Stuck in the '70s

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Spring Approacheth

Hey all!

Lots of changes going on around this joint. I quit my regular full-time job Monday. That may not have been too bright because now I'm only working part time and trying to make extra money with other ventures to make ends meet. However, I feel like a great weight has been lifted. That place was extremely stressful and the most abusive environment I've experienced since I got my first job at age 15 in 1978!! So, even if I have to worry about money now and then (mostly now), at least I won't be suffering the wrath of the higher ups who just like to take things out on the little guy.

Meanwhile, working just three days a week is going to give me the time I've been hoping for to go through closets and the two sheds where I know I have some stuff stored that someone might want. I've got all my old '70s scrapbooks and other memoriabilia stored out there, as well as toys, dolls, books, etc. So, if it's not for sale, at least I can take pictures and put them on my site.

And speaking of the site, I've been working on it a lot lately. Yesterday, we had a record 4,575 visitors. We've been averaging anywhere between 2,500 to 4,025 a day. I'd like to think it's all the cool extra stuff I'm adding that's bringin' 'em in! Too bad I can't play with my site all day long every day and make money doin' it! :) I've added more '70s magazines and will be updating with more links, info and pictures on all of the pages on my days off.

Stay cool, and happy "near spring!"

Julie

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Blogging and the First Amendment


The First Amendment is free speech, right? You'll have to excuse me. It's been a long time since I took my Constitution test. We had to take it in eighth grade to go on to high school. My dad helped me remember a lot of the stuff for the test by remembering the first letter to some stuff (like a list of presidents and amendments). I also need to watch my Schoolhouse Rock DVDs again. I saw something on the news tonight about bloggers being fired from their jobs due to stuff they wrote on their blogs. Now, that's just crazy. It's about as crazy as the company in BFE that's firing people because they smoke. And Virginia is passing a law where anyone wearing pants that expose their undergarments will be fined 50 clams. Well -- I gotta agree with that one. I don't want to see your thong. As far as I'm concerned, and this is what I remember from when I was in junior high and high school -- thongs are those sandal things you wear on your feet in the summer, and if I can see your underwear, then you're a Polock. Remember Polish jokes? Thank you Archie Bunker.
At any rate, something you put on your blog should not affect your job. What you do in your personal life should not affect your job -- of course, unless you wear one of those thong underwear thingies and let people see it. Then you should be banished. If your pants are so short that people can see your socks between your shoes and the bottom of your pants legs, then you're a Polock, and you should be fined 50 smackers. Therefore, Michael Jackson is a Polock and we should add 50 bucks to his fines, court fees, punishment, whatever. I'm just kidding, people! I really am not a bigot -- I'm just comparing my growing up days to what's going on in the world now. Things have gotten so politically correct, that it's ridiculous. And this is coming from a woman who is a self-proclaimed liberal. At any rate, I would hope I won't be fired from my job over anything I put here on my blog or on my Web site. But, just in case, let me say that I won't be saying anything about my employer(s) or co-workers. Gosh darn, they're all just lovely. I need a backup plan. Can anyone help? When will things stop sucking? Where IS that wayback machine when I really need it?

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Gettin' Things Rollin'

Howdy!

It's a blustery day here in northcentral Arkansas! They're saying we may get a mix of rain and snow tonight and tomorrow. Bring it on! Maybe I'll get stuck in my driveway and be forced to stay at home and watch old movies and stuff I've TiVo'd! Boy, there's something I wish we had in the '70s -- TiVo. I don't know how I functioned without it, let alone without a VCR!!! I remember my quest for a VCR in '78 or '79 when the price tag was over $1,000. My parents got me one after my thyroid surgery in February 1981. They were sure great like that, and Dad's still willing and able to help me out in any way he can. I've had several people e-mail me about how lucky I am/was to have parents like mine. They're completely correct!

I'm having a ball updating the Web site almost daily. I keep finding more and more stuff to do with it. I think I'll put a more prominent link to this blog on there for diary fans to check out. I still can't imagine what I did with my 1980-81 diaries. Gotta get on that spring cleaning!

We welcome February -- I'm ready for spring and new beginnings!

Jules