P.S. New Post on finding laughter at Ether Capacious
P.S.S. New BACK Porch post, too.
He picked me up sixteen minutes after our agreed time. I din't fret none. After all, it were his show, his treat. "We need to be on time or we'll miss the opening speaker," he said. Agile fingers tapped the screen of the GPS thingy on his buggy. "Got it! " my young friend barked. "It's only seven miles, we'll make it, with any luck."
After a few turns I asked, "Whyn't we takin' Lazy Lane? I think it's shorter."
He barely shook his haid, "No Aunty. Look at the screen. The route takes us up past Market Square to Cypress Boulevard."
"Well, Sugar, I see that, but Lazy Lane is shorter."
One eye on the road the other on the touch screen, his fingers tapped in new coordinates. "See? The Lazy Lane route is 8.2 miles. It's not shorter. I'm right."
Sigh. I oughta learn to keep mah mouth zipped.
"Well, the miles may be shorter yore way, but the distance is shorter via Lazy Lane."
A grin spread across mah companion's face, "Aunty, shorter in miles is shorter in distance. Seven miles is a shorter distance than eight miles."
Like a terrier, I couldn't leave it alone.
"Mebbe sometimes it is," I replied.
"Sometimes?" he queried. "Oh you are fun-ny"
"I reckon I'se figgerin' that time is our measure. The time distance is shorter on Lazy Lane, 'cause it is one way all the way from Lakeview to Cypress Boulevard, wif fewer stoplights," I said, tryin' to keep pique out of mah voice.
He looked away out the driver's side window, then back to the front, eyes on the road.
"I see your point. You meant it is quicker, not shorter."
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I'se not sure what this post is about. How two brains see thangs differently? When to hush up? How two different perspectives can both be technically correct? How different decisions are made based on the same goal? Why folks feel the need to be "right"?
What is the real meaning of "distance"--how "far" is it in geographic terms? Time travel terms? Energy spent to get thar' terms? If ya paddle up river against the current or down river wif the current, the first takes a sweaty, exhausting hour, the latter takes an easy 15 minutes, is it the same "distance"?
Hope yore weekend is a good one.