Sunday, January 3, 2021


Television sure isn't what it used to be!

Remember the good old days when it was either off or on?  How about being "the remote" for your parents?  How about the test pattern when the station signed off from the broadcast day with the national anthem? And I can't forget the responsibility of knowing the schedule for all stations.  CBS, ABC, and NBC.  That was long before Fox and etc, etc, etc.  My parents really appreciated that I could tell them what was on and when.

I remember the days when Saturday morning was the realm of Sky King, Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry, and many other wholesome heroes.  The Lone Ranger,  Marshall Jay, and Captain Kangaroo were also some of the clear "good guys" on TV.

The heroes were obvious and not just because they wore white hats.  They had principles and standards, they also knew that "right was right and wrong was wrong".  I miss the days when you knew who the good guys were.  I actually like my good guys without the flaws that most "heroes" of today's TV and movies have.

Anyway, I digress from the original point of my post.  TV is no longer by the airwaves, the cable is on the way out, but we now have streaming.

The point of this blog was actually to recommend a series available to anyone with CBS ALL ACCESS.  Having CBS All Access opens the door to the "Smithsonian" network.  I have been watching Aerial American and am hooked.  They give you a birds-eye view of each state accompanied by a narration of the highlights of the state and its history.  It is so very, very interesting.  Do yourself a favor and watch this very inspiring series.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

House Plant

When I was a kid, if my mother thought I was spending too much time indoors, she would tell me to go outside and not be a houseplant.  

I still spend a lot of time outdoors.  Don't want to be a houseplant!  Walking is a lifelong outdoor activity.  Most days, I walk between 4 and 5 miles.  Good thing, because I had an 8:00 AM haircut appointment this morning.  When I got in the car at 7:45 AM it would not start.  I called the saloon and said my car would not start and I could walk (it's only 1.25 miles away) but would be late and could they still see me.  The temp when I left home was 28 degrees, but no wind and sunshine.  In other words, a perfect winter day for a walk. 

Rex said he liked my haircut.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

I Miss Surfing!!!

I have been a channel surfer since they invented the term.  

Now with smart televisions and streaming, it just is not possible to channel surf.

I know that most people found channel surfing either rude or annoying.  But I liked it.  I miss it.

Does anyone else feel this way? 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Man Of His Word

"A Man Of His Word"

Let that sink in.  Close your eyes, let it sink in.  Really think about it.  Do you know anyone, male or female, that you would describe as "a man of his word"? 

When I was a kid, I heard people described with those words.  It was a time in history when you could trust people and believe that they would do what they said they would and when they said they would.

I don't find that to be the case anymore.  It is sad, it is worrisome, and it indicates that people no longer have any standards to which they hold themselves.  

So many times I have made decisions or plans based on what I was told by whomever.  Very frustrating for me.  I have also been disappointed by people for not doing what they say they are going to do and when they say they will.  I am either blessed or cursed with an excellent memory so I don't forget when commitments are made.

I am also amazed by people that are shocked when I do actually do what I say I am going to.  Like most people I fall down on the job sometimes, but not real often.  

My Dad was known as a hardworking, man of his word.  Maybe that is why it is so important to me.

There is only one thing any of us truly has in this world, and that is our word.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Toilet Paper

 Ya, I know, I know, it's 2020 and the last thing you want to hear about is toilet paper.  But I am going to write a toilet paper story anyway.

I am a female and, being a female, I use toilet paper every time I go to the bathroom.  I kind of get really, really pissed (no pun intended) if there is no toilet paper in the dispenser.

Let me give you an example of how upset I can get.

At the health club I belonged to several years ago, I entered a stall in the locker room and noticed there wasn't any TP.  No big deal, I used another stall.  Then I went to the desk and told the 2 employees there that there wasn't any TP in that stall.  Cool, they will get right on it.

After my workout, I went to use the bathroom and went into that stall.  Unfortunately, I didn't check first for TP.  There wasn't a note on the door saying it was out of TP.  Was I really, really pissed.  Oh ya!  At the desk, the story I got was they were out of TP and the other employee ran to get some.  So why no note?  No real answer.  So I said, you know what, because there was no TP, I now have piss dribble in my pants, and I don't like piss dribble in my pants.  Then I walked out the door.

Do you think they're still talking about the old lady that bitched about piss dribble?

Now let's go to the incident in Socorro NM.  

Socorro is right off the Interstate and I really had to go.  We stopped at the first place off the I.  For some reason, I happened to notice a sign on the window by the door.  I made a b-line for the ladies.  There was a lady in there washing her hands.

I went to a stall and went.  Damn, I had to go #2 and I didn't check for TP as is my custom.  I hate situations like this!!  I yelled out but I was the only one in the bathroom.  What do I do?  This is what I did.

I held my pants down below my knees and crab-walked to the next stall.  Guess What???  NO TP in the other stall either!  So I had to crab- walk to the sink (thank God no one came in) to get paper towels.  Did I want to put that in the wastebasket?  Absolutely not, but the alternative would be to flush it down the toilet and clog that.  Something I would never to no matter how pissed I am.

Now I am REALLY, REALLY PISSED.  I go storming out of the bathroom directly to the clerk and told him there was not 1 square of toilet paper in the ladies' room and that, that was unconscionable!

Unfortunately for her, the lady that was in the bathroom washing her hands was at the checkout.  I said she could have at least warned me.  I would have warned her.

Now, back to the noticed phone number.  I went out to the car, got my phone and called the manager.  I was not belligerent, or unreasonable.  I just told them how unacceptable it is to not have any TP in the ladies' room.

Do you think they still remember the old lady that had a fit over toilet paper?

P.S.  If I come to your house, please have toilet paper in reach.