at 11 a.m. There will be a mad dash for all the eggs hidden in the park, along with special golden eggs and prizes. This event is hosted by the Grand Lake Fire Department with special thanks going out to Granby Dairy, Max & T’s, Pancho & Lefty’s, Circle D Foods and Daven Haven for all the donations making this event possible. Who colors all those Easter Eggs, you might ask? The big egg coloring will take place at the fire station on Friday, April 2, at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by and help.Stop in at the Juniper Library after the Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m. for Haiku for the whole family offered by Steven Kennedy, editor of The Fish Jumps out of the Moon: Haiku of Charles F. Kennedy. This is a free family-friendly program to teach and encourage an active observation of things around you, and to write a haiku of your own.As mud season goes into high gear, the month of April seems to be the time when locals “get out of Dodge.” Unfortunately for those of us left behind, that means closures of some of our restaurants and businesses. Try to keep in mind that those people need a break too. Expect to see some reduced or irregular hours also. I advise calling ahead for dinner reservations, just to be on the safe side. By the time we get to Mother’s Day next month, everyone should be back on regular schedules.Signs of spring: Everybody is reporting sightings of Robins! I think the Blue Birds are waiting for it to stop snowing.It’s time to start working on your tax return.