Lost Time?

Contributing Editor

Walt Pickut

Time is funny stuff. It flows but you can’t keep it in a bottle. It passes by but you can’t stick out your foot and trip it. It gets lost but you can’t look under your couch and find it.

When time is gone, it’s gone. Even regret for wasted time is just more wasted time.

But when we complain about wasted time, we’re usually really complaining about something we should have or could have done in that time but we didn’t. Lost time is usually an abbreviation for a lost opportunity or—worst of all, a lost chance for some good old fun.

And the last year or so was full of that kind of lost time. Whether it was in lost family gatherings, missed events in sports or entertainment, or popular festive events that simply never happened, it’s gone now.

So how about a “Do-Over?” Lost time won’t come back for a rerun, but for some things, there’s no time like the present. Good times we can make today might just be the best protection against the what-iffs or the could-have-been regrets of tomorrow.

Consider one example of loss and the rebound:

  • A concert trade publication called Pollstar reckons that the total lost revenue for live events in 2020 alone added up to more than $30 billion,


  • Bouncing back, forecaster PredictHQ says the largest 2,500 events in June of 2021—sports, concerts, conferences, and expos—will tally an easy $1.6 billion, more than in over a year.

As the lock-ins and the safety precautions of a winding-down pandemic continue to ease, folks have started to look for lost events to recapture.

So, this week your Jamestown Gazette extends an invitation to join in a local event created to recapture a missed tradition—if not the time—for a seasonal, community favorite: Christmas!

For something a little more ‘normal,’ Peter and Jane Fuller in Falconer, New York, decided to host a fun Christmas-themed event at their home for their family and friends. But it quickly became apparent the whole community and everyone else in the region would enjoy it, too.

The invitation to the Village of Falconer’s first annual Community Christmas in July is open to all. Go to pages 10-11 and learn all about it.

Last Christmas certainly brought with it its own unique character and memories that probably will not, and never should be, forgotten. That time was not lost, but a “Do-Over” in a whole, new way won’t be a bad idea either.

After all, the best kind of time is never lost. It’s the best time to do the next, best thing. It’s the kind of time called “Now,” and it’s always yours to use.

So why can’t it be Merry Christmas, or Happy Hannukah, or a festive Kwanzaa, or even a good old birthday party with lots of friends on any day, all year long? If you thought the time was lost, now’s the right time to do something about it.

Enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.