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Monday, June 26, 2017

Back from a road trip



I was doing fairly well keeping up with the blog on a recent road trip. I was gone for four days trying to drum up a little business for a side project. It was a good trip, but exhausting. My gimpy leg was about done it by the time I rolled into the driveway. All I was a good for was a bowl of ice-cream, a shower, and bed. Still feeling a bit of road burn this morning.

One good thing was being able to catch up on some old friends. I've very fortunate in that I've had a number of friends that go way back junior high school. Our lives have gone off in different directions, but we've made the effort to stay in touch.

Back in the bad old days before the Internet and phone deregulation, it was much harder. Today's social media generation will never understand what a big deal long distance communication was. Back in the bad old days we often kept in touch with actual physical snail mail letters. Most were handwritten. I was one of the few males of my generation who actually learn how to type in a high school class. There were thirty-eight girls and two boys in the class. Back then many of the guys wondered why I'd take such a course, but heck, I could do the math.

On-line communication has changed things, but nothing beats actually physically getting together.

I'm going to take it easy today, clean on the van, and catch up on rest.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. I took two years of typing in junior high because I figured I would need it for college - I was correct. I did not realize at the time I would also need it for my career, being on a computer nearly all day. So there is that.

    Get some rest !

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    1. I pretty much took the day off and caught up on rest.

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  2. Glad you got to see your friends. There's only one guy from the old days that I'm still in touch with.

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    1. Life happens. People change. Many move far away to distant jobs. Before you know it the years have slipped by.

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  3. Best part of any trip is coming home!

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    1. It felt darn good to pull into the driveway.

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  4. When I talk about long distance communication with adult kids today and they can’t believe what I tell them. I’m 71 now and back in 1954 my oldest brother was in the Air Force stationed in Japan. He liked Japan, a lot, and spent three terms there (9 years). I remember every Christmas he would call home (a Chicago country suburb), it was a real big deal then. We spoke over the Trans-Atlantic-Phone-Cable laid miles beneath the sea stretching from Europe to the USA. Amazing back then, kind of like landing on the moon. What I still remember most was the cost Mom and Dad talked about, the cost, it was $3.45 a minute! In 1954 that’s like $50.00 a minute today.
    We all need to step back and be grateful for the ease of everyday communicating today with friends and family.

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    1. It was expensive, but seemed like a miracle that it could happen at all. When everyone got e-mail it was amazing to me and I still don't take it for granted.

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