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?