One of my favorite regular places to go is the barbershop. My barber has been in the same building for over 50 years. Gerald is 73 years old, but as able bodied as any 50 year old. His hair, without any added color, is coal black and thick. I’ve told him that I don’t covet much but that I do his hair. I’m pretty sure it is some of his Cherokee Indian blood that helps him in this area. He is from Oolagah, Ok. which is the birth place of Will Rogers. He has lived in the same house for over 40 years which is only a couple of miles from me in the country. Gerald is a very skilled roper, and he still ropes steers in competition almost every week.
Another thing that makes him a great barber is his story telling. He is a master and really should have his own blog. Since he is a roper a lot of his stories revolve around horses, and things of that sort. He can go non stop with clean, funny stories. There is no cussing allowed in this barber shop. The place is usually full of people from the area that I also know. It really is a social event. Friends having a good time.
I noticed today that I was the only guy in the shop with a smart phone. I’m probably like a lot of you, but I look at my phone quite often. I’ve never timed myself, but probably every few seconds I look at my phone. Especially when I go into a public place and mute it. Nobody looked at me or said anything. They were too busy listening to Gerald and they are use to me.
Most of the topics of old men are about the past. I’ve heard on more than one occasion that most don’t own computers. Some have said they still use Big Chief tablets. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know they were still around. I used them over 50 years ago in elementary school. Those were the long tablet with the red cover with an Indian on front. The lined paper on the inside was yellow. I would think this would be called discrimination today. Maybe they have these also from bygone days.
It is fun to talk, and hear of days gone by with these fellows. I can identify with them as well in many of the stories. But I have to tell you, I don’t dwell on the past. I think living today is better than the days we were talking about. I love the modern conveniences today. The air conditioning in the Summer is wonderful. I well remember the “old days” without it. It was miserable! I love computers, the internet, smart phones, Kindles, iPads, and all of the new technology. I own and use all of it. Not to mention numerous other things.
We are living in special times. Never before has more been available to share the Good News of Jesus Christ (the Gospel) to the world. I have viewers every day from all over the world just as you do. Yes, I will take today and tomorrow over the “old days” anytime. I thank God for these opportunities. May we use them for His glory!!!
I’ll let them continue with the Big Chief tablets. I’m looking ahead!!!
“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past”. (Isaiah 43:18)