Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

He Was Allen Gast 1.0: A Reminder That Life, like Technology, Only Goes in One Direction

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

He Was Allen Gast 1.0: A Reminder That Life, like Technology, Only Goes in One Direction

Article excerpt

Technology spares no room for pity. Ask anyone with a freshly outmoded iPod how far a receipt will get you. Receipt? Technology doesn't do receipts, pal.

Life doesn't either, I'm reminded. All purchases are final.

A coworker, Alien Gast, died the other day. He was in the accounting department--and he wasn't too happy about it. He told me that he was a journalist once. "Like you," he said. He would then ask, "Did I ever tell you that before?" I'd say no because I wanted to hear him tell me again.

The first time I met Allen I asked him why on earth he was in accounting. He ought to be in radio, where that grainy baritone of his would be golden. Oh, he was in radio, he said, a long time ago. "In Bakersfield. Did I ever tell you that before?"

Bakersfield? No, I don't think you ever told me that before.

He pointed out that it wasn't just a voice for radio that he had, but a face, too. That was right in my sweet spot: "No argument here," I answered.

So it went between us, the incidental office banter--those rubber-tipped digs that never break the skin. They don't add up to anything at all, except a day's work.

On the same day that I heard Allen died, I worked, drove to my uncle's to look at a file cabinet he was unloading, watched a basketball game, and posted pictures to my Facebook page. …

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