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  •  Fair enough. (2+ / 0-)
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    SchuyH, michelewln

    How boring would life be if everybody liked the same things?

    ... anyway, the reason I brought it up (for those of you who haven't read it) was that the "time traveler" in question had been in prison in (I think) South America from mid-1950s to mid-1980s.  When he tells his story to the other patrons of Callahan's Bar, it takes a while for them to wrap their brains around just how alien their time really is, to a guy who missed the past thirty years.

    •  A lot has happened. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's amazing to think about. I keep finding more and more stuff.

      •  I had to look up the story (1+ / 0-)
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        and I'd misremembered the dates completely -- it was only ten years, 1963 to 1973 -- and even that was hugely disorienting.

        But the real head-wallop to the narrator, as he listens to the time traveler starting to describe everything that's changed, is this one:

        I was thinking that ten years ago, I wore a crewcut and listened to Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino.  "Christ," I said, as the impossible burst over me.  "Nobody'd ever heard of the Beatles in 1963!"

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