I have reached a point in my life where I am starting to subtract my age from my expected lifespan.  It’s not that I feel so old.  It is more that it is striking me just how far technology has come in the first 46 years of my life.  Then I look like a kid at all of the technology and projects that are proposed for the future, and start to wonder just how many of them I will see in my lifetime.

This morning, I was perusing the Seattle Transit Blog and thinking about all the good things that might come from the passage of Sound Transit Proposition 1.  The current plan lays the framework of where Seattle’s Light Rail system will be headed by 2023.  While I understand the measure will get us bus service right away, and a train service in increments, I also realize that I will be closer to retired than not once the whole plan is put into place.  Of course, by that time, future leaders will be looking at what needs to be done to expand the system further for the future.  But I am still excited about what will come to pass.

I have always thought that I would never talk about the way things used to be.  As a young person, I would take the “8 Ravenna” bus to get to the U-District or elsewhere from home.  I can remember even as far back as when I was walking to school in the first and second grade that the route was still served by the trolley buses.  I still think they should bring that back.  I think I was 6-years-old when the wires came down.  But in the meantime, I realize that my old bus route has now changed so much that I would not recognize it anymore anyway.

It is, however, preferable to look toward the future.  The metropolitan area is many times the size it was when I was young.  The area has much different needs now.  Even though the future construction will likely be used much more by my grandchildren than myself, I have no regrets supporting the infrastructure we need to move toward the future.  Thanks to everyone currently living in the area for passing this proposition.

I know it is easy for people to say that they don’t want to spend money on transit because it doesn’t go past their house right now.  Well, it still benefits you in many ways.  It keeps other folks off the road.  If it is anything like Portland’s example, it will promote positive business development around the stations.  If you’re a business owner, it lets your employees get to work more reliably.  One way or the other, you do benefit.

The same argument goes for other measures.  I have no children in public schools anymore.  But I still support my local school bond levy.  Someone paid for the school when I went there.  I will benefit, directly and indirectly, by paying the way so the next generation can be educated.  I need the schools or agencies to make sure they are not asking for more than they need.  But is the request is reasonable, there is no reason to withhold support.

Why say all of this right after Election Day?  Part of it was that I was reminiscing anyway.  Most of it was to observe that I still have faith in my neighbors.  I can still (mostly) count on my neighbors to help do the right thing, even if it is a difficult thing to do in difficult times.  Thank you for doing the right thing.

Oh, yeah.  Then there is the part where I want to see all of this new stuff before I die.  I love the things that we can do now that we could not dream of doing even ten years ago.  But I want more!  I think we were promised flying cars “by the year 2000.”  I still kind of want one while I’m still young enough to enjoy it!  Barring that, I will settle for a cool transit system.