Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Voices from the Past

Hmmm, maybe I DO live in the past! Anyway, if you are not a baby-boomer this post will be vague and meaningless to you, unless your upbringing caused you to skip a generation ot two.

TIME: Any Saturday A.M. circa; 1953 to 1963

SETTING: Your living room, sitting in front of your B/W TV that only gets 3 stations... You turn the set on, and while it is warming up( it has tubes not circuit boards)a voice bellows from the kitchen,"no TV until your chores are done." Ma! ..."don't sass me, you need to burn the papers". (in those days you had a 50 gal drum in your back yard where everything was burned except tin cans) " You know when I was growing up, we would have had to milk the cows and feed the chickens before 8 o'clock.." But Ma, we don't live on a farm! "..and we had to walk 5 miles to school every day....(blah blah blah...) When that was finally done I snuck back in the front door and settled in in front of......' A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi Ho Silver! The Lone Ranger'..... What great TV shows.

commercial 1.) " Ohhh N.E.S.T.L.E.S. Nestles makes the very best, Choooooclut!"(w/ Farful)
Then came Sgt. Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police....'on King, on you Huskies' and every show ended with..'well King, this case is closed'.

commercial 2.) " Double your pleasure, double your fun, with Double-Mint Double-mint Double-mint gum"....Then came an array of viewing that boggled the mind.......
Wild Bill Hickock....with Andy Devine as Jingles
Sky King.....with his niece Penny...and his plane the Songbird
Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans.....Happy Trails To You
My Friend Flicka

commercial 3.) "Heres Buster Brown, he lives in a shoe, heres his dog Tag, he lives in there too.
Then the array of cartoons........
Heckel and Jeckel...The talking Magpies
Mighty Mouse.....' Here I come to save the day, that means that Mighty Mouse is on the way'.
Beany and Cecil....With Nya uh uhh..Dishonest John
Bugs Bunny and Friends..." Overture curtain lights, this is it, the night of nights, no more more rehearsin and nursin of parts, we know every part by heart. Overture curtain lights, this is it, we'll hit the heights, and oh what heights we'll hit...on with the show this is it!

commercial 4.) " I love Bosco, Bosco's good for me. Chocolate flavored Bosco, is rich and chocolaty.. Mother puts it in my milk for extra energy, Bosco gives me Iron, and sunshine vitamine C. Oh I love Bosco, thats the drink for me!....and the topper before you had to go somewhere.
American Bandstand...'Well Dick I rate this record an 8. It had a good beat and it's easy to dance to.'

God, I feel like I just came out of a time warp.....And this is only Saturday morning..Stay tuned.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, reading several blogs today sure brought back past memories, dinners, gatherings and fiascos. I have to admit, that I am a bit apprehensive about this daily posting thing. Most blogs appear to be some sort of catharsis for the host. They talk about any and all subjects, and thats whats great about the web. I guess thats how I first became interested, I am a voyeur of sorts, and peering into someones private thoughts, real or imagined, was and is awesome. There are some extremely talented people that share their brain for those willing to read about it. The problem with me is that I am not one to talk about myself. I was always the listener, the Mother Hen, the designated driver, the voice of reason. People come to me with their problems, I listen, I counsel, but I rarely advise. I keep my mouth shut, and lips seeled. I know shit about people that I have no business knowing, but I do. Thats great, thats what I prefer. I'm fairly even keel, I try not to let the things that are out of my control bother me...But thats just me! Some people might call me insensitive, but trust me I'm not.

Neurosis or Nostalgia? Is there a difference? When I was in college, my Psych 101 Prof offered this abridged defination of neurosis.."the inability to forget".. My wife is always accusing me of living in the past. I still live in the same town I grew up in, I still have many friends from my H.S. I still go to H.S. football games, go to the same pizzeria, still smoke weed. I'm quite a packrat, I have toys, baseball cards, report cards, football cards, H.S. senior pictures, old yearbooks...............But everything that i've kept still works or has value. My college days were even better because I was of drinking age, and getting laid to boot. Now if I was pumping gas at the same station on the corner, or living in my mom's basement, THEN I would be living in the past, but I call it nostalgic.....Now men, have you ever been in a knockdown drag-out pissing match with your old lady, and in the middle of the screamfest she pulls shit out of her ass that happened in 1984? Women, have you done that to your man? No?....Liar! I call THAT neurosis!

Anyway, thats all I have to say for now. I'm quite boring but very honest. I love to laugh, and I will do anything for a laugh....and have. Thanks for listening, and if anyone has the notion, I'll return the favor...Galen

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Food For Thought

A good friend of mine recently E-Mailed me this little bit from George Carlin, what a great mind.......
The paradox of our time in history, is that we have taller buildings and shorter tempers, wider Freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgement, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much...We have multiplied our possessions, and reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We have learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life, but not life to years. We've been to the moon and back, but can't cross the street to meet a neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more but learn less, we plan more but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait.We build more computers to hold more info, but we communicate less.

These are the times of fast food and slow digestion, big men and small character. These are the days of two incomes and more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes. These are the days of disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that everything, from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window, but nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, where you can choose to share this insight...or hit delete.

Remember to spend some times with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever!

Remember to say a kind word to someone that looks up to you, because someday they are going to leave your side!

Remember to give a warm hug to someone next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give from your heart that doesn't cost a cent!

Remember to say 'I Love You' to your partner or loved ones, and mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend a hurt, when it comes from deep inside your heart!

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment, for someday that person will not be there again!

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts of your mind!


Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Turkey Fun Facts

The turkey is actually a pheasant...The Native American name for turkey is 'firkee'...hence turkey...More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten over Thanksgiving, roughly 1/6th of the yearly consumption...Age determines the taste of a turkey, old males are preferable in taste to young toms which have stringy meat. But as in humans, the young female turkey taste much better- old hens are tough birds...Turkeys are the only poultry native to the Western Hemisphere....Turkeys have great hearing, but have no external ears...Turkeys can see in color...However turkeys have a poor sense of smell, which could explain why some turkeys have been known to mate with both skunks and wolverines...Domestic turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly to speeds exceeding 55mph, and run on the ground up to 25mph....Turkeys can have heart attacks..... Some turkeys have been known to sport a 16in. penis, consequently some turkeys have been known to contract syphilus....Be careful what you eat, and have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pet Peeves

I was going to call this post, THINGS THAT I HATE, but that is such a strong, negative thought, so here are a few for now (I have many)...1. T.V. commercials that depict people eating..when they are obviously chewing air..2. People that you eat with at home or at work, that put too much mayo or peanut butter on their knife, then scrape it back on the top of the jar! 3. When you are the 1st one at a parking lot stop sign turning left into traffic, looking carefully BOTH ways, then some rude dick-weed pulls up on your right, turning right, that pulls up so far that you can't see oncomming traffic... 4. Drivers that drive continually on the inside lane on the e-way, 10 mph UNDER the speed limit GET OVER..5. White suburban teen-agers that speak ebonics AND wear their baseball caps side-ways....DON'T BE HATE IN.....Whew I'd better stop now before 'the strain is more that I can bear' ( Doc Holliday).....Later

Monday, November 20, 2006

Close But No Cigar

Well the current edition of the 'Game of the Century', proved to me, a diehard Michigan man, that the Buckeyes were the best team on Saturday. Some folks might want a re-match, but I think that a re-match would tarnish the integrity of the greatist rivalry in the history of man's inhumanity to man!! Although it very well may happen because of the way that the BCS is set up. A neutral site would definitely change the dynamics of THAT particular game. I don't know if my ulcer could take TWO Buckeye/Michigan games within 50 days. We had our chance, no excuses, it didn't happen...But, I sure would like to exact some revenge on the Trojans in Pasadena on New Years Day..Bo would love that!!!

Friday, November 17, 2006

I'm Blogging Here

After many months of butting in other peoples minds and web sites, I've finally decided to let anyone that has the notion, to ask me anything on any subject (except Nuclear Physics). I'll be honest, succinct, and helpful................................SHOOT.....................