I wish I had grown up with Facebook and Twitter and those other forms of foolishness.
But now at age 70 I have no interest in the lives of celebrities or what people ate for lunch and I’m concerned even less as to what they think. I went out into the world and found out on my own everything I needed to know about living life. Plus I had real heroes whom I saw every day as a kid, I was born in 1947 and when my father and his friends came home from WW-II they were the real heroes.
I grew up thinking that being a veteran was the most natural thing on Earth because as a kid they were all around me, presidents, members of congress, the police the firemen, and most of my teachers, he grounds keeper at my school was a Purple Heart holder! The Greatest Generation had come home and the world was wonderful and bright.
I can’t imagine ever having sat to dinner with my Mother and Father and bringing a toy to the table let alone texting during any meal as is done now. Neither I, nor my four brothers were ever abused but we knew what corporal punishment was.
I’m pleased that at the Minot School in Dorchester And Saint Ann’s School where I was educated and they also believed in corporal punishment vice Prozac …because when I acted up it would bring down the wrath of the lord on the tips of my fingers, by my teacher or Nun with a piece of rattan or a ruler I wonder how much Prozac I would have been given? The beat cop could cuff the side of my head when I messed up, and no law suits were involved,
I had some young guys in the Navy who couldn’t believe a cop could whack you in olden times, and we never told our dad. The cop and our dads were members of the same VFW Post and if the cop told him I got double when I came home. BTW, the Navy Chief’s in the 1960’s did the same thing, except they hit you with your own hat. And not once was I ever diagnosed with OCD or Attention deficit (A nice way to say that the kid is completely bored) and should be given Prozac to calm them down. I remained drug free and still have a fear of all Nuns! (I’m anti Prozac as you might have figured out) (LOL)
I was never allowed to bring my hand held calculator to class in the 60’s as if I could even afford one, the teachers did a really foolish thing and taught us math, even long division!
And we learned that according to the “Palmer Method” of penmanship there was only writing or printing, for reasons never explained they started calling writing cursive, and printing writing. Now at our age we can use cursive as a secret code, and most people under thirty can’t read or understand it. Sneaky bastards aren’t we?
My eldest son Sean Paul was visiting with me in Puerto Rico on a school break when he was 13 and asked me the time, I pointed to the wall clock and he informed me he could only read digital clocks. I taught him analog time that very day. I skipped military time as that was a bit much. I can still tell time by the ringing of ship’s bells (7 bells is lunch on the morning watch and 7 bells is knock off ship’s work on the afternoon watch) I wonder if they still use the bells on ships?
I read that the average person now checks their cell phone over 150 times a day. I check mine sometimes up to four times per day to see who called or texted and the status of the battery (Is texted the proper word?) Also I will not respond to any text that is not written out in full English. U is not a word nor is the number 4.
I learned to text a few years ago and I find it convenient. My phone sits on the dresser in my room and only if we go out to a place where Mayang and I could be separated will I bring it so I can find her. Believe me or not, she carries two fully loaded (On a monthly plans) Smart phones with her at all times. I never asked her why, as a peaceful life is most important to me.
My last tour in the Navy was before cell phones, Beepers were the big deal. The base command Master Chief (No friend of mine) decided that all department heads should wear a beeper so we could be contacted. My objection was that Naval Uniform Regulations prohibited my wearing my Ray-Ban sunglasses case on my belt while in uniform, so show me in the regulations where beepers are authorized? I lost that one, so for 9 working days I wore it and it never beeped. On a Friday night at the base CPO club, after work playing Ship’s, Captain & Crew (A dice game) Oh and drinking pitchers of beer, the beeper went off, I reached down took it off my belt and gave it the float test in a pitcher of beer. Seven more shipmates followed my lead. Monday we explained to the Command Master Chief, it must have been a system wide malfunction. Mine was never replaced.
I had a friend, my age (Retired Navy and Merchant Seaman) that took to the cell phone like it was Manna from Heaven. Six of us guys sitting around the table at Texas Joe’s having a beer and he is forever texting. We all moved to another table and when he looked up he asked why. “So you can be alone with all your text- mates and not be bothered with us!” we explained
He never learned and we stopped inviting him. But he would still text and ask us where we were going? Of course we told him!
When he passed, we wanted to place his cell phone in the casket with him,(His wife disapproved ) then we go up the street to OG’s Bar to have a beer and there we would all text him goodbye. It was a good idea and we still went for the beers. He was still a shipmate and a friend!
The E-Reader is a God Send in this new age, any book that I can adjust the size of the font is truly a wondrous thing. And it can hold over 3,000 novels…simply amazing.
Computers were old hat to me; I didn’t use them very much as I had people trained to do that but still understood them from my Navy Days. Then I fibbed and told Military Sealift Command that I knew how to operate them (but I had my fingers crossed when I said it). Back then we were on the DOS system and I watched this idiot I worked with using it, and said; “If he can do it, I damn sure can!” When windows came along I quickly forgot DOS. When I was in the Hospital those many months last year I forgot the rest. But over time, some of the knowledge came back, but I now have a Puter Guy on retainer. I vastly over pay him, to insure he will come quickly when I need him. I’m a natural born problem solver. Nine days with the super router and great internet it just stopped, it was not meant to be! I found out it was Globe rationing gigabytes to me and I was using them up. I now pay extra for more gigs per month. Like the government, you can solve all problems if you just throw more money at it!
If you were wondering about ships bell time!
|Number of bells||Bell pattern||Hour (a.m. and p.m.)|
|Three bells||2 1||1:30||5:30||9:30|
|Four bells||2 2||2:00||6:00||10:00|
|Five bells||2 2 1||2:30||6:30||10:30|
|Six bells||2 2 2||3:00||7:00||11:00|
|Seven bells||2 2 2 1||3:30||7:30||11:30|
|Eight bells||2 2 2 2||4:00||8:00||12:00|
First ringing was at 0800 and the last was 2000, waking the crew is a bad idea.