Sunday, January 19, 2014

A non-cable life

Living on a fixed income has some benefits. Now some might think this is not a benefit, but indeed I find it delightful. One of the cuts I had to make in my daily living was doing away with cable TV. I wasn't too upset, because I find little enjoyable to watch with all of the channels available on cable. Thus I went back to the bare roots of television. The old antenna. Well, the old antenna has been improved to do some long range searching which gives me a few more channels even though at time they fade in and out. I just make up the dialogue I missed and continue on with the viewing. Makes for creative watching.

I love memories awakened by old shows. I grew up on shows that were already old when I was a kid. Roy Rogers movies, Hopalong Cassidy, my sister's favorite. Old reruns of black and white movies. I didn't care. They were all fascinating entertainment to this little kid.

Saturday mornings meant Rin Tin Tin and Fury. Sunday night was Disney and Lassie. My Three Sons, Perry Mason, Mom's favorite Lawrence Welk were evening shows. We watched them all with regularity. Anticipation filled the house when Show of Shows was about to come onto the screen.

This morning I'm down with a bad back. It's Sunday morning so lots of old time TV is happening. I watched Richard Greene in Robin Hood. It was a favorite when I was a kid. I never missed. The show that followed caught me by surprise. A show I had completely forgotten about. Circus Boy. Until I looked it up, I didn't know that Micky Dolenz (of the Monkee's) played the main role of Corky. Noah Beery, Jr., Sterling Holloway, the voice of Winnie the Pooh and many other Disney characters, were part of the cast. An interesting side bar: Micky Dolenz was given guitar lessons during the show's run so he could do publicity tours with Bimbo the elephant, playing the guitar and singing.

I wonder what other treasures I will discover from this black and white era. How I would love to find the old movie with Sabu the elephant boy. Maybe even a few Douglas Fairbanks movies with him flying across the screen. Just a woman with a bad back looking further back for memories filled with smiles. Hm....Ding, Dong School, The Gale Storm Show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, Our Miss Brooks, Topper, Thin Man, Tom Terrific. Shows forgotten until a little memory comes to light. Loving this non-cable life.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Just a blink

A customer came up to the counter. I wished her a happy new year. She looked at me and said, "The time is going faster. Would you believe that even my grandson told me that he thought the same and he is only in his thirties." I would believe it. My son has said the same. Thus I can't blame it on age.

Oh, yes, time is going faster. I feel it constantly this slipping away of hours and days. What was once a 365 days seems only a couple of months long. What makes this time spin and twirl away from us?  Maybe it is an awareness we stumble upon that gives us pause to consider this flying time. In the blink of an eye.

My mother's words stay inside this head of mine echoing again and again. "It all went so fast." So are we so busy living that we forget to take time to meditate, take deep breaths, realize the essence of each moment?  Because of my mother's words, I have learned to appreciate each day and each person in that day. In the blink of an eye.

Part of what is happening is this age of technology. The days of long visits and cherished long distance phone calls have been changed instead to instant gratification. The phone goes where we go, and we text with great speed. We Skype and have face time. That voice on the other end of the line is replaced by words on a screen. Now I'm not complaining. Our intelligence, our search for knowledge, that drive to create bring on progress, inevitable progress. We can't stop that yearning to learn, to improve. It's human nature. Yet, the richness of what went before is being lost in the race forward. I'm as guilty as the next person. Perhaps that is why I write of the life I knew. It is a way to preserve and record a slower time when face time consisted of people in the same room.

Technology has brought many of you back into my life. The internet has bridged gaps and miles. It lets old relationships have new beginnings. Perhaps in some way it is stretching that time of friendship and family when we might have lost touch forever. Perhaps in some way my computer is keeping track of time for me. It slows me down, so I can sort out my thoughts and write. It allows me to look back at old messages and pictures. It is a place I can research history. It allows me to hold on to time.

It slips away this thing called time. It disappears in the blink of an eye. I wonder where it goes.