The New World

It’s amazing how far the world has come. Operators once ran switchboards for phone calls, then along came dial phones followed by push buttons. Crystal radio sets, I’ve been told, were once the family entertainment soon to be replaced by radio then on to television, which in itself advanced from seven inch screens, black and white three channels to fifty two inches or more, color and cable wiring. Phonographs advanced to stereos and now music comes from all electronic sources. In the 1990’s along came the Web TV (you couldn’t watch TV and use the Web at the same time.) That was the early version of what we now call a computer. Before the computer came out, no one ever heard of addresses like, or Dictionaries and encyclopedias are pretty much passe because anything can be looked up and researched on the internet. Kids don’t ride bikes as much as they used to or play baseball in the street. Video games have taken over. At one time, if someone were seen talking out on the street when they were alone, it would be assumed that they might have a mental problem. Now everyone walks around with cell phones talking to friends out loud and nobody bats an eye. Telephone booths (like Superman used to change into costume) dotted almost every street corner. There are no booths anymore. No need when all the world carries a cell phone. Even mailboxes have disappeared. The most common mail seems to come via email.


While all of these changes are signs of advancement and proof of how the human brain has the ability to constantly think of new technology , I can’t help but wonder if, in some ways, the world might be better if we didn’t come so far. One thing that has become a drawback is the tendency for people to forego face to face conversation and communicate by the ever present cell phone with its multitude of apps. Oh well, we must take the good with the bad!

My Nephew’s Celebration

My nephew was about to turn six and he wanted to celebrate in a big way. My sister and I had

been researching party ideas and pulled up just about every site imaginable on the internet. Nothing jumped out as being more than the ordinary so we turned to the old fashioned yellow pages for more ideas and still came up with nothing. We asked friends and other family members for suggestions and that didn’t help. I began to think we were crazy for making this such a big ordeal and yet my nephew means the world to me and I really wanted to do something extra special for his birthday. After going through all the other avenues, we came back to the computer and tried a new “search.” Lo and behold, this caption popped up… Something inside me felt excited and my sis and I read the information for this site in detail and, long story short, it turned out to be a perfect match for what we wanted. We were all super glad that we didn’t give up in our search. I learned from that experience that no matter how many brick walls you run into, it’s always wise to push forward and keep trying because, in the long run and to your advantage, you may find yourself in the same position that we did…a winning one! There is an old saying that goes like this: “when one door closes, another opens.” The same applies to almost every situation. If we hang in there and don’t lose hope, good things just might come our way! Whether it’s a small aspiration or a much bigger one, perseverance can help us get there! When my sister and I stayed on point and exhausted every avenue, the results ended in a successful day and, most importantly, a very happy boy!

The World is Changing

Does it seem to you as if society in general is getting a tad indifferent these days? I would like to offer a more upbeat picture based on my recent experiences. Tampa is a big city and when out in public, one can’t avoid running into and meeting people of all ages, races and genders. While it’s true that many cashiers and service people are a bit rough around the edges and tend to take their troubles out on others, I have personally found more considerate people in the workplace than I have found who might “ruffle my feathers.” I have been offered assistance and friendly chit chat multiple times from people I have never met and possibly may never meet again. For every one rude individual I might come across, there are at least three that make my day a little easier.


For instance, I have been using a cane more lately on my outings to the stores and other public places and people have held the door open for me on countless occasions. Once, after putting all my groceries on the checkout counter in a major store, I had trouble finding my credit card which had slipped to the very bottom of my purse. Everything was already rung up and, needless to say, I was embarrassed and flustered with the situation. I so appreciated the way that the cashier treated me. She was patient and calmed me down. Then she bagged the groceries and kept them on the side so I could step away and go through my purse to locate my charge card. I did find it and she asked the next person in line to please wait a moment so that I could pay for my purchases.

On another occasion, I encountered more than one helpful person while shopping in a smaller store (yes! I was shopping yet again!.) On the way into the place, one gentlemen waited a few seconds for me to get to the door and proceeded to hold it open for me. Foolishly, when I was checking out, I had taken my own little carrier to tote all the things that I purchased but I got the carrier jammed into the bottom of the shopping cart and was struggling to get it out, while at the same time, trying to cope with my packages and cane. Did I mention that I also had 6 mops to juggle? In the process, the mops were falling all over. A lovely lady customer came to my rescue and managed to free up my carrier and help me get everything organized. Meanwhile the store clerk taped the mop handles together, making it easier to deal with and roll the shopping cart out to the parking lot. I bought so much more than I had originally planned on, it occurred to me that I probably could have used a Hauling Tampa service. Lessons learned that day: Number 1. More often than not, people are thoughtful and willing to help a person in need. Number 2: Don’t buy more than you can handle in one trip.