Simpler Time

Pre-High Tech

Pre-High Tech

What did we call technological advances before we had the term, “high tech”?  I don’t recall.  I’ve lived long enough to see technological advances change my life in drastic ways. Nothing has ever stayed the same for very long, but time span between advances gets shorter all the time.

When the transistor replaced the vacuum tube, it seemed like it took years before “solid state” became the norm.  I was cool when I got a portable transistor radio for Christmas in the eighth grade, but it wasn’t considered high tech, just cool.  When cassette tapes replaced the bulky 8-tracks, it was revolutionary … but not high tech.

After that, everything became a blur:  remote control TV’s, PC’s, floppy discs, VCR’s, CD’s, DVR’s, DVD’s, hard drives, flash drives, HD, blue-tooth, WiFi, hand-held devices, the Cloud, etc.   Somewhere along the line the term “high tech” was coined.  But, between cool and high-tech, there were repair shops for “Advanced Technology” … or, was that just a simpler time.

Thought for the Day:  Life was so much simpler when Apple and Blackberry were just fruits.   Anonymous

 

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Cattle Brands

Sandhill Cattle Brands

Sandhill Cattle Brands

Branding cattle is still alive and well in western Nebraska.  Just outside the bank in Merriman, Nebraska, is a large sign that identifies all the brands used in the Nebraska Sand Hills in 1964.  Below each brand is the name of its owner.

I saw many of these brands during my wanderings through Cherry County, usually in the form of a large welded metal sculpture at the ranch’s entrance.  It’s a language all its own.

There weren’t any billboards in Merriman, no gas station signs, blinking neon “vacancy” signs, and no school signs.  No signs at all, really.  No handmade signs offering to take in laundry, no “eggs for sale” signs, and no “Keep Out” painted on an old tire hanging on a fence post.  Apparently, this sign of cattle brands provides everyone in Merriman with all the information they need.

Thought for the Day:  “School Colsed Until Further Notice”   Message on Elementary School Marquee

 

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Grinding Wheel

grinding wheel

grinding wheel

Uggh, Monday morning, back to the salt mines.  Retirement hasn’t erased the sluggish feeling I have on Monday mornings.  It takes a while to get back in the groove, before I feel sharp and productive again.  Sort of like that dull knife sitting on the work bench waiting to be used, but a few strokes on the whetstone or grinding wheel and it’s as good as new.

Thought for the Day:    Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.                                                                                                                                   Cherokee Indian Proverb

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Discovery

Innocence

Discovery

What can I say?   Just another day of discovery and wonder for this 18 month old.

Thought for the Day:  There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.    Winston Churchill

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Cooked Goose

Cooked Goose?

Cooked Goose?

I was exploring a new subdivision in western Douglas County, NE when a severe thunderstorm rolled in.  The wind came up, the sky darkened, thunderclaps exploded in the west, and I grabbed my camera.

I got off a few shots before sheets of rain draped my car, and drove me inside.  I was lucky to get this lightning bolt.

The geese didn’t seem too concerned that all their flights had been cancelled.

Thought for the Day:  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.                                                                                                                                                      American Proverb

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2,977 Reminders

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

The flags were equally spaced in rows and columns along the grassy slope of Omaha’s Memorial Park.  A fitting place for the temporary memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack, with the large granite memorial to Omaha’s fallen war veterans standing tall and protective at the top of the knoll.

The flags were placed by a local Boy Scout troop.  Each flag gave the victim’s name, age, occupation, hometown and where they died (North Tower, South Tower, Pentagon or Flight 93 in Pennsylvania) on the morning of  September 11, 2001.

I stood among the flags and gasped at how large an area it took to place 2,977 miniature flags less than a yard apart.  The war on terror took on a new meaning 13 years ago, and, while this memorial is only temporary, it is a painful reminder that the war on terror is far from over.

Thought for the Day:    Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.    Jim Valvano

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Squirt!

Milking

Milking

One of the best exhibits at the Iowa State fair is the Children’s Farm.  Kids plant the seeds, harvest the crop, take it to the market, sell it, and receive payment that they cash in for an ice cream bar on the way out.

They also drive a tractor, gather eggs and milk cows; quite a learning experience for the little ones.

Thought for the Day:   What did the mama cow say to her calf?   It’s pasture bedtime.

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