In the 80’s! I watched the then WWF now WWE. Since a company that transmits cable via microwave rooftop antenna. At that time! The weekly program came from then WOR-TV from N.J.. Every Saturday I was glued to the set. Even back then it was not so much acrobatics as has been for many years. The WWF was more a family oriented type of show. Can anyone remember the merchandise they sold on their show?
It was not until WCW began really giving (From this point on WWE) the WWE a run for its money! Then! We saw Monday night RAW! Then Smackdown then Saturday night’s main event on NBC! And then lots of PPV’s along the way.
The wrestlers would go back and fourth from one major org. To the other. Then when WCW was gone! The WWE kept up rather well with its superstars. Hulk Hogan! Who could not love that guy? But! I found that over many matches. His moves were what can only be called “Choreographed!”. He would started out like a house afire! Then fizz! Then lit back up! Then fizzed again! Eventually he always won!
Other wrestlers! “Stone cold” Steve Austin, “The rock”, Randy Savage, “Nature Boy” Rick Flair, and then some!
But after WCW went bye-bye! There went the competitiveness, the excitement among the two “Power Houses”. During that time! The storylines were not that big of a deal. Now! They are.
Even while it was known as the WWF! Each match had a time limit! Now a days! None!
Let me make this clear! I still love the wrestlers on the WWF! But! Do they have to go at it almost every night! In almost every match! Get so winded that you see them just trying to get a little breather! It is my understanding that they are Independent Contractors responsible for all expenses.
This will give you some idea: http://prowrestling.about.com/od/whatsrealwhatsfake/a/wrestlersdeaths.htm
If the industry still wants to keep them. There has to be something more as well as some extra time among traveling from town to town. And yes! Time zone to time zone.
As I said! I love watching it! But! Not at the expense of wrestlers health!
It was 1973!
My very first job at a printing plant in the shipping & receiving dept. It was not until about three months later It was a Saturday morning. My parents and I were at our favorite restaurant we went to in the mourning. And I decided since I did “Some” money on me (At that time I was making $65.52 a wk. after taxes! You don’t ever forget you how much money you made the at your first job!).Why not buy some cigars? At The time I did which cigars were the good stuff (The quality ones!). Or the cheapies (I learned fast about that one!).
I bought the ones with the plastic holders. Aromatic ones. Over time I got to a point that! I could not stand the aromatic ones., After I left work. And got home! I began smoking them. Then I went to the drugstore and bought another pack of cigars. Smoked them. And then another and then another then another so on!
In the afternoon! I took a nap. When I woke up! I had this nasty taste in my mouth. My mom looked at me and said: “You’ve been smoking!” She said with a smile on her face. She said: “I seen you buy the pack of cigars and I figured you are working, making money why not!”
All the kids in the neighborhood said: “You were smoking like a fish!”
It was at that point that I learned “Lighten up on the stogies!”
As time went on! I learned about cigars. Not to be a connoisseur of cigars! But which ones I did like and which ones I did not.
The ones that I did like were: A & C Grenadiers dark wrapper, Triplet flavored cigars the one I loved so much! Was the blueberry smell & flavor (Yes! I said flavor because when you picked up the pack! And smell the box you could smell the blueberry sent). They also had apple, cherry, natural as well.
As I got older! I shifted gears if you will. I went to smoking a tobacco pipe! Again I learned as I went along about the type and kinds of pipe tobacco there is.
Again! I tried aromatic blend it was all right but you know ( I found out that most people who were on the receiving end of smokers tobacco product(s), aromatic was the more accepted sent!). There was one that was good. A flavor called “French brandy”. Then I Became a lover of Borkum riff flavored tobacco products. They had cherry, rum, cognac, Champagne.
Now keep in mind! I am not! A real, true smoker in the fullest sense of the word.
I am on again! Off again smoker. Even for me! These e-cigarettes I am not “Head over heels about them”. For all anyone knows! This is a Alt. to get around the no smoking laws.
But as I have researched! Even the these have the nicotine as well.
There is a point in each & everyone’s life where we do have to consider our health Vs. fitting in because everyone else is doing it?
LTD.Time in Congress! No time in Gov’t.!
And they want to if not thinking about running for President???????
When my daughter was about three years old. She said she wanted to be a “Contraption fixer!” aka a mechanic. Then! She wanted to be a writer. Nothing became of it! Then!! She wanted to a mental health provider because her be wanted to be one. She did not have the high enough math to be one as well. So! She decided to be a Psychologist.
The point I am trying to make here is! When we first see our kids to be curious in something. That is when we should watch them and see how far it goes. But at the same time. Do not deter them from it. Because what if it’s something they really and truly want to do as they get older? Then it becomes something they can be happy in rather than be miserable in.
Just because! We may be does not mean they (our kids!) have to be.
Let me give you an example! I me some kid (I will call him a kid because he does not even be called a kid at ten when we met. You will find about him in later posts!)
At the time we met! He asked me :”what do you want to be when you grow up?” said: “A DJ!” He laughed! He said he wanted to be an air force jet pilot! He continued! He said: “When you are making $1,00 a year! “I’ll be making $11,000 a year! (Keep i mind! This was 1967. When the COLA was not as bad as it s today! He had said this!)
Then he wanted to be a Hydraulics & pneumatics engineer because his dad new someone who was on and had a $60,000 house in Fla.. He die learn to be one. but somehow he got bitter about his employment ops. I still think that! His dad who was a R.R. engineer! Wanted him to be in a job where he could make a real buck. even thought! His dad was making one at the same time. Instead! He learned Computers.
Amazing! He knew what he what he wanted to be (at 10 yrs.old!)! But! Did not go for it!
I do want to make this even clear! Even given what had happened to Mr. Foley last week.
Over the years! There have been so great many people in this industry that have come and gone. That some have been called veterans of broadcasting.
And for him to put down these people in the industry & bad mouth them is! Well you know how that goes.
Another example is from me!
My mother was at one point in time! A RN. Due to circumstances she lost her license. And became a housekeeper for hire.,
It was not until ,was about 14 years old. I wanted to be a writer. Although For several years I did keep it to myself. But! When ,did tell my mom. She said: “You have to know someone!” “You have to pull There went that idea/thought.
Then in later years! I wanted to get into music! My influencers were Burt Bacharach, Chicago, Seals & Croft, Ed Ames, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66! I told my mom! And! To the same as well.
Years later! About 12 years to be precise! I asked her why did she not let me become any of those things that ,wanted? She said: “I did not want to see you fall flat on your face!”
I know! One should not be put down or blame ones mom! But! In looking back. I knew the why she says what she said. No one wants ever to see their own child not be successful/loose/fail/or “Fall flat on their face!”
My parents did not know what to look for! While my two “Half” Sisters and I were growing up any more than any of us even on to today. As a parent! I think we are more concerned about that they do not get into trouble, get good grades and you know the rest!
Most of us spend a good chunk of our life! Either trying to find something/someone to blame for what we have become in our life.,
There are even some people! Who have stayed at their jobs since it was their first job. And have not even given it a thought about doing something that either wanted, interesting, satisfying to do/be!
When your young and finding a job just to have some money in your pockets to spend. But! It’s another when you make your first job! Your life’s work! When you already have what it is that you have both in mind & want!,
,I myself did not understand the whys of my mom! But guess I made my peace with it.
But! What about us & our kids? ,Are we are telling them to take the course we are? The same job/career vs. what they want to do/be?,
I look at both writing and composing music! As a craft! But! For me writing is booth an interest and a hobby as well. It keeps my interest up constantly! Always thinking, wondering what can ,write next?
,But! It’s something that in looking back! I would still be writing either way! With either by hand, The typewriter (old I know!), Computer/internet, Blogging/posting, author of mini books, op-ed’s.
Do you see what I am talking about?
Ever since I was a littler kid. My mom & dad always watched the network news. My recollections are of the Chet Huntley-David Brinkley report. And the places the networks reporters went to! What they themselves went through to cover the news!
The wars, The riots, The confrontations, The danger zones these people went through to bring us what was happening in the world each and every night & day. Not only the reporters! But the people who traveled with them as well.
I am always in awe of these people who are willing to risk their own lives to cover the stories fro us at home. To see first hand! The casualties of war, famine, The carnage, mass murders, life lost for nothing and on.
It’s hard even for me to say! That these people who risk it all for us should get some type/kind of combat pay for it. They may not carry a weapon on them. But they are right there with if not along side our troops as well.
We cannot disregard what they do for us in bringing us the latest of what is happening somewhere in the world. But!