One of the weirdest things that can happen to anyone living too long in cyberspace has started happening to me: I'm reaching for the "undo" button even when I'm nowhere near a computer.
Last Friday, for example, I was driving to an appointment. Running late, I accidentally took a wrong turn that would add fifteen minutes to the travel time. It was only after I'd unsuccessfully reached for the "undo" button that I began to fret.Or how about the week before, when I was cooking dinner and the cap flew off the bottle of fish sauce as I was flavouring the casserole? Now the thing about fish sauce is that a little squirt is great, a great big splash is more horrible than the human mind can imagine. But I didn't panic, at least not until I realised "undo" wasn't going to work.
Wouldn't it be great if you could undo bad stuff that happens in life? Spill coffee on your boss? Get caught in flagrante delicto with boss's partner? Forget to call your mother on her birthday? Accidentally buy a six pack of lite beer. No sweat. No drama. Just turn back the clock. Undo.
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