Look again!

 

I was watching him working on a piece of wood.  He was creating something, that was evident, but thanks to an electric brush I was not able to see what he was working on.

The sawdust was flying everywhere, and I had to keep my eyes closed to avoid getting it into my eyes.

When he turned the machine off, the dust was still flying in all directions.  I waited for some seconds and then opened my eyes to try and see his masterpiece.

But all I could see was a deformed piece of wood with lots of sawdust and broken pieces of wood upon it.

“All that noise for this?” I asked disappointed, at 8 years old, patience was not one of my highest virtues.

“Yes” The man answered as he looked for a little hand brush in his bag. Continue reading

The adverse

My bed was shaking and I was still deeply asleep. I did not know what was happening but the whole room began to shake in a frightening way. The noise of things falling and breaking was loud and terrifying. I could hear people shouting and dogs ferociously barking in the background. But I was not sure yet what exactly was happening.

I was very tired after a whole week of hard work and not sleeping properly, and that morning I would had overslept, had that earthquake not occurred.

I barely remember how I manage to get out of the house and what happened next. I just remember that every second felt like an hour and that the whole street was a total chaos.

The sound from the ground was so intimidating, the sense of helplessness was overwhelming. There you feel so small and the power of nature is all you can perceive.

Suddenly the land under my feet slowly stopped its movement and everything around me was dust, fear and confusion. Continue reading

Esc

I remember the days when we had to write our own code (computer programs, software) to achieve what we needed. There was no Internet and the software market was not as saturated as it is today.

If you wanted to make a report for your company, there were no electronic sheets, you had to code the whole thing in your computer and sent the output to your dot matrix printer, hoping things wouldn’t get too messy.  No, we didn’t have a preview mode either, so we couldn’t see beforehand if things would fit the size of the paper in our printer. Continue reading