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A pair of faded rabbit ears

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By Jason Bolton

An old proverb once said, “Reality is only a possibility, it changes constantly.”

How true that statement is!

With the changing times, there’s a lot of firsts that are taking place as we speak: the first African-American President of the United States, the first time in years when the temperature has reached record-low temperatures, and various other things that have faded into the realms of time forever.

However, there is one thing that I’m actually sad to see go. It sounds ridiculous to bring up, but as always, allow me to explain. On Feb. 17, digital conversion for televisions will take place. This means no more rabbit ears.

What are rabbit ears, you might ask? Rabbit ears are those beloved metal transmittable rods that allowed your television to pick up better reception. If you’re still not sure what I’m referring to, they’re the metal things that are covered with an inch thick of tinfoil.  

I remember as a child using a basic television with the turn-dial. Remember those?

I’ll bet your children don’t have a clue what that is. It was always exciting turning the analog dial, a.k.a. the other big dial on the television set, and working the rabbit ears in order to obtain a brand new channel. It doesn’t sound like much in our society with its hundreds of channel options, but it was special because it taught me that even the least of mundane things possess something wonderful if we give them the attention they deserve.

Then again, once you think about it, CD players replaced tape players, filtered water replaced natural spring water you’d get from the spouts that were connected to public-accessible springs, and an even busier time sadly replaced a night out with the family.

However, with that being said, enjoy those things and people you never think about as much as you did before. Discover new ways to enjoy them and their company. In fact, pick up that old book that’s sitting on your bookshelf that’s collecting dust as we speak. Take advantage of those things around you, those things in the now while they’re still yet to be discovered and enjoyed.

What’s next? Flying cars? Teleportation devices? Robots to do all the housework so we can kick our feet up and take it easy?

Come to think about it, if the third option ever happens, then the future doesn’t sound that bad after all.