As I close in on my target weight and the one year mark since I began limiting calories, I think about my go-to snacks-- Minute Maid Soft Frozen Lemonade, Lo-cal pumpkin spice bread, Slow-churned vanilla ice cream and trail mix. Trail mix, in particular, seems to be natures perfect concoction. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, raisins and M&M's give me both the salt and sweet I crave without adding a single pound to my weight. At least, that's the way it seems.
For the record, I do supplement the trail mix I get from Sam's Club with craisins, more cashews, and dry roasted peanuts.
When I searched the Internet for trail mix articles, I found that some strongly railed against both M&M's and craisins in many trail mixes as unreasonable sources of sugar. My own results seem to contradict these reports. Sometimes a little sugar keeps me from eating a lot of sugar.
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People have mentioned it to me before, but it does seem like most extremely creative people enjoy a variety of art genres. Personally, I write poetry, lyrics, novels, op-ed pieces and blogs, shoot photography, dabble in interior design, enjoy website design, sing karaoke, and if I had any talent with it, I'd probably play a musical instrument. For some reason I don't do well with painting or sculpting, but I used to draw quite a bit. I'll bet if I looked for other creative crafts, I'd probably try them. You should have seen me with Legos when my kids were in grade school...
I believe the world needs creative minds, but I don't know if everyone has the talent for it. You can't teach art to someone without aptitude or interest. You can, however, teach art appreciation. One problem in today's modern world is that there are many genres being neglected to make room for gaming, reality shows and sports.
There was a time where every school kid was expected to give a musical instrument a try. School budgets don't allow for that these days. I tried the piano, the baritone and the coronet, but I just didn't have any talent. It's one shortcoming I have- if I can't be good at something, I tend not to do it.
How does one get to Carnegie Hall? Via GPS, of course...
One of the unfortunate aspects of getting older is no longer being relevant in TV series planning. Comedy has changed, as has drama for that matter, to cater to the new dominant generation, twenty-somethings. Now, my generation (at the tail end of the Baby Boomer era) still makes and spends money. I'm guessing we far outspend younger generations. But money is spent on advertising to the Gen Z'ers and Millennials rather than us or the Gen X'ers. I'm not exactly sure why that is.
I do know that ratings isn't itself the primary stat advertisers use, but rather the ratings of each age group. "Longmire" had huge ratings, but unfortunately viewers were mostly my age, so it was cancelled after three great seasons (it was picked up by Netflix, thankfully) .
I can't unilaterally become relevant. So many of my favorite shows have been cancelled in the recent past that I hesitate to start liking one in the present. Why don't we get the makers of Attends, Ensure and HurryCanes to advertise to us Boomers and sponsor the shows WE like?
No more Bachelor, River Monsters or Duck Dynasty, please!
I sometimes wonder why I feel so strongly about some sports teams. Does it really matter if my Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series in 1988? It meant something to me at the time. I keep hearing about how sports is a business, like TV and other entertainment genres. But I disagree with that blanket statement. Sports entertain FANS.
Fans support their teams emotionally. Loyalty should run both ways, but it seems to be the fans' lone responsibility. A basketball or football team is not peanut butter.
Take the Colorado Rockies (please!)... They make money with a smattering of stars but mostly an underwhelming team. There's no hope of competing with the rest of their division for the next several years, but ownership is satisfied with the status quo because they are still making money.
I was going to say that perhaps that the biggest difference between "the old days" and now is free agency. But players have been moving from team to team since the Bambino left Boston. It is so much more widespread now in all sports that I sit an ponder my own loyalties. Why should I care if a team put together almost at random represents my town?
Human nature, then, must be at the root. Humans must have a built-in need to cheer for something or someone and this need can't easily by quashed. That makes us so much better than dogs and cats... We're number one!
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