Life

Then and Now – Volume 1

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It has been said that the young look to the future and the old look to the past.  Since I am pushing 70 I can attest to that first hand.  The last few years I have thought a lot of childhood memories and places.

I remember when every family had only one car and the whole family shared it with the kids being at the bottom of the pecking order.   Today though it is common that every member of the family has a car – they feel it is their right.

I remember when every household had only one telephone and it was attached to the wall with a cord. That progressed to the point that telephones became cordless and you could walk around the house.   In todays world everybody has a cell phone and it can be used anywhere you go;  people are on the phone in movies, while shopping, while driving or walking – everywhere.

And music,  well it just isn’t good anymore.  I have always loved music of all kinds except for Opera and Rap.  I even love some music recorded way before I was born.   One thing I have noticed over the years is that the singers and groups of the past always dressed up and looked great with suits or matching outfits;  but in todays world the singers and groups look like they have just crawled out from under a bridge where they passed out from drinking too much.    And the old music (except for the novelty songs) was basically about love, looking for love, lost my love and so forth and was for the most part fairly poetic (case in point was The Elusive Butterfly by Bob Lind);  but today all the music is about “sex, drugs and rock n roll”.

I remember that most homes had only One Television and it was basically a piece of furniture.  We had to have an antenna either on the roof of the house or some of us used rabbit ears which we could move around to get a stronger signal.   We had about 3 channels plus the public broadcasting channel (vhf or uhf).   Today TVs are thin and can be as large as 70 inches;   or TV shows can be watched on your iPhone or tablet.  Oh yeah and thanks to Cable or Streaming services those 3 channels are now hundreds of channels.

I remember seeing the first man walk on the moon and it was exciting.  Today space travel does not excite anyone.   They just don’t care as long as they can stare at the screen on their iPhone.

 

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Quotes for You

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I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do today.
Will Rogers
I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
Will Rogers
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

I’m a study of a man in chaos in search of frenzy.
Oscar Levant

Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m schizophrenic, and so am I.
Oscar Levant

I don’t drink. I don’t like it. It makes me feel good.
Oscar Levant

Inconsistencies, Ramblings, Whatever . . .

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I have noticed that the animal lovers in the family periodically say they don’t like to eat meat and lament about becoming a vegetarian.    However these same people when buying dog or cat food always make sure that “real meat” is in the bag.

When shopping in the grocery store there is no sign for toilet paper;  it is always labeled “Bath Tissue”.  Now who in their right mind when getting into the shower would grab a roll of “Bath Tissue”?   You can’t wash or dry with it, it would fall apart and be totally useless.

There are times when listening to music I always think to myself that the music from long ago had more meaning and better lyrics etc.   However it is about then that I hear songs with lyrics like “ram a lama ding dong” or “alley oop boop”, “I’m shaking like a man on a fuzzy tree” and then there is return to sender;  now when have you ever been able to mail a letter and have it returned the very next day – turn around on that would probably be about 5 or 6 days minimum.

Quotes by Peter Marshall

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Christianity is a power religion. Christ has the power to re-create men from the inside out, as every man who has ever met Him knows.
Peter Marshall

We forget that God sometimes has to say No. We pray to Him as our heavenly Father, and like wise human fathers, He often says, No, not from whim or caprice, but from wisdom and from love, and knowing what is best for us.
Peter Marshall

A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
Peter Marshall

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
Peter Marshall

O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers . Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need.
Peter Marshall

Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it.
Peter Marshall

TV Shows I Watch

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It seems logical to go through the week, soooooo.

Mondays lately I watch Scorpion and NCIS LA.    Even though I have always liked NCIS LA I am getting tired of it with the characters always bickering like a couple old ladies all the time.   As for scorpion I kind of like the quirky personalities they have given Happy and Toby.   Enough said.

Tuesdays I watch NCIS and NCIS New Orleans.   I am saddened at the departure of Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) – to me he was the show almost as much as Gibbs.  Tony can go from class clown to deadly serious in a heartbeat.    As far as New Orleans I think they are going so far into the character interaction thing and the ending scenes in the bar that it takes away from the actually crime aspect – I watch it but whether I continue to watch it is up in the air.

Wednesdays the only show I really look forward to is Criminal Minds.   It has stayed true to it’s purpose and although it has changed cast members a few times I still consider it my favorite show

On Thursday night I used to watch Elementary but they seem to have moved it to Sunday night which is a bad sign as I have noticed that shows they move to Sunday are soon cancelled.    I like this show a lot and the only drawback is that the main character sometimes talks to fast I have no idea what he is saying.

There are a couple cable shows I like a lot and try not to miss them.   The first one is The Artful Detective  or on another cable channel they call it Murdoch Mysteries.     Good old fashioned detective work and even though it is set in the 1890s it alludes to things happening in todays world. Excellent show. 

The next show is Death In Paradise.   Set on an island called San Marie.   Great blend of characters and I truly enjoy all of them.

Although there are a number of sitcoms I like and enjoy – I am not really concerned if I miss them.   The top ones that I find consistently funny are 1. Big Bang Theory, 2. Black (ish), 3. Fresh Off The Boat, 4. Last Man Standing, 5. The Middle.     We watch more of them but these are the top ones that I like. 

Why

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Why is it that when going to the grocery store there is no signs for toilet paper?    It is called according to their signs “Bath Tissue”   .  .  .  when is the last time you tried to wash with a roll of toilet paper – or to dry off with a roll of it.

Why is it that the thugs who are rioting and creating havoc are looked upon by the main stream media as the “innocents” while the person who is just holding his event is said to have the “hate speech”.    Why is it so hard to blame the thugs not the innocent parties.  Of course the media for the most part are also thugs no longer content with just reporting the news.

Why is it that the American people have insisted on cars being safer yet they are pushing things like a “smart” car when could be totaled by a head on with a chip monk.. 

Why is it we need a license to fish but not to vote?   Yes Liberalism has lost it’s collective minds.

Why is prayer and Christian talk banned from schools but not books and talk on Atheism?

Why is it that radical Muslims find it easy to blow themselves, or their wives and children  up with suicide vests.   Looks to me like insanity is contagious.

Why is it that years ago we would set all of our clocks by either the atomic clock or the local radio station  but now we just accept the correct time to be whatever is displayed on our cable tv box?

Why is the entertainment industries total lack of morality accepted and even put on a pedestal  to be idolized by all?   I am losing all interest in movies and television as they are constantly trying to cram their brand of morality down my throat. 

Why is it instead of supporting our candidate we as a society (thanks to the main stream media) are intent of stopping other candidates?

Peter Marshall

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A few quotes from a man my father always loved and talked about.

O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers . Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need.
Peter Marshall

God hasn’t given up on you. He can still do great things for you, in you, and through you. God is ready and waiting and able. What about you, and me?
Peter Marshall

One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
Peter Marshall

Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.
Peter Marshall

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
Peter Marshall