So as Tropical Storm Nestor pounds our neighborhood, I find myself remembering the storms of my childhood. That was long before technology had become a part of our daily lives, so a strong storm meant one thing: board games.
Do you remember sitting on the family room floor playing a fierce game of Monopoly or Risk? Those were two of my favorite rainy day games as you could play them for most of the day, and have fun while staying dry.
We didn’t have video games or Netflix, so we were content to play Life or Clue for hours even if the power was out. There was no complaining that there was nothing to do. We had games!
It was particularly fun in my family because we had six kids, so we didn’t even need friends to come over to enjoy the day. But if they did come by, the more the merrier!
What are you doing if you are feeling the effects of this storm? Go into your closet and get out a board game…
So, do people still have photo albums? It may be a silly question, but I ponder it because of technology. Photos can instantly be pulled up on our phones, or they can run on a loop on our computer or digital picture frame.
Lucky for me, Mom and Tammy are both avid scrapbookers. This is particularly advantageous during family reunion time. Hundreds of photos are taken during the reunion. Mom, Tammy, and other helpers pull together the most amazing memory book to be distributed the following year.
I recently pulled these books out of a cabinet and gave them a permanent home on my bedside table along with Mom’s Let’s Walk Down Memory Lane which I previously wrote about. I recognize that I can’t fully appreciate the value of these books if I don’t keep them in view. They’re now available for me to easily peruse anytime, but the memory books are also available to anyone else who may want to take a gander.
The memories pictured are priceless. Each family within our extended family has a designated section, and candid photos abound throughout. I can relive our gatherings anytime I want just by turning a page, and it’s such fun to see how everyone has grown and changed over time.
So a shout out to Mom, Tammy, and all those involved in making the memories come alive! Every family should have historians like you!
It’s amazing that by thinking up something that trends, even for a short period of time, you can make millions.
Such is the case with the Pet Rock creator, Gary Dahl. If you were around in the 1970s, you remember the Pet Rock. Dahl was inspired with the idea after hearing friends complain about their pets. He found the perfect pet in a “rock”. There’s no need to walk, feed, or bathe them, and they don’t get sick or die.
Dahl brilliantly marketed smooth stones from Rosarito Beach in Mexico as actual pets, with customized storage boxes, and “breathing holes” added to give it a more life like appearance. They were a hot commodity in 1975, but were only on point for about six months. At four dollars a pop, Dahl sold 1.5 million of the Pet Rocks, and they made him a millionaire.
Do you have an idea of something that might catch on? Take a shot…Even if it’s only big for a brief period, you could make a fortune.
So when I was a teenager, Saturday night often meant a trip to the movies with friends. But it was a different world then, and I wonder how teenagers can afford this fun activity on a regular basis today.
You see, in my day, going to the movies was fairly cheap. Tickets on a weekend night ran about four or five dollars maximum, and popcorn was far less expensive than it is now. Matinees were awesome as they cost no more than three dollars.
Now the price has gotten ridiculous. It costs $13.69 for one movie ticket, and don’t get me started on popcorn. (FYI: The large popcorn with two large drinks: $20.79.) Imagine young people trying to take out a date. Consider that a family of four could cost about $100 for the movie with all the fixings.
I think I’ll wait until the movie comes out on Netflix, or Hulu, or Amazon…
So we’re into August which means back to school shopping…Now, my kids are in college, so the whole frenzy doesn’t impact me. But my history as a classroom teacher and parent makes this a reflective time. Therefore during the next month or so I will sporadically address that monster known as “Back to School”.
The first item that comes to mind is markers. I have always been a Crayola fan because their colors are vibrant and they do not dry out as quickly as some other brands. But there is a particular type of marker that has gained favor and drives me crazy. The evil scented marker.
Why do these markers bother me so? It’s because they are very distracting to students during class. If a marker is needed, it cannot merely be opened and used. No, it must be smelled, and not just by the owner of said marker. Any student nearby wants to take a whiff as well. If collaboration is required, there is a rush to join the owner of those coveted markers. And there is always at least one student in a meltdown because he or she has only “ordinary” markers.
I respect every parent’s right to purchase whatever markers they desire for their child, but before you purchase, consider having a little empathy for the classroom teacher.
Back in the day, it cost a dime to make a phone call at a public payphone. Over time, the price went up to a quarter…I believe later it went even higher, but I have been a cellphone user for so long, I didn’t keep up with the payphone cost hikes.
Bottom line, those devices have gone the way of the dinosaur. For the most part…
Payphones still exist in airports, but the number is being steadily reduced as more and more people carry a phone at all times.
I recall in high school using the payphone to call Mom when I needed to be picked up after a track meet. If she wasn’t home, I hung out and tried again later. I couldn’t catch Mom on the road and say, “Swing by an get me when you finish at the market.” She didn’t have a cell phone. No one did.
Today, my kids shoot me a text when they need me. If I’m out and about, I just add them to my list of stops. It’s a different world now…