Thursday, July 22, 2004
Why do old people always look old? Specifically, look old in the way that they always have? The old people when I was a boy looked exactly like the old people look now that I am in my 50s. Of course, there are a lot of things in the Midwest that still look like when I was growing up in the 1950s. A lot of these Iowa towns, with their quiet tree-lined streets, look just like they must have looked in the Eisenhower era and people talk and behave like he were still president. It's like being in one of those Twilight Zone episodes where somebody goes back to their small town and it turns out to be stuck in the past. It's a strange feeling to be in one of those places. A nice place to visit, and you might even want to live there, but it's definitely kind of weird.