Bernie Sanders’appealing good looks

You know what I like the most about Bernie Sanders?   Oh yes, I do like his views on various issues, and can appreciate the effect his presidency could have on the United States.   But as far as I’m concerned, it is his looks that appeal to me.     No, not exactly my Dream Man…but he looks just like my Grandpa!

To me that is high praise…my grandfather was far and away the most wonderful man I have ever known in any capacity.     I do not know anything about his political views, except that he did not like President Harry S Truman.   I can only speculate.     Grandpa, also known as Arthur Josiah Piper, had been injured in a terrible explosion at SOHIO, the Standard Oil Company of Ohio gasoline refinery in about 1915…in which he sustained severe injuries which left him unable to work, and on a life-long pension.  He could not walk for a year or two, and in fact never could walk without a cane.

This  misfortune actually had positive results, however…besides the financial support of the gas company which helped to get him through the Great Depression years of the 1930s in relatively good shape.   He was able to maintain the life style that he and my grandmother had enjoyed since their marriage in about 1905, having had a comfortable financial position.

My Dad was born in 1910, and since I was not born until 1934, I have no personal recollection of any of this.

Grandpa had been a typewriter salesman back in the late 1890s, and one of his most prized possessions was his Berkensderfer Typewriter, which he had until his death in 1955.   I have the typewriter today.

Oh what a grand machine!   It featured a print head shaped like a machine cog, which had upper and lower case letters, and rotated to type some punctuation characters.   This typewriter was absolutely fascinating to Me…when Grandpa would take it out, open its grand wooden case, and type a message…usually one (or both) of the following  practice sentences:
          Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party.
         The quick red fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back and ran away.

One of the machine’s most popular features (with Me) was its purple ink, applied to the moving header by sliding it back and forth on an ink pad.   This purple ink feature was the thing Grandmother most disliked about the whole process.

I had forgotten the point of this post, and scrolling upward brought me back to my discussion of Bernie Sanders.     I doubt that he would be flattered to know that he reminded me so much of my grandfather…especially since he is so much younger than I am now.   Come to think of it, though, he was just about Grandpa’s age back in the days I am referring to now.


Computing and Surfing the Net Even at My Age

That headline absolutely bugged the bejeezers out of me when I read that a few months ago.  I can’t be sure if the writer was really intrigued with the cuteness of her parents using the computer…good golly!  or if she was being facetious.

Ok.  I admit it.  I have pictures of my pre-school-age great-grand-children working on their computers.   So what if they were doing Barbie-game stuff on the screen?  The point is that these children are growing up with computers.     I also have a photo of my oldest grand-daughter, at 5 years, seated at my old Kaypro II… my first computer back in 1983.   I–who am now considered by many to be in the “old people” category–taught this child to manipulate the computer.

There is an entire manner of ingratiating and solicitous demeanor towards “old people” that is annoying and insulting.  And this is nowhere more apparent than in the “phenomenon” of the older generation moving to computers.

“OMG…you’re using the computer at your age!   Good for you.”

I always want to say to these people– “yes, and if you work at it you too may someday be 80.”

So we have been in the internet era for … what? 30 years?    There has been a healthy push toward making the students “computer literate” for a long time, and SOME schools in some areas have had computers in the classrooms for twenty years..

Right…all children do not have access to a computer.  This is a fact of life.   But when we think about a time not too long ago when some school systems found such basics as pencils and paper at a premium.   In many countries of the world, to this day, education is more of a privilege than a right.

Back to the old-timers with computers.   Cute little old guys and gals, with their walkers and canes, sidling up to their local library’s rows of computers, taking a seat and positioning their fingers on the keyboards.   Guess what…a lot of these people used to work on typewriters!   They were office secretaries and clerk-typists, who may or may not have still been at their typewriters when their companies moved to embrace new computer systems–in the same office.

People who are retired, and presumably have no need to add Computer Science to their work skills, have many individual reasons for wanting to learn to surf the internet.  Their reasons are as wide ad varied as are those of their great-grand-children, who are beginning their school careers on little pink or blue tablets on which they can reach the internet.

I personally know at least two people, adults, one 95 and the other mid-70s, who are learned, educated, active people — they just don’t want to learn to be computer literate.   They wear their “I’m Not Computer Literate and Proud” badges like service medals.   Yet these are the very people who would benefit the MOST from email or “social media,” and would absolutely be in Blue Heaven if they knew what they are missing.   I could draw up personal lists as long as my arm for them, listing specific rewards waiting for them online.

Ok, I admit it.  Mom may not have wanted a new washing machine when her old wringer washer was perfectly good.   The ice-box kept food cold enough, and there really wasn’t a lot of benefit to Grandma to get a new electric refrigerator.

Ha!  The horse was a proven entity, while the automobile was still a novelty.

Well, you get the point.  Us Old People are still able to Compute.