The other side of modernity

I’ve had a few “Blade Runner” moments. Times Square at midnight in summer. Listening to Japanese radio while standing on a hotel balcony overlooking downtown Honolulu. Walking from building to building across interconnecting ¬†enclosed pedestrian bridges in Hong Kong. The marvel of the Las Vegas strip.

In those moments, I felt like I was looking into the future. But it was the present. And the reality is those experiences are now part of my past.

The cliche is true. The future is now.

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A cable guy goes to a lonely woman’s home, and I have a revelation

I watched this and remembered that 40 years ago, when I was in the South doing the journalism thing, I interviewed the Starland Vocal Band. “Afternoon Delight” was a big hit, and the band had yet to get their short-lived TV variety show.

I interviewed Bill and Taffy Danoff (whose names I just had to look up) but the two other members were off getting food between shows and didn’t seem very interested in being interviewed, anyway.

So I wrote a nice little feature, and a few weeks later, Taffy sent me a thank you letter and all of the albums they had released. I still have the albums somewhere in my pile of vinyl. I might have the letter somewhere, too. But that was literally 40 years ago.

How is that possible?

Here’s something I should have known when I wrote my story. Bill and Taffy already had a super-mega hit record. They wrote “Country Roads” with John Denver in 1971. I didn’t know that until just now. That’s why you’re supposed to do research before you write a story.

And through the weirdness of the cosmos, we all lived in D.C. at the same time.