I worry about running out of things. When I was a kid…I worried about running out of peanut butter, summer days, and allowance money for 45s.* My teacher would tell me “Look, Tommy,** you live in the U.S.A. Your opportunities are limitless. Our boundaries are limitless! We are a nation that doesn’t run out of things!” Still, I worried.
When I got older, I began to worry about running out of numbers. I studied baseball statistics more earnestly than my 8th grade math, so running out of numbers was a real concern. Then, the big worry set in. What if we run out of every possible combination of telephone numbers? Would my family always be stuck with a party line?+ Might I never have my own, private, phone number? (This was a big concern to a teenager.) Continue reading