Things Have certainly Changed
I remember when I was about thirty, single and took a long winter vacation stopping in L.A., two weeks in Hawaii and back to San Francisco on to New York. The year was 1980 and my costs were around $800. To be fair, I took my meals in Chinatown in Honolulu. I brought my guitar and conducted sing a longs with the other passengers on the flights. Going to the Pacific, the stewardesses dressed in moo moos and local Hawaii music blared into the cabin. The girls did the hula for us. I did not know about laptops, Smartphones, Apps or wide screen TV's then. I did not follow financial markets or text anyone either. I had the time of my life. The food was authentic South Pacific and everybody was happy, laughing and in a state of Nirvana. I hung around with the flight attendants at the meal station and probably could have got a date. My vacation was relaxing with that huge mall out there and the spot where Gilligan's Island was filmed was right at my fingertips. L.A was topped with me at the Troubadour watching one of Elton John's first appearances in America. San Francisco was affordable grand cuisine and beautiful colored real estate.
I am 62 now but when I think back to that earlier trip I can only compare to what we are facing today in our speedy lives. Things have certainly changed.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Do you have the sequester blues as some Americans are now experiencing? After all, man in the street interviews show that so many of us do not understand the process or simply are putting the entire matter by the wayside. Despite dire and dismal predictions, we are not experiencing anything of the same immediately. No reason to over look the sequester though. It seems to me like it is a slow trickle but there are cutbacks happening now in the way of furloughs and visitor services around the country. When the elephants dance, the mice scatter. This recovery is painful enough when you consider the three job scenario, part time hiring and layoffs all over. Heaping more sour news is not going to cure our deficit or help the economy. Remember what I said about the elephants, gloom and doom and lack of consistent and enduring outreach on both sides are going to have to happen for our success. Trying to win distant elections does not help matters either. I am assuming that cuts will continue and be more and more painful and man in the street interviews will then become more realistic. We have to get together on repairing this nation and think of all those now affected. It is almost as if even the rich are hurting. They also are dancing elephants. Squeeze them and you do not get a big return just more little guys scattered. All this as we wade through healthcare and international perplexities. Also, remember if you will that the stock market goes up, but it also goes down. A long term approach to current euphoria.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Sitcoms versus Hard News
Do you find yourself watching really funny older sitcoms on cable as opposed to being caught up in the awful and frustrating news we are hearing? I am now into How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Sunshine in Philadelphia and some other entry with the talented David Spade. In doing so my mood is up, I am laughing for a change and not as frustrated with Washington. The shows incidentaly are superbly acted, produced and directed and quite addictive in a nice way.
When the heat subsides I may go back to the panels and the arguing but who knows, I may choose to remain in comedy world, a blissful escape into oblivion.
Jay Adler Comment
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
We were out of power for 10 days. To all my dear friends on social media and my blog, I value your friendship so much. Trouble is there are thousands of contacts in my wake and requests for my comments. I have an idea, let us start from scratch, there is no way i can go backwards and answer. I will be up to speed faster this way. So send your stuff into me and I will get going ASAP. With thousands of e-mails alone, I think this is the best way to handle this.I am flattered for the attention I got while I could not repond.