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Prudence… A Passing Fad?

October 17, 2008

When we look back on previous generations, we often associate them with the fads, fashions and technologies that accompanied them. Take Generation X for example, as adolescents we spent Friday nights at the roller rink, listened to .38 Special and the closest thing we had to reality TV was the News.  A few years later while Gen X matured and the roller rinks were closing down… something else was happening.  Without warning, like in a science fiction movie, dangerous alien forms of plastic had invaded our culture, taken control of our practicality and systematically began snatching away our financial stability.  Fighting for supremacy, living in codependency and feeding off one another for survival,  Generation X and the Credit Card Revolution had taken flight.

I often think back to when I was a child and how my father, a blue collared civil servant, would go about making purchases.  He had a system.  It was a common practice used by the Baby boomers and every generation before them.  Now-a-days, to the MTV Generation, this method of obtaining goods and services is just something they touched on in school, primitive backwards thinking and the kind of thing you would only (more…)

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One Eyed Jack

September 5, 2008

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s, my brother and I spent many road trips in the back of my mother’s station wagon. Booster seats didn’t exist, there were no such thing as air bags and seat belts were just something you tucked into the crack of the seat to get them out of the way. We were simply tossed into the back cargo area like loosely packed groceries.

There were no handheld gaming devices or cell phones – we had one of those primitive triangular peg board puzzle games and the Rubic’s Cube.  Most of the time we would just sit back there and watch the other cars.  Like many kids on long trips we found amusement in waving to anyone who would wave back, signaling truck drivers to blow their horns… but, our favorite pass time was One Eyed Jack.

If you were playing One Eyed Jack, you had your nose pressed against the window and would once-over every car driving on the road… the shiny cars, the dirty cars, the new cars, the old cars, the fancy Cadillac’s and the dilapidated rust buckets. What you were looking for was a car with a broken (more…)