Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Villages Dating Ads…

 

 
Dating Ads for Seniors   found in a Florida Newspaper.


You can say what you want about Florida, but you never hear of anyone retiring and moving north. These are actual ads seen in ”The Villages” Florida newspaper.
( Who says seniors don’t have   
a sense of humor?)


FOXY LADY
:  
Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty,
80’s, slim, 5’4′ (used to be 5’6′),
Searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion.
Matching white shoes and belt a plus.
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LONG-TERM COMMITMENT:
Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband,
Looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness,
fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.
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SERENITY NOW:
I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and
meditation. If you are the silent type, let’s get together,
take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.
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WINNING SMILE :
Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser
to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.
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BEATLES OR STONES ?
I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on
Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar.
If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,
let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.
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MEMORIES:
I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.
If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads
together.
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My favorite


MINT CONDITION
  :
Male, 1932 model, high mileage, good condition, some hair,
many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves.
Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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This definitely puts everything in perspective. 

Make sure you read all the statistics under the photo.

This has only been 104 years ago . . . Amazing!!!

1910 Ford

Show this to your friends, children and/or grandchildren!

The year is 1910, over one hundred years ago.

What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year,

a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and

$4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Physicians had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which

were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax

or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering

into their country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death were:

  1. Pneumonia and influenza
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Heart disease
  5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of

all Americans had graduated from high school.

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

(but almost everyone had a gun!)

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.

From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD . . . all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.

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Something to ponder——-

This is USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be far behind. Whether  

these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. 

But, ready or not, here they come.

Maybe not in the seniors of today lifetimes but more likely in our children’s.


  1. The Post Office

    Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

  1. The Cheque
    Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018.  It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.  Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

  1. The Newspaper
    The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper.  They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.
    That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man.  As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it.  The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance.  They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone
    companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

  1. The Book
    You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages  I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes.  I wanted my hard copy CD.
    But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music.  The same thing will happen with books.  You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy.  And the price is less than half that of a real book.  And think of the convenience!  Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.


  1. The Land Line Telephone
    Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore.  Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it.  But you are paying double charges for that extra service.  All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.


  1. Music
    This is one of the saddest parts of the change story.  The music industry is dying a slow death.  Not just because of illegal downloading.  It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.  Greed and corruption is the problem.  The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing.  Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.  Older established artists.  This is also true on the live concert circuit.
    To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

  1. Television Revenues
To … the networks are down dramatically.  Not just because of the economy.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV.  Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator.  Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30
seconds.  I say good riddance to most of it.  It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery.  Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

  1. The “Things” That You Own
    Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future.  They may simply reside in “the cloud.”  Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents.  Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be.  But all of that is changing. 
Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.”  That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.  So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet.  If you click an icon, it will open something in the
Internet cloud.  If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud.  And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.  In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device.  That’s the good news.  But, will you actually own
any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?”  Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical?  It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a
book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

  1. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing)
    Already gone in some schools who no longer teach “joined handwriting”
    because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended).

  1. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy.  That’s gone.  It’s been gone for a long time anyway.  There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone.
But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View.  If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits.
“They” will try to get you to buy something else.  Again and again and again.

 

All we will have left is that which can’t be changed…….are our “Memories”.

And some of us have already lost that!!!!

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Will Rogers Sayings

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935plane crash in Alaska with bush pilot Wiley Post, was one of the greatest political country/cowboy sages this country has ever known. Some of his sayings:

1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman, … Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men:

The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

11. Lettin’ the cat outta’ the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

ABOUT GROWING OLDER…

First ~Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being young.

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable and relaxed.

Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.

And, finally ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

 

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Auto – When Detroit Was In It’s Full Glory

DETROIT STEEL
Today’s cars may be faster, safer, more luxurious and get better gas mileage –

BUT THEY DON’T EVEN COME CLOSE ON LOOKS !
When Detroit Was In It’s Full Glory

1956 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1960 Plymouth Fury

1959 Chevrolet Impala 2Dr hardtop

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan

1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Landau

1957 Buick Roadmaster 2 Door Hardtop

1957 Lincoln Premiere four-door Landau

1959 Buick 2 Door Convertible

1959 Edsel Citation
Ford lost $350 million ($1.55 billion in 2009 dollars) on the Edsel venture.


1958 De Soto

1959 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special

1958 Dodge Custom Sierra

1949 Oldsmobile 88

1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

1949 Kaiser Virginian

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible

1953 Studebaker Commander

1949 Pontiac Four Door

1960 Chevrolet Impala Four Door Hardtop

1959 Mercury Four Door Hardtop

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Two-Door Sedan

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1954 Mercury Sun Valley

1960 Chrysler Valiant

1960 De Soto Fireflite

1960 Chevrolet Corvair

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1960 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville

1957 Dodge Royal Lancer

1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1960 Dodge Polara Matador

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1950 Studebaker Starlight

What a trip down memory lane!

Be sure to share with all your really old friends!
(no offense) ;-How many do you remember?
I do… ALL OF THEM







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GREAT OLD PHOTOS

 

 

These were really professional photographers who took these pictures… Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are​,​ and these are over a ​hundred​ years old. These were glass plate images and taken thru a pin hole type camera; and the opening was timed just right to get a dark enough exposure. Developing was another tedious task during which they had to be careful not to break the glass!
 
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Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, in 1917.

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Atlantic City, 1910.

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The main street of Memphis, north of Avenue Gayoso, 1910.

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Station “Louisville-Nashville,” Florida, in 1910.

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Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Florida, in 1910. Love those cars.

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The beach in Atlantic City, 1915. Note the men in coats and ties.

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Grant Avenue after an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906.
I didn’t realize there was so much destruction in that earthquake.

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Carts for transporting dairy Thompson, Washington, 1927. How in the world did the dairy get those horses so evenly lined up.

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Washington, DC, 1914. Not so thoughty having those horses run on a railroad tracks.
(throughly? must have been a popular word back in the day)

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Cadillac Square, Detroit, Michigan, 1916.

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Ninth Street, Washington DC, 1915.

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I wouldn’t want to walk across this street in a long dress.

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Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, 1910.

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Broad Street north of Spruce Street, Philadelphia, 1905.

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View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909.

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Fire at 55th Street, New York, 1915.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913.

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Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1907.

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The New York Public Library, New York, 1915. Didn’t realize they had 4-laners in those days.

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Wall Street, New York, 1911. The 2 sidewalks together are as wide as the street in this pic.

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Fifth Avenue, New York, 1913. Look at those top hats!