Sunday, January 01, 2017
Happy New Year 2017
I've spent more time this year just listen to the radio. One of my main stops is over at: accuradio.com They have many different genre there to choose from: country, rock, indie, jazz, classical, electronic, whatever. You're sure to find something. I usually tune in over there to either jazz or some of the more mellow, New Age, ambient music.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year can be depressing times if you're alone that's why if you have family be happy that they are still around. When my parents were alive I always enjoyed when I could be with them over Thanksgiving or Christmas. There were a few times though when that was not possible with the job I had. They gave us the day before the holiday, the holiday itself, and after, but if that happen to fall on the weekend, and you had the weekend off, you really didn't get any extra time off. You had to work those days before and after, or you'd miss out on the holiday pay--Catch 22. So when my family moved to East Texas seven hours away, that meant a day of driving down, and a day of driving back, which meant I spent one day with them. We are really a workaholic nation.
Now there was a time when I first started working that you could fudge that a bit, and I did take advantage of it some, some might accuse me of more than some. You could layoff an extra day before or after, but I noticed when Reagan got in power, that soon ended. It seemed that corporate American got the upper hand and tighten the belt, and it was either suck it up and conform, or find some other line of work. A lot of people don't recognize that change in America, particularly younger people that never lived through that era. Where I worked (the railroad) they wanted to tighten their employment to the bare minimum, with just enough extra guys to cover a vacancy here and there for a couple of days of sickness or emergencies of some type, but they wanted you back to work pdq. They wanted you to work longer hours as well.
I also noticed that it was around this time that corporate American gradually started to fade out retirements for workers that had put in most of their lifetimes for a company. Remember in movies where someone would retire and get a gold watch for being an elevator operator in a skyscraper for many years and there would be a party with co-workers wondering and asking him what he planned on doing with his life? He might say in an aw-shucks manner, I dunno, maybe I'll go fishing more, travel a bit, or work more in the garage. Something homey. Those days are long gone, never existed, or existed only in movies, ha. But at least there was a time where more companies offered retirement. I guess I'm reminiscing. I guess as my generation dies off, the next generation will reminisce about their first Apple computer or Nintendo gaming system. Heck, we are already there now!
At any rate, I digress, I've not seen the new Star Wars movie either. I should plan on going to see this over the weekend as they are forecasting a bunch of rain later here, which is why I haven't been out to see it already.
I watched the movie, The Nice Guys, which I did not enjoy. I don't know why so many people enjoyed it. It's sort of a buddy picture and a nostalgic romp through the 70s years, but even that didn't do much for me. I found the comedy boring and vular and not to my taste. But hey, you might enjoy it, many others have.
Here's a Woody Allen book review on a graphic novel, Mary Astor's The Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936.