"Backyard Mechanic" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> "Jim Higgins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 'They are like walking cyborgs with all these things attached to them.
> have become functional. They are not statements anymore. Electronics are,'
> he said.
> Lord agrees: 'Young people do not have that same set of cultural signs.
> Their cultural landscape is about technology and the internet, not about
> convertibles and driving across America.' UnQuote
> And they see nothing wrong in being told what they think.
> Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
> you pay..DEAL with it!
Those kids have no idea what The Mother Road is or was-nor do they care. It
is so sad to see icons disappearing and no one caring.
Pause Here For Nostalgia: (author uncertain)
For All Those Born Before 1945
WE ARE SURVIVORS !!! Consider the changes we have witnessed. We
were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen
foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the PILL. We were
before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball point pens,
before panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air
conditioners, drip-dry clothes---and before man walked on the moon.
We were married first and then lived together. How quaint can
you be? In our time closets were clothes, not for "coming out of". Bunnies
were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer Jeans were
scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship
meant getting along well with our cousins.
We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and Outer
Space was the back of the Drive-In-Theater.
We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual
careers and commuter marriages. We were before day-care centers, group
therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric
typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing
earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness-not computers or
condominiums. A chip meant a piece of wood; hardware meant hardware, and
software wasn't even a word.
In 1948, "made in Japan" meant junk and the term "making out"
referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant coffee
were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10-cent stores,
where you bought things for five and ten cents. Sanders or Wilson sold ice
cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel you could ride a street
car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and
two post cards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could
afford; a pity too, because gas was $0.11 a gallon!
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, GRASS was mowed,
COKE was a cold drink, and POT was something you cooked in. ROCK MUSIC was
Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principals office.
We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes
was discovered, but we were surely before the sex change; we made do with
what we had!
And we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you
needed a husband to have a baby! No wonder we are so confused and there is
such a generation gap today.
BUT WE SURVIVED!!!!! WHAT BETTER REASON TO CELEBRATE?
If you don't feel like a crusty anachronism-I do and am proud of it.