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A Sign Of The Times

Sunday, March 23, 2008

You know...i don't think of myself as "old" and i have always refrained from saying things such as "well back in my day" but..it finally came out this morning.... i said those exact words... i was going through town to take kids to church, and i noticed the gas station open, in fact the gas had been lowered to $3.09....then i look across the street to the drug store.... yep, open.... and then McDonalds... open?! i must have had a funny look on my face cause the kids asked what was up...it was then the words popped out of my mouth...i don't know what i was more shocked at...that i said "well back in my day" or the fact that everything was business as usual.... i guess i've kept myself hidden from the changing times.... but honestly, back in my day..... businesses were not open on Sunday...much less a holiday....my eldest told me that gas stations HAD to be open...but, i said, back in my day....they weren't....to which she promptly asked what happened if someone ran out of gas...what if someone broke down the other daughter asked....uh...let's start with the last question first... these days, most gas stations don't even fix cars...they just sell convientant store stuff and gas.... so this dispells that question...as for running out of gas... well...back in my day...you just planned.... filling up the car was done before the holiday and/or sunday.... if you didn't...oh well...that was poor planning on their part....

now...i'm not saying i don't use these places...the fact is...i stopped at McDonalds to get kids a cappicino and me a coffee...black...strait up.... and i will be stopping at the gas station later to get a case of water for dinner at mom's.... who knows...while i'm out....maybe i'll just do some grocery shopping..... ok...maybe not.... i do feel sorry for those that do have to work today... and really...the guilt as i darnk my coffee and thought, you know, back in my day.....
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HANYSDIANA 3/25/2008 2:40PM

    You know what? I am only 24 and I say back in my days all the time!!!! It's just that things are changing very fast now and most of us are finding it hard to catch up. So, take it easy on yourself and next time buy me a caapuccino with the kids!

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HANYSDIANA 3/25/2008 2:40PM

    You know what? I am only 24 and I say back in my days all the time!!!! It's just that things are changing very fast now and most of us are finding it hard to catch up. So, take it easy on yourself and next time buy me a caapuccino with the kids!

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STARTSPARKING 3/25/2008 7:28AM

    I remember penny candy machines, VCR's with corded "remote" controls, cassette players, and typewriters (even manual ones). Gosh, I feel old!

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WILDCARD1 3/24/2008 5:39PM

    It is very amazing at how much things have changed in such a short amount of time. I remember paying 99 cents for gas when I had my first car, and I remember gas being even lower then that before I started driving. I was talking to my friend just this afternoon about what we used to do as kids after school. We would get home, rush to get our homework done, so that we could be back outside to play. Now it is almost a chore to get my daughter to go out. Sometimes, I wish for those times when we did not have to worry so much!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/24/2008 2:20AM

    In Australia, which I think is very secular, almost everything was closed on Sunday, and like you say we just plan for that. One day is not going to cause a famine.

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NITAINMN 3/23/2008 3:07PM

    When I lived in NYC, everything was open and people that did celebrate Easter were off and had the convenience of stores, gas station, etc. being open too. This was possible only due to diversity, international people that have settled in NYC, who did not celebrate Easter! Today on the other hand, with Unions and holiday pay, time and a hal extra to the employees, more and more employers are looking to get away from this conveneince in spite of having people willing and able to work due to lack of profits. In my town, all shoprites, grade A's were closed for the day. Only a stop and shop was open half a day!!! However, many street vendors were selling plants and flowers on the side walk. So, I guess back in "YOUR' days are coming back agail, slowly but, surely for some of the businesses!!!! LOL

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KYLIEMC8 3/23/2008 12:44PM

    Yup..thats how it is in my town, except the grocery store is open until noon..then shut down until later in the day..maybe? We're still in the 'olden days'..I kind of like that compared to living in Phoenix where everything is open nearly 24/7...So don't feel bad..I'm there with ya! Or past ya???

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MSEMBERSTORM 3/23/2008 12:41PM

    Holy cow. You so reminded me of this. Wow. You were right. When I was younger all I did was complain about how the sidewalks rolled up around 6. Now I kind of miss those days. Not a lot but a little. Thanks for the memories.

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CELEST 3/23/2008 11:56AM

    We have that chat regularly in our home (or make that in our car). The funniest thing is, my son now 22.....when he was 18 and became a driver stated that from "when he was a kid" to now (the grand old age of 18) he noticed that kids no longer played outside much. He remembered a time when around dusk, there were always kids playing outside waiting for their secular working parents to arrive home. So even for the young, they've noticed changes already in their time. My other "sweet-a-holic" son noticed that while sweet prices hadn't gone up too drastically, the size shrank. He remembers wilson's toffees so large, he couldn't close his mouth around them. Today they are bite size. I can't imagine what it must be like for my mom, who is 75 yrs of age.

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EMMASMART 3/23/2008 11:40AM

    I'm blown away by how things have changed in my life time. I imagine my mother being even more saw. She saw her first horseless carriage when she was a girl. Before she died she was operating a computer and watching cable TV. all things developed in her life time. In my life we've gone from unlocked front doors to locked ones. From knowing the neighbors to not. Roads have moved buildings that were always there are gone. There's one restaurant still open from when I was a kid and the dairy queen. I love going there. The building is much shorter. I used to reach up for what is not at waist level. In a way we are new each day. How does it look today? Is that building still there? Amazing how shocking it is. One day I drive by the same street and POOF there's a new building. I think this happens to everyone who lives 40 years or more.

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SAYRAH-M 3/23/2008 10:03AM

    This is OUR day.

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