Things Are Different Now In Texas

Things Are Different Now In Texas
Things Are Different Now In Texas
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Things are different in now in Texas. When I was a kid, I had to go inside to make a call. Now I often have to go outside to make one. They call this progress? Now we have concealed weapons, Back then we had revealed weapons – right there for all to see in the gun rack in the back window of the pickup.

We used to stay in the truck to get gas and go inside to eat. Now it is the reverse. We get out to pump our gas and go through the drive through for food.

Kids once drank out of hose and now they shun that beautiful experience to go inside for bottled water.

Only 1 in 5 of us are rural anymore, though many city people do try to hold on to a little farm or ranchito for weekends.

The small farmer is disappearing and being replaced by the monstrous commercial farms where tractors never sleep. Even the small farmers today are likely to use GPS and long-range weather forecasting, something their grandfathers would have considered blasphemy. As one old farmer I once knew would say, “Don’t watch the weather man, watch the animals. They’ll tell you what’s comin’”.

Gas was 35 cents a gallon and someone else pumped it and washed your windshield and vacumed the truck, too. Air and water were free. Now its a dollar for air. A dollar for good Texas air! I never expected to PAY for a drink of water, but to pay for AIR? That is beyond anything I ever thought possible.

Sundays were quiet back then. All shut down. Everything except restaurants and movie theaters. were closed for family time. Blue Laws they were called. Those are gone. The Blue Light Special took their place.

We had three channels on TV. Now 300 and nothin’ on.

Most food was cooked and eaten at home. Eating out was a rare. Now many people eat out most every meal.

Families used to sit down and eat most meals together. Now that seems to happen only Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dinner was at noon. The evening meal was supper.

One TV per house. Now there are TV’s in every room. Sometimes two to a room, competing with each other.

Today teenagers are happier cruising the net than cruising round town.
Having too many windows open means something quite different today.

We have more drugstore cowboys than real ones. Roundups are done with helicopters instead of horses.
Yes, Things are different now. But I will certainly embrace one element of progress wholeheartedly. Air conditioning. Then we just sweated all the time. Now we are cool mostly everywhere if we want to be. And even the word cool is still cool. Never went out of style.

I like that the movie theater has more than one movie a week. I like the democratization of information and the amazing amount of choice that exists in the world. I am happy for the advanced in medicine and the the beating back of the isms – racism, sexism, ageism, and ethnocentrism. Unfortunately, egotism may be healthier than ever.

I’m W. F. Strong.  These are Stories from Texas.  Some of them are True.

By 88FM