Sunday, April 13, 2014

Another… What has surprised you the most as you have grown older?

To break the monotony of “Our Lives”…..


Seeing the dumbing down of our country the USA. I have had men work for me with 2 yrs of college who could not write an understandable turn over instruction to their relief.

It seems to me that the hours of Public school are shorter and VERY LITTLE home work. My heart goes out to teachers I know who have discipline problems and few ways to handle them. Many of todays youngsters have no idea where or what the Great Lakes are.  Some do not even know which coast faces the Pacific Ocean.black_senior_citizens2010-med-wide

I smile sometimes when I see a person scanning groceries. The scanner is a great invention but most folk do not know there was a time a clerk knew the price of every thing in the A&P Grocery store and could punch it in to the mechanical cash register as fast as many of these folk can scan.


It is a shame that some youngsters cannot do simple math without a calculator.  Not that the answer matters that much, but that the person must use the human brain rather than a manufactured brain.  Batteries die and there are power failures we must deal with.

Interesting story…………….

A mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known heart surgeon in his shop.

The surgeon was there, waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike.


The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey, Doc, can I ask you a question?"

The surgeon a bit surprised, walked over to the mechanic working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, fix 'em, put 'em back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I get such a small salary and you get the really big bucks, when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The surgeon paused, smiled and leaned over, and whispered to the mechanic...

"Try doing it with the engine

running."Surprised smile


(I loved that story!)

Shirl, Joan or Dewey sent me that and I thought it would fit here. It is strange to me that we will pay a sports star more than a heart/brain surgeon or a space scientist.

I just wanted to take a break before I told you of my naïve approach to BIG cities…. WE are headed to the Washington, DC area to find a rental unit for three months…..

Nite Shipslog


Money can buy a cute puppy, but the petting and love is what makes it wag it’s tail.


I saw TWO Studebaker Golden Hawks today on the road.

And did not have my camera in my hand.



Mevely317 said...

Laughing out-loud at the interchange between the heart surgeon and mechanic!

I was certainly no honors student, but good grief ... I wonder what happened to our Country's sense of pride? Ignorance is fodder for the late-night show and no-one seems particularly troubled.
I don't like to be a pessimist, but at this rate I'm thinking the next 100 years won't find the USA amongst the world's super powers.

Looking forward to 'your' Washington!


The scanner is a wonderful invention. But you are right about the clerks knowing every piece of merchandise in the store, back in the day. Those were the days.

Jean said...

Jack around here I do think mechanic do or try to charge as much as doctors, ha. I have had scanners or it could be the person that scans, scan things twice sometimes, this happen to me a few days ago, but I checked my receipt before leaving the store. Jean from hot Alabama.

Paula said...

3 months, you'll have time to see a lot of interesting things. One of my favorites was Mt. Vernon.

shirl72 said...

The Dr. had a good answer. I like
my version of this song "Life is
just a bowl of cherries and there
is a pit in it every now and then".

Love the Studebaker's good looking

betty said...

That was a cute story between the two "mechanics." I agree, Jack, we do seem to be dumming down in our country. It always seems here the kids are out from school or have short days; we never seemed to have as much time off as they do. And I do agree that the majority of technology is wonderful, but I do think it is important to learn how to calculate a problem on paper; I think it helps make it more sense than just punch numbers into a machine. I fear for future generations.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

A little humor is always appreciated. Our day and age is so much different from what it used to be and in many ways all these conveniences cause us to us our brains much less than we used to. A lot of what I call common sense has been lost. We've been enjoying some might nice days around 70 degrees here but they say tomorrow we'll go back in to the 30's for a day or so. That will be hard to take. Looking forward to hearing more of your story.

Chatty Crone said...

I could not agree with you m ore. And I liked that doctor story - true. And cars don't get sued.

My grandson went to public school from k-5. They did not learn the times table, cursive, or telling time on a regular clock. They were expected to learn it somewhere else I guess.

Grandson is now in a private Christian school and gets a ton of homework - trusted to do thing they could never do in middle school as a group - like the whole middle school is going camping for two days - good friends - and teachers that care.

Of course we pay the price - my daughter pays for that monthly. We pay by having them live with us. Sacrifices.

Don't you hate when the hand you change - they put the dollar bills first and then dump the change on it? Drives me nuts.

Elizabeth said...

Sherry has always been a trooper. I have never driven that far without Jim but I have never been that far away from him either. If I had I would probably attempted it myself!

Louis la Vache said...

Great heart surgeon story!

«Louis» was happy to see the collection of Studebaker Hawks!