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Do you ever feel like....
Jul 9, 2007

Hey Dr. Bob

Do you ever feel like someone just stole a minute of your life?

Toby

Response from Dr. Frascino

Well Toby, the funny thing about life is that it's temporary, that is to say, temporary in the 'temporal' sense of the word, meaning that all living things and all that we do are subject to the precepts and affect of time. If you live an average lifespan and escape such non-time-related hazards as fire, wolves, cancer, HIV, steep precipices, Mack trucks and bolts of lightening, you can count on somewhere in the vicinity of thirty-million minutes for you to use as you see fit according to your free will and constraints that are imposed upon you by environmental, health, economic, and political boundaries. Though this may sound more than sufficient, consider that the first nine million are spent learning to simply function and trying to figure out what your priorities are. Thirteen million of them are spent sleeping and another five million or so eating in order to obtain the energy needed to deal with the little remaining time. Of course in order to buy all this food and protect yourself from the wolves and lightening, you'll spend some nine million working by the sweat of your brow. Untold millions are spent enduring uninteresting conversations, watching bad TV shows, sending inane questions to cyber-HIV specialists and doing things that you don't like." So Toby, do you ever feel like someone just stole a minute of your life? (Now we're even.)

Dr. Bob


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