AGING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT
A former colleague called to pick my brain for an old tax case he couldn't locate. "Sure I remember it. It's the Silver King case. Probably from about eight or nine years ago. Right case. Wrong year. It was 27 years ago. Gasp!
It's been said that time seemingly moves in inverse proportion to your age. When you're 10, it feels like it'll take forever to grow up. (Remember waiting for Christmas?) On the other hand, when you're much older, it seems like time is moving at 90 miles an hour. At my age, that means I am approaching the speed of light. While I am a firm believer in the afterlife, I'd just as soon not rush into things too quickly.
The episode with the ancient tax case got me thinking. In terms of taxes, I remember talking about Trump's getting rid of state tax deductions didn't hurt the well-to-do because they never got to take advantage of that deduction anyway, not since the Tax Reform Act of 1969 and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). You know, when Nixon was president. Of course you remember Nixon. Seems like he was president not that long ago. What? He was elected 55 years ago? No, it couldn't be that long. I mean, 1969 was the moon landing, and we all remember that, right? My kids are looking like me like I'm crazy. Oh, never mind.
We all remember where we were on 9-11 and that was only....wait, my math must be off. 22 years? Something must be wrong. Too many events that seem so fresh, but were longer ago than it seems:
Has OJ found the killer yet--it's only been since 1994.
My daughter's friend is starring in MJ the Musical on Broadway. Seems kind of soon. Michael Jackson just passed away, right? No, 14 years? Really?
Hey, Charles is finally king. If only Diana had hung on, she'd be queen, Wait. She passed in...'97! Where'd the time go?
So if time is moving that fast for me, at the speed of light...Wait! Didn't Einstein say you age slower as you approach light speed? Well, that's certainly good news. Better than a Christmas present. Come to think of it, Christmas was only like a week or a week and a half ago, right?