Sunday, 2 December 2012

Se7en

Seven is meant to be a number with some heavenly qualities, isn’t it?
There is a good reason why many cultures associate such qualities with the number 7, even if most people today are unaware of it. The best explanation goes back to the days we thought the earth flat and had no idea what those lights up there in the night sky are. Back then, all the stars seemed fixed in place other than some notable exceptions: the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. All seven of them. It is exactly the ignorance that prevailed in those times that lent the number its supernatural qualities.
These days, Our Car™ is celebrating its seventh birthday. Indeed, this car of ours is proving to have some super natural qualities: originally, our plans had us replacing it within three years, perhaps five if the car behaves itself. Alas, by requiring nothing more than regular servicing, new tyres and a new battery, and through never failing us after all these years, we are happy to keep on going with this car of ours. I really can’t think of any benefit a new replacement would bring us, and I certainly have better things to do with my money than see my investment depreciate to half its value within three years. Paying the mortgage, for a start.
The birthday of Our Car™ signifies the birth date of a related entity. Seven years ago this blog was created as a means of spreading my word between friends efficiently and effectively. Did I imagine at the time that I would spend so much time on it and that it would last seven years? I didn’t, of course; I doubt anyone truly plans that far ahead.
My world of today is significantly different to the one it used to be just seven years ago. Back then we just had our first wifi router installed; now, between iPhones, iPads and Kindles our world is much more digital and the Internet prevails over everything we do. These days I got the Internet stuck up my ass [pocket]. Oh, I also became a parent during the past seven years.
Perhaps because of all these changes it is nice to see some things have been with me throughout. Indeed, it is nice to see how nice things can evolve through time and effort from the mundane need to tell my friends I bought a new car.


N7 image from BioWare has nothing to do with this post other than the 7 reference and the fact everything has to do with Mass Effect.

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