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Celebrating a New Year

Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 9:42 AM

We are three days into the New Year -- 2017. Do you remember the end of 1999? Everyone was concerned about the year change. There was a fear the new millennium would make computers malfunction and cause a major disaster. We all know the world runs on computers.

Fortunately the end of 1999 rolled into 2000 without a problem or at least any I knew of. I was still able to use my cell phone, my computer, and my debit card after the year 2000 came. That is about the extent of my personal technology knowledge. I really did not worry about the change too much. I was taught at a young age not to worry about things out of my control.

I do not do my banking online and I am not a big online shopper. I know it is convenient and some people prefer it. I still reconcile my check book each month with a pencil and calculator. I still like to go to the stores and shop.

My flip phone serves me well even though some of my friends make fun of it.

I am comfortable with what I have and I am a firm believer if it works - leave it alone. I don't do change very well.

I was probably among the last to use a debit card. Once I started I was hooked. Now I wonder what took me so long. I can't imagine having to go back to writing a check for every purchase I make.

I wonder where we will go from here. Does anyone remember watching the Jetsons, a sitcom we watched in the early 1960s? They had a robot maid named Rosie, pushed a button for food, and traveled about in flying vehicles. We may be getting close.

I am going to show my age once again, but I remember when microwave ovens first came out. I bought my first one from Thermogas in Caraway. I could see myself creating a whole meal in just a few minutes.

We ended up using the microwave more to heat up leftovers and popcorn than cooking meals, but it did become a must have appliance. We have had one ever since. As a matter of fact we now have two. Like color televisions, the price of microwaves are less today than the first ones I purchased.

It will be interesting to see what new gadgets come out in the new year. It seems we have everything imaginable but I am sure we will see new and improved items.

As I was doing my Christmas shopping this year I took notice of a few toys that don't seem to go out of style. Basketballs, footballs, dolls, doll houses, remote cars, and Barbie dolls are still around. I take comfort in recognizing a few of the toys and what they do.

I realize kids today seem to like the electronic games more than just getting outside and shooting the basketball or riding a bicycle. I suppose my generation would have been just like them if we had had the choice. We had to pedal, push or pull. I don't remember thinking it was too hot to be outside. During the summer months we were always outside. We did stay in more during the cold months but then it was cards and board games. There is no telling how many games of Monopoly or Go Fish we played during the winter months.

Ready or not 2017 has arrived and let's hope it will be a good one for all of us.

Remember there is always something to celebrate. For instance today, Jan. 3 is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day; National Drinking Straw Day; and National Fruitcake Toss Day. Jan. 4 is one of my favorites, National Spaghetti Day and National Trivia Day.

A few more of the National Day events for this week include:

Jan. 5 - National Screenwriters Day; National Bird Day; and National Whipped Cream Day.

Jan. 6 - National Bean Day; National Cuddle Up Day; National Shortbread Day; and National Technology Day.

Jan. 7 - National Bobblehead Day and National Tempura Day (I had to look this one up, it is a food dish).

Jan. 8 - National Winter Skin Relief Day; National Argyle Day; National Bubble Bath Day; National English Toffee Day National JoyGerm Day (a good germ for everyone to catch) and National Sunday Supper Day -- Second Sunday in January.

I am sure there will be a lot more to celebrate throughout the year.



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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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