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Top ten list of things we might remember from our childhood

Greetings, readers. This top ten list was going to be a general list that anyone could relate to, but as the list got going, it seemed to get more specific to the time I was growing up. I’m 51 years old, so I think anyone around my age will be able to remember the same things.

#10. Mom or Dad would say, “Sorry, but we can’t do that. It’s a school night.” [There were many things I enjoyed doing, from playing ball outside to watching that 9:30 TV show, and there was always that cut-off time on school night.]

#9. Snow days. [During the cold snowy winters of the mid to late 70s, I eagerly anticipated each snow storm with the high hopes of those beloved snow days. I know we had to make up the days off from school at the end of the year, but to stay home, warm and cozy, was always fun.]

#8. Older cars and cheaper gas. [Back when American cars were big boats, with plenty of room and large gas tanks, no one thought anything of going for that long Sunday drive. Most big cars were fancy, stylish, and sounded cool. The cheapest gas I can remember was 40 or 50 cents per gallon. Yes that was more money back then, I know, but if you just look at the numbers compared to today you’d get a chuckle.]

#7. Saturday morning cartoons. [When I was a youngster, I could not wait for Saturday mornings. I would run downstairs, fill my cereal bowl, and plop in front of the TV to watch three hours of really good cartoons. The cartoons they make today are not nearly as entertaining to me and some Anime cartoons are quite violent. It is a pity that the Saturday morning cartoon is actually gone.]

#6. That disco craze. [The music of the 1970s was funk and disco. I don’t love all disco music, but some of my all-time favorite songs are from this genre.]

#5. Roller skating. [Before roller blading, there was roller skating. When I was a teenager, roller skating was just on the way out. There used to be a place called Sir Skate here in town that would do a whooping Friday and Saturday evening business. Lots of school kids could not wait to flock to the rink and skate the evening away to good music.]

#4. Going to a Friday evening movie or drive-in. [Many an evening was spent by me going to our local theaters and watching such hits as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1976 version of King Kong, Smokey and the Bandit, and of course, the original Star Wars. Ticket prices were cheap, as were the refreshments.]

#3. Baseball games on the radio. [This is more something of the 1940 and 50s craze, but I can still remember my mom listening to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the radio. In the mid 70s, one of our local TV stations starting showing the games and we began to watch instead of listen to them. My favorite radio announcer recently retired, the LA Dodgers’ Vin Scully.]

#2. Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, John Chancellor and Johnny Carson. [I always associated certain times of my life with certain celebrities. Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show was one of them. I would always watch his opening monologue on Friday nights when I could stay up later. My three favorite news anchors were Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite, and John Chancellor. Today the world is so depressing I no longer watch the news. Sorry current news anchors.]

#1. Holidays at home with family. [Some of my happiest memories are at Christmas time as a child. I enjoyed big Christmas trees, lots of presents, Christmas carols and a great holiday dinner. In elementary school of course my favorite part of that time was the holiday break. Three weeks of no school. Back then, yes, it was called Christmas vacation. So sorry for not being politically correct. Lol.]

There’s my list. If anyone has a question, comment or wishes to add your list, please feel free to do it here.

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

A low-key day, plus a movie

Greetings, readers. I just woke up from a nap and my eyes are killing me. Sometimes when I sleep my sinuses back up and put pressure on my eyeballs, causing pressure and blurriness. After a while, my vision goes back to normal. This phenomenon makes typing a problem to say the least, but I shall push on.

Yesterday’s entry about taking a favorite old TV show and writing an updated version of it got comments on Facebook, letting me know that two ideas I had are already in the works by other people. It figures. I told Rebecca yesterday that I will find a TV show or movie idea and reboot it and this news does not change my mind. Oh! But don’t worry, if an original idea also bonks me over my noggin’, I’ll most certainly add that to the list.

On to another topic. Today I’m finally going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I’m really looking forward to seeing a Star Wars film without most of the characters I know, such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I’m sure I’ll love it.

After I get home I shall call bingo, then I’ll watch a little bit of TV before going to sleep. Next Wednesday I plan on posting that top ten list I’ve been promising. 😉 So until then, take care, have a great weekend and happy reading.

David arrives tonight. Yay!

Greetings, readers. It has been a year and a half since my buddy and brother David has visited me from New Jersey. I always love it when he comes because we’ll sit and chat, get caught up, watch movies, and play video games. This time around I have some plans made for Friday and Saturday evening with friends whom David hasn’t seen in a number of years. Everyone is looking forward to it.

There’s always a lot to do to get ready for Dave but I love it. Being a bachelor, I sometimes let the place go and use the bedroom for storage. That has to change for five days. Now the question becomes, where do I put it all? Don’t worry, I’ll find a place. It’s not horrible swamped with stuff. After the Christmas season is over, I plan on doing a winter cleaning which will involve letting some things go that are dear to me. I don’t like it, I don’t think anyone likes it, but in a small apartment it is necessary. I already have a few ideas of items that will not make the cut, such as books and DVDs that I never use.

After David goes back home on Tuesday, I will meet my friend Jim as usual at Denny’s and then on Wednesday morning get ready for Rebecca to arrive and start another work week. It’s going to be a fast long weekend, and if it is anything like last time, I’m going to need a holiday from my holiday. That is fine with me because Dave and I are not the kind of people who just sit and let time go by, and call that a vacation. If I want to relax with a book or a meditation video, I can do that on my own time.

The last time Dave came, bizarrely enough, we watched Disney movies. I didn’t think I was going to like them. “Dave, these are for kids,” I said. We had a blast. I am hoping, however, that we chose something slightly different for our entertainment this time around. Netflix has lots to offer, and, of course, there is also the Big Ten championship game on Saturday.

Well, there’s what’s happening. We will have two more entries for you next week and I’ll share all the news from Dave’s visit. Until next week, have a wonderful weekend, take care, and happy reading.

From Rebecca: Frequency

I love stories about time travel. There is something about going back in time and changing history or someone’s life that just appeals to me. I love watching the set up events unfold and then watch for the changes after they have been altered. I can certainly think of a few decisions I would go back and change if I could – if I knew I would still meet the man who became my husband and that nothing bad would happen to my loved ones! Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I knew about my attention deficit disorder sooner or if I had taken library sciences classes in college. Would I have been able to improve the things in my life that went bad, or would I get to the same point eventually? There are a lot of books, movies, and TV shows about time travel and about changing life events (Stephen King has one out called 11/22/63 that I haven’t read yet but will soon), like The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Sliding Doors and Groundhog Day, and it is hard for me to pick a favorite. The one I picked to write about today is from 2000 and is called Frequency.

Frequency is about a family torn apart by tragedy and the lengths a father and son will take to make things right. It stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel as the Sullivan father and son. Dennis Quaid’s character is a fire fighter who dies in a warehouse fire when his son was a young boy. Jim Caviezel plays the son who grew up to be a police officer. One magical night they are both on the ham radio 30 years apart when a strange electrical storm in the sky links their signal and they talk to each other. The information the son gives the father changes their lives when he does not die in that fire, but something else happened that changed history, and the boy’s mother, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, is killed a few days later by a serial killer. The rest of the film goes from the father’s time to the son’s time as they both try to figure out what they did, save lives, and stop the murderer. It is both a thriller and an emotionally moving film. The tone was consistent the whole way through and events seemed to flow naturally out of what had already happened. I was very pleased with the ending.

Given my love for stories like this, it is no wonder that I enjoy and love this movie. I recommend it to anyone who is also drawn to the idea of fixing a mistake or communicating with someone who is gone. There are a lot of these stories out there, once you start looking.

From Rebecca: Steel Magnolias

I will be writing a series of blog entries about my favorite films; movies I like, enjoy, love, and/or that mean something to me. I am starting with the 1989 film Steel Magnolias.

I saw this film in the theater when it first came out, and I own it on DVD now. I have seen it a lot of times, including when it is shown on television. I love this movie and can quote whole chunks of it.

It is about a circle of woman friends sharing parts of their lives with each other, for comfort and support. It stars Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, and Daryl Hannah. It is about woman making mistakes and learning from them, making choices and living with the consequences, and the many faces of love. Love for a friend, love for an enemy, love for a husband, love for a child, love for a mother.

There is a particular scene with powerful performances from the actresses. It made me cry when I watched it in the movie theater and it still makes me cry every time I watch it. And then laugh. Those of you who have watched the film know the scene I mean. The first time I watched it, I was laughing so hard I missed a few lines of dialog. “Laughter through tears. That happens to be my favorite emotion.” – Dolly Parton as Truvy. (That is the basic quote – I may have botched it a little.)

This is also a film I can watch with my husband, who likes it too, and that makes it extra-special to me.

If you want to add anything about Steel Magnolias, or share with us you favorite films, feel free to leave us a comment. Joe and I will respond.