Past And Black and White TV (S547b)
From: rfslick on 7/7/2007
You could hardly see
for all the snow.
Spread the rabbit
ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to
the TV set, and let's remember our past.
used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board
with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.
My Mom used to defrost
hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school
sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack
coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli
cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was
the school PA system.
We all took gym, not
PE.. and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn
instead of having
cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light
reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because
they tell us how much safer we are now.
all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine
pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
Flunking gym was not
an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than
Speaking of school,
we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention
after school caught all sorts of negative attention.
have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had
then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.
I thought that I was
supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.
can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo,
X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.
Oh yeah... and where
was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could
have been killed!
'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites,
and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome
(kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then
we got our butt spanked.
Now it's a trip to
the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics,
and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly
vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt
spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.
I recall Donny Reynolds
from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just
before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our
house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof.
It was a neighborhood run amuck.
it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from
a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?
We needed to get into
group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped
by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country
wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?
Night, David. Good Night, Chet."