Walter Mencken 10:06 a.m., Feb. 6
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A Generational View
Since I received only a few responses to my request for Downtown residents to send me an e-mail if they had any complaints about noise (loud music), I am giving it another week. I will delay my visit to City Council and plan on going to the June 16th session. PLEASE send me your location and the source of the noise. I would especially like to hear comments about rooftop bars, but ANY & ALL information about noise is welcome. This is a big Quality of Life issue.
PADRES WIN, finally. After winning 10 games in a row, it seemed that it was too much for them to handle, so, back to their losing ways. It would be nice to finish this homestand on a winning streak. That means winning today & Monday. Here we go Padres, Here we go.
Did you notice the disproportionately small head/face on the Adrian Gonzalez figurine? Check out the size of the right upper arm, and those feet!!!! Of course, it was made in China as most everything is.
I received my first "Holidays" catalog yesterday. It is Fingerhut. One of those places that sells cheap products at cheap prices. It is only June. I would love it if the decorations, sales, catalogs waited until at least November. I stick with the time honored tradition of no decorations until the day after Thanksgiving. I do not go shopping on what is now called 'Black Friday".
A recent trip to Horton Plaza, where a young mother ignored her screaming child (maybe 4 years old) & reminded me of the fact that today's parents are ill equipped to handle raising a child. Maybe that is because the parents/teachers/therapists of these new parents failed miserably in their roles. The idea that every child is a winner and all awarded blue ribbons, is ludicrous. In the real world there are actual winners and losers. No child left behind helped to create a gaping disparity in the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic). There are quite a few subjects that are no longer taught at all (this is information from actual former students). Geography is a biggie. It used to be that "we" would be given a blank map of the USA, showing the states' borders. Then we were expected to fill in the name of every State and their capitols. The lack of knowledge about the rest of the world is even more profound. (Did you ever watch Leno's Jaywalking?)
The English language is taking a real beating due to what I affectionately call computer speak (inclusive of texting). A friend of mine noted that students use the computer to write reports via cut & paste from pertinent articles. It appears that those under the age of 30 or so are reverting to the early stages of man when language was new and symbols were prominent. It's all about technology. I believe that just because something can be done, does not mean it should be done. An example is via TV, where the streaming across the bottom of the screen diverts your attention and the network symbols are an unwanted intrusion on the TV screen. Computer gaming is usually solo. This newfangled (now there's an old word) Wii is all about playing games, indoors with graphics of grass, tennis courts, etc. How about actually going outside?
Another thing I truly love are tanning lotions (those that actually color your skin) and parlors/beds. The purpose is to give the user the appearance of being outdoors. Get some sunblock and GO outside. Take a walk, visit some museums in that wonderful place we are so lucky to have, Balboa Park. Try reading a book or two. The reading requirements when I was in school (no I am not going to tell you) included novels, biographies, plays, poetry. There were spelling bees, contests on using a dictionary, and writing not only book reports, but stories (using your very own imagination).
The dumbing down of America has been going on for many years and was highlighted when George W. Bush was initially given the Presidency and then elected by US citizens. It was a sad day for America when he opened his mouth to speak. As many of our wonderful comedians have said, they lost the best fodder ever provided for them. President Bush had great comedic value. Oftentimes, Jay Leno would show his audience a clip from a Bush speech and then ask, "does anyone know what he said?".
Some advice from Auntsandiego, learn the English language (especially if your native language is something else), learn to write, exercise your brain. I won't be around to see it, but if the trend continues, this world we live in will revert to "Planet of The Apes"!!!!!!!!!!!
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- Soldiers at School — May 27, 2008
- Gay Leno — April 6, 2008
- Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa — Dec. 7, 2006