Some of the Things That I Miss: Part 1 of 3
As the years go by and I look back on all the things we had and enjoyed decades ago, I have come to realize just how much I miss them. I have assembled a partial list and hope that many of you will recall these same items and some of you “youngsters” will learn a little something.
I miss Service Stations, you know, those places where the employees filled your gas tank, checked the air in the tires as well as the oil in the engine and sometimes the radiator. They also cleaned the windshield and were capable of answering questions about road conditions up ahead. They were also very good at giving directions including mentioning landmarks so you would know if you were near the place to turn or if you just passed it. No need for GPS gadgets and the annual fee, we humans helped each other in any way that we could.
I miss Putt Putt Golf or miniature golf. Those were pleasant times playing the game while on a date or with children or grandchildren. It was a way to get youngsters outdoors and use their hands and develop eye to hand coordination. In my younger days, I went to a miniature golf course where the owners had a watermelon stand next door. In the summertime, after playing a game of golf, you could sit at a picnic table and enjoy a slice of cold watermelon.
I miss the sounds of children playing outside and enjoying themselves. These days they are indoors in air conditioning and eating and playing electronic games and surfing the net and not interacting with other children or adults. Some of the video games are a bad influence and can lead a youngster down the road to violence.
I miss hearing a breathing human being answer the phone when you call a large corporation or these days even smaller businesses. I do not like those automated answering systems that are supposed to recognize words you say and then answer you. The places that I call, those systems never have the right answer nor know what I am talking about. The robot at my satellite TV company can never answer my questions.
I miss some stores where the employees had good product knowledge and could answer just about all of your questions. These days, they say, “just call this toll free number or go online and they will tell you.” I want the answers BEFORE I make the purchase and not after.
I miss people who have the courage to call something what it is. “It is what it is so let us say what it is!” Political correctness is responsible for a lot of renaming items or people and rephrasing expressions or adages that have been around for decades and decades. I will continue to say what it is so there will be no room for misunderstanding what I have said. I will continue to say that “most” of the members of the Senate and House of Representatives in Washington are misrepresenting us!!
Along the line of saying what it is, a lot of words and phrases are misused these days mainly because a lot of people have not enunciated properly and not spoken correctly. A case in point is that I hear a lot of people say, “I could care less.” If you could care less, that means that you care. The correct phrase is, “I could not care less.”
In other words, your level of caring is already at zero so “you could not care less”, less than you already care. Two or three generations have grown up hearing the incorrect version of the phrase and they repeat it the way they heard it.
By: Buddy McDonald