MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 36 – 2017 Change Part 2 of ?

…changing things up a bit.

The decade of the 2010’s has brought a great deal of change and I’m not referring to more state quarters. While I mention the decade, what do we call this decade? The “Tens?” The “Teens?” I don’t know anyone from the 1910’s to ask what they did then so I’m not sure what the protocol was. But anyway, I digress.

This nameless decade has been a doozy for changing things up a bit. It’s been a real humdinger, a real bally hoo as one may have said back in the previous “xx10’s” decade.

Here’s a list that I’ve been jotting down the past few years, to denote some of this “change”.

  • Mt. McKinley, once so named to honor the assassinated 25th President of the U.S. William McKinley Jr. is now called Denali as the area was previously known by indigenous people in Alaska.
  • SeaWorld no longer has Killer Whales, err Orcas.
  • Bruce Jenner, 1976 US Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon, is now Caitlyn Jenner.
  • Columbus Day is being renamed to Indigenous People’s Day.
  • Q-Tips have no safe use involving ears.
  • Hooded pullover sweatshirts once called “Hoodies” have been all but banned.
  • Clowns have become murderers and legitimately frightening Halloween costumes.
  • Ski Masks are only allowed during bank robberies.
  • Mini plastic baggies have been banned.
  • Crayola, for the first time in its 100-year history, retired a color from its 24-count box. They retired dandelion. Erasing it from the color bank. Sending it into the crayon black hole.
  • Monopoly’s Thimble & Iron are GONE!
  • Ketchup & Mustard makers are making each other’s products.
  • After 146 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ends .
  • Cable companies want to be phone companies and phone companies what to be cable companies.
  • Some women want to be men and some men want to be women.
  • The USPS has begun to deliver on Sundays when needed due to the influx of Amazon packages and deliveries that need to be made.
  • You have to present ID showing you are over 21 to purchase O’Doul’s.
  • You have to show ID to purchase spray paint
  • The phrases clockwise and counterclockwise will one day very soon lose all meaning to current and future young persons.

…to be continued

MMeM, Vol.13 Issue 35 – 2017 Change Part 1 of ?

Enter, the pay phone graveyard.

Change. It’s usually thought of as disruptive and unsettling. Then again, change takes place constantly and at such a rapid pace today that you almost don’t notice it. I used to think that I hated change, but technology and innovation have helped to slowly change (pun intended) my mind.

Taking a look back at how things were always done before can be valuable perspective on ways to do things better in the future. Learning from history and past  failures so as to not repeat them again is one of the adages we often hear, and more often ignore.

At any rate, when one looks around there are reminders of the not so distant past everywhere. Moreover, there are absences of what used to be all too common everyday conveniences of the day. Take pay phones. We know where they’ve gone figuratively, but where do the actual phones go when they die? Nobody needs pay phones today. Need to make a nefarious somewhat anonymous phone call now? No pay phone? No problem. Get a burner phone, use it, toss it.

Enter the pay phone graveyard.

Ah, the public pay phone. Who could ever forget all of the convenience, the increase in cost, the switch from coins to swiping cards, the GERMS? Back when you used actual currency with a pay phone, didn’t you always check the coin return at the end of a call to see if you got change for some reason? Then, there was the urban legend that someone was putting HIV laced needles in coin returns of pay phones. That legend almost rivaled razor blades in candy bars at Halloween.

Yes, the pay phone will always hold a special place in our hearts as can be seen in the museums above.

MMeM, Vol.11 Issue 31 – CHANGE

It’s exhausting reaLLY.

Have you noticed how many things are changing? Things are changing in a big BIG way too! Not sure what it all really means but for people who aren’t good at dealing with change these have to be difficult days.

It’s exhausting really when you try to tally up the list of things that have recently changed, and changed in big ways.

  1. Cuba and the U.S. have re-established full relations. You know the real reason for this might have something to do with the huge popularity of bacon today! No? Does anyone remember the “Bay of Pigs”? Coincidence? I think not.
  2. In the NCAA, the Big 12 has 10 schools.
  3. Gender is now a choice/decision which can be changed and recognized by everything. The 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon Bruce Jenner is now, Caitlyn Jenner.
  4. French’s Mustard now makes French’s ketchup.
  5. Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in what, 3 states? WHAT?
  6. In the NCAA again, the Pac 10 is now the Pac 12. Apparently, this group of schools believes that numbers and counts still mean things.
  7. Heinz Ketchup now makes Heinz Mustard.
  8. Again, with the NCAA, the Big 10 has 14 schools. The biggest offender of mis-counted conference participating schools for many years.
  9. Windows just rolled out free upgrades of its operating system called Windows 10. I still haven’t upgraded to Windows 9! But seriously, it’s good. This may be the most recent and biggest example of how competition and capitalism can create great change.
  10. Pluto isn’t a planet anymore yet we sent a spacecraft more than 3.3 BILLION miles to go look at it.

It’s like someone hit that toggle switch with their knee by accident or something.