I ended up with quite a few yards to take care of. Around the corner lived a pair of elderly twin sisters, they had a huge yard and I cut their lawn front and back for five dollars, every other week on Saturday.
I had another which was right across the street and about half the size, I cut this one for two bucks every week, I made enough money to buy my gas and to save up for a bike, gasoline was a whopping thirty cents a gallon, I'm estimating this number by the fact that it was thirty five cents a gallon when I got my first car.
Back then I kept up with my customers, their grass cutting schedules, addresses, their needs, and the amounts paid for my services, I kept this all in my head, I had a good memory back in the day.
This carried over to my job with the water company, I remembered the locations of things like our water meters, I could tell you the type of meter in the box and most times the meter number before even opening the meter box, I remembered readings, calculations, prices, and details about my customers all over town.
I attribute my good memory beginning with my grass cutting days, and training my mind by remembering everything in my head.
Just before Cindy and I moved to California, we had a neighborhood kid (he was between 10 and 12 years old) stop by to ask if we needed our grass cut. Our yard was not that big and I usually mowed it in about half an hour, I was on crutches at the time and depending on our teenaged boys was like depending on any teenager who has their own car and a girlfriend.
I let this kid give me a bid, thirty five dollars is what he quoted, I about died right there, I couldn't see paying this and told him I couldn't go for that right now, he whipped out a cell phone from his back pocket and started typing, I asked what he was doing, he said "I'm putting in your address and what I quoted so I will remember that I have already been here".
Back then we remembered stuff or wrote it down, now most kids (and adults) have a cell phone and keep their information, schedules, friends and families birthdays,.......just about everything they need to remember on their phone, if we lose our phones then we are lost.
Spelling was important back then, but now our phones, computers, and tablets do all the spelling for us, spell check is my friend and even though this is a good thing it seems my spelling is getting worse.
In my opinion we are not getting our minds trained to remember things, our phones do all of this for us, is this a good thing or not?
|Cindy and Dixie on the computer|
Kids mainly communicate through social media or texting now, back then we gathered in groups, went places together, sat on the porch, or drove across town to see that special girl.
Now they gather in places like Facebook live, upload selfies and send them to one another, sit in their computer or gaming chairs, and text that special girl.
Back then we spent a lot of time running around with that special girl, physical contact was common, because we were communicating face to face, but now they see each other mainly on a screen, but also now teenage pregnancy is down.
People don't communicate face to face anymore, our kids social skills are becoming limited by the gadgets they possess, we are being limited by technology in a sense, because some of this technology does all the work for us, while making our memory and minds weakened at the same time.
Don't get me wrong Technology is a good thing and I do enjoy what I am doing here.
I am happy that we can catch up and communicate with people all over the world, back then we were limited to a small group that was mainly family, and it was days or weeks for a message or letter to arrive, now all messages arrive in an instant.
There are pros and cons here and opinions will differ, my opinion is that technology is a great thing, but it should not be relied on to the point that we can't walk away from it.
Do you think our upcoming generation is too dependent on technology, and is this a good thing?