|I could only WISH...for BOTH.|
It's also the LAST day of my 62nd year on this earth, for all that's worth. My, how the time does fly. But, let's not dwell.
Our Hoosierland weather has us kicking off the weekend with some really NICE conditions outside.
We're looking at mostly sunny skies, temps in the upper-70s with some mild breezes.
Can't ask for a better day...well, if it was raining $100 bills on my PATIO, I might call THAT better.
In any event, let's get this week's end off and running with a nice refreshing morning beverage, as we see what's been going on and what we can expect over the next 72 hours, shall we?
*** First out of the bakery is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
August 21 -
---Today is (OMG - LMAO)...NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY.
|Not exactly "American Gothic"...|
---It's also NATIONAL SPUMONI DAY
---And, it's BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT DAY
HEAD...just so we're clear here...lol)
*** And since it's the weekend, let's see what's in store for the next two days:
August 22 -
---Saturday is NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY
THE ROCK will be stopping by?)
---And, it's NATIONAL PECAN TORTE DAY
THIS the best you can come up with?
---It's also my frigging birthday...number 63 to be exact.
(don't worry, we DO have an extinguisher handy and the FWFD is on speed-dial)
August 23 -
---Sunday is NATIONAL RIDE WITH THE WIND DAY
SONG in there someplace - like the wind, with the wind, against the wind...pass the wind... whatever)
---And, it's NATIONAL SPONGE CAKE DAY
Sorry, I'll be busy working on a chocolate one from the day before.
And there you have it, for all it's worth. Enjoy.
*** What say we forego all the bad crap out there (just for today)?
In it's stead, let's finish up the retrospect and have a look at some of the "odds and ends" that occurred in my birth year of 1952.
|Comes in a BOTTLE?|
--- Cancer, tooth decay and the common cold will be conquered.
(swing and a miss)
-- -Body parts will be regenerated.
(not there quite yet)
--- The solar system will be explored.
|One in a row.|
(and we know how GOOD that;s been)
--- Communism will not exist.
|Oh, they just changed the NAME.|
(it sure isn't as CHEAP as it was)
--- Your home phone will record messages, answer simple queries and transmit images.
Nice to know we got a couple right.
|Nailed THAT one down.|
(now, it just means TWO things that usually piss ME the hell off...LOL)
"Flaked out" meant you were tired.
|One flake's as good as the next.|
sugar - $.10 per lb
coffee - $.77 lb
Swiss cheese - $.55 (lb)
butter - $.85 (lb)
haircut - $1.00
Ivory soap - $.05 (bar)
45 RPM record - $.89
hockey game - $.70
movie - $.50 (adults), $.20 (children)
water heater - $76.95
hand cream (ladies) - $.98
private college (yearly) - $900.00
airfare (NY to L.A. - round trip) - $160.00
Buick (2 door, brand new off the showroom floor) - $2457.00
|That's a LOT of metal for the money!|
|And a lot of BIKE for the money, too.|
YEAR...back THEN! Now, times that by 63 years = 47.25 MILLION since I was born)
|Things that make you go...|
---For the first time in our nation's history, BREAD will be "standardized", according to a guideline issued under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
(yes, we had overreaching government back THEN, too)
---The number of foreign students studying in the U.S. hits an all-time high of 30,000
---The U.S..Navy is as large as all the OTHER navies of the world combined, according to the publication Jane's Fighting Ships (London).
ONE gallon of gas, to win the annual mileage marathon.
(top THAT you hybrid-lovers)
---The average car lasts 12 years and is good for 100,000 miles
(tell that to those who STILL OWN a car from 1952).
---With more than 300 titles, COMIC BOOKS continue to be the biggest newsstand grosser (and at TEN CENTS, that was a helluva bargain!)
---Last. but not least, the NY Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the World Series in baseball.
|Don't think that was CHRIS Martin.|
I hope you found it enlightening and as much fun as I had researching it to bring it to you.
"WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED to THOSE days?", doesn't it?
(many of those are already in jail, too)
My Dad used to tell me that "Life is only as hard as you make it"., and I've tried my best to NOT make it so difficult, that I could not manage it.
Sure, there are the external sources that impact on our lives, and we can't avoid those, but we can always attempt to work THROUGH such times.
I've had jobs I left out of conviction and conscience, and other jobs that left me...that's the way life works.
Whatever traits you are born with, and are nurtured by good parents and mentors as you grow up, never leave you, even if you try to hide them under a rock because of peer-pressure or whatever else comes along.
I was never one that knuckled under to that crap, at least not to the degree where I sacrificed who I was in the process.
We were all a bit rebellious in our own way, and yet never to the extent that it caused harm to ourselves or others...or reflected poorly on our families.
Call me old-fashioned...I don't care.
All I know is that whatever I was taught...stuck, like gum to the bottom of a shoe.
And, I've got a lot of folks to thank for that, as well as a certain "higher authority", who I hope I didn't piss off THAT much in the years I've been here.
God knows I'm far from perfect, and will always fall short of HIS glory, but I will never stop trying.
And perhaps that is part of the wonder of our lives - the ability to NOT give in and NOT give up, even if the odds seemed stacked against us.
In spite of whatever may come along, you have to admit that life is one helluva ride...good, bad, or indifferent, eh?
The next time we meet (here) I will be another year older, and hopefully another year wiser.
Do have yourselves a good weekend.
Stay SAFE out there, America.