This is not a podcast about death. Death is not that interesting. The Lucky Ones is about the effect death has on life—the way being a no-kidding mortal makes life better, sadder, more interesting, funnier, and more than a little absurd.
Excerpt Ch 1:
The Internet knows when you will die. Go to deathclock.com, enter your date of birth, height, weight and Body Mass Index, and the Death Clock calculates the day and date on which you’ll hear the galloping hooves of the pale horse. Mine is December 9, 2036. A Tuesday.
Until that day, I can step whistling into the paths of vehicles. I can season my steak with asbestos and press my vital organs against the microwave as it cooks. I can air-pedal toward sheer cliffs in pea-soup fog.
Or I can absorb the other, far more important, more honest and less entertaining message of the Death Clock. You’re probably not going to Die today, goes that message – but you are, on some actual date in the easily-conceivable future, going to Die.
Picture your life as a timeline moving left to right, an arrow inching eastward. If you’re lucky, you’ll be eastbound for a good long time before the arrow stops dead, as it were. I’m hoping for 139 years myself, though the Death Clock says 73. Eighty is a nice compromise. But let’s say 84, since that put me at midlife in 2004 — the year I was hurled toward the edge of a cliff.
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