Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Little More Humor

Hey Mary.....are you trapped in snow? HELLLLOOOOO! We'd love to hear from you!

I received this tidbit of humor from a Huntsville friend and thought you might enjoy reading "how far we've come" since the 80's.

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing they walked twenty-five miles to school every morning UP hill... barefoot... in the snow....BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda. And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids...about how hard I had it, and how easy they've got it! But now that I'm over the ripe old age of 40, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today....they've got it so easy! I mean, compared to our childhood, they live in a Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up the card catalogue!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter....with a pen! Then you had to put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!
There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If you wanted to "steal" music, you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and then the DJ usually talked over the beginning and messed it all up!
We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, yo mama, your boss, a collections just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600...with games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on tv! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your rear and walk over to the tv to change the channel. And there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little punks.
We didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something, we had to use the stove ... imagine that!
That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980's and 70's!


Monday, January 5, 2009

Online Reunion

About a year ago, a fellow parishoner introduced me to Facebook. I didn't think much about it. I setup a page with limited personal information and in the months to follow, I'd receive that occasional email from Facebook indicating a friend was wanting to add me as their friend to their page.

Well people, let me tell you....I never gave Facebook serious attention until Christmas break. At the beginning of December, I might have had five (5) friends listed on my page. Then during the break, I get an email from Facebook saying Jill Bowerman wants to add me as her friend. Not only did I say "yes", but I actually spent some time on Facebook and was excited to see (and find) so many familiar faces from SHS. In this two week period, my "friend count" has climbed from 5 to 76. I've touched base with folks I haven't seen in over 20 years...even my first teacher crush - Mr. Menking (I know Monica Brawner will get excited on that one).

So take a few minutes and see who you can reunite with. From my experience, you can pull up names without a Facebook account; however keep in mind the info you find will be limited, and there's always the possibility that a person's page is set so that you can only view it if you have an account.

I'm excited about this online tool. It's a great way to stay connected with those we hold close in our hearts and memories.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2009.