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Larry Insana / Blog

01-23-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Wagon”

01-23-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Wagon” Oh ya I remember my little red wagon to be sure! It was one of the coolest things I ever got as a wee lad. However reminiscing back I think it may have been a conspiracy or something. In the beginning it was a toy but very soon after that it turned into the work horse for the paper route…I think my Dad had it all planned from day one!...thanks Dad for instilling some good virtues in me even if there were slightly devious ulterior motives attached…man, now I’m thinking about other gifts along the way…work boots, gloves, shovels, rakes, flannel shirts…ha ha…well at least I learned not to be afraid of work I guess…plain and simple.

01-22-14-My Morning Thoughts: “I got your back”

01-22-14-My Morning Thoughts: “I got your back” …This was a term widely conveyed in my youth by a few of the best friends I will ever have. In times of triumph and times of turmoil we knew we stood together without asking! It was almost like an unwritten law because you knew it to be true and the most remarkable almost astonishing thing about it…none of us ever had to ask the question…do you have my back!...now that’s what kind of period in time I’m talking about…plain and simple.

01-21-14-My Morning Thoughts: MY Presidents remembered

01-21-14-My Morning Thoughts: MY Presidents remembered President Kennedy’s election was one of the closest ever (beat Nixon by 100,000 votes or something) and besides the obvious brutal assassination JFK developed the arts & music push in schools, made the presidency seem youthful for the first time, the Bay of Pigs debacle, the space race and Peace Corps I think, he also initially started sending “Advisers” to south east Asia, his famous quote, although there were quite a few; “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”….President LBJ, I don’t know what he will be remembered for, probably the escalation of Vietnam conflict (war) which accelerated to a cultural change of anti-war protesters and a lot of people asking why, and most likely the (war) on poverty that’s 50 years old now 20 trillion dollars spent and theirs still 16% poverty…which is about what it was in 1964!!…President Nixon was big on foreign affairs mainly the China thing also a large component in the early days of EPA, “enjoyed recording things”, but will probably be remembered for resigning the presidency prior to or avoiding impeachment from office, his famous quote; “I’m not a crook”…President Ford…not sure if he had a famous quote…well, he fell down a lot and pardoned quite a few people including President Nixon!… President Carter probably will be remembered for three things in particular; the try and please everyone president (including his brothers “Billy Beer”), and the Iran hostage crisis and the enormous amount of work for those in need to this day,…President Reagan will be remember most likely as the actor who became President and the “tear down that wall thing” and something called “trickle down economics”...President Bush, the fastest War ever, his famous quote; “read my lips no new taxes” and that didn’t work out to well while running for a second term, …President Clinton, well besides being president during the economic revolution of the “tech craze” and probably one of the best speech givers ever, he will be remembered for his plentiful ‘late night work in the oval office’ to be sure, his famous quote; “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” , he was also impeached for that statement I believe…President Bush # 2, the shoot from the hip, speech gaff’s as well as one of the few times since Pearl Harbor that the country was actually on the same page and standing as one for a while after 911, famous quote; “mission accomplished” although he didn’t really say it I don’t think but it was his infamous backdrop on the aircraft carrier (hey aren’t we still at war?)…President Obama…too early to tell…I must say though, with every little spoken word recorded on video these days this does not bode well for President Obama historians at this juncture, his “signature legislation” The Affordable Care Act or (Obama Care) has been riddled with improprieties or I believe the President uses the word “glitches” to describe the roll out problems, his famous quote so far; “if you like your health care you can keep it, period”…also a pronounced orator while reading the teleprompter… any future Presidents will have a tough time for all time because the media is everywhere!...obviously all these presidents did much more than this, some great things and some not so great but I’ve been really busy so it is what it is…these are the headlines of tidbits in my mind not taken from any historical books so mistakes are inevitable considering the source…just thought you might like to know the mornings disgorge…plain and simple.

01-20-14-My Morning Thoughts: Do I know it?

01-20-14-My Morning Thoughts: Do I know it? I only know what I know which is what I’ve learned or gathered along the way in this crazy experience called life. I can’t know anything else; sure I can pretend I know things of other’s…like…traditions or cultures or tribulations but it’s just a guess…at best an educated speculation. I can assume understanding but I can’t factually state that I know it. When those “in the know” try and tell us how we are feeling or what’s best for us they can only presume their accuracy? Isn’t their conclusion based on their assumption? If they’re not in our shoes all they can possibly do is go on hypothetical’s, right?...it’s like everyone reading this right now can say they absolutely know what I’m trying to convey this morning…but you can’t be 100% because…I’m not 100% either…but I can tell you, I am a little dizzy from writing it this morning…LOL…have a great day all…plain and simple.

01-17-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Speech”

01-17-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Speech” In 1970 our teacher gave us an assignment in grade school, we had to learn the Gettysburg Address speech and recite it for class in two weeks. Well I already knew most of the Gettysburg Address and me being the young radical that I was, decided not to oblige the teacher’s request. Instead, when it was my turn to go up in front of the class I recited the Martin Luther King speech “I have a dream”…(I ripped it out of a magazine from somewhere and learned it for some reason, unknown to me why at that time)…the teacher at one point started to approach me but while walking from the back of the classroom stopped in her tracks…and eventually half set one cheek on a fellow classmates desk. I never hesitated, and continued the speech till the end as the teachers face went from red to what appeared to be genially interested. Even at 10 years old I refused to be a conformist (not knowing what that was at the time) but I declined to do what all the other classmates were doing in a young childish semi respectful…sort a way!...I did not disregard the rules to be disrespectful I just thought at the time it was different and I was different so it made sense to me…I didn’t hurt anyone…and if I must say…I did the speech pretty dam well!...anyway, I still know both speeches to this day and I still feel these are two of the most profound, meaningful and almost divinely messaged speeches ever uttered by human beings and I imagine at this point in my life I will always feel that way……I’m sure there are others just as meaningful out there…but not ‘more’ meaningful to me…have a great weekend all and don’t forget to love your brothers and sisters out there…examples go a long way…plain and simple.

01-16-14-My Morning Thoughts: “Show-n-Tell”

01-16-14-My Morning Thoughts: “Show-n-Tell” Hey teachers out there, do they still do show and tell in school or has that been phased out too? I was just wondering because I always like show and tell mainly because…you learned something! I mean I remember specific things that my school mates brought in to share with us. One kid folded paper into things like swans and footballs before I ever heard the word origami, some would bring some great traditional food for all to enjoy, one kid brought in a German officers knife from WWII (probably can’t do that anymore), and I remember once this kid showed how he could “pick” any lock (I don’t think things ended up to well for him in life…but it was cool at the time), another time a kid brought in his dog that did a million tricks on command…anyway, I liked show and tell and it’s amazing thinking back, how interested those who were showing something that meant something to them, did so well in their presentation! (I’m sure there’s a correlation there)...YOU KNOW?…when you’re really interested or like something it appears so much easier to talk about it…plain and simple.

01-15-14-My Morning Thoughts: “today maybe”

01-15-14-My Morning Thoughts: “today maybe” I do believe we finally, have gone too far…I don’t know why, I just do believe it…We need to get that old fashion hospitality back in our daily lives. If everyone just says hello to everyone they pass today the positive feelings just may shine right through…its worth a try don’t ya think?...ready…….HELLO……now how hard was that…I’m a little hard of hearing from all those early rock days so you better yell HELLO just a bit louder!!!....plain and simple.

01-14-14-My Morning Thoughts: “the best year ever”

01-14-14-My Morning Thoughts: “the best year ever” I’m not sure how they figure this out but my brother-in-law, actually my brother-in-law’s brother (were all like brothers anyway) told me that he read that 1978 is considered the best year since the beginning of our country. I mean I knew that cause that’s the year I graduated high school so I’m sure that’s why it was chosen…LOL…but let’s take a look at 1978…Average Cost of new house $54,800.00, Average Income per year $17,000.00, Average Monthly Rent $260.00, Cost of a gallon of gas 63 cents, 1LB of Bacon$1.20, Dozen Eggs 48 Cents, Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System, Space Invaders Launches Craze for Computer Video Games, The first computer bulletin board system BBS is created, 98% of all American homes have a television, First Test Tube Baby is born on July 25th in England a girl Louise Brown, from in vitro fertilization, nearly no unemployment, Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks, "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV, "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 101 performances, 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii, 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins, 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV, Camp David Peace Treaty Egypt makes peace with Israel, US Teachers strike extend summer holidays for thousands of students, The worst winter storm in Ohio history struck before dawn on Thursday, January 26, 1978, fashion modles; Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Carter, Cheryl Tiegs, Iman, Christie Brinkley, "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily" - John Belushi in 'National Lampoon's Animal House', Ben and Jerry opened their first ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont, Home Depot was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, movie of the year “The Deer Hunter”, most popular TV shows; 1. Laverne & Shirley (ABC) 2. Happy Days (ABC) 3. Mork & Mindy (ABC) 4. Three's Company (ABC) 5. Angie (ABC) 6. 60 Minutes (CBS) 7. M*A*S*H (CBS) 8. The Ropers (ABC) 9. All In The Family (CBS) 10. Taxi (ABC), average price of a car- $6, 000 bucks, On this day in history U.S. senate deliberations are broadcast live on radio for the first time, The first satellite of the new Navy Fleet Satellite Communications System was launched. This system satisfies the need for worldwide tactical command control and communications for the entire fleet on this day in history, "Hello, Dolly!" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 152 performances on this day in history, Boston Celtics draft Larry Bird with the 6th pick of the NBA Draft, George W. Bush Loses Election for the House of Representatives, Susan B. Anthony Becomes First Woman to be on a Circulating US Coin, The Lord Of The Rings Soundtrack Is Released, Van Halen Releases "Van Halen", Gary Player wins the 42nd Masters Tournament, "The Last Waltz" Is Released, "The Buddy Holly Story" Is Released, Grease (film) released, "National Lampoon's Animal House" Is Released, Muhammad Ali reclaims heavyweight title from Leon Spinks (1st heavyweight to do this 3 times), Microsoft opens first international office in Japan??? …you know what I’m stopping there; I was going to list more but why ruin a great poll…plain and simple.

01-13-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Music”

01-13-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Music” Going to try and get back to the music again and see which road it takes me this time. I never really recorded any of my piano songs so I thought maybe I would start there…one never knows now does one…I know, I never know what’s coming out next…and like George Harrison said: “if ya don’t know where you’re going any road will take ya there”…so at least there’s options that even I can’t miss…ha ha…plain and simple.

01-09-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Big Lie”

01-09-14-My Morning Thoughts: “The Big Lie” I use to have this ‘friend’ that has done and seen it all! Anything you ever have done…he’s done it bigger and better…twice! I mention Woodstock and he was there, I mention Vietnam (and he’s the same age as me) and he served, I mention Standard Oil and he was a manager there for 20 years, I mention anything but I lost before the words are finished…I once said to him you must be like 130 years old by now, but he didn’t get the joke…anyway, I’m not sure if everyone has a ‘friend’ like this but I’m betting they’ve heard of one…but anyway, when you flat out catch him in a lie the lie just gets bigger and bigger to try and get out of it!...let’s just enjoy what we have and what we’ve done and call it a day…it just makes so much sense to me…and that term my father always uses…”your word is your bond” …just might have a chance for a comeback yet!...plain and simple.