Old Dirt Road

Old Man Winter is not far off, I can feel it in my bones.  Noticed yesterday on the return trip from town that all the tree’s are starting to turn.  Winter is just around the corner, I know it is so, didn’t we just fiddle with the clocks, aren’t all the songbirds missing from the yard?

I am not ready.

Was looking thru some old photo’s and it shows the road in front of the house as  a dirt road.   And it got me to thinking about how things have changed.

A century ago, human life expectancy was 47 years of age.  The speed limit on most roads was about 10 MPH (about the speed of a brisk walk), I don’t know what the price of fuel was back then, maybe a nickel, that sounds right.  The average wage was about .22 cents per hour.

One out of every six homes had a bathtub, and only one out of every ten, had a telephone.  Say … Did you know that the bathtub was invented some 74 years before the telephone.  Think about it, you could have laid in there and soaked for three-quarters of a century and no one would have called. Bet that would wrinkle your toes, eh?

Women washed their hair with egg yolks, Coca-Cola actually had cocaine in it.  Johnny Carson was just starting out as the host of the Tonight Show … Figure that one out Class of ’81.

When you talk about old dirt roads, if you start every sentence with:  “I remember when Coke’s were a nickel, seven cents (if you kept the bottle) and dogs could not vote.” You are aging yo’self … Be careful.  Many people who are familiar with the workings of the human mind, know how to manipulate us.  When you speak in generic terms, you open a floodgate of emotion for them to abuse you with.

I will continue … The Do-Nut Shop isn’t open at this hour, and I feel this compelling urge to free you from your suffering, and awaken you to the transformational power that comes from expressing the old days in nostalgic terms.

Speaking of terms?  I learned a new one this week (nice blend eh?).

It is “Skookum” a term from the Chinook Indians that is still used in some parts of British Columbia and the Northwest.    It means:  “in cahoots with good spirits and completely made for the job.”  Wikipedia suggests that when you’re skookum, you’ve got a clear purpose and are standing in your power spot.   Which may or may not work for me, it has been so long since I had any kind of power, I have forgotten where to hook up the jumper cables.

Just remember Boys & Girls, often the truth needs to be packed in great illusion.

Just recall these simple rules of life, and you shall be okay, it works for me.  Never play cards with a man named “Doc.”  Never eat at a place named “Mom’s.”  Never, ever, sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than yours.  And lastly, “Never, ever, start a sentence with the words, I remember when the earth was warm.”  (Dead Give Away)

Please remember today is Veteran’s Day, what you have, what you enjoy, it was all bought and paid for at a great cost, a sacrifice was made, so that you might be able to live this life you have.  It was bought by a Vet …  Freedom as they say … Is not free.  Take some time today to reflect on that will you?

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