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Signs of the Times - They Are A-Changin'
« on: June 14, 2020, 11:11:58 PM »
Things today are different from when I was a kid.

Saw this quote on the Interwebnet:

       “The average age of Major League Baseball fans is 57.  That’s up from 50 in 2000.”


Sounds to me like a sport on the way out. 

Never would have thought it could happen when I was a kid in the 1950’s.  In school, the World Series games were on the radio and the kiss-butt Hallway Monitor would tell the teachers the score as she moved from class to class, collecting attendance for the main office.

Then the teacher would announce it to the class before she could continue.


Some things is just differ'nt than they used-to-was.
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Re: Signs of the Times - They Are A-Changin'
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2020, 12:49:17 AM »
Things today are different from when I was a kid.

We have indoor plumbing, now!  ;D
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2020, 01:16:17 AM »
We have indoor plumbing, now!  ;D 

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Re: Signs of the Times - They Are A-Changin'
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2020, 01:20:21 AM »
Back when cartoons ruled, cereal was a meal, and the outdoors were for hide-n-seek.  I long for those simpler days.  I hate adulting, lol.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2020, 07:58:12 AM »
I hope baseball sticks around. Unfortunately due to it's lack of "action" I think it's very much a sport where you have to have been raised on it to be into it. For me, it doesn't feel like summer unless there's baseball being played. I'm hoping we can get a shortened season but I'm not too optimistic about it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2020, 08:02:21 AM »
I hope baseball sticks around.

I don't care for baseball on tv, but love it live.  The last few years me and the old man have been going to a few Cleveland Indians games over the summer.  We even purchased Corey Snyder jerseys for this season.  I hope we get to catch at least one game this year.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2020, 08:04:36 AM »
I don't care for baseball on tv, but love it live.  The last few years me and the old man have been going to a few Cleveland Indians games over the summer.  We even purchased Corey Snyder jerseys for this season.  I hope we get to catch at least one game this year.

TV is actually my least preferred method of taking it in. 1st is live, 2nd is radio and 3rd is TV. Something about being in the backyard and working on something while listening to the game tickles my nostalgia bone.
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2020, 08:07:34 AM »
TV is actually my least preferred method of taking it in. 1st is live, 2nd is radio and 3rd is TV. Something about being in the backyard and working on something while listening to the game tickles my nostalgia bone.

I agree.  I love listening to it on the radio at work while driving around or at home while doing chores.  The only time I'll watch on tv is at night while I'm sorting comics or doing a model kit.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2020, 11:07:42 AM »
Even in the 80’s and early 90’s baseball ruled (at least in my world). Everyone I knew played baseball. Everyone I knew collected baseball cards. A few kids played basketball, football and soccer but EVERYONE played baseball.

The only time in my life I have ever been star struck was my first visit to Yankee Stadium in 1991. Don Mattingly (my hero at the time) walked by and I couldn’t even move. He hit a homer in that game.

Then the 1994 strike happened and MLB hurt itself more than they could have ever imagined. I (as a Yankees fan) was devastated. People lost interest to degrees before that but that really hurt them.

This year they had a legitimate chance to be the only game in town. Baseball lends itself to social distancing better than almost any team sport. Instead they’re fighting over money again and sinking into irrelevance.

That being said, baseball is still my favorite sport by far.

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Re: Signs of the Times - They Are A-Changin'
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2020, 09:21:14 PM »
Something about being in the backyard and working on something while listening to the game tickles my nostalgia bone.

I agree.  I love listening to it on the radio at work while driving around or at home while doing chores.

Me too! I love listening to baseball on the radio.

The only time I'll watch on tv is at night while I'm sorting comics or doing a model kit.

Would not those be ideal times for listening to baseball on the radio?

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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2020, 09:42:20 PM »
If you want to make this all about baseball, that's OK with me.

I was kinda hoping members would contribute examples of other changes today that they never would have predicted when they were younger.
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2020, 09:44:57 AM »
Alright. I agree. Times have indeed changed enormously over all. Here's a little vignette on the subject I ran across on the net a few years ago:

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic
bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and
explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

That's right, they didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then,
they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the
store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized
and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were
recycled. But they didn't have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
blocks. But she's right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts "wind and solar power" really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn't
have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a
screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended
and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do
everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the
mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised
by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on
treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right, they didn't
have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a
cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They
refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced
the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor
just because the blade got dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school
or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour
taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire
bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized
gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in
space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But that old lady is right. They didn't have the green thing back in her
day.


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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2020, 11:05:39 AM »

I think today's big TV's use less electricity than the little ones with numerous, hot tubes.

But, yeah sun-drying clothes outside on a line automatically bleached your whites.  No need for chemicals.

In my neighborhood, most families had only one used car - and that one was usually utilized until you HAD to buy another, less-used car. 

The idea of buying water in a bottle sounded as silly as buying bags of air.

We had a garden and grew our strawberries.  They were smaller than what's in stores today, but much sweeter. 

The tomatoes we grew had much more flavor.  It was not uncommon to take a salt shaker with you into the garden and pull them straight from the vine, and eat them, still warm from the sun.  People today who have never grown their own have no idea how good a tomato can taste.

It was a rare toy that needed a battery.  It must have been 30 years ago that I gave a small boy a stuffed character.  He put it on the floor in front of him, looked over at me, and asked, "What does it do?"  He wanted to push a button and have it entertain him.  I still remember how sad I felt for him and his generation.
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2020, 12:16:33 PM »
If you want to make this all about baseball, that's OK with me.

I was kinda hoping members would contribute examples of other changes today that they never would have predicted when they were younger.

The craziest one for me is the internet. Talking to younger folks who never knew a time without it cracks me up. Everything was different. You had to have your finger on the pulse and have various outlets to get your information depending on what it was you needed. Some I get nostalgic over (going to the video store and renting a movie based solely on the awesome cover) and others, not so much (picking a band name out of the "thank you" section of a CD booklet and gambling $15 on an album).

If you would have told me in middle school that I would have a device in my pocket that would allow me to watch movies, listen to music and find the answer to damn near any question I had I would have thought you were a total nutcase.
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« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2020, 01:13:26 PM »
I'll never forget the day I walked into a video store, and discovered a vhs of Return of the Vampire.  7th Heaven. The internet, while supplying a lot of coolness, has destroyed the element of surprise.