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Thank goodness for honest people

Greetings, readers. Yesterday I had something happen to me which turned out okay, but boy could it have been a lot worse. I took Traci on an errand in a Zipcar. When we returned, I failed to check the back seats. Oops. I left something behind. Rather valuable, I might add.

What’s more, I didn’t even know I was missing it until I got a call. Fortunately, my name was on the item. Thank you to that honest person who put effort into getting the missing item back to me. This morning, I was able to retrieve it bright and early. This experience did bring to mind a comparison to my mom. I started to think, in all the years I knew her, did she ever make a mistake like that? Not that I can recall. Mom was always so careful. She made lists, checked things twice, checked every nook and cranny of a rental car; Mom was right on top of things. Me, not so much.

Needless to say, last evening I was a bit down, and called brother and buddy David for a pick me up. He, as always, was quick to provide one. He pointed out that I am more like my mom than I think, because of my generous nature, and how much I like to help people. The big difference is her mind like a steel trap, mine is like a bowl of oatmeal. Yes, working three crossword puzzles a day had advantages for my mother.

I’ve already figured out how I am going to combat this issue next time I take a Zipcar. I will either not take anything with me, or I’ll put it in the front passenger’s floorboard where it will be easily seen. Like people say, out of sight equals out of mind.

There are other things I can and will do to make me a little more like Mom. I’m continuing to peak and tweak my morning routine and I’m doing a fair job of going to bed early. Sometimes, though, that YouTube movie or Star Trek episode calls my name too loudly and I have to stay up an extra hour or so. Happily though, I am no longer a night owl, which Mom never was.

Rebecca and I will have another blog entry for you tomorrow. I am slightly under the weather, and if the situation gets worse I’ll type it in myself and have Rebecca stay home.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a wonderful day, and happy reading.

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No blog entry today…, April Fools!!! :-D

Greetings, readers. I just couldn’t resist that title. I used to love April Fools day until a school chum played a prank in one of our classes. He put glue on a few chairs. I wasn’t one of the poor unfortunate people whose pants were ruined, but I still thought it was a terrible joke to play.

Being picked on in school a bit, I was never one to pull pranks on others. I treated kids like I wanted to be treated. Did it work? For the most part it did. My mom got me one time. She came into my bedroom, just before the alarm went off, and told me that there wasn’t any school that day. She let me jump for joy for a good 30 seconds before giving me the smile and yelling, “Gotcha! April Fools.” Needless to say, I wasn’t amused.

Well, Rebecca is still under the weather, but she’ll be back on Wednesday. I’m not sure what our topic will be, but I’m certain we’ll come up with something interesting. Until then, have a great weekend, take care & as always, happy reading.

 

From Rebecca: Time for the new fall season on network television

Every fall the big networks start a new season for their programs, with new projects they bought from pilot episodes in the spring, and with the next season of shows renewed from last season. A new line-up, new schedule, and new stories. I get so excited. I get the TV Guide magazine, and for the last few years in September, they have covered the new shows in one issue and covered the returning shows in the next. I read these issues with marker in hand, seeing which shows I’m interested in and which I’m not, noting the day of the week they will be on and when they start. This year was no different, and I have enjoyed the shows that have premiered so far. More premiers to come in the weeks ahead.

The new fall season is a tradition I have followed since I was a child and teenager. TV was a lot different back then, with only three major networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC plus PBS. Not every household got every channel though, because of using an antenna that might not receive them all. If you watched TV, you watched shows from their line-ups, and chances were high that your neighbors and co-workers watched the same thing the night before. No VCRs or other recording devices, so we watched shows as they aired or we missed them. Well, until re-runs in the summer, when networks would often repeat the just-finished season of a show to fill the slow summer schedule.

We would often watch one channel the whole evening, like CBS’s Monday night line-up, or NBC’s Thursday block of shows. Some of the shows I watched back then were Cagney & Lacey, All in the Family, M.A.S.H., Wonder Woman, Hill Street Blues, and Masterpiece Mystery.

In the 80s and 90s, other channels launched, some successful and some not. UPN, Fox, WB, CNN, HBO. Now we have hundreds of channels to choose from, depending on our cable package, and more shows than we can keep up with. We also have new shows all year round, not just in the fall, from this array of cable networks. This influenced the major networks to also run new shows in the spring and the summer. Shows I watch now, from my choices of network and cable channels, are The Good Wife, Modern Family, Mom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Doctor Who, Face Off, Downton Abbey, and Major Crimes.

In last few years, the field of choices has grown again, as the internet sprouted sites for web-shows with original content that did not start on television or a television network. Hulu, Netflix, and other sites have followed with original content of their own that can be streamed and watched on whatever electrical device we have. This can be exciting, but also overwhelming, and no one can watch everything that is available.

So I am glad that the major networks, now CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, with PBS and CW, still have the fall season, with new shows and new seasons for the returning programs. Though they space out the premiers a lot more than they did, and some shows don’t premier until January, it is still a fresh start and a definite new slate. One of my favorite traditions.