Defining Who We Are

WASN’T THIS US? 

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!

PSA-210424-Now, Not After

I did not write this but WOW does it speak to my heart!

Barely the day started and it is already six in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday, and it is already Friday,

and the month is already over,

and the year is almost over,

and already 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years have passed,

and we realize that we lost our parents, friends,

and we realize it is too late to go back.

So, let’s try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time.

Let’s keep looking for activities that we like.

Let’ put some color into our grey.

Let’s smile at the things in life that put balm into our hearts.

And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left.

Let’s try to eliminate the “afters” like,

I’m doing it after.

I’ll say after.

I’ll think about it after.

We leave everything for later like “after” is ours.

Because what we don’t understand is that:

Afterwards, the coffee gets cold.

Afterwards, priorities change.

Afterwards, the charm is broken.

Afterwards, health passes.

Afterwards, the kids grow up.

Afterwards, parents get old.

Afterwords, promises are forgotten.

Afterwards, the day becomes night.

Afterwards, life ends,

and then it’s often too late.

So, let’s leave nothing for later.

Because still waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences,

best friends,

the best family.

The day is today, the moment is now.

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.

So, let’s see if you have the time to read this message and then share it.

or, maybe you’ll leave it for later, and you’ll never share it.

PSA-210207-Geography Lesson

I love maps and geography. One can learn much from the study of World maps. This set of informative maps was sent to me by fellow book club member Ron.

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Size Comparison Between Australia And the United States  
   


Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

Blue States Have A Smaller Population Than Los Angeles County

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line
The Biggest Non-Government Employer in Each State  
Each Section Has 10% Of the World’s Population
The Red and Orange Sections Have Equal Populations
All The Nations That Have To Be Combined To Be Equal To Brazil’s Annual Homicides

These Two Areas of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations
Light Pollution From Coast To Coast 
Passenger Railway Network 2020
An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other’s Range  
How Much Snow Does It Usually Take To Cancel Schools?  
You Can Fit the Entirety of Poland Into Texas And Still Be Able To Drive Around It 
Out Of Service Railways–I’d say that railroads are dead in America.
Every State Ranked by Healthiness
World’s Smallest Country vs. Largest Building 
List of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible 
Most Common Country Of Birth For Foreign-born Residents In The US, Excluding Mexico  
Japan, How Big It Is in Reality?

A Very Punny Video

The people at the Indian Hills Community Center must hold marathon sessions to come up with these puns.

A Special Kind of Stupid

I want to kick off December with my first post to recognize some really special people who obviously have more luck than brains.

Stella Awards There are no words! Enjoy, while you are scratching your heads……..
It’s time again for the “Stella Awards”! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald’s where she purchased the coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? 

That’s right; these were awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know, the kinds of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy. 

Here are some of the most outlandish Stella’s: 

SEVENTH PLACE 

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son

Start scratching! 

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SIXTH PLACE *

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord.Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps. 

Scratch some more… 

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FIFTH PLACE *

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.  Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish. Keep scratching. There’s more.. 

Double hand scratching after this one. 

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FOURTH PLACE * 

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard.  Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun

Pick a new spot to scratch, you’re getting a bald spot. 

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THIRD PLACE * 

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania wins third place because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. 

Only two more so ease up on the scratching.. 

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*SECOND PLACE* 

Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the cover charge of $3.50 . The jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000 and, oh yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure. 

Ok. Here we go!! 

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FIRST PLACE * 

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.  Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000. PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home. 

If you think the USA court system is out of control, be sure to pass this one on! Never mind the court system, but how’d those juries come to those conclusions…

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