Friday, January 29, 2016

if anybody has invented a time machine, give me a lift back to the 50's .


  1. The second video of him singing the closing theme was awesome.

    1. Yeah, I liked that but I always think of him and "Edith" when I hear that song, so I chose the clip from the show.

  2. Life has just become way too complicated. I long for a more simple time.

    1. Everybody our age does, I'm sure. I think it's part of the cycle of life. But it could also be that life is truly more complex and harder to navigate for each generation. Whatever the case, I'm sure not fond of the time I live in now.

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    1. I think it was. During the 1950's we were at the pinnacle. But we've been going down hill ever since. The 1960's were not a very good time, either for me personally or for the country in general. Race riots, left wing riots in the streets, and the real start of government gun grabbing.

      I was a young kid when the 50's ended but I still remember the feel of it.

  4. Hey Harry,


    No' I did not spend money in Roswell but the U.F.O. (United Fruitcake Outlet) was a fun place to shop for teacup saucers (not the flying kind)

    Heres the cartoon from the 50's that talked about communism and its evil benefits


    That's the title above.

    just copy and paste into the youtube search and hit enter.
    I know its a weird title, and theres some weird guy talking for about 10 seconds but then the cartoon will start and its worth the effort. Trust me!

    I was talking to a friend of mine about the pitfalls of obamacare.
    One unexpected result will happen if rates and fines for obamacare skyrocket that will force many American women out of the workforce and into the 'oldest profession'

    Of course I am being sarcastic. I don't want that to happen but obamacare will cause a lot of 'creative ways to make money'

    Oh' Yeah Harry. I could see living in the 1950's.

    1. That boat has sailed. At least I got in on the cruise
      I'll take a look at the cartoon. Maybe Obama care will go away, who knows.

    2. on obamacare, just heard that the insurance we have is denying claims left and right. we cannot afford the doc bills ourselves so will have to limp along.
      i don't think i can keep on without the allergy shots. 20 $ a go , 3 times a week, esp. in the heavy pollen days.
      waiting to see what else they will deny as husband is taking cancer treatment and i need a hip replacement. probably a wheel chair will be cheaper. we just cannot take on any more bills at present.
      damn the greedy!

  5. I'd sooner go back to the 60's when I was growing up.

    The Space Age!

    Big-Block Corvettes!

    And that sweet little chick who lived down the street from me......

    1. Dr. Jim, I mostly have negative memories of the 1960's. The race riots, the disruption in the country over the Vietnam war, the onset of federal attempts to limit the 2nd amendment. Lyndon Johnson and "The Great Society". I went through high school in the 60's and that wasn't the greatest experience for me. Sounds like your experiences were far better than mine on a personal level!

    2. I graduated high school in 1969, so I went through all of that, too, Harry, but was maybe a couple of years younger than you.

      My junior year (1968) Social Studies teacher organized a field trip up to Chicago so we could go the the Democratic National Convention, and see "Real Democracy in action!", his words, not mine.

      It was the first time I ever smelled tear gas, and I'll never forget it.

      I had friends who were drafted right after graduation in the summer of 1969, and several never made it back home.

      Those who did were "different", and although I supported them as my buddies the best I could, it was something I didn't understand until much later in life, after a few of them started to open up. It explained a lot to me about why my Dad would be talking about his time in WWII, and then just suddenly clam up.

      And the riots after Dr. King was killed weren't fun, either. The 13% crowd, who were bussed in from the other side of town under federal and state mandates, ripped my high school to shreds for several hours until the cops could get there. The cops were pretty busy on the other side of town, so we had to wait. This was before the current "Shelter in place" nonsense, and most of us who lived withing walking distance just took off towards home. Much damage in the library, of all places, and the music rooms. The band and orchestra practice rooms had a staggering amount of damage done to the musical instruments, for what reason I don't care to elaborate here.

      Being a person who "doesn't go to stupid places, hang out with stupid friends, or do stupid things", I avoided any violent encounters with the 13% crowd, although some of my female classmates weren't so lucky.

      So yep, I remember the bad, along with the good. I guess in "my" 1960's world the bad gets filtered out, while the good shines through.

      Too bad we can't filter out, and permanently remove, the bad we both went through....

    3. I had trouble with my dad through the last part of the sixties. He was very strict and very Southern Baptist. We clashed over a lot of things. It finally ended up with him and me duking it out in the hallway of the house and me joining the Marines. High School just sucked. No other way to put it. I was conservative even then, and people who were too young , unlike you and I, don't remember the intensity of that war in every little town.

      My brothers and I had to go on a church trip to San Francisco in the late 1960's. Our little group of "country bumpkins" got jumped by a bunch of blacks. The other "Christians" ran like hell but my two brothers and I fought the bastards. I still have an indentation in my scalp from being kicked in the head by a "brudda" will metal tips on his shoes. We got the hell beat out of us, and got robbed. I remember waking up in the street by the sidewalk while the "locals" just walked on by unconcerned.

      Just don't have many good memories of those days. Sounds like we both had negative experiences but you seem to have handled it better. I never forget or forgive. Ever.

    4. I got along fine with my parents during that time. I was always the "good kid", with excellent grades, never got in "trouble", and stayed out of the bad places in town.

      My wife has a saying she learned from her Mom: "Why Borrow Trouble", and it fit me perfectly even though I'd never heard it.

      My Dad worked in Chicago, and knew the city very well. If I was going there with friends, he'd always ask where, and would give us a route to get there that avoid all the rotten spots in Chicago, and there were huge areas of the city, even back then, that you just didn't go to, even in daylight.

      The only "iffy" place he was OK with was the Warshawsky/JC Whitney store, and the first time I went there, I could see why. Make ONE wrong turn and you'd be in a 'free fire' zone!

      Look up "South Side of Chicago", and you'll know what I mean.

      I was conservative back then, too, and was always called a "Hawk" by my artsy-fartsy friends. I thought Barry Goldwater would have made a good President, and despised LBJ, just like Dad did.

      As far as "Forgive and Forget", well, it depends on the circumstances. There were a few people that I considered good friends that I just wrote-off after they pulled some shit on me.

      And I've made very good friends with people that are night-and-day different from me. It just depends on the person.

    5. I look at it like this. If you put your hand on the stove and get burned, that's life. But if you do it again, that's stupidity. That's one reason I'm not willing to cozy up to the idea of flooding the country with Moslems.

      It's a matter of personal life experience and a persons own inclinations, I guess.

      I'd have voted for Goldwater too. I remember him well. LBJ was a disaster, worse than Jimmy Carter. It's like a German General once said.

      "General Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord, the present chief of the German Army, has a method of selecting officers which strikes us as being highly original and peculiarly un-­Prussian. According to Exchange, a Berlin newspaper has printed the following as his answer to a query as to how he judged his officers: “I divide my officers into four classes as follows: The clever, the industrious, the lazy, and the stupid. Each officer always possesses two of these qualities.

      Those who are clever and industrious I appoint to the General Staff. Use can under certain circumstances be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and lazy qualifies for the highest leadership posts. He has the requisite nerves and the mental clarity for difficult decisions. But whoever is stupid and industrious must be got rid of, for he is too dangerous.”

      LBJ was stupid and industrious.

      Sounds like your dad and you had a good relationship. Mine was not so good with my father, but it all worked out in the end.

    6. I'm in favor of freezing ALL immigration, and putting some serious standards in place like requiring applicants to speak, read, and write English.

      NO "anchor babies", NO grandma and grandpa, and 9th cousins, etc.

      FULL immunizations, and proof they either have or can get a job.

      And knock off this shit with these "H1B" visas. There's too many unemployed high-tech Americans to say there's a shortage....

  6. Me, too. We could go together and share expenses.

    1. I'd go in heartbeat. Life back then was clear river, and today it's an elephant mud hole.

    2. Yeah, they were happy days for me, but as a rebellious teen, didn't appreciate what we had then.

    3. I look back at my teenage years and I can hardly remember them now. Just flashes, really. For years I've tried not to remember them and I guess you can't reverse the process.

  7. Harry - i'd like to go back to the pioneer days of canada. we're talking "courrier des bois" days....1550's and the like. jambaloney has "courrier des bois" in his blood - and i have the makings of being able to do with much less technology and having a bit of the pioneer spirit in me, too. even tho i am a woman!

    but because of where i grew up (cape breton island), which is about 40yrs behind the rest of the civilized world - a lot of my 60yr old colleagues at work (when i was 20) couldn't understand how we had such similar growing up experiences! i always explained that my island was 40yrs behind the rest of the world so i could understand coal stoves, illegal coal mines in your backyard, stills and moonshine, handing clothes from one child down to the next, mending clothes, fixing tools, etc., etc.

    it's why i have no problem washing clothes by hand and preserving food that you grew yourself.

    don't get me wrong - i love new fangled gadgets. but i believe that all of this technology came out of the 50's. so i would like to go back way before the age of industrialization. i am not so fond of the 50's - i don't like how the people were raised then even if they were still taught manners. they were also taught tv as babysitters and that a good gov job would get you a pension for the rest of your life. and now those people have it and the younger people, who are in their teens and early 20's are screwed. no, i don't like the 50's. i call it "the age of entitlement rewarded, and sucking dry everyone after them".

    no i would prefer to send jambaloney out in his canoe to catch fish and beavers, hunt moose and deer...and trade with the algonquin and mi'kmaq that lived in this area for thousands of years. and being that they were so welcoming to the white man- i am sure that they could teach me the ways and hows of growing, foraging and storing food.

    again - i do not like the 50's. i believe that THAT is where the idea of entitlement, supermarkets, and modern conveniences began.

    a bit of a sentimentalist am i?

    sending much love and catching up on all of your posts (we didn't have power or internet for 2 days!!! didn't faze us a bit!)

    sending much love, as always, to you and yours! your friend,

  8. Too bad you don't like the 50's, Kymber. You'd look mighty fine in a poodle skirt, tight sweater, and bobby socks.

    I liked the 50's, because I can remember it enough to know that there was a lot more security for people then, and a sense of belonging that's totally absent now. But that doesn't mean that I'd go back to that time if I could choose a time. I think I'd have liked the early years of the Roman Empire, after Julius finally did in the Republic and Octavian was still running the show, before the bad emperors.

    Sorry you had no power for two days. I have to get my generator up and running again, I hate no electricity. I wanted to work on it today, but there's been so much else to do on the good weather days lately I never got the chance. Supposed to get cold again tomorrow.

    Weren't the Algonguin like the Iroquois, nasty buggers that burnt people at the stake and ravished the women then made slaves out of them? I get the forest tribes mixed up but most of them would have made the Apaches blanch from what I've read.

    I don't think I would have done well in that environment. I'd be too worried about Les Savage Rouge roaring out of the tree line.

  9. I remember this show! It still plays on one of the off stations. I catch it at times, but usually I watch Family Ties on there. That's more of what I grew up with.

  10. Home in the family was pretty popular. Even then political correctness was in full swing and Archie said outloud what a lot of people were thinking.