And how are you liking this year so far? Yeah, seems a lot like 2008 to me, too. So far. Maybe if I give it a little more time … .
Life is always full of surprises and changes, and that’s true for me as well. I have something big to think about, and while I can’t give any details over the blog, it’s pretty big and life-altering. And I’m athinkin’, make no mistake about that! For the record, NO, I’m not planning on having another child. Like any kid would have me at this age!
Darc and I stayed up until the wee hours again, talking about writing. We were doing that fun game of “remember this one?” and going through books we’d read when we were quite young, and commenting on how books have changed, and how the reading public has changed. Do you remember the days when the latest best-seller became a made-for-TV mini-series? Things like “Rich Man, Poor Man”, “The Thorn Birds”, “Roots”, stuff like that? No one seems to write like that anymore, and no one makes the mini-series anymore either. The mini-series had its good points, I suppose. So did the made-for-TV movie. It was a chance for those who couldn’t or wouldn’t go to the theater to see a movie at home on TV. Then came Home Box Office, then cable, and the Big 3 lost their vise-like grip on the American viewing public. Now when you say, “Big 3,” people think you’re talking about car companies.
I kind of miss those days. There was a simple beauty in going to the store, buying your TV, bringing it home and simply plugging it in. Voilá! Television in all its glory! Now, you have to make an appointment with a cable or satellite company, wait all day for them to maybe show up, figure out what kind of package you want, and pay out the nose on a monthly bill. So, we have a gazillion channels now, and still nothing to watch, it seems. Are we better off? Sometimes, I’m not convinced.
Remember the old network sign-off? The channel went off the air at midnight or 2 AM. First, you’d get the National Anthem, sometimes a brief prayer from a local pastor, then snow. And nothing but snow until 6 AM. Then came late-night infomercials.
Yep, times certainly have changed. Change is not always a good thing, it’s just a thing. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. Different is not always better. We’re a funny people, and sometimes I think we throw the baby out with the bathwater. Yes, I love the proverbial little sayings. Sometimes they’re true! But, I’ve been forbidden to say, “Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it,” in front of my husband. Not a great line for someone who fancies the professional organizing business, either. Just sayin’.
Out with the old! In with the new! 2009 is here, whether we like it or not! I hope to like it.