163 – Reflection v2

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

The sand is always shifting. Continuous waves and changing tides make the beachhead different every day.

Daily winds move the dry sand from place to place with ease. The moving grains of sand sting my legs during gusts or on very windy days. The city places old Christmas trees from residents by the dunes to catch moving sand and build the dune. On the other hand, violent storms such as hurricanes easily reconfigure the sandy landscape.

Shifting sand is a metaphor for change. Oh, how life has changed during my almost 70 years. Thinking about the change those in their 90s have seen is mind-boggling – after all;

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I remember the rooftop antenna delivering three television stations to our black and white TV.

I remember picking up the phone and then dialing zero to tell the operator the number I wanted to call.

I remember party lines. Although we didn’t have one, I knew listeners could eavesdrop on conversations.

I remember the excitement of the first frozen TV dinner, which was either chicken or Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and corn that only needed heating in the oven.

I remember cooking popcorn on the stove with heated oil in a large pot was the primary option. Jiffy Pop was a big deal!

I remember Charlie – the milkman delivering milk to our house.

I remember family-owned stores in rural small towns like mine providing everything that people needed. The town’s vibrancy on Saturday mornings makes me smile.

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I remember going to the movie theater, which showed a cartoon before the featured film.

I remember our town’s 6-lane bowling alley using a person wearing a maskless football helmet to set the pins before the age of automatic equipment.

I remember Pong – the possible forerunner to all video games.

I remember rabbit ears antennae for television reception – even covering them with aluminum foil to improve the snowy reception.

I remember elders that I knew growing up that knew people in their life who fought in the US Civil War – so, was the 1860s all that long ago?

I remember my youth as a time of playing board games, riding bikes, playing outside all day, and finding simple, honest fun things to keep us happy, grounded, active, and not having to be entertained.

The sand is soft and the water is refreshing, but change isn’t easy. People and organizations fight change, but change happens out of necessity. We can’t return to the life of what was because those days are gone and not returning! And to think that technological change is happening faster than ever.

Change is good. Change keeps us moving forward. Change is a way of life. Change is going to happen because change is one of life’s certainties.

I may be looking back at a seemingly simpler and better time – but that’s a matter of perspective as compared to what – let alone an opinion.

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I used a slide rule in high school and college. I still have it because it is a great symbol of change and a wonderful example of archaic. However, it is also a sign that my life has lived in two irreconcilable worlds.

It is not easy to imagine life 15 years from now. If I’m lucky, I’ll see it as one in over eighty. What will my nephews and nieces see when they are in their seventies? How will they look back? If humans can figure out how to get along, it could be a wonderful world.

Times change and change is good, but some things do not need to be replaced, such as walking on the beach, which is also good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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74 thoughts on “163 – Reflection v2”

  1. Although I am older than you I share some of those memories…..I clearly remember how excited I was as a kid eating a TV Dinner on my TV tray and thinking it was ever so grown up. I remember hearing Santa Claus swearing in our living room (!) as he put together my very noisy metal doll house – that made me wonder about Santa. I remember so many of my childhood friends and wonder how many of them are still living. I’m at the point though where I wonder how many more memories I will make before my mind can rest………… Happy Holidays to you and your family Frank – make some memories!

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      You had my laughing about hearing Santa swear. Isn’t strange how the TV dinners impacted our memories? Now think about how that industry has grown! Best holiday wishes to you and yours … and I will be posting one more before Santa arrives … switching to the next two Wednesdays.


  2. A lot to reflect on, Frank! My grandparents were born in the 1890s, so they were born in the 19th century when Russia still had a Tsar.
    You are right that walking on the beach is always good. Happy holidays to you and Ms. Angle!

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  3. Walking on the beach seems like it will never be replaced, although looking out to sea we might start seeing wind farms and looking inland the local architecture will surely change. We had a party line when I was little but had a regular line by the time I was a teenager and wanted to talk on the phone all day long. And my father still had milk from the local dairy delivered to the house twice a week, until the day he died in 2013.

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    1. Barbara,
      Wow …. local dairy still delivering in 2013? … I had no idea! Cheers to your father keeping to his roots and supporting local farmers. Beaches have also changed through the years. After all, there was a time (and probably not that long ago) when the high rises weren’t in sight. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Lovely memories, and some are very familiar to me. I am happy to report that our family still plays board games—we are gaming fools—and we still pop popcorn in oil in a big pot on the stove. But would never want to part with my cell phone or computer. Ditto for streaming services. 🙂

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  5. Oh yes! I can remember all those things! My grandmother had a party line and sometimes s voice would interrupt when she had called us asking that we finish as someone was wanting to make an urgent call. I remember when we had a milk machine at school (2 cents and it dispensed a frothy glass of milk), The launch of the first manned rocket to orbit the earth – that was stuff from Science Fiction!! So many changes and the key is that we adapt or die. And humans are very adaptable – and I hope we continue to be so….

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    1. Muri,
      Party lines were interesting signs of the time …. and if I recall, someone made a comment about being on a party line of 4! Yikes!!!! We never had a milk machine in school, but I do recall (at my first school that was very old), the milkman delivering the milk and placing it on the floor outside the room. I agree – human adaptability is one of the keys to human success as a species. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Thank God for the constancy of nature! Being a few years older, I also remember junk men going up and down alleys asking for stuff to ‘recycle,’ electric streetcars and buses, and children’s admission to see 2 or 3 movies for just a nickel. Thank you for the nostalgia, Frank.

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  7. I remember a lot of what you remember.
    I wanted my parents to buy TV dinners, but no such luck.
    Cabbage rolls were on the menu.
    I didn’t know anyone who knew someone down the line who fought in the Civil War. However, that could be because I’m Canadian.
    I still enjoy a game of Scrabble, but only on odd occasions – like when the electricity goes out & we
    live by candlelight for a bit.
    This post is a real thinker, in a personal way.
    Lovely performance of a great song! One for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7UQC1uctvAx

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  8. Life has changed so much from when we were younger, Frank. Most of what you note here I also recall. On occasion, I wonder what life is going to be like for those who have recently entered the world. What kind of planet we’ll hand off. What kind of civility will remain. However, for the most part I do live in the moment, because I want to make the most of those moments I have left. Those times I do think about “the good old days,” they include the kinds of things you outline here…and how much they have changed over the years!

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  9. I have to agree with John. Technology has been good. Social is a train wreck. The pace of change has increased. They say young people are used to a faster pace of change, as it’s what they’ve always known. I suppose that’s true, but the changes are hard to keep up with at times. By the way, we did have a party line, until I was about 8 years old. We had two parties on our line. I had an aunt in Virginia that had four parties on her line. All with a distinctive ring pattern.

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    1. Dan
      Four on a party line? Wow!!!! That’s may be a record high that I’ve heard. Given your field, I know you experienced our share of technological change. I keep thinking how PCs changed so fast from the 286 to 386 processors. That seemed like warp speed! Technological change had to be slower back in the day …. but now …. whew …. it keeps on changin’! Thanks for sharing.

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      1. It was amazing how people became attuned to their specific ring pattern. They almost didn’t notice the others. I remember waiting for the upcoming changes, either faster processors, or larger drives, or more memory from the mid-80s until the mid-90s. After that, everything had eclipsed out needs.

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    1. Helena,
      Welcome first-time commeter to my personal beach. I start every walk with a video with sights and sounds of the beach, which help put the reader into a beach mode. And it works for those all the way up there in Sweden! I invite you to look around – especially on the Topics List page at the top – https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/topics-list/ …. because you may find topics of interest to you. Where are you in Sweden? I’m in Cincinnati Ohio USA.


  10. How many tools of communication we were using and we were considering at the top of the evolution technique and are now fotgotten or considered like fossiles . wHEN i REMEMBER WE GOT OUR FIRST PHONE such the first pictured above in 1972 ( and I did not like ) I alwaus prefered letters !!
    Thank you Frank for those memories
    In friendship

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  11. The sands of life. Constantly changing, constantly in motion. What a wonderful post. I remember much of what you talk about. One day these times will be the good old days. But then we look back in time with rose coloured glasses. Not necessarily a bad thing.

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  12. Change is fascinating! It keeps us young-at-heart, don’t you think? How much easier it is to type on a computer keyboard than to do the paper-and-typewriter thing! Oh, how I labored over a flawlessly typed term paper, only to make a mistake and have to type the entire page again. But I, too, am with John — social is a train wreck. Great walk, Frank!

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  13. Cincy

    When you put it this way, wow have things changed. And you’re right, there is no use fighting change. I know quite a few people who damn technology- computers and the online world- and I always have to remind them their entire lives have been growing up around technology. Sure it’s getting faster by the minute, but it’s always been there.

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  14. I find “Iz” to be such a soothing voice. We grew up in the same era and I remember so many of the same things from our childhood and have experienced the changes in a similar fashion. I amused my children and grandchildren one time trying to explain how a party line worked. I realized that to them I sounded positively prehistoric. But I like to reflect on those memories, and some just don’t translate to others quite as well!

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    1. Debra,
      I figured you would relate to most on my list. Somethings are simply hard to image. We probably were the first generation where everyone had a TV …. so it’s hard to imagine life without one … life of huddling around a radio to listen to something. 🙂


  15. Thank you for sharing those memories. Thank you for opening the floodgates of days past. Oh, how we have changed and how we tried to change the world. It was a thrilling ride for me as well, with many highs and lows. Now, others are doing their best. I too look forward, although, being an octogenarian already, the future is more cloudy. May the new year be as rewarding! Happy holidays!

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    1. Ludwig,
      Glad you enjoyed my flashback on a few memories. I imagine you can add more, especially because you go further back that I. Your comment about trying to change the world made me smile and laugh because I thought about my early days as a teacher – and the illusion of changing an institution stuck in its own inertia. Oh well – the thought was in the right place. Best holiday wishes to you and thanks for walking along and sharing.

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  16. Oh wow, Frank, did you ever stir MY memory bank. Everything you mentioned contained in “yesterday” I remember too. If you think about it, that was not that long ago and compared to what we have today, a huge difference. Really great post and I thank you for it!!

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  17. Thanks for the memories, Frank. Mine were much the same. I do find that change is not as welcome as it used to be, but I work to have an open mind and try new things.


  18. I still make my popcorn in a pot with a little oil. I remember the milkman delivering our milk, too.
    But man, have you ever mentioned a lot of change in not that much time (in the grand scheme of things). Fiddling with the rabbit ears, hitting the TV – things my kids could never understand. But change is good, mostly. Technological, medical… We might need to work on our humanity – that change has been less good 😉

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    1. Dale,
      Cheers to you for still popping the corn the old-fashioned way. I must admit, I had the microwaved bag last night. I can’t recall who, but someone else commented that they still make popcorn that way. “Fiddling with the rabbit ears” made me smile. Did you wrap the ears in aluminum foil?

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      1. It tastes better and has more texture. I won’t lie, though. I’ve been on the search for paper bags so I can make my own microwave version. I did have a bag hanging around and found it works quite well and I don’t need the powder stuff that caused popcorn lung – not that I make it often enough to cause me grief.
        I don’t think I ever used aluminum foil but was very excited when I could get channel 22 (ABC) on the UHF. We sometimes could capture channel 5 (WPTZ – NBC Plattsburgh-North Pole-Burlington) expanding our channels from the 2 English and 2 French Canadian ones to 6. Woot! LOL…


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