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FF – Think it Through

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Sandra Crook.

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Copyright Sandra Crook

 

“It’ll be amazing, my love! We shall live as in Steam Age times! We shall eschew modern technology and replicate a simpler time!”

… Christ… “I don’t know. I rather like my home digital assistant…” … last week it was ‘open a meditation retreat’…

“Steam trains, washing in the stream, clean air, making our own entertainment…”

The train went past. They began to hack and cough, smoke filling their lungs.

“As I was saying, my love… dirty transport, bubonic plague, no antibiotics, filthy smoky air, boring evenings with no Netflix… we should respect the status quo…”

“I think that would be best, dear.” … idiot…

 

  1. July 24, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

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    • July 25, 2019 at 7:19 am

      Nope. Nothing’s ever quite as good as you remember/imagine.

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  2. July 24, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Ha. I took one of those tourist steam trains into the Colorado Rockies. The view was beautiful, but I got a cinder in my eye. Still worth the trip.

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  3. July 24, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    You reminded me of that day, so I wrote about it in my Friday Ficitoneer.
    Thanks.

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  4. July 24, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    HAHAHA! The good old days without technology. How did they ever survive? 😀

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  5. July 24, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    There are some benefits to modern living, it has to be said!

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    • July 25, 2019 at 7:20 am

      Definitely. It wasn’t all romantic steam train journeys back then!

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  6. July 24, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Ah, yes, the old days. Outdoor toilets, pumping for water, bathing in galvanized steel tubs, wringer washers, butter churns, carpet beaters, spading the garden, coal oil lamps… Why did we ever improve on all that. 😉 Thanks for the reminder.

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    • July 25, 2019 at 7:21 am

      I felt it necessary to put a stop to all this “olden days” romanticism 🙂

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  7. July 25, 2019 at 1:12 am

    every age has its own problems indeed. 🙂

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  8. July 25, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Ha ha ha, if only we could carry everything to the past 🙂

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  9. July 25, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Not exactly a man of conviction is he? Great take.

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    • July 25, 2019 at 11:31 am

      It’s probably for the best that he doesn’t carry all his ideas through to fruition! I’m glad you liked it.

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  10. July 25, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I’ve always wondered about the over-romanticism of days of yore… I, for one, enjoy indoor plumbing 😉

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:07 am

      Me too. I think time travellers would be in for a rude awakening!

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  11. July 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    This was a fabulous read, as per, Alistair!
    There are times I would love to visit… but not do without a loo!

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:08 am

      Yes, just a quick look and home in time for tea, that’s the ticket! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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      • July 27, 2019 at 5:09 am

        😀

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  12. July 25, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I think the hill top cottage needs a bit of work too!

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  13. July 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    But….. but somewhere in 1885 Doc Brown exists! He can bring us all of the modern marvels of 1985! When there was no Netflix. No digital assistants. No….. er, nevermind.

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:13 am

      1985’s not all Doc Brown’s cracked it up to be…

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  14. July 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    What? No Netflix? Oh no, you can keep the ‘ole days!

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:13 am

      It’s like the Dark Ages or something!

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  15. July 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I’d never have clean clothes. Ha!

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Down to the stream and then cranking the mangle’s not my idea of a fun time either 🙂

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  16. July 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    In the good old days … okay, well, maybe it wasn’t all good. Enjoyed your story as alway! =)

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

      Every era has its downside I guess. I wouldn’t like to lose my indoor toilet! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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      • July 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

        Oh, for sure. When we travel to Mongolia in the summers we have to use the outdoor facilities and I’m always reminded how thankful I am. I think that’s the top of my list!! =)

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      • July 28, 2019 at 5:08 am

        I wouldn’t enjoy using an outhouse very much 😦

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  17. July 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    A nice take on the prompt. I wonder how long it will be before his more sensible partner gets fed up and leaves him for someone practical?

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:15 am

      It must be quite wearing on her. And also worrying that one day he might actually try one of his mad ideas!

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  18. July 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Dear Ali,

    All those things we don’t think about when we romanticize the present and all those modern conveniences we’ve come to depend on. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      It’s all too easy to forget the hardships alongside a “simpler” life.
      Ali

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  19. July 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Yes, the ways of the past look much simpler and easier to us than the reality thereof. People think it would be fun until they have to work all day chopping wood for one night’s fire, or spend that day slaving over said fire to cook, or spend the day grinding the corn into the flour that will be mixed with the oil/fat that you harvested from the poor beast that your personally had to slaughter…. yeah, we all think it would be easier and simpler until reality strikes.

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:18 am

      Yes, it may have seemed simpler but it was certainly far harder.

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  20. July 26, 2019 at 8:34 am

    What you mean it wasn’t a golden age? Love the conversational style of this.

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:19 am

      I’m sure it was really 😉 I’m glad you liked it!

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  21. July 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Made me smile, like the irony in it, loved their quirky conversation. Nicely done.

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:19 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  22. July 26, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Yes, going back to live in an earlier age is going to be painful – let’s appreciate where we are today.

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    • July 27, 2019 at 5:20 am

      Yes. Lots of issues today but every era had them. Let’s just be happy where we are right now.

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  23. July 27, 2019 at 10:05 am

    A good, well-written story, Ali. The farther back in history you go the worse it gets. Memory or imagination can blot out all the inconveniences. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • July 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Even memories of past experiences in our own lives can be somewhat rose-tinted… 🙂

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  24. July 27, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Sweet pollution. Breathe in and meditate 😀.

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  25. July 28, 2019 at 9:07 am

    We always hanker for the good old days – forgetting that there has always been good and bad in life. Although some people do manage to abandon the modern world and live close to nature in remote places. I don’t know how they do it.

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  26. July 28, 2019 at 11:44 am

    The only thing I am nostalgic of is being young again 🙂 I think that many people confuse their youth with the era in which they were young.

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  27. July 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    A perfect title for this story! Yes, if people only thought it through instead of seeing the past with rose-tinted glasses. Those who lived before running water and electricity must have been a tough bunch!

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    • July 28, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      For sure. Water from the well/stream, cooking over a fire… no thanks.

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  28. July 29, 2019 at 3:04 am

    Time gone by may look romantic from a distance, like the present past also had its problems. Not everything was hunky-dory then.

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    • July 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm

      No, I think we’re better off where/when we are. The grass isn’t always greener.

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  29. July 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    So many people talk about “the good old days” and it is much like what you have put forth here. Idiots. lol

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    • July 31, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      I’ve been guilty of it too. Growing up in the 70s, not a care in the world… my parents have a different take on it, they just shielded us from it.

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  30. July 29, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Ah the good old days. But there was no central heating so count me out. Great fun.

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  31. July 30, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Nice write. Original.

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