It’s 2009, my friends.  It wasn’t that long ago that a large subset of people who turned out to be really overreacting thought the world would end as we partied like it was 1999 and our clocks turned over into the new millennium.  There are a lot of people out there who think we’re teetering on the edge of the apocalypse pretty much all the time.  And frankly, there is a lot to be scared of.  Most of the food we eat is created in a lab rather than grown in or on the ground, we eliminate germs that might kill us now with chemicals that will probably kill us later, and that scary clock has been ticking down our last few minutes for quite a while now.

But, you know, there’s also this:  my grandmother, who has been suffering from pain in her knees for about as long as I can remember, was wheeled into an operating room at 8:00 yesterday morning and by 9:40 had a brand new bionic knee.  I guess the thing about living in the future is you have to take the good with the bad.  And continue hoping for those flying cars they’ve been promising us for so many years.