Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

When we get into being old, one of the things we say is “they don’t make’em like they used to.” This refers to pretty much everything, including things they didn’t make at all because they hadn’t yet been invented. Cell phones, for example, lasted forever because they didn’t exist and thus were immune to wear and tear. Houses were built to last — and that might be true. At least good houses were made to last. There were also tenements and they didn’t last, but no one tenderly remembers the vermin infested tenement in which they were forced to grow up.

Modern slipcovers look like an unmade bed

One of the many things that lasted forever was furniture. My aunts and uncles — even my mother — had furniture that lasted from when I was very little until they died or moved into nursing homes. Friday, we are getting a…

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