Thursday, 30 July 2015

Remember When We Just Wanted To Grow Up & Have An Ordinary Job?

A butcher, baker or a ...

Most boys wanted to be either a policeman or a fireman in any case. For the girls it was slightly easier in that we either wanted to ride horses for a living or marry a prince! Tall order indeed.

Only when we were halfway through our school years, did we perhaps change our employment allegiance towards better jobs such as a trade, working for the government or maybe teaching. But we were proud of these choices and what is more, so were our parents.

The odd lot who were blessed with enough brain power to make it to the hallowed halls of university, were admired but not so much envied. Good for them, was the general consensus and of course they did miss out on a lot of everyday adventures and fun we had.

Fast forward to now, and everyone wants to go to university, and those who don't want to go, get pushed in by parental decree and sadly with pressure being applied for some from Kindergarten onwards... Not for the excitement of learning select academic marvels, but mostly for the ability to afterwards be able to earn a lot of money. Money seems to be the catch phrase of the moment. Money and what it can provide for one.

Don't get me wrong, I admire those who've gone on to study and perhaps conquer their chosen world but that doesn't mean that there is anything missing in normal life, if one hasn't done the same.

The pressure on kids these days to create a career that will provide them oodles of dosh, is the main thread in this tapestry of consumerism. Think about it...why is the need for oodles of money so great? Well, advertisers shows us that only when we own a luxury home, go on exotic vacations and drive the latest vehicle ( while of course holding a smartphone ), will we be happy and more importantly get our Soul Mate.

Isn't it about time that as a society we return to the ideal of yesteryear?

  • Having a home, an ordinary home, is ample enough.
  • Having a job that fulfills you is wonderful.
  • Having enough time in the day to spend with your family is vital.
  • Living a life without the latest gadgets, fashion and luxuries makes you the same decent human being as those who have all the mod cons.

The secret to being happy with the ordinary and not always wanting what everyone else has, is that even on a normal job you can live a great life and more likely than not, without the stressful spectre of having huge financial debts to pay off.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Who Remembers Watching TV Without A Remote Control?

Oh, the good old times....

As you might have gathered, our remote control has given up the ghost and new batteries will only be purchased today. Which effectively means that the last few days, either Bob or I had to get up off the comfy couch and do the deed of adjusting the volume.

Admittedly, when I first had a look at our TV close up ( and it is to my mind a fancy new one with only 4 years on its back ), I got a fright as there were no buttons to be seen. How on earth would we change the channels? Shew, luckily Bob knew that they are hidden on the side of it. Yes, go and have look at yours? Flat screen mounted on your wall...good luck!

As per usual, we do things the proper way and of course our receiver has also given up the ghost. Or at least partially. The overseas English language news channels kept on screening but anything else get cuts to shreds as normally only done by a vicious storm somewhere. No Signal. Yikes, so annoying.

We ranted and raved at the world for a day or two and I blame this on our addiction to watching television. My SOKO and Das Perfekte Dinner went out the window. We had small mercies though and with the proverbial luck of the Irish, we were able to watch the whole of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. Thankfully, because it was the best of the season...

After a few days of no remote, we have adjusted. Wow, amazingly we now have more time to read, which we do. If for some reason a program gets through the receiver, we actually watch it in its entirety. No flitting between the various programs.

Cunningly I have now and again waited until Bob was on his way to the kitchen etc, to plead with him to adjust the volume. In the good old days of the 1980's most of us didn't have a remote control. In fact, most of us were the remote control!

" Quickly go and switch to TV1, but don't stand in front of the screen! "

That reminds me of an even more annoying time in TV history: The bunny ears. Who didn't have to jump up repeatedly during a progamme and stand fiddling with those iconic bunny ears?

As I am writing this, I have had an insight that is extremely sobering:

  • Those who are still under the age of 30, might not know that bunny ears equate to a movable aerial on top of the box...
  • and even worse, most of those under 25, don't watch television on a TV anymore as they are enslaved by their tablet or Smartphone.