Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"Back to the Future Day"

Time marches on.   We are already half-way through October, and into the last of 2015.   I won't say how close Christmas is getting because it's just too depressing to think about.  Right?    The days and weeks go by so quickly!!

Just yesterday was summer, and now it's fall, almost winter. 

Can you tell that this week's Hodgepodge questions get you thinking about the passage of time?   For good and for bad.   Here are the questions and my answers.  As always, please feel free to "play along" and respond.

1.  October 21st, 2015 is "Back to the Future Day."  Did you see the movie?  The Sequels?   In the second movie, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Marty's future son from making a mistake.  They leave 1985 and land on a "skyway" on October 21sr, 2015.   So, tell me, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?  

I loved the "Back to the Future" movies!  Especially the first couple of them.  (How many sequels were there?)  They are "timeless" and can be enjoyed over and over.

In the fall of 1985 I had just been married a little over a year and I had just become pregnant for the first time.  (Our daughter was born June 3, 1986.)   Hubby and I were living in Redding, California because he took a job with Coca-Cola running the sales & distribution operation there.  I worked full-time at the local TV station in Redding, called KRCR-TV.  I was an administrative assistant and helped various people in the company...sales staff, the president, and on-air staff.

2.  If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future?  The past? 

Given the option I think I would like to go to the future to see my grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  To see what happens to family once I am gone.  It would be fun to see them as they live out their days.  (Perhaps heaven will give me a peephole to do that.)

I know enough through history books to understand the lifestyles of the past, and all the hardships at various times.   Although it would be interesting to meet ancestors before me, I think looking to the  future would be more fascinating.

3.  We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the movie has indeed come to pass in real life 2015 - flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 2-D movies, motion- controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glasses.)  Do you worry technology is going at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with it's demands?  Do you think the internet does more harm than good? 

Second question first... the internet DEFINITELY does more good than harm!  What a amazing tool for learning!  It's such an easy way to stay in touch with people far away.  It really gives you the world at your fingertips!

Do I worry about it?   I know there are people out there who abuse technology and steal information.  Those people will find a way with anything to 'beat the system' and live outside society's rules. But I choose not to worry about them.

 I do not worry that we can't keep up with all that is new.  So far we are doing fine and I hope & believe it can continue.

4.  Your favorite dish prepared by a slow-cooker?  Your favorite fast food? 

I rarely use my slow-cooker.  But, I like when I make a batch of chili in it.    My favorite fast food?  I think it's Chick-fil-A. I love their chicken tenders, waffle fries, and ice tea!

5.  No time like the present,  down time, face time, passed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time...    which timely saying most relates to your life right now? 

I have a few answers.   I try to live my life as 'no time like the present'...  to try and enjoy NOW.  I recently Face Timed and enjoyed the new technology very much!  I need to remember to use it more often!  And, lastly, I am making time to do all I want to do.

6.  Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else.  How does that make you feel? 

The church where I got married, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Timonium, Maryland is no longer the same.  The congregation shrank in size and so it closed up.  The building is still there.  I'm not sure if another denomination came and bought it, or perhaps it is something totally different. 

 And, my wedding reception was held at Shane's Restaurant in Timonium.  It also is no longer there.   It was a lovely place 'back in the day' but as often happens restaurants have good years and bad ones. It eventually didn't make it and closed down - and I think the building might even be gone now.

It's sad that both spots are not the same.  Time marches on.

7.  Describe your comfort zone. 

It's my home!   It's the place to chill alone,  or to be with people you like, to get good rest in, to keep my personal needs, and it's the place I always feel relaxed in.     As Dorothy said "There's no place like home!"

8.  My random thought. 

Home is the best - and I can't help but think of those nearby who lost their homes in the recent flooding.  Many organizations have stepped in to help, but still, that spot of comfort is not there anymore.  It will take awhile to clean up, or rebuild...and for those people to be back into a normal home life.

Time is our friend - but also our enemy.  Last week we wrote of patience and letting time go by to wait for good things.  But, it also ages us and brings aching and pain.  I don't like that part of it... and hope I can handle it "gracefully."   So, today's Hodgepodge is a great reminder to make the most of each and every day! 


  1. Yes, it is too depressing to think about Christmas and it seems to arrive sooner each year!!!! That is sad that your church is no longer there or the reception place. Your home is a great answer, there is no place like home! I'm trying to learn to live each day to the fullest.......

  2. Love your random thought. Less so the reminder that time is marching on and Christmas will soon be here lol

  3. We were in TN last weekend, and went to church with hubs parents. We stayed one night in the hotel where our wedding reception was held too. A little stroll down memory lane : ) I don't always think about face-timing either. I try to do this with my daughter in WA, but usually I phone and she says let's hang up and face-time instead. I'm a slow adopter to new technology, but I get there eventually!

  4. I left out a sentence. We got married in hubs church, so it's always fun to be back there.

  5. Since you worked at a tv station, I don't suppose you know anything about teleprompters? Or know someone who does? I'm looking for one for our kiddos at school for their morning news show and, the first thing I realized is that I know NOTHING about teleprompters. Ha! Enjoyed your answers!

  6. Home is my comfort zone too! I love being home! I hope I never out-grow that!! Have a good week