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Musings in quiet time.

Long ago, as a student I was in a class situation where we were asked "How do you determine the age of a rock?"

Now, there are many learned answers that can keep many people involved for inordinate amounts of time. The suggestion that has remained in my conscious and sub-conscious (because I don't think about it all the time)  was that you waited until the rock had a birthday and then counted the candles on its cake.

We are in no doubt that man has made many great advances and has has
immense records of achievement in many fields of endeavor. We might say that all this progress is mapped in some way.

Political maps mark borders and boundaries, and even  suggest representation and allegiance. Socio-economic maps discuss the attainment of wealth or lack of it. Third world countries over time become under-developed or developing countries, depending on current or politically correct  language. Man-made lines determine ownership and control of smaller and smaller sections of the world, even down to details of dwellings and other structures.

Man's place in the order of things is puny compared to the massiveness and age of our planet, and hence it is topographical  maps that change the least or the slowest. A river is a river, a mountain a mountain, and a rock is a rock, all seemingly without much change because the time period involved is mostly beyond  our comprehension. We accept these things as being stationary  and that we are the ones moving.

It is left to us to seek fame and some permanence such as an enduring headstone. Perhaps it is better for me to think less and act more decisively.

This is my time.



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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Larry, I love the idea of counting the candles on the birthday cake to determine a rock's age. It makes me laugh.  Have a great Memorial Day.

May 28, 2011 01:02 PM #1
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

hmmmm, I'm not sure that I want my goal to be a nice headstone.  oh my.....

May 28, 2011 02:45 PM #2
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

I think that is just really funny. When I go to my moms tomorrow I am going to ask that question once all my brothers and sisters are present.

May 28, 2011 03:34 PM #3
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

I had a Government Teacher in high school and on the very first day, he gave us a fact to remember and he guaranteed he would only tell us once, but to be certain it would be on our final exam at the end of the year.

The Question:  Who was the gentleman who determined it would be a good idea to put licorice in chewing tobacco?

Suffice it to say, that was the ONLY question on our final exam.  I passed.  Now about those rocks . . .

May 28, 2011 04:03 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I like the "candles on the cake" idea. My question would be, "who supplies the candles?" Enjoy the day!

May 29, 2011 12:27 AM #5
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Larry - this is such a cool post!  It is funny, yet thought provoking.  It is a big old world and we are as grains of sand as compared to the vastness of the universe.  Thinking....all these human grains of sand could end up being in a pretty good sized headsone.  I think I won't think about that anymore!  I will just be thinking about today and see if I can make a small difference. 

May 29, 2011 02:29 AM #6
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Gary - easiest to pick a young rock.

Chris - I appreciate your thoughts. I was not trying to induce maudlin feelings.

Sussie - I hope you tell it well. I have gotten the response "Do rocks have birthdays?"

May 29, 2011 02:43 PM #7
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Tish - good story. I will remember it when I get to the "chewing tobacco" stage of my life.

Wayne - Something I have yet get an answer to. Could be a good niche market.

Barbara - you seem to think they way I do ~ until your head hurts. I am sure you will make a significant difference in whatever you do.

May 29, 2011 02:49 PM #8
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