Last night I came back into contact with an online friend I hadn't heard from in years. :iconkairithevalyard: is his DA site and he's been around the internet like me for a while. It's nice to get back in touch with people I haven't heard from in a long time and catch up with them.
Now that Barak Obama is our president, will he fix our problems? The answer is: not overnight like everyone wants. One of the Murphy's laws is that it takes between five to ten times as long to fix a problem as it does to make it. Our current economic mess has its roots going back to the late 1980's. It was about twenty years in the making, so it wil take about one hundred to two hundred years to fix. I know you younger people out there are force-fed impatience; high-speed internet, fast cars, cellular instant communications and the like. Well, I'd rather be cautious and do the right thing than blindly go do the wrong thing. Impatience was one of the ingredients of this mess.
The things that made America great are still there: hard work, persistence and the willingness to get the job done right are still there. They always will be. A country based on these things will endure. So will people.
Anyway, I am always hopeful for the future; the present is usually better than the past. The thing is, as one gets older, one forgets the bad things about the past. Some people idolize the 1980's. Well, as someone who was there at the time, let me tell you that it wasn't all they make it out to be. The fastest computers we had back then were 3086's. The largest memory a computer had was 560K. Processing speeds were much slower than they are now. Cell phones were very expensive and only the rich could afford them. The Internet at the time was limited to a few colleges which were interconnected. The program used was one called VAX, and all it did was put one into a big chat room. One had to deal with conversations that weren't yours.
So I say don't give up and don't let the job mess get you down. Tough times never last; tough people do.
Anyway, this weekend I will be attending as a fan Dallas Comicon. I will also be attending (as a fan only) the following conventions this year:
Ikkicon, Feb. 5-7, 2009
Anime Matsuri, April 10-12, 2009
A-kon, May 29-31, 2009
San Japan (Maybe) to be determined
Onicon, to be determined
If you're out there, I'll be more than happy to say hi and sign some of the stories I've written.