Things sure aren't what they used to be, are they? We were just
at a yard sale at a local church this afternoon and we were amazed
at the large collection of OLD things. There were old tools, old
records, old clothing, etc. I even found some old Davy Crockett
cards that I collected when I was a kid and Davy Crockett was my
hero (before Mickey Mantle).
Ever since the expansion of the internet and everyone’s use of it
(and even for many generations before) we've heard people say,
"Things aren’t what they used to be" and "Life sure isn't what it
used to be" as we recall the way things were in our youth. We know
when we hear a car with its booming subwoofer go by shaking our car
(and bones) we can't believe that this is what the new generation
calls music! Life seemed so much simpler then. There was more time
to do things. Even the rocking chair now seems extinct.
We suppose we could go on and on about how different things seem
from what they used to be and we would get no argument, only added
examples from everyone else's life stories. But it's how we react to
those differences, how we deal with them, how we adjust that might
make a little bit of a difference. Along with seemingly everyone
else, we have become somewhat computer literate. We communicate via
e-mail nearly every day. We have a running account with Amazon.com.
We have purchased quite a number of things from eBay. And where
would we be without GOOGLE? The computer has become a staple of life
we would find hard to be without anymore. We get our movies from
Netflix. We navigate our car with the help of Carmine, our Garmin
Nuvi GPS. We listen to music using our iPods. We use our microwave
oven more often than not. We order our theater tickets over the
internet as well as pay many of our bills. We may not be leading the
charge, but we guess we can say we've entered the 21st Century.
When we bought Carter-Creagh more than 13 years ago, it
was the newest, shiniest thing out there and we were so proud of it.
Carter-Creagh was even on display at the Catalina Yachts
East Coast Rendezvous in Newport that summer. Even though we don't
have the latest in electronics on board, we have updated it with an
ice cube maker, a generator, a roller furling main, a 26-inch flat
screen TV with DVD player and stereo audio system, a saltwater wash
down pump, etc. We don't have the latest in C-Map chart plotters but
we are on our 4th laptop computer with at least our 6th version of
Nobeltec software for our navigation system. And we just had the
latest in bottom paints put on, the Interlux Intersleek 900.
And that brings up our next topic, improvements. Things have
gotten better, not just easier. We, among many other sailors, have
become much more environmentally conscious. We care more about our
earth, or are at least more aware of it and are doing things to
help, like never before. We're trying to clean up the water and the
air. We bought a Toyota Prius mostly for the purpose of using less
fossil fuel to get us where we need to go. Our new bottom paint is
not anti-fouling (and polluting). It is like a slick rubber glove
that marine life has trouble adhering to.
And life has improved for many people over the years; it's not
just easier. Just look at social relations in our country. Though we
have a long, long way to go, life is getting better for blacks,
Hispanics, Asians, gays and many other minorities who were much more
oppressed only a few years ago. We are happy to think that this is
Even though we have twinges of nostalgia for the things of our
youth, we recognize that the only thing that was better "back then"
was that we were younger. And our memories fade as we get older –
remembering all the good stuff and filtering out the pain. Yes, the
old gray mare ain't what she used to be. And now in our later years,
even with angioplasties, hip replacement surgery, medicine to help
stabilize diabetes and pain relievers to help us deal with
arthritis, life is getting BETTER and we hope that in some small way
we have been a part of it.
In a couple of weeks we will be off to our 20th (?) Annapolis
Sailboat Show to see what’s new and to have a great time with great
friends like you. Then it's off to Florida for the winter and our
new home in Venice on the southwest coast. Be well and be happy to
be alive and part of the progress happening around us all the time.