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The Lies

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I had the most interesting conversation with my oldest grandson recently.  We were discussing school and goals.  He is under the impression that having a YouTube page and followers is a career goal.  So I challenged him to give me specific examples of this actually working.

He cited some 17 year old boy that “quit high school, has a bunch of followers, and is making millions.  He even bought his mom a new house.”  Hmm…really?  I countered with, “but how do you KNOW he’s really making millions?”  To which he replied, “because his mom said so.”  Hmmm…this was heading down an interesting road.  I said, “you don’t think his mom would say anything to help his rating?”  And then the statement I feared, “Mom’s don’t lie!”  Wow…where to go…”Need I remind you of the Santa Claus incident?”  Yes, I went there!

Now, this is not the first time I have heard this line of thinking.  We have seniors writing senior papers about this career goal.  So I will concede that there are people with enough internet followers that they are making SOME money.  But millions?  In actual money…like money you could pay the bills with…not free stuff?

Our next step was for me to “walk down this road” with him.  So I said, “let’s assume that there is someone making millions with a YouTube channel.  What specifically could you offer that isn’t already out there?”  He said, “I want to make a YouTube channel of me playing my video games.”  Hmmm….next problem.  These kids really believe that they can make millions playing a game.  I stated that this was already done.  He needed something unique…not eating Tide Pods…not doing stupid stuff…but a real unique “need” for the world.  I even gave real solutions…find a math problem you yourself couldn’t solve and show how to solve it…find a real world problem and find a solution…something actually useful.

I know that media is the best babysitter ever…I get it!  I totally get it!   Matter of fact, I’m a little jealous it wasn’t around when I raised my own children.  And I’ve witnessed the on-off switch that happens when a child is handed the cell phone.  It’s magic!  So it’s no wonder that kids are enamored with the hopes of finding eternal “magic” and career possibilities with this “thing” that can make you millions without any real work.

And if you haven’t watched kids “watch” media these days, you’re missing the boat.  They are no longer interested in movies and music.  They want to watch real people doing real things…for hours!  Media is changing so quickly and so are our kids.  The things we feared on the Internet 10 years ago are no longer of interest to our kids.  They’re in awe of fellow teens doing stupid stuff.  Once again, I don’t know the answer to this dilemma…I just know that it is one.  And if you think you’re kids aren’t part of this…what did Santa bring you last year?


Man!  I am too old!

  • Too old for moving.
  •  Too old to sleep on a blow up mattress. But I did for a week between vacation and the move (see previous complaint).
  • Too old for those new-fangled remote access/video tellers at banks. Those that know me well know that I am a stickler for good customer service. A teller on a computer screen just does not do it for me. 

Well the house closing is complete. The move is in the books as they say. Thanks to my son and one of his friends, I am completely unboxed.  It really feels good to downsize and get rid of stuff. If you know me and read this, do NOT buy me anymore stuff. Let’s find another way to celebrate. 

I always marvel at the great friends I’ve cultivated over the last few years. There are a few long term friends but for the most part it has only occurred to me in the last 10 years how truly important great friends are to my life. 

My oldest son came by and brought their young daughter and I was terrified the whole time she would fall on my concrete floor and bust her head. My new home is definitely not little kid friendly. She’s a cutie and brings out an adorable side of her father. He is definitely smitten with her. 

My friend and painter came by to help me choose some wall colors. He has a great eye and is very meticulous. If you ever need a painter, let me know. 
My two closest friends came and visited and offered a different eye to my placement of things in my new place. Isn’t it funny how we have a “place” for things and can’t imagine things in a different role? I will have to say that the close friends I have now are ones that would defend me rigorously to others, and totally call me on my bullshit once we’re in private. That’s friendship at its most productive. 

My Daddy will come visit my new place this weekend and we will catch up…really don’t do that enough…I need to be better at that. 

School starts back in a couple of weeks and hopefully I will be good and settled by then. Life has finally settled down a little and at least at the end of the day I don’t stink…it has been crazy hot. 

Got me a new haircut and color today. Now a manicure and pedicure and I should be good to go…now I just need to find someone to take me somewhere. Lol

The Dream: Day 12

Here’s what I realized today…these 2 parents are working way too hard!

It’s exhausting. I don’t know how they do it. And they have another foster baby at home. Very proud of the parents they’ve become. 
I actually stayed in today. Too much sun last couple of days for me. Gotta pace myself. But I did keep an eye out the balcony door and these 2 things interested me. 

Dolphins really close to the shore all day today. 

Those 2 ships are passing in a very narrow shipping lane. And they’re huge. Impressive. 
We had dinner and came back to walk to beach and check out the oyster bed up the beach. Very cool. Lots of critters. The kids have one more day and then I’ll be alone again. It will nice and peaceful for about half a day, then I’ll be bored again. Lol. But it’s a beautiful way to spend a bored day. 

The Dream: Day 11

Ok…it’s now officially so many days I have to go back and check before I post. Six weeks is a very long time for a vacation in one spot. Don’t get me wrong, I am blessed and thankful for every moment…if for nothing else than to make me realize where “home” is. Home is my family, friends, job, and familiar and predictable “things” to do (auction, ride to the mountains, sleep in my own bed). Ok…another admission…as I listed those things I realize I have a boring life. But it’s MY life and it is what I’ve made it. 

On the other hand, having my son and wife and grandkids here has made it much more enjoyable. Exhausting, yes. But fulfilling exhaustion. 

This is what 2 days without cable tv does to the kids…

The cable guy came today. It’s like cellphones…not sure I can live without either. 
Granddaughter being the fashion maven that she is. She’s finally warmed up to the yuckiness of sand. 
And Ricky enjoying some “me” time doing what he loves…fishing. 
It was a spectacularly sunny and hot Georgia day. I was looking forward for an amazing sunset and then the clouds rolled in but I still love this shot. 

I’m trying to put moving in 30 days on the back burner…at least until Lisa arrives next week. She’s a make-a-list girl…she won’t let me linger in that dream world for long. 

The Dream: Day 10

Busy, busy day. My oldest son and family came in late last night and we have been non-stop since then. Interesting maneuvering for 6 people in a small one bedroom condo but it’s working quite well. 

The boys wore me out at the pool and the beach. I don’t ever remember having that endless energy. I’m sure they will crash hard tonight…as will I!  

Someone down the beach from us today was fishing and caught a huge stingray. It took him and Ricky to pull the hook out. 

Cable man comes today so that’s good news…assuming of course that he does make it. 

Making great memories with the kids.