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The Good Old Days Weren’t All That Good!!!

19 Mar
The Good Old Days Weren’t All That Good!!!

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)

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Christianity, Religion

 

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28 responses to “The Good Old Days Weren’t All That Good!!!

  1. TJ Petri

    March 19, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Very Cool! Funny about the steer roping. My middle son Jesse is 16 and has been a bull rider/cowboy since he was 10. he now rides on the pro circuits against the adults in the PBA. He has taken either first or second place in his last 6 rodeos, from Mississippi to Florida. Very proud.

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  2. Levi Thetford

    March 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

    That is neat. I rode bulls some when 14. It wasn’t for me. I will keep an eye out for him. He may need a lot of your prayers if he continues. Thanks for the story and for stopping by. Have a great day!

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  3. Family to the 5 Power!

    March 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    After watching a Hallmark movie recently that was set in the long-ago past, my youngest daughter echoed your sentiments – particularly about the air conditioning! She still wonders how I could possibly have typed all my college papers on a “typewriter”! She is also someone who keeps a separate twitter account just for “His glory”, as you mentioned. Thanks for your post and awesome Spurgeon notes this morning!

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

      It didn’t seem that terrible then because we didn’t know any difference I guess. But I remember. Times were simpler though. Andy Griffith is still good to me. Thanks for the comment. I appreciate you!

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  4. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    March 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

    It is so good to be back from vacation and to be able to start diving into your posts, Levi! I loved this one. I often wish my kids could have experienced the more simple times of typewriters and such; now, they just make fun of me having “lived to tell about it.” All in good fun, always, though. 🙂

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  5. A Servant

    March 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

    The past, for people our age, is usually revisionist history. We tend to forget the bad stuff only remembering the good. Each generation has had to deal with the evil one and he is most definitely on-line as well. Nice post.
    A Servant

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Thanks! In the rural area where I am it seems that many have been able to stay in the 60s for the most part. They have modern conveniences but live simply. The evil one has been roaring all along. His day is coming. Have a great day!

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  6. Michael

    March 19, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Enjoyed this post. Barber shops are truly special for the reasons you describe. And it’s my first time learning of Big Chief tablets. Impressed with your tech savvy!

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Hey Michael, I think barber shops are fun.a real guy place. You aren’t old enough to know of Big Chief tablets. You’re still a kid. Lol Have a great day my Friend!

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

      On the tech savvy. Just because i own them doesn’t mean i know how to use them. Lol

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  7. Faith Love n Desire

    March 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

    My oldest son is 7 yrs old …and when I tell something about my past old days…he wonders and asks how how and how! He wonders how I managed to used my typewriter for preparing notes…. I generally used typewriters when I was in school! What a beautiful memories! Thank you for your great post! Blessings!

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I still have my electric typewriter but haven’t used it forever. I actually forgot about it. It wasn’t bad then because we knew no difference. Have a great day Neeky. You’re blessing to me!

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  8. james1948

    March 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I like to say, yep those were the days. I do appreciate the modern conveniences but I miss the old fashion civility and slower pace of those days. I am thankful that there are still a few places where cussin is not allowed. I enjoy your posts.

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

      I agree with everything you just said. I just couldn’t say it all in a post. I’m fortunate where I live in a rural area. I may not feel the way I do if I lived in a big city as much. I appreciate you brother!

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  9. RG2Cents

    March 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on RG's 2 Cents and commented:

    Hey Levi! Hope you don’t mind my reposting this wonderful article! And it would be great if you would post some of Gerald’s stories sometime!

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I’m honored that you did repost. I will try to post some sometime. They really are good. Have a great day brother!!!

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  10. Moore to ponder

    March 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I liked this post. I found the Bible verse interesting. There are Bible verses that do encourage us to look back. But all scripture is God Breathed. This one you shared will help me to have balance.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Hey Theresa. We can make the Bible say anything but the context is the key thing. I almost quoted through vs 21 I think it was. Just trying to keep it simple. Have a great day girl!!!

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  11. scatterwisdom

    March 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    There is good and bad with our new devices. Ever notice a sudden silence overtake groups of people so they can obsess on their Ipads and Iphones.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I agree. It must be kept in check. I am not like a kid but have to watch it sometimes if I’m not really occupied. Thanks!!!

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  12. SLIMJIM

    March 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I remember being in the Marines and during times when it was difficult I would tell myself that when I get out I should not forget it…lest I think the good ol’ days were all good, and forget the bad or the trials of the “older” days

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    • Levi Thetford

      March 20, 2014 at 6:40 am

      That was a wise thought. I’m sure you will have some nice times to think upon but the past is glamorized a lot by especially older men. Thanks brother!!!

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  13. carrrrlyle

    April 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Some great thoughts Levi!! I love hearing from those who are older and wiser than I am! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and finding it interesting enough to follow! I look forward to continuing to read your stuff! God bless!

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    • Levi Thetford

      April 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m happy you found mine to be of some interest as well. Looking forward to it!!!

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  14. l1brarygrl

    April 9, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Your barber sounds like a born storyteller and a good man. I’m against rodeos and roping steers, but I enjoyed the evocative picture you drew with your writing. I don’t believe in the “good old days,” either, but I escape once in a while watching The Andy Griffith Show, one of my all-time favorites. Enjoyed your post.

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    • Levi Thetford

      April 9, 2014 at 6:22 am

      Thanks so much. He is a story teller indeed and quite fun. Andy Griffith is an all time favorite. Thank you for your kind words.

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