The Friday Fives

1. What is that thing in your house that was pretty common and is now absolutely extinct?

The VCR tape rewinder – because there was a time when you rented the tapes and Blockbuster and the grocery store would charge you for not rewinding.

2. What about something from your grandparent’s house that was common and absolutely extinct now?

Both of my grandmas had those old hand-cranked washing machine/tub.

3. What is a favorite television commercial from your youth for a product that no longer exists?

It was those Polaroid camera commercials with James Garner and Mariette Hartley – they were so popular, people thought the actors were an actual real-life couple.

4. What advertised product that passed away with time do you still recall fondly – the product, not the ad like the question above.

The Christmas- time toy commercials – or better yet, the Sears, J C Penny, and Montgomery Ward toy catalogs – pages and pages of sheer advertising.

5. What do you say to people who don’t take COVID19 precautions seriously?

My three employees who ignored the public health advice to stay home will argue with those who say it isn’t necessary – all are battling multiple bouts of pneumonia on their 3rd hospital stay, all under the age of 40, none men – and all ignored the guidelines. We have been WFH for 6 weeks now. Ask my nurse friend Sparky who has recovered but still weak with a painful cough and back to work in the oncology clinic. Or my friend with MS who hasn’t left his house for two months. Those individuals might provide a different argument.

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