|Me, in the cold.|
Obviously this implies that I am quite a stupid man, and to a point this would be a fair assessment. However, I believe it to be indicative of something bigger than this: the overwhelming nature of modern life. The reason I couldn't find the x key is that I expected it to be somewhere funky - somewhere where it could fulfill its role as simply a multiplication mark. I hadn't considered it to be a moonlighting letter. So totally immersed are we in instant, specific, wonderful gratification (I'm thinking chocolate hob nobs and Google Chrome here, as examples) that we (well, I) end up unable to see the woods for the trees.
There's too much going on, and too much that I can simply demand, like a deranged Pharoah of decadence, to be delivered to me right now. A website I over-use considerably is Just-Eat, which acts as a kind of friendly meta-takeaway, enabling you to peruse a billion of those fast food menus in digital form (saves opening the top drawer, I suppose) and then order a takeaway, using a credit card. Yes, gone are the days where an illicit kebab was only achievable if you were lucky enough to have some cash on your person. Now you can run well into your overdraft with Egg Fried Rice and Shish Lamb Special. And all from the sorry comfort of your living room. What hope does poor old 'x' have in this climate?
Perhaps I need to return to simplicity. Buy digestives, find an old typewriter and go back to Internet Explorer. Perhaps.