There are a lot of uses for email these days . . . some of those uses have even made our work life a little easier . . . it’s also more convenient for customers to send artwork, ad copy, pictures, and stories right to our computer. No more envelopes, no more stamps, just attach your message or document and click your mouse, and magically what you wanted to get to our office is here . . . at least in theory. The funny thing is, you have to have the address EXACT, or it won’t get to our computer; it may not get to any computer.
It’s amazing how many times we give our email address out. We’ll be asked what it is and respond firstname.lastname@example.org. Some will have trouble keeping the letters in order; others will ask “What’s mywdo!?” They understand when we tell them it’s short for my warpdrive online – the high-speed connection provided by US Cable.
Email is so easy to use that there are literally hundreds of letters we get each week; some are simply forwarded messages others had received and passed along. Some are from people hoping to sell us something. Some are from people (or companies) hoping to get free advertising in the newspaper. Still others are jokes or stories sent from people who think we may find them interesting.
Some we’re very happy to get because we believe the content is something our readers would enjoy.
We have a broad range of age groups that read this weekly newspaper. From the rather old to the rather young. The young ones might not relate to what follows, but anyone from the age of 30 and up will get a big kick out of this because you’ll relate to everything stated:
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate bleu cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick-up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms ..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
If YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!
If you’ve read this before, excuse us for repeating it, we seem to remember one simular, but figured this one was worth repeating.
Have A Good Week!
Cold Spring Record Publisher