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Paternal Wisdom: No longer applicable

It’s occurred to me that two pieces of wisdom given to me from my Father, in my youth, no longer apply.

First, I can distinctly remember my Father explaining to me that one important life goal is to save enough money that one can live off of the interest.

This is an impossible goal at this point – interest rates are so close to zero that I don’t actually earn anything noticeable: I earned more from my money in the bank as a kid than I do with far larger balances as an adult.

Second, my father once reminisced about a significant improvement from his childhood, explaining that when he was a kid, straws were made out of paper and they were terrible: the straws couldn’t withstand the moisture of the drink and would start falling apart while you were drinking.

Thus, in his considered opinion, plastic straws were a vast improvement.

Again, a second piece of paternal wisdom that no longer applies – we’re back to paper straws.

I have to confess, my father is right: paper straws just do not work all that well.

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