In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Going Obsolete.”

I miss seeing a reel-to-reel tape deck (replaced by various devices). As a kid my dad would play music on one in the family den on Saturday mornings. Seeing the tapes spin and the volume meter go back and forth is a favorite childhood memory.

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This is the very reel-to-reel model we had in our den when I was growing up.

The cassette deck is also a personal favorite although it was very limited in how many songs it could store and play. But its one of those things that I fondly remember. As a kid I would tape songs off the air on the radio and put records on tape so I could listen to them on a personal cassette deck.

Then there is the VHS VCR that almost everyone had. Of course you had to rewind the tapes. But I remember our first VCR when I was a kid, it was this huge thing that sat on top of a huge TV set. It was awesome to see a movie on a VHS tape.

This is the VCR we had when I was a kid.
This is the VCR we had when I was a kid.

Now there are other things I miss that have been replaced with new, innovative gadgets. But remembering the good old days is fun. You can appreciate what you had then and what you have now.

Rambling About Being Yourself and Keeping Up With The Jonses

Being yourself is a challenge when you feel like you have to adapt to the whims and norms of others. Keeping up with the Joneses means trying to impress people by putting on airs and buying things of value so that you will look the part. Sometimes it means doing things that go against your nature. This evening an episode of the Andy Griffith Show, Andy sends Opie to a camp where Opie meets a boy from an affluent family. This puts pressure on the Taylor family to act differently and do things differently because they feel like in order to be accepted by the family of Opie’s friend.

This is a common theme when people who want to be accepted, to be in the in-crowd which means they have to live above their means. People are always trying to impress so they will feel included in society. We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves but should it mean selling our soul and compromising our core beliefs to do so.

I have seen people who have tried to keep up with the Joneses at a great cost. Everyone has a dream and we all want those dreams to come true but my friends people can pick out those who are less than genuine. Perhaps being realistic about who we are and where we are in life will mean you can be accepted by those who matter and will be with you for the long haul.

Be honest with yourself, with others and enjoy the blessings you have, because someone thought you would need them.

Thank you for your hospitality

Whenever I visit your blogs I appreciate your hospitality. I think it’s important to have a blog that is welcoming to ones readers and encourages feedback. Of course its good to mind your manners when visiting a blog. You can do that by liking posts, offering positive commentary when possible and being respectful. A blog is an online home where you are a guest and you should never over stay your welcome, although I am not sure how that happens. Hospitality is an important concept in all of life. It’s important to be inviting and kind. Hospitality in life and on your blog is a two-way street my friends.

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. ~Author Unknown