(G)Nat had a great time, but just said that she has to wait a whole year for it to come again. Ah to be young, when the interval of a year seems like a century – on the other hand, just because it seems like last year was last month, it doesn’t mean that every day wasn’t the usual ration with the usual rhythm. Even if it feels as if the boulder’s rolling faster down the hill, it still makes complete revolutions. He said, hopefully, putting a good spin on it all. Anyway, she had a great time – the neighbors have a big rope swing hanging from a tall tall tree, and all the kids took turns launching themselves into the shadows, high above the lights of the party down the hill. Happy, lucky, laughing kids.
See that's where you are wrong Mr. Lileks, each day is shorter than the last from a subjective standpoint. When you are ten years old, then one month is 1/120th of your entire lifespan. On the other hand at the age of 50, that same month only equates to 1/600th of your lifespan.
In summary, you are both right, (G)Nat is correct in seeing a month as a huge amount of time (from her perspective), and you are right that for a person of Mr. Lileks years, the months are already whizzing by (from his perspective), plus objectively, the next month (or year) is the same length for both of you, but your experience of that month will be entirely different.
And if it makes you feel any better, Mr. Lileks, I am going to buy your damn book!
Next up on "Perception Versus Reality", why the Laffer Curve really does describe economic reality, even if Democrats will never admit it . . .