The Easiness Of Today

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Sure isn't like the past years when it was hard for a person to be a "couch potato".

    Today we have remotes: TV, VCR (if anyone still has one of those), Sound System, CD Player and Blue-Ray DVD Player. Still have to get up and put a dvd or cd into the player, but sooner or later.........
    Electric Can Openers and Knife Sharpeners. No more using the old hand can opener or sliding a knife up and down a sharpening tool in the kitchen. With all the battery, and air, operated tools today, working in construction, or even doing home stuff, can be a whiz! Drilling, nailing, stapling is a cinch.

    Heck, with our new Chromecast, we can even operate our tv with an iPhone, not TV Remote.

    Drive to the grocery store, don't have to anymore if you don't want to. Order online and have groceries delivered to you.

    We have really become a society of easy, high-tech stuff to do things for us. Shoot, my step-parents, deceased for years, would've been totally shocked about a lot of things of today. What about yours?

    What do you think about all this high-tech stuff and gadgets? To tell everyone the truth, wife and I LOVE them!
     
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    Well I don't think its a good thing Cody, idleness is not good for so many reasons
    Our health and well being - our drive, youngsters coming up emulating all this slovenly
    attitude to 'life' can't be a good thing, but as you say Cody, its just my opinion :)
     
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    Our electric can opener died on us a couple years ago and I purchased a manual one. A lot cheaper, dependable and an energy saver to boot.

    I remember how when younger we made toast in the oven before our mother purchased an electric toaster. Drat! We couldn't do the things to our bread in the toaster that we did in the oven because the butter would melt and carry the sugar along with to the bottom of the toaster. What a mess and later found out it was dangerous and could start a fire inside the toaster.

    Doing things remotely with the exception of the TV just doesn't appeal to me because it does make you lazy physically and mentally tiring IMO. Every time I see the commercial where the foot is used to open the rear door I just shake my head and think next there will be a sliding panel that comes out and you just lay your packages down and it retracts inside. Mark my words it's coming.:rolleyes:
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh "What do you think about all this high-tech stuff and gadgets?"

    I think they are responsible, in part, for the epidemic of obesity enveloping us. IN PART. A sad commentary of life in America today. Like anything folks do by choice, gambling for example, coupling the easy-life to obesity is a direct spin-off. Less exercise, same or more amount of food consumed, apathy, sloth, gluttony, and we wind up at today. No saint, I admit to being guilty of all of those, but nonetheless, I am not obese. Frank
     
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    Well, being the fact that much more of the younger generations have all "techi" stuff and many of them consider a Fitness Center their "home away from home" (spending hours upon hours there) and most of them are really fit.....I don't see these things hurting them.
    On the other hand, many of us don't get the body "workout" anymore, like they do, it can be obvious whose today's "techi" things can really hurt.
     
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    If that's true Cody, you have a fair point - don't see or hear of youngsters working out over here
     
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    I love my gadgets and I'm not obese at all, I'm probably on the thin side in fact. In California it seems everyone works out, I really don't see too many obese people here, I do in the Midwest though but this is just my personal observation.

    Also and I hope I won't be called racist for this but the fattest people I see in California are the Hispanics that work pretty hard all day and probably don't sit on the couch playing with their gadgets.

    My gardener isn't thin at all, neither was Mária my cleaning lady. I don't have one now but I did 8 years ago when my ex wasn't my ex.

    I think you can enjoy modern gadgets if you make sure you get some exercise and the young people that I see regularly do.
     
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    You're not a racist for saying that, because I seen the same when I lived in So. California.

    We love our gadgets to!
     
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    I think that has to do with winters, mostly. For most people, there isn't much to do for exercise in the winter. Even for those who have to shovel snow, that's not the kind of exercise that makes for slim bodies. Yeah, there are things that can be done outdoors, but they are not for everyone, and it's cold out there.
     
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    I wasn't fat when I lived in the Midwest either, nor on the East Coast....and believe me it's not my great metabolism, because mine always sucked.

    I just know not to eat so much that I'll gain weight.
     
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    Some people just stay skinny their entire life. My step-mom was that way. There were times during the summer when she'd have my step-dad fire-up the coal/wood furnace in the basement.

    Just my understanding, but there are also those that keep weight off from smoking. Cigarettes and coffee replaced food.
     
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    True probably for me way back when. Forgot about smoking....you're right.
     
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    I talked to a guy who owned a super-looking new Cigarette Boat (racing) at the same boat storage we had ours. He kept it in a "barn"/garage type storage. He had a different one, but it was stolen off of an outside space he had it on. He bought a complete, and I do mean "complete", Security System for the new boat. He could monitor the boat, and "barn" on his computer at home as well as monitor it on his iPhone anywhere he'd go. There were water-proof camera's installed in different areas of the boat and inside the "barn"/garage.
     
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    But, how do the youngsters in general, look over there?
    Frank
     
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    Not great Frank - once they get to their 20s/30s, they start working out
    Up to then, they're glued to mobile phones and computers etc :p

    @Frank Sanoica
     
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    I think that this is mainly what happens here, too, @Patsy Faye . When we go to the fitness center, we rarely see teenagers (or younger) kids there, and the ones who were brought in by their parents or grandparents, only work out when the parent is standing right over them, and otherwise, they are playing games on their phones.
    When I was growing up, we played outside after school, swam and played all summer, and were mostly pretty active. There were still overweight people; but I do think that we have a larger percentage of obese people today than we did back then.
    When you look at the old news clips from the 1940's, and even into the 1950's, most of the people you see appear to be in decent physical shape.
    If you filmed the same things now, I think it would show more overweight people; but I do not necessarily think that this is all because of the mobile phones and games.
    We live in a society that has forgotten how to cook, and many of them have never seen a farm or ranch or know how an animal changes from a living creature, to a styrofoam box of microwaveable TV dinner.
    We purchase ready made meals, often having them delivered to us, so we don't even have to go and get the food at the store, let alone cook it.
    Our food is contaminated with chemicals and preservatives, not to mention overloaded with sugar and corn syrup.
    It is not healthy nourishing food, and it is addictive food; so it is not any surprise that so many people overeat and become fat and unhealthy.
    I do not think that spending all of their time around an X-box (or whatever) gaming system is good for children or adults, but I do not think that removing these would stop the problem, either.
     
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    My grandsons are glued to their devices also but not all day. The little ones in Illinois have karate 3 Times a week and those workouts alone made me tired just watching them. Then they have the different sports they're involved with during the year. They also ride bikes when the weather is good.

    The oldest in California goes to workout almost every day at the gym. On weekends he also goes surfing and skim boarding..he's in great shape. They also have a basketball hoop that the two boys will shoot baskets sometimes.

    When they're not in school or doing all I said, they're on their devices. All 5 are slim, the oldest is quite muscular because he's working on that.
     
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    I was very thin when I joined the Navy in 1968. I weighed in at 98 pounds! Actually, when my Recruiter contacted me about getting ready for Basic Training, he told me to eat all the banana's I could, before reporting in. Didn't help much, but the Navy kept me. Thank God because the Draft was right there to get me if the Navy released me for whatever. I put on a little weight while in the Navy, but not as much as I wanted to. It wasn't until I turned 50, that I started putting on some "much needed" weight. My metabolism rate was just so high for so many years.

    I know I sit in front of this computer too much right now, but it's winter time here (or what northeastern Florida considers a winter). Wife and I do know this, our metabolism rates have really gone done in recent years. Seems like no matter how much exercise (boating, shooting, playing the Wii Game, walking) we do, we just can't lose much. We only gain a pound or two, lose that, but then gain it back.

    Way back when, when she danced a lot and I was involved in rodeo, we did look better/slimmer, but "that was then and now is now".
     
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    Yes, they're better balanced than I am. I love my devices and vices. :). But I don't exercise as much as I should.
     
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    Well I definitely don't ! Not through choice, if I had my way I'd dance everyday
    the best way to exercise - but I'm not able to now
     
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    I wasn't fat when I lived in Michigan either, but then I was seventeen.
     
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