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Old 04-30-08, 04:43 PM
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How did we used to spend our spare time?....

I'm sitting here and I'm trying to remember how I used to spend my time after work before the computer came along. For all who are reading this, you are like me, a computer junkie who spends a good chunk of his spare time on the computer. But back 12 to 15 years ago, when the internet was just in its infancy, how did we relax after a hard day at the office?

I must admit, I spent more time actually talking to friends instead of IM or text or emailing them. Are we losing the personal touch in our relationships with our friends and family?
 
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After work I went to the bar--that way I was always able to
be amicable whe I got home & 15 relatives were there-usually looking for something to eat or drink...........
they are all gone now--
Now I have my & their gandkids--usually looking for gas $$$$$$$
 

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Twelve years ago my youth ran away and married a wicked witch.
I have been hunting the no-count ever since.
Fifteen years ago I still had a grasp of his collar.
Now all I have is a devalued dollar.

I think any answer is time (generation) sensitive. Fifteen years ago I had a lot more fun with family and friends.
Most were alive; lived locally, didn't have monetary, locomotion and mobility issues; and could remember when they forgot. Today, conversations tend to be jaw exercise without chewing. They wander here and there; are frequently interrupted with interludes of ah's; then stop abruptly, instead of being the lively, fun, and informative exchanges of yesteryear. A few of the more avid outdoor types I used to enjoy doing things with limit their exposure for one reason or another.

Life is a slide. First you climb the ladder. You're in a hurry and eager. The climb up the ladder raises joy to elation. The ride down is gleeful; then fearful; then hopeful.


Personally, I think you would have enjoyed living in the time of my youth, in a long forgotten rural America.
TV was just making it way into the family household. Radio was weekend entertainment. Friendships were deep and lasting. Many of the things you take for granted didn't exist, and our play areas had names like Devils Hollow and Blue Woods.
 
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I spent my time working on a second job so my wife could stay home with our twins. Or helping out with scouts.
I never had time to even watch tv until the kids left home.
life begins when the kids leave home and the dog dies
 
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But back 12 to 15 years ago, when the internet was just in its infancy, how did we relax after a hard day at the office?
Gazing passively at whatever bland pander the tube offered. Most of us watched the same commercials over and over. Statistically, that's the shameful truth.

Today we're far more intellectually active. We pursue unique interests. We're all content creators. I wouldn't go back!

I miss the handwritten letters though.
 
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I still do the same things basically. I don't get on the confusor much after work and I do whatever I want.
 
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I still do the same things basically. I don't get on the confusor much after work and I do whatever I want.
If you do whatever you want--you must be single
 
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If you do whatever you want--you must be single

I'm very happily married but the thing is the wife works the opposite shift as I do. We really only get to enjoy each other on the weekends.
 
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I can still remember the time before TV
 
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I'm very happily married but the thing is the wife works the opposite shift as I do. We really only get to enjoy each other on the weekends.
We did that for a couple years too--what a friggin' nightmare
taking care of 3 teenagers,,,,,,,,,,
 
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We still don't watch network television. Canned laugh tracks, stupid antics, and all looking for the 3 minutes of advertisements between lunacy. When we do watch it, we try to see something informative, but are still stuck with the 3 minute advertisements. That is why the laptop is positioned on my lap just below the tv screen. During the 3 minutes of crud, is when I answer posts here.
 
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Think the only thing we watch on network is American Idol [and that we DVR and play back sans commercials]. Mostly [when the little guy isn't watching Sponge Bob] we have History, Discovery, or TLC on or one of the basic movie channels, but no "premium" channels.
 
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I'm with you guys, 99% of what I watch has to stimulate the brain and inform me of something. Therefore, Discovery channel, History Channel, Food Network, Science channel, etc is in order. I do not follow any running sitcom, or know anything about any of them. Half of the commercials seem like someone is yelling at me, drives me crazy. But the brief amout of time I do spend watching TV, I usually use it as a sleep aid, turn on, set timer for 60 min, and doze off into slumberland.
 
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Am I just dumb or do the majority of the commercials not make any sense? Often me or my wife will ask 'and what were they selling?'

If it weren't for my grandson I wouldn't know who sponge bob was............. or any of the other cartoons. Whatever happened to yogi bear, yosemite sam or mighty mouse
 
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Am I just dumb or do the majority of the commercials not make any sense?
Nope, it's not just you. I sometimes will watch is over and over and still can't make sense of it. Makes you wonder who their target audience is.
 
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Right there w/ya on the commericals. Kinda great though to laugh at them. We laugh and immitate them all the time and NEVER remember what the ad was FOR.

My spare time this past year has been spent better than it was before. Before I used to just lounge around and do nothing. Even on weekends. Plop myself on the couch and watch tv and/or fall asleep. I loved it. I love it even more now as I've learned to spend "quality" time with the ones I love.

I must be getting "older" b/c I'm starting not to understand anything on tv or who's who or what's what on tv or "out there".
 
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I always wondered if the companies spending $1M/minute on Super Bowl ads realize that people like the ads and they're sometimes very creative, but most of the time we couldn't tell you which product went with what commercial to save our life.
 
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Originally Posted by czizzi View Post
I'm sitting here and I'm trying to remember how I used to spend my time after work before the computer came along. For all who are reading this, you are like me, a computer junkie who spends a good chunk of his spare time on the computer. But back 12 to 15 years ago, when the internet was just in its infancy, how did we relax after a hard day at the office?

I must admit, I spent more time actually talking to friends instead of IM or text or emailing them. Are we losing the personal touch in our relationships with our friends and family?
remember when? sitting on the porch TALKING to family and friends! CRUZIN' the burger joints with your girl/friends! my computer is good but as i figured, it takes more time than it saves. i have learned a lot here though. THANKS!!!
 
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Listen carefully to the drug commercials and their side effects. En**el for one is supposed to help with itching or psoriasis. Side effects, nausea, skin rash, yada yada, or death. Well, kiss my grits, I'd just a soon itch.
 
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Viva, Viagra?????whats that all about. What happened to the time when certain things were not mentioned in mixed company? and certainly taboo on the TV. Today, everything seems like its fair game. Anyone else get embarassed when such a commercial comes on when your 7 and 10 yr old daughters are in the room. Daddy whats that for......unbelievable what some companies will do for a buck.

Its amazing, but many of the average commercial or TV show today would have been rated R or X 20 yrs ago.
 
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Old 05-02-08, 11:05 PM
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Timely topic CZZZZZZZZZI.....must be a spring thing.

This was the first winter I did not coach a hockey team or do reno's or work on rental properties every winter night. Thus I had spare time.

I relished it and tipped a few Rye and Dr Pepper every night and thought...."hmmmm this is how normal people live"..........but..............

We are currently moving from our house into a condo, then will move into a new house in 3 weeks. I'm back to working 12 hrs/day prepping/moving /running a Business/building at new house etcccc.

Now I think back to winter and feel I wasted it. Spare time is wasted time.

I'm pumped to be back to saying I'm too busy to have spare time. It keeps you young
 
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At least you got to stay out of those 4' snow drifts
 
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Eventhough I started this thread, and watched it wander about like all threads do after 20 or so posting, I must admit, while I like the nastalgia thing, there are great things to say about the today stuff.

True story... for the last couple of years, I was basically running nonstop, 7 days a week on the job. Owning and running a small business does not come with a time clock and certainly isn't a 9 to 5 job. I was spending every available moment trying to provide for my wife and kids (7 and 10 yr old girls). Late last summer, for my birthday, my little girls got daddy a fishing pole (their idea, not my wife's). Well, it was like I got hit on the head with a brick...I had not realized that I was spending so much time working, that I was not spending enough time with the family.

Short of the story, I went out and bought a boat and spend a lot more time with the family now than I ever have. Be it fishing, tubing, cruzin or whatever, my girls are a greater part of my life now than they ever have been. All from a simple hint from a couple innocent little girls.

This is a pic from the day we bought the boat, it still had the PA sticker on it, we live in VA....

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Good choice. SeaRay is one of the top-line boats. 24 footer?

I have a Four Winns 21. Getting it ready for the too-short season up here in Buffalo.

How did I spend my time before the 'net? All I did was stop the newspaper subscription and instead spend my one hour of morning coffee time at the computer.

(And chill with a beer or two or ten on the weekends at 1:17 am to post this ...)
 
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Way to go Czizzi!! It made me go to the basement and look at my dusty fishing gear. What an itch.
 
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Thanks for the kudo's on the choice of vessel, yes, a 24 footer. Just big enough to test my piloting skills coming into the docks . We have to back it into the dock.... on a windy day, it is a challenge. There is a young couple at the marina that has a Four Winns bowrider (gold and white) that they take out with their yellow lab, its a pretty looking boat.

Rick, what part of Buffalo? My folks and one brother live in East Aurora, my sister in Hamburg, and another brother in Orchard Park.

Took mine out for the first time the otherday. Just into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay at the entrance to the Poquoson River. Really wanted to just charge the batteries and give it a sea trial after sitting for a couple of months. But my fishing pole was there, and I couldn't resist....Spent only 1 hour fishing and I caught and released 22 Croker as I drifted around. Most awesome hour of action I've ever had (and of course no one there to witness ).

Sea trial went great, only sour note was that my trim tabs were not functioning. Motor whirled but no movement on either side. I have found the Bennet website and have the instructions on troubleshooting the problem, just need time to get there and check the wiring out.
 
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Old 05-04-08, 03:26 PM
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Way to go Czizzi!! It made me go to the basement and look at my dusty fishing gear. What an itch.
Serves you right Chandler. Your pic of trap shooting out of the back of a 1/2 ton on a snappy day gave me the itch to pull out my .22

Howard, All the drifts are gone as of a couple weeks ago
 
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I know, that was cooold! But what a boost. I shot terrible, but had a blast.
 
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Sea trial went great, only sour note was that my trim tabs were not functioning. Motor whirled but no movement on either side. I have found the Bennet website and have the instructions on troubleshooting the problem, just need time to get there and check the wiring out.
Before you rip the controls apart to test the wiring, do a quick visual to see if the hydraulic reservoir is full and the lines aren't leaking.
 
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Ahhh, the joys of owning a boat, bad news, trim tabs need service as I could not get them working. Wiring was fine, Hydrolic fluid full, motor works great, Helm control fully functional, and consultation with the guys at the marina point to bad solenoids. Bad new is that 2 solenoids are $120, plus installation which will be at $85/hr.

Currently bending over to take my punishment from the marina service dept.

For anyone that cares, the tip on the solenoids is that if the valve does not open, the tabs will not retract. The retraction happens because of a spring, not hydrolic action. So the fact that they are extended and will not retract, points to the valves inside the solenoid being bad.
 
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