To Those of Us Born From 1925 To 1955

No matter what our kids And the new generation think about us,

WE ARE AWESOME AND OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!

THIS IS FOR ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ‘and 50s, !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank While pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs, Covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no airbags, bald tires, and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside running around and playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. Think of this, no one was able to reach us all day — and, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down a hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have PlayStations, Nintendo and X-boxes.

There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, and no video movies or  DVDs.

No surround sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet, and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut and I have a scare on my side to prove it. We broke bones and teeth and no lawsuits resulted from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms didn’t live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthday, and 22 rifles for our 12th.

We rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen we did not put out many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t make it had to learn to deal with disappointment and work harder so they would make it after the next tryouts. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the police!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 60 to 85 years saw an explosion of innovation and new ideas because we had freedom, were allowed to fail, and were encouraged to succeed, success and responsibility were part of growing up because we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are of the lucky ones born between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!

The quote of the month by Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mudslides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist
attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

Rolling Stone 100 Best Sitcoms of All Time

From family stories to band-of-misfits hangouts, classic rom-coms to workplace mockumentaries, cringe comedies to antihero showcases, and some shows that defy definition, these are the hundred series that have made us laugh, think, occasionally cry, and laugh all over again.

For more than eight decades, the sitcom has both marked the times and provided a balm against them. From Rob Petrie tripping over his ottoman on The Dick Van Dyke Show to Ilana face-planting on a Broad City subway car; from The Honeymooners’ Ralph Kramden barely containing his frustration with Ed Norton to Atlanta’s Paper Boi doing the same with his cousin Earn; from Lucy Ricardo getting drunk on Vitameatavegamin to Fleabag enjoying Gin in a Tin with the hot priest, the genre’s most beloved characters have been by our sides.

To choose the 100 greatest sitcoms ever, we first had to decide how to define the term. Sketch comedies were out, from the explicit, like Saturday Night Live and The Muppet Show, to the more ambiguous, such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Ditto comedy-drama hybrids that ran around an hour — Freaks and Geeks, say, or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Half-hour dramedies presented a blurrier picture; we took those on a case-by-case basis, applying our own version of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of obscenity: “I know it when I see it.” Where Enlightened and The Wonder Years seemed to fall just too far over the drama side of the line, for example, Atlanta and Better Things had enough comedy to qualify. This list is also composed entirely of English-language comedies, primarily American ones, with a handful of British and Canadian shows making the cut.

Mostly, though, we were looking for a consistent group of characters and settings. Then we considered not just how much these series made us laugh, but also how much they influenced the shows that followed, how well they reflected the world around them, and, on occasion, how deeply they made us feel emotions beyond mirth.

100 – ‘Schitt’s Creek’ (Pop TV, 2015-2020)