Monday, July 16, 2007
I had the opportunity this past weekend to visit the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, MD. It is an amazing place and testimony to what happens to old technology. The museum, of course, is filled with steam engines of every kind imaginable -- old (150 years) and relatively new (50 years ago). All are silent and many are rusting. The companies that made these machines are long gone. This site was the birth of American railroads and now is the tomb of much of it. Walking among the silent engines and old cars, one is reminded that the ability to adapt is essential to everything we do. Even though we have developed a body of skills, that is not enough of a reason for companies to employ us or citizens to use us.