Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Don't you just love December? Whether it's Christmas or Hannakuh we are bombarded with decadant food. I was introduced to Hannakuh traditions at the home of my Jewish college roommate. Larry's Mom was short and she would greet me at the front door, stand on a chair, and give me a kiss. Then she asked, are you hungry? And of course I was. I was 20 years old, skinney, and always hungry. She would then proceed to do everything she could to put weight on me. I ate foods I had never seen before and loved every bite. She was a fantastic cook but I didn't gain weight.
Then I would go home for Christmas leave and my Mom and future Mother in law would load me up with traditional Christmas fare. There were always cookies, fudge, fruitcake, and other calorie laden goodies. I could eat as much as I wanted and not gain a pound. My ohh my, how times have changed.
Now, if I want to enjoy this season I had better pay attention to what food I eat. If I don't pay attention the HO HO HO becomes OH OH OH. Now I can no longer gorge myself and not gain weight. Now, I have to eat responsibly. Do I wish it was otherwise? You bet I do.
I will enjoy the season but I will do everything I can to make sure that it doesn't mess up my progress. I can, you can, we all can.
Enjoy the ride,
Monday, December 10, 2012
I have never owned a Smartphone. I have never needed a Smartphone. I see people everywhere I go tapping on their smartphones and sseeming to enjoy them. All of my children and grandchildren, except the 10 yr. old, have a Smartphone. I suspect that behind my back they say "Grandpa's too old to learn how to use a Smartphone". On that subject I will quietly let them remain gleefully ignorant.
Don't get me wrong here - Smartphones are really cool toys. With a smartphone you get to tap the screen and neat things pop up. You can swipe your finger and scroll up and down or left and right. It's so cool. My 10 year old is fascinated by it. So is my 20 year old grandson and my 36 yr. old Daughter. They are even fascinated by the TV commercials for Smartphones. They spend hours on facebook staying abreast of the latest news from their friends. They spend a lot of time doing things but they aren't actually interacting with another human being.
Smartphones are also tools. They allow you to make and receive phone calls. They're a PDA where you can carry your calendar with you and your entire address book. They can be a GPS.
My reason for not having a Smartphone is that I don't have a job and therefore have no need for an expensive cell phone. If I needed a Smartphone in a job then I would have one. Before Smartphones I carried a cell phone, PDA, and a laptop when I traveled. A Smartphone will replace the first two but is an inadequate substitute for a laptop. Being a rather frugal guy I can't justify the cost.
Ignoring the high cost of owning and using a Smartphone the thing I dislike most about them is their dominance of people's lives. They scream, grunt, groan, play music. or scream at the owner when a message, email, voicemail, or phone call come in. They demand attention and distract people around them. That seems stressful to me. Countless hours are spent on them playing games, downloading apps, and generally just spending time to be spending time. I suspect that the time could be spent in more productive pursuits.
I'll keep carrying my flip phone on my hip and pay my $100 a year for phone service. If I want to communicate with someone I want to hear a voice on the other end. I only text if my youngest daughter sends one to me. If I want to play I'll play catch with my grandson.
OK, that's my opinion. I will enjoy hearing yours.
Enjoy the ride,
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