Monday, October 10, 2011

Video Killed the Radio Star

Years ago, MTV played their first video which changed millions of lives instantly. As “The Buggles” played their one hit wonder “Video Killed the Radio Star,” music lovers of all ages became glued to their television sets. I personally don’t think I changed my channel for two or three months. All the musicians I was listening to on the radio now had faces I could see, like millions of others I was blown away.

Critics, always looking to find something wrong with everything, didn’t cut MTV any slack. They said the wildly popular TV station was going to ruin the youth of America. While MTV has seemed to have lost it’s way over the past few years, I don’t really think it ruined a generation of kids. If anything it opened our eyes to new cultures and people. Having graduated high school in 1983, I am quite proud to be a part of the MTV generation…it was a blast.

As the 90’s rolled in video game technology was really coming on strong. Once again the critics fired their comments all around but hardly anybody listened. They said these games would rot the brains of the children that played them. Well video games can’t really rot anything but they can be quite addicting. These gamers are now referred to as the “Nintendo” generation. This gaming addiction which started back in the 90’s has gained steam and is rolling hard and heavy here in 2011.

Evidence of this gaming madness is pretty easy to find. Any employer that hires very many young adults can verify this quickly. They say that most young people that are entering the workforce these days have never hit a lick at anything…except playing games. What does this mean for the workforce? Well, it seems that kids that have never worked any at home or at the occasional odd job are completely at a loss when it comes to working a job. Many can’t even comprehend how to push a broom. Too bad we don’t have joysticks that can run a broom where I work, we would be in good shape.

I blame all this gaming addiction crap on MTV. They let us down when they quit playing music videos and started running the most God awful programming. Kids had to have something to fill the void and Nintendo wryly smiled and said “come in my children.” So MTV, do us all a favor…bring back the rock and roll and save our kids. Hurry please before it’s too late!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

After putting my eight hours in at work today, I decided I needed to head to the river for a little bass fishing. The weather was perfect and the fish were biting, so all in all the day turned out pretty good. The bass in the picture was one of about fifteen I caught this afternoon. These Mulberry river bass are the strongest fighting fish I have ever had the pleasure of catching.

If you look closely in the top photo, the black and blue jig I was using is still hanging out of the fishes mouth. Sometimes when fishing a jig it’s hard to tell when they pick it up…not today. They were slamming it pretty hard. I think they were concerned about another fish trying to steal it. These types of days make it fun to be a fisherman.

For me today was a much needed get out of the house day. It’s been awhile since I took a good walk through the woods down to the river. I need to make the same walk everyday, by the time I got back up the hill and to my truck I was huffing and puffing. Getting old I guess. Thank you guys so much for reading, have a great day…Lowell