So let’s examine classes that used to be offered in high school, but went the way of the dinosaur. One class that comes to mind is typing. It is perhaps the most useful class I ever took. Why? Because I type in my everyday life, whether at work or during leisure time. Don’t you?
The speed with which I type, thanks to that long ago class in high school, helps me complete my feedback within the five minutes I have between online classes I teach. In my daily research, I can easily find information because I type quickly and with minimal errors. Even communicating via e-mail is smoother because of this one class from so long ago.
I recognize there are online keyboarding lessons one can take, but they don’t compare to what we had back in the day. I feel bad for those that struggle to type with two fingers rather than both hands. Since we are so dependent on technology, they should offer that one class that improves overall efficiency when using said technology.
So Sammy and Ethan are registering for their classes for spring semester. If you were in school when I was, you remember standing in line, after line, after line to register. I’m not kidding. Nothing was computerized, so you had to stand in one line to add a class, another line to drop a class, and all of the lines were LONG! One could spend hours in line trying to register and getting into the classes you wanted was often a pipe dream because by the time you got to the front of the line, your desired classes were often full. So it was on to another line.
Sammy and Ethan have it so easy. They enter information into the computer such as their available days and times for classes and what classes are desired. Presto! The computer spits out a long list of options for them. They can be registered in minutes.
So Ethan told me a funny story yesterday after we watched a replay of the latest South Park episode. Apparently at the 2000 Oscars Trey Parker was nominated for the song Blame Canada. Being the constant jokers that they are, Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to channel their inner JLo and Gweyneth by wearing replicas of previously worn red carpet looks.
But it gets better. Parker and Stone also decided it would be a fun idea to drop some acid before the big event. During the red carpet interviews it was apparent they were under the influence of something, but they smartly decided to respond to all questions about their attire with, “It’s such a beautiful night.”
Ethan showed me video from the event, and it was really funny to watch. The only downside Parker and Stone later shared was that they found themselves coming down from the acid in the middle of the Academy Awards and discovered the event was rather boring.
Unfortunately, Trey Parker did not take home the statue and he and Stone have yet to return to the big event. They weren’t sure if their presence was appreciated. Besides, they find the variety of MTV awards to be far more exciting.
So now that we’ve run into November, all of the holiday commercials have started. But here’s the one that has me perplexed:
As we all know, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year falling on the day after Thanksgiving. So this year that date is November 29th.
Many stores are advertising Black Friday prices starting now! Why bother having Black Friday if you can get the deals 27 days ahead of schedule.
Perhaps it’s because Thanksgiving falls so late this year, that the shops are trying to maximize on the dollars in a tighter period of time. Or maybe they are trying to appeal to shoppers like me, who normally do not brave the crowds on Black Friday. Either way it’s just odd to see those adds so early in the season.
So Floridians don’t have much use for the traditional fireplace. The closest we tend to get is outdoor fire pits that we enjoy when the weather gets nippy outside. This morning, I woke up to the first hint of autumn in Florida, and it got me thinking about my younger days living up north.
There was nothing nicer than Dad building a fire on a cold, snowy day. It wasn’t just the warmth that made the fireplace so lovely. Remembering the smell of burning wood and the popping sound of the fire just makes me feel cozy, even today.
Close your eyes and think about Sunday football and crackling embers. Ahhh, memories…
So tonight is Halloween, and the kids will be knocking on your door with adorable or scary costumes, smiling faces, and a gleeful “Trick or Treat!” Are you ready? Do you have enough candy?
If you’re like many people, you HAD enough candy. Because if you bought treats too early, you may be just about out by now. Oh, it’s not only you who has enjoyed them. Your husband, your kids, and their friends have all noshed on those sweet goodies ahead of the big night.
So dash out to market to pick up more bonbons. I’ll see you there, along with the rest of the neighborhood.
Ahhhh…Halloween! I remember it well from my childhood. You see, Halloween was very different when I was a kid.
Back in the day, we didn’t buy costumes, and we came up with them on our own. It was always easy to create a pirate, gypsy, ghost, or vampire costume without having to make a trip to the store. We loved raiding Mom and Dad’s closets for accessories to complete our spooky look. Once adorned, we would set out for fun with our friends.
We didn’t even go out trick or treating until it was dark, and we went everywhere! We weren’t limited to staying in our own neighborhood, and adults didn’t need to accompany us. We felt safe exploring new areas and were comfortable accepting homemade treats: candied or caramel apples, Rice Krispies treats, brownies, or cookies…Some residences had hot apple cider waiting and makeshift haunted houses. It was safe to go in and hear the scary music and squeals from our friends. We stayed out late and felt free to sample some of our goodies before reaching home. When the evening ended we were exhausted but full of stories to share.
I know kids today enjoy Halloween, but there was something extra special about the event before times changed and everyone had to be so cautious. I’m not recommending that kids do Halloween the way we did. Those days of total freedom on October 31st are long gone. It’s fun to reflect back on it though…