Things That Alert You to the Passage of Time

May 22, 2007

Your son rings you and tells you he is getting married.

  • The new jet fighter announced by the government when you joined the military are now in a wind-down program and replacement types have been approved.
  • New employees have birth dates after the date you joined the workforce.
  • The very latest Main Battle Tank (MBT) in secret development when you joined the military is now sitting in a museum, with enthusiasts keeping it alive.
Here it is here. The British Challenger MBT boasted all sorts of innovation but especially the revolutionary CHOBHAM armour (now used by the US Abrams MBT). That it sits in a museum is fair enough given a second generation Challenger is in use. But it does only seem like yesterday that it was being introduced into service.