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Sunday bulletin board: He was 16 years old, driving down Lexington Avenue on Highway 36 when the moment came for “the first line of my own story.”

Then now

Or: from mundane to deep

LINGUIDIOT writes: Subject: Stories of the youngest child.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written, but reading others’ suggestions makes me realize that many BB’ers of a certain age spend some quiet time reflecting on the milestones of our long and – for me anyway – exciting journey. As B.B. assures me, I was never the only one, and I find it endlessly interesting to explore the role these memories of mine have played in getting me where I am.

“Some are still too cryptic to be put in their place; others are so dark that I have probably polished them with imaginary detail to fit the purpose of my preferred narrative. Some, however, I remember with such clarity that the number of years between then and now shocks me, and their influence on who I have become is undeniable. Such is one warm summer evening when I was 16. I knew immediately that my life had changed forever.

“A friend who just passed his driving test picked me up for a ride. On the 36th Highway Bridge over Lexington Avenue, “Summer Spot Theme” was playing on the radio. I was overwhelmed with a feeling that even at the age of 16 did not take long to think to recognize. Until now, I have often been a burdensome “little brother” to my sister and three brothers. But this? For the first time, I went out for the night with my friend, making our own decisions about where we were going. Over the next 60+ years, I drove over this bridge thousands and thousands of times. The literary being inside of me never fails to appreciate having a physical structure nearby, which is such a powerful metaphor for my transition from “little brother” trying his best to be like my siblings and grabbing them by the hem of their shirts in hopes of sharing some of their adventures. to be myself, to write the first line of my own story.

“To this day, one of my real “happy places” is driving any car, wherever I go. On my way. The opportunity to return to familiar routes or take an unexpected turn and see new sights. It makes life endlessly interesting. I dread the day when my kids and I will have to ‘talk’, but I’m sure walking or walking has its charms too.”

ON THE BOARD SAYS: We would love to hear the stories of other members of the message board about seemingly mundane moments that actually became turning points in their lives.

Here’s some great memory music:

music, cheer

Million Dollar Idea Division

D. ZINER writes: “Theme: significant days of February.

“There was a time when I considered myself a creative failure if I really had to buy a birthday card. As someone who doesn’t throw anything away, there has always been something in a desk drawer or in a closet box that could be repurposed into something that would immortalize just about any occasion.

“But when I looked at the calendar to find the day and week of a friend’s birthday in February, I noticed that there were quite a few noteworthy dates—more than I expected from a month that I considered depressing. After a couple of nights of this “failure” daydreaming, the answer became clear: I would create a card that would combine all the significant February dates, including the birthday theme.

“This smart card will not only entertain my friend, but I planned to repeat this process for the rest of the months. Then I would make millions by selling just 12 base cards to meet the needs of the masses for an entire year. Reduced investment, simplified inventory, and all the other benefits of this dozen dandies. What could be wrong with this business model? It’s probably just that my marketing and sales skills are even worse than my artistic abilities.

Line Drawing Of An Animal On A Cake

“I got to February, and so the greeting card industry could breathe easy, and postcard consumers would never know what they were missing.

“Postcard art is about 50 years old and has not improved over the years. And, based on the modern calendar, I would have to add Lunar New Year, World Wetlands Day, and the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count.”

Then now

Terrible permanent recording department

GREGORY J. of Dayton’s Bluff reports: “Recently I discovered one of those items that are often referred to either as a joke or as a threat, but which few people have actually seen. It’s nothing but a terrible permanent record. He exists. In this case, it is the Permanent Entry in Primary Schools, the Archdiocese of St. Paul. I’m guessing there was something similar in public schools, but I can’t confirm it.

“I am not at liberty to disclose how and where I was able to temporarily view and secretly photograph this recording, but I will say that there are many other sources where this recording came from. I personally knew the person it belonged to, but edited the personal information for security reasons. The information it contains is correct, although somewhat incomplete.

Old School Report Card

This man was born in 1923, entered first grade on September 9, 1929, and completed eighth grade in June 1937. You can also see that, according to the Coleman-Anderson Mental Test, his IQ was slightly above average.

Old School Report Card

“On the back of the record there is a record of his scholarship. In addition to the classic three R’s of reading, writing/writing and arithmetic, it also has entries for things like “Half-Day Absence”, “Late Time”, “Courtesy”, “Civil Law” and “Hygiene”. A number system was used rather than letter grades.

“This man has already passed away, but his Permanent Record has outlived him. Students of the computer age can take courage in the knowledge that the chances of their records surviving them are slim. But for those of us who are older than the dirt, our permanent records will last much longer than we ourselves have.”

Know yourself?

Or: Who do you call “Old Timer”?

LeoJEOSP writes: “In the summer of 2021, the virus dictated what you could or could not do.

“My SO is following the Minnesota Twins and learned that the twins are visiting Bush Stadium to play three games against the St. Louis Cardinals. We chose the Great River Road: GRR. This national road runs from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to Louisiana.

“We left St. Paul and headed east until we were on the GRR. If you’re used to using our interstate highway system, you’ll miss the charm of small towns. The GRR runs through towns right on the river, and each town has a park or lookout for sightseeing.

“We saw a lot of sights when we went on a tour in Dubuque, Iowa. We took a walk to Galena, Illinois to find the Gen. Grant Historic Sites.

“We resumed our trip south on the GRR and saw a lot of interesting places. Driving through Bettendorf, Iowa, we saw the nearest store with a public restroom, not far from the highway. We entered. After answering the call of nature, I had to go through a large number of clients. There was a girl behind the front door, keeping track of everyone who entered the store.

“Getting out of the store was easy thanks to disabled parking.

“I walk with a four-wheeled walker.

“At that moment, a van with darkened windows pulled up next to us. The driver got out of the van with a wild look in his eyes that suggested he was taking methamphetamine.

“I was disturbed when the guy from the van said: “How are you, old-timer?” I had never been called that, and I wanted to show him that I was only 66 years old.

“I had a thick gray beard, but he said that he was an old-timer. How dare he call me an old-timer!

“The guy from the van had a hat on his head, and over it was a too small sweater, shifted to the side. It must be glued or pinned.

“After we left here, I said: “It was unfair to call me an old-timer.” Even though I looked like this.

“In a few minutes it was necessary to look at another site, and the remark of the old-timers was soon forgotten.

“The scenery on the GRR is breathtaking.

“The Twins have won one of three games. Any baseball fan should put Busch Stadium on their bucket list.”

simple pleasures

Lead to: Highfalutin of Pleasure (Division of Keeping Your Eyes Open) – and: All Critics! (Sitcom division)

FRIENDLY BOB from Fridley: “Subject: Little treats.

“It really doesn’t take long for some of us to identify something as a little treat. I don’t watch a lot of TV and the shows I watch tend to be old ones. . . and almost always I’ve seen multiple episodes multiple times: “Perry Mason”, “Matlock”, “The Stupidest in the World” and “Fraser” just to name a few. If I’m late (which happens often), I tend to go to the Hallmark channel for Frasier. I usually don’t pay much attention since I’ve seen all the episodes.

“Now, to my little delight, at the beginning of each show there is a drawing of the Seattle skyline and some animation, as well as a little musical ditty. If I pay attention, I try to guess which animation will be shown. I told you it was a little treat. I’ve always wondered how many of these little animations there are. In Internet!

“Believe it or not, I found a discussion group (this time in the UK) on exactly this topic. It turns out that there are 21 animations (and a separate musical song for each). For inquisitive minds, here are the animations:

“The helicopter appears over the city.

“A rain cloud floats over the city.

“The crescent moon rises.


“The full moon appears and turns into a pumpkin lantern.

“Rainbow appears over Seattle only at the last show.

“The light at the top of the Space Needle is flashing.

“The elevator goes up the Space Needle in Seattle.

“Lights are on in the skyscrapers.

“Nothing happened.

“Fireworks explode over the horizon.

The airship flies over the horizon.

“The crane lifts the load above the horizon.

“The full moon is rising.

“The Space Needle is decorated with Christmas lights.

“You can see how the monorail travels through the city.

“A hot air balloon flies over the horizon

“Airplane overhead with a KACL banner.

“A shooting star flies over the horizon.

“Party balloons take off from behind the skyscrapers.

“Radio waves at the top of the Space Needle.

“Actually I was right, oh, three or four times in a few years. Each of these events was an occasion to celebrate the raising of weapons in the air. Yes, big cry.

“By the way, with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s worth keeping an eye out for a special episode (season 6, episode 14, first aired February 11, 1999) of Frasier. Probably my favorite of all, the episode is called Three Valentines. “Frasier” usually has subtitles for each part of the show, with the first 10 minutes or so being titled “Valentine for Niles”. You’d swear you’re watching an excerpt from a 1920s silent movie. The first time I watched it (only Niles and Eddie the dog in the lead roles), I was ROFLOW before I even knew what it meant. Check it. I give it 5/5 stars.”

What’s in a name?

Plus: BEWARE! Words in the game!

HALF-LEGEND reports: “Subject: Two recent mundane neologisms.

“My wife wrote “Chef BAD” on the shopping list, I knew it meant “Chief Boiardi”. She loved his spaghetti and meatballs during the COVID lockdown. I said, “Looks like a rapper.” I feel generous, so any rapper can claim this nickname.

“My wife told me that my old eccentric friendly remarks to the cashier at the supermarket were too flirtatious. I said that I had said the same thing to the senior cashiers at the other store. She said the young woman looked annoyed. She asked, “Would you say the same to a male cashier?” I thought about it.

“She said that during the isolation from COVID, I gradually became a man. Now I’ve slid back.

“Looks like,” I said, “I’ve fallen victim to demencia.” She groaned accordingly.

Name of the group of the day: younger brothers

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