Dick Summer Connection

January 11th, 2018

I think I have complained enough in today’s podcast. So instead of complaining here, I give you a note from my Lady Wonder Wench.

WONDER WENCH WRITES:

It is, I suppose, a pretty strong fact of life that Louie Louie Lads and their Lasses are reluctant, at best, members of the current electronic age.  Of course, we can and do use computers and at least some of the myriad other gadgets and gizmos which make up most of this fast-moving generation of inventions; every Lad or Lass uses what’s available and uses it well. But there is one invention/creation/idea that is inescapably perfection at its best.  The Lad and I have grand and great grandchildren in various parts of the country, most not close enough for everyday contact.  Naturally we are constantly curious about them all.  The cell phone of course comes into major play here.  But then there is . . . face time!!! THIS invention is worth everything in existence for grandparents, great grands, uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers, and just plain friends.  Not to mention cousins, boyfriends, and … well, whoever. For instance, this weekend we actually saw and spoke to a granddaughter on the other side of the world whom we haven’t seen in a long time.  Her new husband shouted hello while watching a football game, and Sarah was there with us because we could see her.  Actually SEE her as well as hear her. Now you tell me what takes a better prize than that.  We can watch Max Junior as he runs around (and falls, but hey, that’s real) and laugh with Cecelia and Bella as they talk about their adventures.  Smiles and loving voices are right there with you when you use Face Time, and the feeling of together is real too. So as Big Louie His Own Bad Self says, since there are some moving parts left, use them wisely and take advantage of Face Time.

Dick Summer Connection

January 10th, 2018

My Lady Wonder Wench & I figured out this year that we’re not ever going to join the crowd in Times Square to watch the ball drop. I was telling you in today’s podcast that a million people were there this year. Some of them showed up at 9AM for the midnight ceremonies. That’s 15 hours of standing around with 999,999 other people. In the cold. For 15 hours. 15 hours is at least 3 trips to the tinkle closet for me. But the restaurants all had signs saying “Rest rooms for guests only.” Happy Holidays. And New York has some of the world’s prettiest ladies. But you’d never know it on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

Dick Summer Connection

January 9th, 2018

My Lady Wonder Wench and I sang Auld Lang Syne together as we toasted New Year’s at home this time. It’s in today’s podcast.  As the ball came down in Times Square we toasted. She had whole wheat toast, and I had rye…and a few drops of bubbly wine. We decided to figure out how Santa knows when you’ve been sleeping, and knows who you’ve been seeing, what you’re doing, and he even knows what you look like. We decided that Santa must have a Facebook app on his phone. We like to figure out things like that together. We figure out lots of things together. Like what to do with a can of this stuff.

 

Dick Summer Connection

January 8th, 2018

I put our Christmas CDs away this morning. And I was thinking it won’t be too long till we may not use CDs any more …most people listen to music on downloads now. That’s what today’s podcast is mostly about. I like having a cd in my hands. It feels permanent. It’s like reading a book on your kindle. A kindle is terrific, but I like a real book. That feels permanent too. I guess I’m kind of a stuck in the middle kind of guy. I can remember when Bing Crosby first sang White Christmas…on a beaten up, scratchy old 78rpm record. Now he’s just streaming on the internet. That’s terrific too, but it doesn’t feel permanent to me. But the Christmas DVDs are staying…no matter what. I’m not going to watch them on the computer. The Scrooge story, and The Grinch, and Miracle on 34th Street, and Elf, and When Harry Met Sally…I love how Billy Crystal explains Auld Lang Syne at the end of that movie. It’s a warm feeling on what is often a pretty cold day. 

Dick Summer Connection

January 7th, 2018

I’m sitting here in my big, manly, comfortable black leather poppa chair in my living room, recording this podcast about a week after New Years. It’s cozy in here but it is cold outside. In today’s podcast, I was telling you that this is kind of an in between time for the next couple of weeks. We seem stuck In the middle together somehow. Auld Lang Syne has just recently faded out, but we can still reasonably wish folks “Happy New Year.” Pretty soon that will fade out too, and we’ll be back to “Have a nice day.” When that happens, instead of just saying, “You too” try saying, “Thanks, but I have other plans” then watch to see the look on the “Have a nice day-sayer’s” face. I’ll bet you don’t even get a double take more than ten percent of the time. Because most people aren’t really listening. “Have a nice day” usually really means, “Ok, I’m finished with you, now what’s next?” That feels cold …inside, which is more uncomfortable than the cold that’s outside. It’s a good day for telling yourself warm thoughts…remembering the warmest job you’ve ever had.

Dick Summer Connection

January 6th, 2018

If you listen to today’s podcast I’ll give you back the sun, everything will be nice and warm, and the flowers will grow again. (Caution: “Alternate Fact.”)

Dick Summer Connection

January 5th, 2018

Break out the sunblock, it’s a sizzling 3 degrees outside. Today’s podcast asks the rather important question, “Who needs a refrigerator around here today?”

Dick Summer Connection

January 4th, 2018

In case you have forgotten, this is what your street looks like under the snow. Come on and warm up with today’s podcast.

Dick Summer Connection

January 3rd, 2018

You could freeze an egg on the sidewalk today. The only warmth you’ll find today is what’s in your heart…and maybe in today’s podcast. Suggest you find something warm and nice about someone today, and mention it with a smile. Like somebody did for this lady.

Dick Summer Connection

January 2nd, 2018

So now we have another new year. Another new beginning. Like in today’s podcast. I like new beginnings. Especially the small ones that only one or two other people share with you. Those small new beginnings are fragile. If you’re not careful, they can get drowned out in the everyday noise of your life. I think that’s one of the reasons we have dreams. Dreams come in the quiet of your sleep and they are sometimes full of those images of half forgotten new beginnings. Like your first kiss. I don’t mean some loud sloppy thing your maiden aunt planted on you when you were two. I mean your first KISS. I got mine from Jeannie Cambell when she was six and I was seven. Good start. Jeannie was on to something. She didn’t give me one of those little girl pecks on the cheek. It was a real smackerooo right on the lips. It was a reward for teaching her which way the hat goes on Mr. 7. She was just starting kindergarten, and I was a worldly first grader. I really liked that kiss. I followed up on it when I was 14, but that’s another story. Your first day at school is a new beginning. I’ll bet you remember the sound of chalk on the blackboard and the smell of the crayons. Funny that I never think about the first day for as new teacher. That must be something to remember too.