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How The Times Are A Changing – A Song, A Poem, I'm Not Sure
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How the Times Are A Changing – A Song, A Poem, I\'m Not Sure

A comment I made this morning had me recalling the life of the past, when did a lie-in disappear, setting the alarm clock for half past seven to start work at nine? When did the traffic start flowing in the cities at five in the morning? Have I been asleep for the last twenty years?

I rise early in the morning 4 am the norm, but that is not from a wish, just a habit of old age and past employment as a Golf Course Superintendent requiring a start on the course long before anyone else. Having read a few articles discussing the changing world and the way we live in it today, caused an exploring of time past, the times of yesteryear, so to say. Standing on the higher veranda, cup of tea and cigarette, I noticed on the highway the lights of cars streaming off to work. (If it's not work, then I've missed the fact that it's a holiday and everyone is heading out-of-town.)

Cars by the thousand, heading in two directions on a highway of three lane traffic, at five in the morning. Surely these are not commuters heading off to work, when businesses open at 8 am why would they be on the road so early? The truth of the matter, they're on their way to work, trips of up to two hours now being needed to reach places of employment. My son reminds me that we lived in the city at one time and “You used to drive these streets everyday” his short reminder.

Yes I did, but not at that time of the morning, the traffic then was less than a Sunday afternoons drive of today. The roads have not got bigger in size, in fact they've stayed the same, the traffic now ten times more and this the difference. Also the fact thirty years ago we seemed to travel four in a car, now its one person only. The rush and speed at which they travel, far higher now than then, yes we got to work on time, but probably more relaxed than now.

Another article talking of the TV and its improvement over years ago, I remember when programs started at 6 pm and finished at 10 pm during the week and midnight on the weekend. Black and white were all we got, and you switched on the TV half an hour before the time, not in anticipation, but to give the set time to warm up and you time to fiddle with the test pattern that always seemed to adjust itself when off during the day. If it didn't work, a slap on the side of the box had tremendous results, test patterns behaved themselves, steady their jumping, the volume always off because of the high-pitched whistle sent out.

The point I'm trying to make is not that I'm getting old and wish to reminisces, but we've got so used to the gradual change that has taken place, we've not seen it happening. The writings of others has me thinking today, that maybe I'm happy I'm semi retired and of this age, not sure I want to see the life my grand children have ahead of them.


Street Talk

Sorry this took so long to get to Rob. In some ways Im excited to see what tomorrow has to bring, but do often reminisce. I remember waiting for Saturdays with baited breath, getting up at 5:00am so you could see the morning cartoons, or doing everything you could to get your chores done so you could go outside and play because that is where your friends were. Time will tell, but I think we will have to get back to that somewhat .. great article:)

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Wayne for the look in...

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  about 7 years ago

The hustle and bustle sure does not call me anymore.

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  about 7 years ago

Me neither, I'm more likely to have a heart attack before I get the chance to hit some one.

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Day by day change is gradual. But looking back over even 5 years in these times, incredible amounts of events have transpired. Everything speeding up almost. All the more reason to take it slow whenever we can. 4am - what beautiful sun rises you will see then :)

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  about 7 years ago

I see the sunrise everyday and the sunset, My life in a nutshell the song "Sunrise...Sunset" can't remember who sings it.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article Rob, I'm not sure if people tend to look back at the past through rose-tinted glasses but life certainly does seem to be more hectic today.

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  about 7 years ago

Oh it is penny it is, I can go on for hours of how it used to be, but don't want to bore you.

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  about 7 years ago
Joan S  

It's gotten congested where I live. It used to be so quiet, but now commuter traffic has the highways and parkways bottle necked from 6:00AM to 10:00. Even if you work from home, you have to go out sometime. It is definitely stress producing. Can always move to a more rural community, but then you run the risk of being bored to death. I think there is a growing trend of people working from home. Even corporations are saving money by setting people up at home. It'll take some of the stress off of the highways, save gas, and save people. As for our kids, I don't know what they are facing. Let's stay positive and see a better life for them, and work to that end. Insightful, Rob.

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  about 7 years ago

With you there Joan, it just seems when I stand and watch the hustle and bustle I try to picture the future, just an old mind worrying for their part, although they will probably expect it and not freak out at all.

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  about 7 years ago
Lemuel  

Looks like a terribly slow movement of vehicles in the picture (a bad place to be in early morning). Lucky for you to have your favorite cup of tea and cigarette during those times. :)

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Lemuel, that photo is not from here, I stole it,but where ever it is I don't want to go there.

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  about 7 years ago
Lemuel  

Is that right. I thought you are living on a nice hill overlooking this busy street. I was picturing you're having your cup of tea and cigar as you took this picture and wrote your article. Anyway, great article.

  
  about 7 years ago

Uh-o. Did you take that photo? Yikes for drivers and passengers! Dreadful content so many cars. Well that photo sure adds a new dimension to working online wherever you are. Ack! I have a cousin who is an attorney. He commutes to Wall Street in New York City from southern New Jersey. He takes public transport. That's bad enough... can't imagine this many cars and breathing... Planet saving working online:-) thanks. glad you're still writing. blessings Rob - Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

I stole that picture from somewhere and I don't know where, I thought it would be in the USA?

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  about 7 years ago

Wherever it is I sure hope I'm never there! Thanks...

  
  about 7 years ago

My husband now takes the train. He can get a good hour of writing done every day with his laptop along. The traffic is just obscene. Even getting to the train station is busy and he prefers to be dropped off as finding a park can add another 15 minutes to the journey.

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  about 7 years ago

It is terrible when one has to do this every day, would drive me over the wall.

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

yep, the times are a changng quicker than we can keep up with it

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  about 7 years ago

Can say that again Barbara

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  about 7 years ago

If only I could also follow your last sentences Rob... It would be so much better for everyone if we didn't have to run around all day like crazy. It is like stress has consumed our lives!

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  about 7 years ago

Maria don't worry I lived like that when I had my own business, the wife had a coffee shop that was open 7 days a week, we worked our butts off, your time will come. By the way I was having a look at your fotos on face book it looks like you had a wonderful honeymoon.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Rob we really did! Great time without any stress... It was lovely!

  
  about 7 years ago
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