What has changed and what hasn’t?


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7 responses to “What has changed and what hasn’t?

  1. Totally off the subject of politics but something that has changed is that we whiny butts don’t stop to think about what the winter season was like for our recent ancestors.

    During the second of our most recent snowstorms, when my Mother was trying to get around safely, she and I talked about how lucky we are to turn on a tap and get water, flick a switch and have light…

    She told me a story from her childhood. She thought it was late 30s and her family lived on a farm in Oklahoma. The house was four rooms — the kitchen, the living room and two bedrooms. The kitchen stove was on most of the time and there was a pot belly stove in the living room but wood had to be brought in for both these heat sources. She talked about how cold it was in the mornings before they got the stoves going. The particular snow storm she told me about was furious and the temps dangerous. They had to go by wagon almost two miles to the nearest pump that wasn’t frozen. They hand pumped the water and filled barrels of for the family and for the livestock — several times each day. They unburied the wood, chopped more… They unburied two new-born calves and were delighted to find them both alive inside their igloo of snow.

    Onandon she talked about a time that wasn’t all that long ago.

  2. Communication has certainly changed!

    In my lifetime we’ve come from waiting on the ‘party line’ to be available (and did every party line have one person who monopolized it?) to instantly communicating around the world.

    I remember my family’s first television. I was 7 or 8 years old. We watched what the parents choose. 😉

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      Oh, fnord, the memories…

      Party lines (yes, there was always someone monopolizing it, and often the same person would listen in when [generally] she couldn’t), the first television set (Black and White, of course) under exclusive parental control with the kids serving as the remote, power outages in bad storms, etc. The radio served as the primary source of entertainment and information (remember the Texaco sponsored airings of the Metropolitan Opera performances on Saturday afternoons, and Fred Huddleston doing the midnight news on KFH?), with the TV reserved for special things. We lived in the country for many years, with my primary escape being the books from the library that was open only three days a week (limit three books at any time, thank you), and school. Not longing for a return to those days, but it was a simpler time, to be sure.

  3. wicked

    LOVE the cartoon!! Oh, so true. 🙂

  4. In honor of Presidents’ Day, a slide show depicting presidential keepsakes that are lesser known than Lincoln’s top hat, Geo. Washington’s wooden teeth or Theo. Roosevelt’s glasses. On the same page look for the ‘unpresidential moments in presidential history’ slide show (just click on the picture of bush the lesser).


    • wicked

      I remember Nixon’s sock it to me. I was an avid R&M viewer. Even dled some great clips from YouTube the other day. I’ve met 2 of the old R&M cast, and my son-in-law has met 1–probably one of the best known.

  5. wicked

    Gerald Ford: Chevy Chase did him so well. 🙂