Pranks and Nostalgia

I was getting some steak out of the freezer to thaw this evening and I suddenly remembered something my brother and I did when we were kids. I almost peed on myself trying not to laugh, because it was a late night trip to the freezer and everyone was asleep.

We used to go to this steak house with our parents. There was a half wall that separated the dining area from the area patrons walked through to make their orders. We, my brother and I always sat at the table that was up against that wall.

I am not sure who thought it up, but we used to dip steak fries in ketchup and drop them on the floor on the other side of that half wall.  Then when people went through there, we would say, “Watch out don’t step on that dead french fry!” Only we usually only got to the word “dead” before they were jumping around, trying to lift up their trays to see and backing up when they would see red on the floor.  Then we would say, “Oh, no. You killed it.”

When they finally realized that we had said french fry, they usually didn’t think it was as funny as we did. I don’t know why we never got into trouble.

Another time we were in a buffet style restaurant with one of my friends. She and my brother were on the opposite side on the table from me and there was a table with a bald man and his wife and some other people behind me. My friend and my brother started taking ice cubes and flinging them with their spoons. I kept giggling and trying to get them to quit. Then all of a sudden both of their mouths dropped open and they had that uh oh look of being busted on their faces.

I turned around to see if I could figure out what they were looking at. The bald man was reaching up and wiping off the top of his head. One of them had shot an ice cube and it had skidded across the top of his head.

Fortunately for us, we left shortly after that. I think they had been shooting for his head all along.

Got any good stories about trouble you caused as a kid?

Here are some good “Nostalgia”, quotes to help inspire you.

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.  ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson:  you find the present tense, but the past perfect!  ~Owens Lee Pomeroy

If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.  ~Griff Niblack

People seem to get nostalgic about a lot of things they weren’t so crazy about the first time around.  ~Author Unknown

It’s never safe to be nostalgic about something until you’re absolutely certain there’s no chance of its coming back.  ~Bill Vaughn

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.  ~Robertson Davies, A Voice from the Attic

[I]t becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia.  ~Ted Koppel

Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.  ~Doug Larson

Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was.  ~Will Rogers

Nostalgia is a seductive liar.  ~George Wildman Ball

Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.  ~Franklin Pierce Adams

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.  ~Florence King

I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.  ~Lou Reed

Who wants to live with one foot in hell just for the sake of nostalgia?  Our time is forever now!  ~Alice Childress

Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had….  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Historical Events and how they Effect Our Lives

I have been thinking about going to one of those, “This Day In History” sites and writing in my journal about how different events have had an impact on my life.

Then last night I watched Obama’s Inaugural Celebration on HBO.  I was not pleased.  Someone on an email list I subscribe to noticed that HBO did not air the prayer given at the beginning.  They believe this to be because he way Gay.

I wouldn’t have even noticed the Gay thing. I would have been offended at a national broadcast containing a comparison of Barach with Jesus.  The implication in the prayer is that we need God’s help to keep us from comparing the two.
I for one would not consider that there is any comparison.  Jewish people would have been offended if he had asked that we not compare Barach to Moses or Abraham and Muslim people kill people for calling a stuffed bear Mohammed, let alone calling a man that.
Also, there has been a decided effort in the press to keep all mention of religion and Barach separate because it is a political powder keg.
It’s funny that they made this observation when  I have just been journaling about how I watched HBO with very mixed emotions last night.  I am very patriotic. It’s in my blood. My ancestors were all here before the Revolutionary War and fought in all of the wars since then.  In that sense last night was moving.
But the thing that most disturbed me was the deliberate indoctrination and propaganda. The only thing I have ever seen to compare it to are the old black and white films of Hitler and the Nazi’s at their propaganda rallies.  Everyone who came on stage compared black and white or hispanic and white etc.  If they did not do that then they were comparing Barach to Abraham Lincoln.  Personally, he hasn’t done anything Lincoln like. Now if he does something later and then gets assasinated for it, then we can talk.
I felt that the blatant use of race all through the ceremony was more likely to make racists paranoid than to unite people.  If I were inclined to be racist or prejudice, someone slapping me in the face and saying, “Hey, this is how you have to think now if you don’t want to be considered unpatriotic,” would not make me inclined to change my views. I have always been the sort to do the opposite of what I was ordered to do, even if it had originally been my intent.  I don’t like people trying to control my thoughts even when I agree with them.
If you change the way you think because someone tells you that it is what you should think in order to be “PC” and like everyone else, then you don’t really believe in these new thoughts, you are just following along.  Anyone who tries to get you to do that has no respect for you and believes you will follow along like lemmings over the cliff.  And do you really respect yourself if you follow?
That was what really bothered me about the ceremony. I felt disrespected and talked down to.
The only thing they did not try to pair up for comparison in order to tell us we are all the same, was a gay man and a straight man.  We are not all the same.  Everyone deserves to be respected for their differences. In order to be treated fairly, do I have to give up my differences?
If his gentleman who gave the opening prayer is openly gay and right wing, that’s really saying something.  Usually, right wing is associated with “Right Wing, Moral Majority”, as in Jerry Falwell. They do not usually want anything to do with the word Gay.  It is saying something about the American political situation if you can be gay and right wing after all of the moral majority talk about it destroying family values. So, Americans are being able to change their thinking all without help from the Obama political machine.
But again, I don’t agree with the Moral Majority having anything to do with politics. I am Christian, but that doesn’t mean that Falwell’s buddies should tell me what that means or is allowed to be any more than Obama’s people had a right to tell me what Patriotic means. I did notice that they forgot to mention that Abraham Lincoln, being only a man and not a Messiah, did not originally intend to write the “Emancipation Proclamation”, until war was inevitable anyway and he figured it couldn’t make things worse than they already were.
Along with a proud history of military service, my family also includes conscientious objectors and Native Americans as well as people who believe in religious freedom and freedom of speech. I was taught that it is my responsibility to think for myself, to never believe something is so, just because someone else says it is, to find out the truth myself, and that just because most people believe something to be right, may only mean that most people are wrong.
This is also going on my Top 100 Things That Make Me Scream list; when people try to tell me how to think or feel.

Prodigal Blogger Returns

I have been so caught up in my own drama the last quarter of the year that I haven’t been posting and blogging.  So, my prompt for myself is to think of ways to drag yourself into the new year.  I’m going to find some kind of craft to do for charity and get started on it. The best way to put aside your self absorption is to do something for someone else.  Find someway to help others and then journal about what you gain from it.