For you sports fans, this has nothing to do with sports, or at least very little.
This also isn't a rant, just an observation.
I've got a very good friend that lives too far away these days to visit often, so we catch up on the phone fairly often. I've noticed the last few times that we've talked, he's "hitting the highlights", e.g. The car broke down, work is good, and so on. It's got me thinking about conversation and information.
Now anyone who has talked with me on the phone knows that an hour could go by before I knew it. That's just me. I like good conversation, and I don't mind taking the time out of my day for it. I'm sure it's also a personality thing mostly.
...But I got to thinking about the way we take in and deliver information these days. Media... Highlight reels, Facebook, G+, News Apps. They're all about giving us "the best" the quickest. I find myself scrolling through the "what's hot" on G+ these days only looking for things that catch my attention...like those ridiculous moving .gif images. I have to chuckle when I write that, because some of those things are hilarious.
I feel like we're moving into an age where the details get lost. The story, for the most part, goes untold. We skip the details to make more time to be more busy. The art of storytelling and good conversation seems to be dying.
In some regards, I can't wait to be that old guy sitting on the porch with his pipe, chatting it up with his friend for hours on end, not because there's nothing better to do, but because it's important.
Give me details, give me emotion, give me life!
Oh, and good tobacco of course.