Re—tiring Life

Lets face it, getting older now days isn’t as much fun as it used to be and I find it quite inappropriate that it’s harder, much longer and more complicated that ever.  My grandparents just got old enough that the family stepped in made them comfortable and made things easier and that was it.  Today, OhMyGosh!!!  There is so much to take care of, email service, internet, electric power prices, gas, TV providers, car, house and health ins. plus the supplement of medical & pharmacy, phone & cell services, in addition to the everyday things like groceries, cleaning, laundry and the like.  I just don’t know anymore and yet I know more about what I don’t want to than the things I want to know about.  I didn’t want to be educated about pixels, mega bites, waves, digital, mega hertz, internet clouds, spam, viruses, Trojans, worm holes, well lets put it this way I used to know what some of these things were until all the electronic age and now the words have a totally different meaning.  It’s like learning another language.  I remember when a mouse used to some little furry critter that scurried around dark cornors of your house, a Trojan was a condom, a cloud was a formation in the sky, worm holes were made by real worm in the dirt, and spam was something you ate.  I remember when everyone paid the same for gas no matter where you were at, electricity was always the same price, when there were just a few health ins. companies all pretty much the same, and when you had a home phone with ATT.   I swear if  I have to compare one more price for something other than food I’ll literally crawl into a hole in the ground and give up.  I don’t know about everyone else but life is getting so darn difficult.  Every 3-6 mos. we all have to get the latest deal on our cell, internet, TV, electric, and ins. service.  And let’s face it they got you coming & going.  Why did we put ourselves in this situation anyway?  Is it really progress?  Are we really getting more done?  Seriously aren’t we just taking the time we used to spend hanging clothes on the line & spending it on the computer or the cell phone now.  The exchange of time from a more laborious chore to a more impassive one dares to ask the question are we really getting more done?  Is there more accomplishment?  Really, think of how much actual time you spent loading your new cell phone with all your stuff, or the last time you bought a new computer and the time it took to get it set up, all the time since adding stuff, deleting, and protecting the info.  I just spent 3 hrs. changing internet providers, well I lied, first there was the 10 hrs on the phone of comparing rates & services, then a couple of hrs. assessing exactly what I had to organize so I wouldn’t loose my paperless files.  Once the transfer was done about an hr, I spent 3 hrs. transferring all my email, email addresses, making notifications, and clearing out my saved emails.  I could have written several notes in that same time period and had half house packed in that time if I were moving.  Needless to say I’m exhausted from all the mental work, the waiting for the services to show up and the stress of what did I forget to do that I’ll never know that I didn’t do until it’s far to late. I’m thinking a log cabin in the woods without phone, internet, TV with just mail service would be great.  So have a great time all you middle aged (30-50’s) thinking of and planning retirement.  Remember to plan time for these newer lessons of a more advanced age.  Plan for more complications and forget about the simpler life it doesn’t exist anymore.   

By aliceapropos
Aside

Okay, let’s get it out there, women fighting in the front lines.  Why the question?  Would this same question be put to any male?  I’m not going to liked for my opinion but GIVE WOMEN THE SAME CHOICES A MAN HAS.  PERIOD.  Why is it the more modern, more advanced, more sophisticated, the more learned and intelligent, so to speak, that we fall into the middle ages.  If fact when you read history women fought along side of their men in the middle ages.  They defended their children as well as their men, took care of the wounded as well as their sustenance, and helped make the a weapons.  They weren’t asked what they wanted to do then, just told what to do.  Now of all things men want to rule women more that ever, freedom of choice is still being taken from our women.  When will it stop.  It’s just as bad as prejudice.  The point is that women should have the right to CHOOSE whatever endeavor they want.  Women are intelligent, wise, knowledgeable enough to make their own choices, have kids or not, work in whatever field they want, fight the enemy or not, PERIOD.  Men have been the dictators or women in all races since the beginning of time and it seems they have to be start seeing women as equals, as human beings and as people with all sorts of intelligence, likes, dislikes, wants, needs, desires and most of all possessing the common sense to be able to make life choices that suit themselves.  If a woman decides she can carry a weapon and use it as well as any man when she needs to more power to her.  Men need to stop taking powers from women and women need to allow women unlike themselves to make their own choices.  So there I’ve said it.  I grew up in the fifties, women didn’t have all of the opportunities then as now,  women have come a long way but now I see hurdles being put out there just as women start getting more power to choose.  I for the life of me understand the reasoning behind the assumed authority by men to continually put women down, make laws against them, deny them the choices they have.  It’s Hippocracy in the highest form.  Men start living appropriately.

By aliceapropos

Just Another Day

You know getting in and out of an elevator isn’t brain surgery and there are no right or wrong ways.  Just some people have to make it hard for everyone else.  I just can’t get my head around why.  The appropriate way is to approach the elevator, push the button up or down and then step out of the way because perhaps and this is speculation on your part that someone will be getting off.  I guess that’s where the hard part comes because most people seem to think that the elevator is just there for themselves so they stand right in front of the door and start pushing to get in before anyone has a chance to get out.  This does absolutely nothing for me and I’m sure not for many others either.  Where’s the appropriate life?  What’s happened to common sense?

By aliceapropos

Cell Phone Useage

You know I’m of an age where I remember as well as many others what it was like without these little pieces of communication, and for what it’s worth I see the value of them; however, I recognize that they also come with a lot of unwanted interference, disruptions, non-communication, verbal abuse, dangers, and quite considerably a loss of freedom.  Now let’s be clear because of the dangers of not having one in the case of an emergency, car trouble, accidents, health reasons etc. I have one of those little gadgets, have had (starting with the car phone) since 1993.  My problem as with others is how they have become more than just a tool, as they were meant to be used, that disrupts every situation imaginable,  like business meetings, theaters, going out to eat, family time, just walking down town or in the mall or even sitting or driving your car.  Just as we didn’t get an instruction on how to be a parent, well maybe some of us did, we didn’t get instructions on when it was appropriate, when, where and why, to use these what has become the cutest, most magnificent devices that no one in their wrong mind can leave them alone.  I for one have always thought of a phone as a tool that mostly, unless I “needed” to use it, an intrusion of my time in my home,except at work a to earn a living.  You see what’s brought this on is the witnessing of a family out to eat over the holidays, and I’ve seen it before, of a group of mixed age people there were 9, I think relatives, and over half sat the entire hour and a half on their cell phones, a few talking the others playing games or texting even to one another.  Here’s my rules of cell phone.  In public areas go to an isolated area away from others, don’t use and drive-pull over(it only takes a second) or let it go to voice mail and respond later, don’t yell on the phone or use profanity( unless you’re all alone or at home).  Now the heartbreaking reason for all this is that the adults are so enamored with the little smart thing that they are not teaching the younger people in their lives that there’s a time and place for this.  They are loosing valuable communication with their kids.  The kids on the other hand are spending so much time on them they are loosing the ability to interact properly with each other.  I’m glad to see that PC time has dwindled a bit but we know just what it’s being replaced with.  I’m a firm believer that quality time means spending one on one with kids, talking, playing board games, horsing around outside( a park, beach, woods or empty lot).  The cell phone is creating a huge dynamic in the family unit let alone that of the work place and public.  I get really annoyed hearing someone yell on their phone on the street, a restaurant from another car while driving( that’s a whole other topic).  The behavior doesn’t translate well for being competent adults.  I’d like to see an appropriate use of the cell phone 

By aliceapropos

Blog Plan

My purpose in starting a blog is to use it as an outlet to show the inappropriate track that life is taking in hopes of awareness and stimulating change.  It wouldn’t have to be a lot, just enough that someone stops to think, Oh yeah that might be a good idea.  I can’t change the world, and I don’t want this forum to be a grip session on my part, although that just might be what it turns out to be, I just want to encourage more consideration on the part of others for the greater good.  I hope that I will get enough followers with the same issues and concerns as well as solutions that might benefit everyone, as well as teach our youth some well practiced behaviors that seem to be falling along the wayside.  I want the world to be a better place for everyone, to live a happy and prosperous life without conflict, harm or frustration to others around them.  LIVE THE APPROPRIATE LIFE and HAVE A GREAT DAY!

By aliceapropos