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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

So here are Joyce's questions and my answers. Join in on the fun and answer these as well, then visit others to see if their answers match yours.

1. Share one way you think the world has changed for the better since you were a kid?
SKYPE.  When I was a kid there was no such thing and so once family and friends moved away, they were gone!  Oh sure, there were letters and photos in the mail, but that usually didn't last long and after a few months, the letters and mail would stop and maybe you would get a card on your birthday or Christmas but the closeness was gone.  Now wilth Skype, you can talk, share, laugh, cry and share your life at any moment in time.  With Face Time on your phone, you can even shop together while being in 2 different places.  That is so cool!!

2. How 'bout one way it's changed for the worse?
No one is safe anymore.  When I was a kid we played outside all day and I do mean ALL DAY, from sun up to sunset.  No one knew where I was and frankly no one was worried about me.  I was safe.  I could ride my bike all over the city and come home when the street lights came on, eat dinner, take a bath and climb into bed.  Now, all of that is gone.  We have to not only know where our kids are, we have to be there as well to make sure they stay safe.  Safety is gone. That is so sad. 

3. Starlight, starfish, starling, Starbucks...your favorite 'star'?
Starlight, hands down. I love sitting on the deck and looking up!  All those stars up there just for us to look and wonder about? What an amazing God we have.

4. Name a song that's overplayed, but you love it anyway.
I really don't listen to the radio much unless it's talk radio or Pandora where I can pick the songs that I want.  So since I'm picking the songs, it's anything by the Beach Boys.

5. When did you last have home made ice cream? Your latest favorite flavor?
I can't remember the last time I had home made ice cream but  my newest favorite flavor is Cake Batter.

6. What do you think is the best way to inspire or motivate people?
Praise works for me so I guess it would work for others, don't you?

7. When was the last time you were without power?
Maybe back in April?  The transformer at the end of the driveway blew the "Thingamagig" and we were in the dark for a few hours.  We called the power company  and a repair crew came right out.  They were very nice and thankfully the weather was nice and they had a "Thingamagig" in the truck so it was all good.  We lose our power in the winter at least once almost every winter.  Then we can be out for days!! Living off the generator and getting showers over at my brother-in-laws house gets to be tedious.  The generator keeps us warm and the food cold but it doesn't do the water.  There has to be a way to hook that up????

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The big news up here is that a local food chain is closing 6 of it's stores.  More jobs lost, more people struggling.  It's all so sad.  We don't shop at the store because it's far more expensive than where we do shop but still, it's jobs lost --- again.
Also, I did have chemo and so we are officially at 5!!!  I never would have thought that I would be happy to HAVE chemo.  Oh the things I've learned.

Now it's your turn, how would you answer the above questions?


  1. It's funny you mention the safety thing - I wonder if we're not safer than we've ever been. It's just that we hear more stories that we wouldn't have heard before. Murder, rape, kidnap, child abuse have been going on for centuries....

  2. So happy for you and your number 5! Keep on keeping on!

  3. I love Skype. It makes it easier with our daughter being so far away. Good answer.

    I also love anything by the Beach Boys.

    So glad you had your chemo. Take care.

  4. That's great news about the chemo! I'm glad you're back on track :)

    I heard that another nearby "Foodlion" is closing here. I thought the same thing about jobs being lost. Hard times!

  5. Your answer to number 3 seems to be the consensus of opinion. I forgot about the thing-a-majig on the transformer. I love your sweet caring spirit, SWMBO!

  6. #2 = SO TRUE! I totally misunderstood the power question. But outside it sounds like we might lose it in a few minutes. LOL

  7. I love almost everyone's #2 answer. I was one of the kids who'd ride my bike up and down the street ALONE. :gasp: I loved that hill that was near the driveway i'd be going up and down that hill for hours!

  8. I am so glad that SKYPE has worked for you. I hear you on safety. We played from dusk and after dawn feeling very safe. My mom seldom knew where I was during the day! I agree, I could listen to The Beach Boys over and over again. That is very sad about the food chain and I'm thankful you had your treatment. Always in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Growing up an hour from New York City and spending every weekend there, personal safety was always a big topic in our house. My mother successfully planted the fear of strangers in us and my father showed us how to knee men in the groin in self-defense. I don't ever remember playing alone outside growing up. I was always in the company of other kids, perhaps by my mother's design or just coincidence.

    Once we got into high school my sisters and I were expected to make our way around NYC alone and so we did. Waiting at a busy intersection for the traffic light to turn I was groped once. Being young and taken by surprise I didn't have the presence of mind to clobber the guy, who took off after copping a feel. It was creepy.

    The stories about dirty old men lurking in cars waiting to lure young girls is not an urban myth. I was walking to high school by myself when a sedan with men in the front and back seats stopped by the curb alongside of me. They told me to come to the car. Thanks to my mother's warnings about pedophiles I did not comply. I'm sure I would have been dragged into the car had I not taken off. That was creepier.

    As a young adult living in Buffalo, NY I was walking home with a friend from work when some creep tried to mug me for my purse. He didn't get it, but I was livid. I was so mad that I started chasing him, in high heels and maxi coat, no less. Thankfully, he got away because I don't know what I would have done if I'd caught up with him. At the very least I scared him. I also reported him to the police but I doubt they ever found my would-be mugger.

    All this to say that assaults, rapes, murders, and other assorted mayhem are nothing new. I think they're just better publicized and less tolerated today, especially crimes against children. And that's a good thing.

    Even though I can't relate to the idyllic and carefree childhoods many enjoyed, the hyper vigilance I was taught early on has served me well throughout my life.


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