Here’s something that has changed since I was growing up in the 60s & 70s.

In the news:

“Jessie Goline, a 25-year-old former Arkansas art teacher, is accused of sexual assault after police said she had sex with four of her students at her apartment, including two in the same night.”

No longer new & different, more like: another one.

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Photo- 1960s elementary school valentine- set aside with items my parents had saved.

Halloween still seven weeks out.

Local authorities dictate a 1.5 hour window for trick-or-treat time 2017:

Trick-or-treat in city limits Oct. 31

Your family will start at 6:00 and be done for the year at 7:30 p.m.

Several locations have decided that your family will be done Trick-or-Treating for the year at 7:00 p.m. on the 31st.

Who gets to make decisions on how your family will behave? Not parents? Not you & the others who live in the cul-de-sac? Not the people who planned the block party last summer? Not the people who have created and enjoyed Halloween traditions in the neighborhood?

Same country that made a big deal of celebrating freedom & independence early in July.

When did government authorities take on the role of deciding when families/kids go out to trick-or-treat?

No such effort when I was growing up.


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Photo- Phone booth at remote campground with no camp host or cell reception.


Don’t wait to move to a more affordable area.

Don’t wait for the right politician to enter office.

Maintain the ability to pass a drug test.

Learn from the mistakes of others.

Stay away from heroin, meth, cocaine, etc.

Don’t believe that you have to go to college in order to make it.

Aim towards living debt free.

Be ready to pay your dues at a young age.

Be on time.

Be ready to work odd hours, odd shifts, and to deal with commuting.

Be ready to work outside in bad weather.

Be ready to relocate.

Be ready to take on more responsibility.

Don’t make excuses.

Use your imagination.

Don’t be a victim.

Don’t hang out with victims.

Stay away from negative peer pressure.

Care about your reputation.

Have a plan to move up.


Many successful people once worked for minimum wage. Find them and ask them how they moved up.

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Rent yourself a State Parks buoy at Fort Worden

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Just came across this: “24 Absolutely Horrendous Vintage Recipes”

Comments below the article are a must-read.

I suspect these recipes were created by the marketing people who were out to sell more convenience foods in the old days.

Tomato aspic is the one I remember from growing up in the 60s & 70s.

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When did scary Halloween decorations turn into this?


Scary is OK for Halloween-

Halloween Safety Tips 2015

Each November, school teachers across America host Veterans Day assemblies– and promote the idea that The Troops are in distant lands- fighting for American rights and freedoms.

Growing up in the 60s & 70s- veterans were all around- church, school, Boy Scout leaders, family, the neighborhood, etc. It was all just an average thing. These folks weren’t seen as a separate part of American society.

People weren’t stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

These guys weren’t lining up for free dinner promotions marketed by major restaurant chains.

Veteran’s Day 2014:

Huge number of comments Re: what sort of ID is proper to get free & discounted stuff-

Where are the veterans who don’t want free meals, discounts, head of the line privileges at the airport, etc.



I think it is strange that modern American culture sees veterans as separate & different from the rest of society:

Veteran’s parking spaces at Home Depot

There is no possibility that I would use one of these spots.

Meet some veterans who have become disgruntled Re: discount availability:

“Home Depot No Longer Honors all Veterans”

Well done guys.

“Memorial Day Freebies & Events For Active Military And Veterans”



Undeclared/unwon wars that never end?


The purpose is to protect our freedoms:

I think this may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades of undeclared wars overseas.

Pro sports almost worships The Troops these days. Halftime sports announcers tell us that overseas military operations are somehow about American rights and freedoms.


The worst of it is individuals who claim that Americans wouldn’t have the freedom to post comments on newspaper websites if people had not given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect that freedom.

Hey school teachers– where did this idea come from? Were US troops sent to Vietnam so that Americans could be free to send letters to the editor?

Is there any case in which the US Armed Forces have been sent to distant lands on a mission to protect freedom of speech?

Is protecting freedom of speech even part of training scenarios?

If The Troops are fighting for your freedom to share ideas on the web- why would you be scolded for doing so?


More here:

Veterans Earn Rights?

Ongoing Militarization of American Culture

Goodbye Armistice Day


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Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

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US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom





Photo- Port Hadlock Transit Center


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Photo above- Sailing at Port Townsend

Hey Port Townsend-
You live in a maritime town- act like it.
“Boating season starts May 2 with parade on Port Townsend Bay”
Port Townsend Bay?

Local papers often use the redundant “Port Townsend Bay” when describing sailing races, etc. at Port Townsend. The proper name for the body of water is: Port Townsend. Check any navigation chart.

The body of water was named before the town existed.

Oak Harbor too:

“Hydroplanes will skip atop Oak Harbor Bay for the third consecutive year…”

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Photo above- Keystone ferry inbound.

“Keystone terminal gives way to ‘Coupeville’ ferry”

Coupeville/Penn Cove is on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island- no ferry link to Port Townsend exists there.

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A lonely beach at Keystone Spit-
Olympic Mountains in the distance.



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