PG realizes he is late with New Year quotes and wishes.
His only excuse is that he was distracted yesterday.
Nevertheless, while he’s still a bit startled when typing a 20 instead of a 19, but there are more than a few 19 events that he hopes don’t repeat themselves in the 20’s.
- Two world wars that resulted in 60-80 million military and civilian deaths plus a whole bunch of smaller, often nastier, conflicts.
- A world-wide economic depression that occupied a lot of time between those two world wars.
That said, there are more than a few medical discoveries that will help more people live substantially longer and healthier lives in the 20’s than they did in the 19’s.
By this time in the 19’s, about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population had been infected with the Spanish Flu. The number of deaths from this flu is estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 deaths occurring in the United States.
Aside from fewer deaths we have inexpensive computers almost everywhere (we can even wear them) plus the World-Wide Web to explore.
Google instead of dictionaries or encyclopedias.
Authors finding readers without dealing with publishers and truly being in control of their writing careers.
Plus PG predicts that home pizza delivery times will plummet when delivery by drone becomes the standard. (For those living in apartments, PG forecasts a drone landing space will be hanging right outside your window.)
(PG understands that, by some measures pizza delivery by a drone driving a van is already the standard across the United States, but he’s talking about the unmanned [or unpersonned] flying drones that don’t require a driver named Hank who needs a shave and waits for a tip before he leaves you alone.)
So, PG wishes one and all a wonderful 2023!