Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Before Everything Became Automatic

I grew up in the 70’s & 80’s so I can appreciate how far technology has come.  I remember getting our first microwave and VCR.  My “boom box” was a prized possession.  It had duel cassette decks perfect for recording my favorite songs off the radio and making copies of them.

Gadgets and technology are my thing… but I’m old enough to remember a time when technology didn’t rule all our lives.  That’s probably why Miranda Lambert’s song Automatic has become an instant favorite of mine.  It’s a song that I can really relate to.

As much as I’d hate to give up my Android phone, Nexus tablet, computer, and all things tech… there’s a part of me that really wouldn’t mind.

Is a there a part of you that secretly wishes we could go back to a time before everything became “Automatic”?

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

Recently TobyMac posted a Facebook status update that asked a simple question.  What’s on your “bucket list”?  That list of things you’d like to accomplish or experience before you die.

I hadn’t really thought about it before.  So today I spent some time coming up with my bucket list:

1.  Do the Richard Petty Driving Experience… preferably in Las Vegas.

2.  Travel internationally with my wife.  I’m thinking Paris would be romantic and fun.

3.  Eat lobster in Maine.

4.  Visit every state.

5.  Voice an audio book.

6.  Go on a mission trip.

7.  Own a business. Not exactly sure what.

8.  Have a small part in a movie.  Even being an extra would be cool.

9.  Attend an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game won by the ISU Cyclones.

10.  Be a mall Santa for a day.

That’s my list.  It may change or be added to but at least it’s a start.

What’s on your bucket list?

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How Did I Remember All That?

Today I was listening to Google Play Music and a song come on that I probably hadn’t heard in over 20 years.  As soon as it started I instantly knew the song and who sang it.  Then I wondered if I would remember the lyrics.

This wasn’t an easy song to remember the lyrics to.  It was Billy Joel’s 1989 chart topper “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”  Remember that one?   If not, you can watch the video below.  It’s the song were he throws out over 100 newsworthy names, places, and events as he walks you through the decades.

I wasn’t sure I would remember all the words.  I was struggling just to come up with the first line but as the intro finished and Billy started singing… there I was singing along.  The lyrics all came back and out of my mouth with ease.  Just like riding a bike.  It wasn’t just the first line.  I sang the whole song!

I find it interesting that I can remember the lyrics to a 25 year old song but can leave a store without the one thing I went there for. Makes you wonder just how smart you could be if your brain wasn’t so stuffed full of song lyrics.

What’s one song  growing up you really wanted to know all the lyrics to?  The song you listened to over and over until you got them right. Come on… there has to be at least one.  What is it?

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