- Thankfully, the Verizon HD cable box / DVR didn't go tits up until *after* I watched the Giants / Packers game on Monday morning. Then it went real bad. The Verizon guy walked me through a bunch of stuff and was real sketchy about when a repair worker would be out to fix it. My wife called back when the guy didn't show. The Verizon rep said, "let me tell you a secret. We tried to upgrade the software in a bunch of these boxes, and cooked 'em. Thousands of 'em. So we're way behind on service calls." Great. All I can say is it'd better be fixed before Superbowl Sunday, or we're going Dish Network.
- Trainer night tonight, 90 minutes of zone 2. Yay. Thrills. Nothing exciting there. What is exciting is the Library of Congress sharing a collection of color photos from the 30's and 40's. There are thousands of 'em on line. Want to feel wistful with me about some good old days, that weren't all that good, but which were really pretty good for most folks when you get right down to it? Well, stop in at the juke joint
Or at least pour yourself a nice bourbon, then check out the whole collection and enjoy the quiet dignity
of our grandfathers at work
and at war
And our grandmothers too.
It wasn't perfect. Not by any means.
The clothes and the dirt tell you there were tough times.
But the wry looks tell you that they knew a few things that we seem to have forgotten.
Go ahead, check out the whole collection. Ask yourself, "where are they now? Are they still alive? Did they have kids? What did they do? Did they live well?"
Let yourself go for a minute and think about all we've gained since then.
Think too about what we've lost.