I spied this display on the model railroad setup and immediately felt that inner shock taking hold once again. Aging is a cruel hoax. You know what I mean. No matter your age, no matter your phsyical condition, be it middle aged, a boomer, or graying, you still feel like a youngster in your mind. I thought this mindset was just akin to me. But as I grow wiser, it is of universal acceptance. We all feel like high schoolers in our minds. Or at the very least, mentally in our 20’s. And as I pondered upon this plastic replica, I was saddened to remember that I have lived long enough to actually purchase a 15 cent hamburger from MacDonald’s. In fact, I bought their three course meal for 47 cents as advertised. Yep, a hamburger for 15, the fries for 12, all topped of with a 22 cent milkshake. I am humbled by the disparity between geological and human time, humbled by the fleeting nature of my existence. I don’t have the luxury of changing my shape over the epochs as other life forms may. Life is short. Time is of the essence. But if I am going to make the most of my life, if I am going to strive for some heroic contribution, then it may take a while. I may need all the time I can get. So the notion that we can simply lose a few hours—time, strikes me as absurd. Which leads me to wonder why, when time is so important to all of us, each November we steal some of it away from every one of us. And dark come before dinner.