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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Cooker and the Roomie went traveling today with a friend. It's an international shopping trip to Thunder Bay, Ontario. I don't know (and probably don't want to) what they do up there, but they obviously have a good time and come back tired carrying exotic Canadian goods. Maybe they'll bring me some Tim Horton donuts. This leaves me a day to call my own, so after making some pancakes and topping them with some locally brewed maple syrup, I took a quick trip to town. After stopping in at the Senior Center to buy some Christmas cookies in support of our local animal rescue organization I bought the local fish wrap (newspaper) to bring home and read. It promptly put me to sleep and into dreamland. When I woke up there were some images of my pre-adulthood floating around in my head and I thought I might share some of those images. This is the man who I named this blog after. He is in his mid forties in this shot.
 This is back in the mid sixties. Of course we all looked pretty good then. Even me!
 Ah, those days of summer past. I must have spent ten or twelve summers at the beach. I forgot to mention that this is on the Delaware Bay, just inside the Atlantic Ocean. So how many of you have actually met someone from Delaware? I spent the first eighteen years of my life there before heading for the center of the continent. I lost my accent pretty quickly so that I would blend in and the locals couldn't tell I was practically an alien. Although when people got to know me they did start to question my planet of origin. I still refuse to tell.

The people at the beach had a pretty good handle on the art of doing nothing. Of course, you must realize that one income was usually enough to take care of a family back then. Sometimes someone would pick up a seasonal or part time job to have a little "mad money", but it wasn't necessary for survival among the working class. Here is a typical weekend afternoon.
 Well it sounds like the girls are home so I better make up some story about all the things I got done while they were gone. I know they won't believe me, but why should they? They always appreciate a good story no matter how much embellishment occurs.

10 comments:

Sightings said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog (wonder how you found it?) -- and I hope it's okay, but I quoted you in my post today.

Didn't realize you'd had a prostate op. Hope all goes well. Sounds pretty good so far.

I've never tasted a Tim Horton donut, but my sig. other B and her two kids (who have friends in Canada and occasionally go to visit) rave about them. One of these days I gotta try one. I hear they have a store in NYC, so maybe I'll look 'em up next time I go there.

Cognitive Dissenter said...

Nothing like reminiscing about a hot day on the beach when it's snowing outside. I wouldn't mind a little of that sunshine about now.

Jono said...

Sightings, I think I found you many months ago from Nance's or Robt. the Skeptic or somebody in our age group. Had the op nearly 5 weeks ago and all is going well. I startled my doctor when I told him thanks for saving my life. I don't think he hears that very often.

CD, it's especially helpful when the mercury dips below zero. It's been close, but not yet.

alwaysinthebackrow said...

Hey, so glad to see you at my blog again, and thrilled that you are writing your own blog. I like it a lot. I love the photos from Iceland, Norway, and even Delaware. (my husband's cousins actually lived in Delaware for many years, but I didn't meet them until many years after they'd moved here).
How are you doing after the surgery and getting back to work? Are you back to full time? Take it easy on yourself.

Nance said...

I find myself reminiscing about the eighties a lot lately. I've always admired the trait most truly old people seem to share, the ability to lose themselves in memories so thoroughly, they can call upon all the senses to participate. I figure it comes with the stillness; we are finally forced to be still more.

Murr Brewster said...

You DID look good in the sixties. I spent some time on Rehoboth Beach back then and I'm pretty sure I would've noticed you, big guy...so you must have been somewhere else.

Jono said...

Murr, I spent a LOT of time walking up and down the boardwalk at Rehoboth. I'm sure I noticed you, but I was a bit too shy to talk to girls back then. If only I knew then what I know now...

Nina Ø said...

I spent the entire summer after high sdchool on the beach at Pinecrest lake in the Sierra and it was the BEST time of my life. Every child should a memory like that to hold dear.
I have been worrying also for some years why my father could support us on one income and people cannot affort rent today on 2 incomes. Well, I think we know what has happended in the past 30 years and it is not pleasant to see. it would be pleasant to find some Tim Horton donuts in CA though.

Dr. Psychobabble said...

great photos! what photo filter did you use to make them look vintage like that? ;)

Jono said...

Psychobabs, I AM vintage like a Stradivarius or hundred year old Scotch. You were thinking more like 2 week old road kill, weren't you?