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Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 13:59:01 EDT

Not too soon for me.


Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 13:45:12 EDT

Lest we forget . . .

Remember today.

non sequitur

Works for me.


To The Point
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 13:35:12 EDT

If there is a point to this day, this might be it.



The Ice Is In
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 13:22:39 EDT

Al Gore . . .

Call your office.


Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago . . . despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now

Gore wrong?

Hard to believe.

And it's made him a very wealthy man, wrong or not.

As I said . . .

Hard to believe.


Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 13:09:23 EDT

Its origins of the crowd who did it.

And perhaps do it still.


No . . .

I'm not going to write what else comes - unwelcome and unbidden - to mind.


Valued . . . Still
Topic: Memory Lane
Posted by Everyman - 11:49:46 EDT

Unappreciated for what they were, back then.

Yesterday's gone?

Maybe not quite. Out of sight, but not out of mind, not forgotten by those of us who are old enough to know better.



A little house with three bedrooms,

one bathroom and one car on the street.

A mower that you had to push

to make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall

we only had one phone,

And no need for recording things,

someone was always home.

We only had a living room

where we would congregate,

unless it was at mealtime

in the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms

or extra rooms to dine.

When meeting as a family

those two rooms would work out fine.

We only had one TV set

and channels maybe two,

But always there was one of them

with something worth the view.

For snacks we had potato chips

that tasted like a chip.

And if you wanted flavor

there was Lipton's onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because

my mother liked to cook

and nothing can compare to snacks

in Betty Crocker's book.

Weekends were for family trips

or staying home to play.

We all did things together --

even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips

depending on the weather,

no one stayed at home because

we liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate

to do things on our own,

but we knew where the others were

without our own cell phone.

Then there were the movies

with your favorite movie star,

and nothing can compare

to watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics

at the peak of summer season,

pack a lunch and find some trees

and never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together

with all the friends you know,

have real action playing ball --

and no game video.

Remember when the doctor

used to be the family friend,

and didn't need insurance

or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you

or what he had to do,

because he took an oath and strived

to do the best for you.

Remember going to the store

and shopping casually,

and when you went to pay for it

you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe

or punch in some amount,

and remember when the cashier person

had to really count?

The milkman used to go

from door to door,

And it was just a few cents more

than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters

came right to your door,

without a lot of junk mail ads

sent out by every store.

The mailman knew each house by name

and knew where it was sent;

there were not loads of mail addressed

to "present occupant."

There was a time when just one glance

was all that it would take,

and you would know the kind of car,

the model and the make.

They didn't look like turtles

trying to squeeze out every mile;

they were streamlined, white walls, fins

and really had some style.

One time the music that you played

whenever you would jive,

was from a vinyl, big-holed record

called a forty-five.

The record player had a post

to keep them all in line

and then the records would drop down

and play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then,

just like we do today

and always we were striving,

trying for a better way.

Oh, the simple life we lived

still seems like so much fun,

how can you explain a game,

just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards

between bicycle spokes

and for a nickel, red machines

had little bottled Cokes?

This life seemed so much easier

and slower in some ways.

I love the new technology

but I sure do miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we

and nothing stays the same,

but I sure love to reminisce

and walk down memory lane.

With all today 's technology

we grant that it's a plus!

But it's fun to look way back and say,

Hey look, guys, THAT WAS US!

H/t to a Canadian relative, forwarding an email message this morning.

All true; all spot on; all taken for granted as just the way things were, and were likely to be; no progress foreseen, and none thought to be needed, or even particularly desirable.

Progress, then, since then?



Gerard's Song
Topic: Shameless Plug
Posted by Everyman - 15:37:55 EDT

Music for a Sunday afternoon.

Gerard and I are of the same mind . . .

As usual.


Once True . . .
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 14:40:20 EDT

Still true for the first part of it.

Not true for the second, anymore.

Two terms, easy.


Now it's just more of that hope and change we were told was in the pipeline.


Snarkless . . .
Topic: Just Thinking
Posted by Everyman - 14:19:27 EDT

A day without snark for a change.

And on a Sunday, so that's good from a sabbath standpoint, as the case may be.


But no, not that kind of snark; this kind:


No, of course not.


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