Thoughts & Observations on Life, Society, and the Times by Al E.

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Remembering When – These were the Good-Old-Days!

In How did I get this old? on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 1:26 PM

…recently,  just how much FUN the kids of today are REALLY missing out on with all the technologically, “political correctness” and sensitivity toward not OFFENDING anyone over anything!

This recently came into full focus when I attended the High School Graduation of a close friend’s daughter.  My wife and I paused to think about Our Graduation – shocked to realize they were 47 years ago!  Talk about a reality check!!

Listening to the adults: the Principals, Superintendent, and Board of Education bigwigs – trying to sound “cool, hip and with-it” (kinda really dating myself there); then the accomplished Student Dignitaries, the various “-dictorians” trying to justify, qualify and otherwise legitimize today’s youth’s philosophies, was both sad and amusing – a really bittersweet experience.

I came away with the overall comforting feeling in that it did renew my faith in the youth of today – maybe there IS a chance for the future to be healthy, safe and productive after all.  But I still couldn’t help but feel sorry for those same future leaders for all the real-life experiences we, the “other” Seniors at the ceremony, had had that shaped us, gave us something that is missing from those kids – stamina, the strength to endure, survive, make the best of and go on.  That is what’s scary, disappointing and made me remember the following “memories.”  No, our lives weren’t perfect, but they were built on a broader base.  I pray these kids can look back on some fond memories too – but I doubt they’ll hold the same good feeling these do – I hope they give you the comfort and peace they give me!


1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs
with bright-colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,
and, when we rode our bikes,
we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon.  

We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.  And we weren’t overweight.

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day

–And, we were

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride
them down the hill
only to find out we forgot the brakes.

 After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games,
no 150 channels on cable,
 no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits
from those accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
 We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and – although we were told it would happen  we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn’t had to learn
to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970,


You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?

The quote of the month

Jay Leno:

“With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us….. please pass this on.


NBC TroubleShooters more like “Trouble-Makers”

In You CAN'T fix - STUPID on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 5:13 PM

YES, It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Not because I wasn’t “…just thinking” rather, more so because I WAS – thinking, and just couldn’t give any more credence to the myriad of topics that presented themselves for consideration by giving them one more minute of “air time.”

Everyday, just when I think I’ve seen “Stupid” hit a peak, the next day I see a New High, or Low – depending on how you look at it on the Stupid Scale, and couldn’t bring myself to react.  I would just shake my head, talk to myself, more in an attempt at self-preservation as opposed to justification or explanation.

The most recent “NBC Troubleshooters,” report, last night, June 21, was a real corker!  I can no longer contain my comments.  “DEADLY Plants in our Gardens!  The NBC Troubleshooter’s, to qualify their information as “News,” reported that, these Toxic Plants are openly sold to us unknowing, illiterate, dumb as stump consumers, with NO sufficient Warnings to “protect” us!!!!  How dare these profit hungry, titans of big garden centers be so irresponsible, indifferent and with a blatant disregard for the populace’s safety and well-being, be allowed to continue in business?  It’s Criminal!!!  They interviewed a couple of “concerned gardeners” who duly expressed shock, outrage and concern for not only their-own, but all mankind’s safety being put in jeopardy by the lack of Posted Warnings.  To really drive it all home there was commentary by DR. Michael B. (a PhD, not a medical doctor), giving his two cents, literally – two cents, worth of the potential dangers and health issues.

The culprits – Foxglove.  Those tall, blossom covered spike-like, staples of grandma’s gardens for decades!!  (Let’s not forget those other denizens in grandma’s arsenal of danger: Daffodils, Philodendron and others that were given a passing mention.)  Oh my God!  Grand-ma was trying to kill us!!!  Who would have thought that behind that sweet smile, gentle caring touch and loving words she was secretly hoping we’d innocently wander into her garden, drawn by the delicate scents, bright colors, and enticing varieties, only to have our throats close-up, cutting off our oxygen and causing a cruel, agonizing death!!  Damn you Grand-ma!!!  Damn you to Hell, you harbinger of Evil, with your sweet baked pies, cookies and cakes, all to mask your sinister goal – our ultimate destruction!

Couldn’t you just TELL us to behave, to stop making so much noise, to wipe our feet and Not slam the door!  Was your efforts to make us eat our vegetables really a rouse to have us “trust” that anything green and growing in your garden was nourishing and that we should eat it, believing we’d be “good little boys and girls” and it would get us in your good graces??? Really Grand-ma, we LOVED you – how could you do this to us???  And to hear it on the NEWS!!!!!

It’s going to take me some time to get over this one!!!

Thank you NBC Troubleshooters for opening my ignorant eyes!!!!

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