I blame the microwave.
That nifty little quick-heating device in virtually all of our homes and offices may have started the end of civility as we once knew it.
Do you remember the first time you used a microwave? Remember the fascination that food could be cooked so quickly? Baked potatoes were never so convenient!
Now when you use a microwave do you get that same warm, fuzzy feeling? I didn't think so. Instead of being amazed, you're probably irritated that the heating process is taking so long.
That's exactly what I'm talking about.
Remember when the national speed limit of 55 was lifted? Remember how liberating it was to be able to drive, legally, at speeds of 60 and 65? Teens today wouldn't even understand Sammy Hagar's 1984 song, "I Can't Drive 55!" Today a driver going 55, even on a road like state Route 20, is considered a "slow poke".
Nowadays we can't wait for our computer to boot up so we can get on the internet for whatever "all important" reason. In fact, many of us resort to using the internet on our phones. . .much faster!
How about the days of waiting for the television to warm up, and then all the programming went off with the playing of the National Anthem at midnight?
Times have certainly changed and, in many ways, for the better. I am just increasingly bothered by our lack of patience-myself included.
I could go on and on about our impatience when it comes to driving. While texting while driving drives me crazy, I think impatient driving might be our bigger problem. People can't take the time to stop for those red octagonal signs anymore and pedestrians had better watch out, because you definitely don't have the right of way because we're all in a hurry. We're in a hurry to get home and microwave a frozen meal (no time to prepare a potato) while we wait on our computer to come on.