Is it me or is it mylot?

@marguicha (97037)
Chile
July 17, 2011 4:24pm CST
There are days that is seems all new posts are about money. Others, it´s just health and illness. And so on. And it seems that most of the posts are about things that happend yesterday or today. So I have to dig into my interests to check if there´s a post about other subjects. I like a little diversity, even when talking of my interests. I have found out that even if we have a lot of mylotters about my age, noone ever talks about old movies, old books and old songs. Pity. It´s just as if our whole life had been erased by a very light present where we don´t always fit very well. I started this post in part because my brother sent me yesterday a questionaire (for seniors). I loved it. I would post it here, but it is in Spanish. Some of the questions (there were about 70 but you only had to say yes to 15 to qualify) were about whether you danced with th music coming from a record player and were you records 45 or 78 rpm. Another lovely one was whether MOM had to desfrost the freezer scraping it and with hot water. Imagine 70 questions like that! I could bring up not 70, but 700 such questions. I answered yes to all of them, by the way. Do you remember The Platters? Did you name a dog Laika? Do you know what is a Sputnik? Did you dance "Don´t be cruel"? Does this post say anything to you? Why? Share!
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@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 Jul 11
Do u mean to say that we have number of topic very many in mylot. If that is what u say no issues, u can create as many as u want. good day. But one thing I noticed saturday and sunday is that -- mylot has got a few members only online. it is evidenced by numbers of posts or reply comments from my friends --every day it use to be 50+ last two days it is in single digit. GSB is also not that very active today. good day.
• United States
17 Jul 11
Hi Ravisivan, Yes the numbers have dropped a bit, but also we are not getting notifiers. Due to the server glitch that part seems to be on hold. I believe Marguicha is speaking about the types of topics. Where most topics are about current and or recent events. I believe she was giving us some nostalgic moments where those types of old memories don't seem to be discussed as much as before.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 Jul 11
hwg: but this notifier has come u know. in that case notifier aspect is ok. possibly most of the mylotters have gone for week end holidays,. Also thanks for clarifying the point in marguicha discussion. good day.
@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
17 Jul 11
Maybe the glitch is only in part of the world. Like HWG, I had "bad request" yesterday for quite a while and today I have only received one Best Response, and two comments on responses from one friend in England. I have been going through tabs to find discussions. I do agree that the number of people here, on a weekend in the summer is often pretty low.
17 Jul 11
I'm a little too young for most of those. I bought 45rpm records and had both 78s and an 8-track at one point - they weren't originally mine, though. I still defrost the freezer by scraping it (with something plastic, of course) because it's quicker than emptying the whole fridge and putting a bowl of boiling water in the bottom... I don't remember the Platters (although I know their music... only youuuuuuuuuuuu), I've never had a dog (though I know who Laika was), I know what the Sputniks were (including the awful 80s band) and no, I didn't dance to "Don't be cruel". A lot of those things thankfully aren't dependent on having been alive at a certain time: I've sung along to stuff from the 1920s and even from the middle ages, for example. The one that makes me laugh every time is remembering how cool the Sony Walkman was. Size of a brick, weighed as much, ate batteries in no time... and we thought it was the pinnacle of tech!
• India
18 Jul 11
@spikethelobster me and my grandfather do this every day when ever i am free.We talk all about his life.He shared with me every story of world war as he has witnessed both the world wars.He always talks about freedom of country and how we got it.He shared his all life stories and told me about how world changed.He told me how age of marriage changed from 18 to 30.He told me about how much people respected each other at that time.He told how he used to travel through horse and many more.
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• India
18 Jul 11
That is a nice advise.The next time he tells me anything i will write it down.
• United States
17 Jul 11
It says nothing at all to me. However I would like to say if you add as many interests as you see you will find that this is not true. I have just about added every interest. I always find different stuff to read and respond to.
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 Jul 11
After posting about GSB I am seeing GSB in this discussion. how are you? How is Adrian? Hope he has returned to ur place. good day.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
17 Jul 11
I can understand why all this says nothing to you, GSB. I am 66 and you are 41. there are 25 years of difference. Many and many years ago, a long time before you were born, the Earth circled around the Sun, the Moon was for lovers and men thought that maybe one day they would be able to go to the space. It was imposible apparently, because the Earth´s gravity would bring back whatever they sent. But even if... there were the cosmic rays that would make imoposible for men to survive. On 1957, the Russian sent the first satellite (Sputnik) to space. And later on, they sent another one, a lot bigger, with a dog inside (Laika). The US were not to be left behind and hurried more. But still, the first man in space was also a russian, Yuri Gagarin. Meanwhile, rock songers made songs with that, Elvis changed music and The Platters sung for lovebirds. It was an era full of discoveries and changes. Many of the gadgets we use now were first made to be used for travelling in the space. Sometimes I wonder how is it that I know this while living in South America and people who live in one of the countries were this epic race took place know nothing about it. Someetimes, whn one searches about all this, our Universe expands a bit and instead of just living in a town in the middle of nowhere, we discover we are citizens of the world.
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• United States
18 Jul 11
Wow that is a lot of info.
@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
17 Jul 11
Many of those things are familiar to me, as I am of an age that is around "old" Actually a friend posted about an old television show she watched in her posts yesterday, but she may not be on your friend list. My question is: "When did all that stuff become the past?" I have seen many similar questionaires and they do make me nostalgic. Just as someone also asked what I remembered for summer fun as a kid. This speaks to me because in a flash forty five or fifty years are gone and the things are just as real today as they were then, and maybe even more real that some of the things we hear about today.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
17 Jul 11
I have commented this post to other people in a serious way. But just now, when I was reading your post, I remembered a couple of TV shows I loved when I was a teen. I had to fight with my brother to get them, but won many times. The two I remembeer most were "The Betty White show" and "Ozzie and Harriet". I was in love with Ricky Nelson for about 2 months way back then
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@GardenGerty (100309)
• United States
18 Jul 11
He was so cute.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
18 Jul 11
Yup!
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
19 Jul 11
You are right, the seem to move on, and talk about issues, desires, politics and things of our own time than of other people. However, that does not mean that we are moving on, you can ask questions, 70 or 700 of them and there will be people who will answer them as theyu share those things. We are here now and living the present and moivng on into future. Past is a range of time we live by our age.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
I think that if we share what we lived, we can keep it alive for a longer time. Memories are not just to cherish them, but to learn a bit from the experiences of the ones before us.
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
20 Jul 11
you are right, memories or histories if those memories of the past are recorded will teach us many things that we did and did not do that helps us and young people to move forward.
@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
18 Jul 11
It may sound strange to you, but there is not too long ago when my mom had to defrost the freezer like you said, with hot water and stuff. I know about Laika, Sputnik, but I don't know The Platters and I never heard the song "Don't be cruel". But I know who my ancestors are, I know the history of the Hungarians, I know the evergreen bands and songs, and things like that, and I even know international oldies as well. I think the problem is that we have had different childhoods, even we the younger ones, we were raised in different social systems, and I know that my parents were born and raised in communism, where the information was limited and censored. So many things came in our country only after 1989, when the communism fell. And the other thing is that the life is running at a very high speed and many don't have time to remember the old times.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
Information is censored and limited everywhere, rappeter. Don´t blame it on communism alone. The songs I wrote about were in English and The Platters and Elvis (who sang "Don´t be cruel") might have not reached your parents. I agree that life is running at a very high speed. But still I´m worried about many people knowing nothing of their History or their roots. I´m glad you do.
• Romania
19 Jul 11
Of course, we get only the information which we may know, but in the communism the amount of censorship was much higher than it is nowadays. My parents have heard about many international artists, but I guess they haven't heard about The Platters. But I guess they are evergreen, just like Elvis, the Beatles and other bands like this. I am glad that there are still people around who like history, like real values, not only modern things. I like modern stuff as well, but I have a respect for all of the great personalities in the history who have done something for us.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Jul 11
No, didn't name a dog Laika, because we already had a dog named Princess who we got pre-launch and she lived well into the 1970's... I had 45s and 33 1/3s... I also remember Sputnik and when Telstar was launched (and that Arthur C. Clarke had something to do with it!) Didn't dance to "Don't be Cruel" but sang along with it on the radio. Saw the Beach Boys, the Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Animals... I still have a turntable and it worked the last time I tried it.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
I bet many of the memories you have with your dog are tied with other things that happened at that time. If we all shared, we could make a sort of personal History with pieces like a puzzle. Your Princess would be there, and my Elvis and Yuri Gagarin and President Knnedy and wh knows who else! Us, of course!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
19 Jul 11
don't even START with JFK, he's ruined my birthday almost every year since 1963...
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I feel so old when I get those kind of questionaires forwarded to my email. I certainly don't seek them out. I can answer 'yes' to every one of them. And I can say 'yes' to all of yours except the Laika one. They do make you start thinking though, don't they? Think that those were the good old days. And that today is going to be the good old days to these 20 & 30 yr olds now.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
18 Jul 11
I´m a lot younger than you, yoyo, that´s why maybe I love them. I´m scarcelly 66 years of age. I don´t feel old in general. Some of my body parts have grown old, the $%&/s, but as a whole I´m just as before. AND we have an added benefit. Everytime I sort of clean the freezer, there´s a part of my brain that is thanking for not having to do it the old way. When I sit at my computer and pay my bills, I also thank that I don´t have to do a pilgrimage to pay them. And when I want to say something to a friend, I send her an email in seconds, or chat or whatever (without having to have the paper, the pencil, the envelope AND the stamps). But still, we have the other part. And when I´m nostalgic, I take the CD with my Elvis and listen to "Are you lonesome tonight". Or bring out those photo albums I swear I´ll scan someday and watch the skinny me with those very hippy flowery jeans or the pictures of the girls in their first day of school.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
19 Jul 11
But don't you kind of miss the written word with the pen and paper and the whole idea of personalization? All of these things have created a world where everything is faster and it seems as if we are spinning into depersonalization all the more. Oh, and you are just one year younger than I. Do I really come off as an old fogey?
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
20 Jul 11
Well, I'm far from being old enough to be considered a senior, however, there are certain things about this post that I can associate with. I think a big part of the reason that I can associate with the post is because of the fact that I didn't grow up with a wealthy family. We still had a record player when most of the people that I knew had cassette tapes and CDs. However, just because my life wasn't the same as most people my age, I really think it was quite a benefit to me because it made me who I am today.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
19 Jul 11
Reading your post has me wondering how old I am really getting! I don’t remember 78 records but I do recall (vaguely, lol!) 45s. I remember mum scraping the ice off while defrosting the freezer in fact I have a 28 year old freezer that requires such treatment! It is very old but it works like a charm and I can’t bring myself to get rid of it although cleaning it can be a pain. I know of The Platters and “Don’t Be Cruel” but they were a little before my time!
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
To tell you the truth, the 78 records were more my Mom´s than mine although we had some Disney tales in 78. My Mom´s fridge (with the ice scrape off freezer) had to be take away from her by force a few years ago and she still mourns for it, saying that it was far better than the new one (which has almost 20 years now). I was maybe 11 or 12 when Elvis started, but he was a whole era by himself. And as I got married very early, I only got to be really inot the fisrt of the Beatles´ themes. For us, in South America, the whole hippie movement was more a fashion than a rebelion that had deeper causes. We were not fighting any war, at least it did not seem at that time. Many of us were asking for justice nd more equality but we then did it by voting. Unfortunatly, Big Brother did not like that. But that´s another story. And a painful one in my country.
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@megamatt (14329)
• United States
18 Jul 11
That's why I tend to really try and delve into varied interest throughout the day. Therefore I am rather unlikely to run into the same topics all too often. I'll be honest, there are a lot of good topics that are posted on this website. However, there are some days where I really do have to go fishing for the best topics to rather get something new. That's the nature sometimes. I think that people are more concerned with the here and now and to be honest, that's what tend to get a lot of responses for a lot of people. Some people may check out topics that are on older subject manner but in general, its all about the newness of the world. That really is all that there is to it. I do enjoy a lot of diverse things a lot of the time and sometimes they do pop up. Still in the end the majority does rather seem to be interested with a lot of current things and there is a comfort zone of topics as well.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
I really don´t mind much about the number of responses I get. If it was for the money (for me it isn´t as I earn a lot more in other places online), if you get 100 rsponses, you don´t earn a cent more as it´s other people´s work. If you comment them you do, though. But I earn the same commenting there or in other place at my lot wheree I have more fun. So I don´t count , I jusr aswer if I wnt to and feel I can say something.
@Humanicon (328)
• India
18 Jul 11
After i read your disscussion start i did not understand what do you mean but after reading the responses and your comments i now get what you mean. I some times felt that what you wrote.Yes it will be nice if people share their life time here.They can share how the world developed in front of their eyes. I must tell i didnot at all knew about what ever you mentioned.It was nice information.
@marguicha (97037)
• Chile
19 Jul 11
Each age group has witnessed part of History. Sometimes we are not even aware of it. Many times, what we saw come as memories when we listen to an old song or when we get together with old friends. We can share some of it here. My post began because a member said that mylot had turned stale. There was nothing new to talk about. But maybe, I thought, the old times can be turned into new conversations
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
Well, I was born '84.. But I do have the idea about "The Platters" because of my father. He used to play songs of the 60's and 70's. And I got used to them and even singing them to karaoke before. It was nice and more meaningful unlike the other songs today.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
For me both of it is important because if you are in your self you never said it is if you are not in mylot.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
18 Jul 11
Although i am not in your age group, but i do always enjoy those oldies songs. Maybe because my parents had influenced me a lot. Because they still keep some of the old records in the cabinet. Only the record player is spoil, so they unable to play those records anymore. Now most of the time, they spend time listening those oldie songs through Youtube. New technology do helps to preserve those oldie songs from being forgotten.
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
18 Jul 11
I think when I first joined mylot, most of the discussions were related with money. But of late the number of discussions about money is decreased.
@toniganzon (51575)
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
I know some. I know Laika and yes i have heard of Sputnik. Though i'm only 33, i used to listen to my parents talk about those stuff. I like Beatles, i used to listen to it everyday when my parents were alive. I used to dance to boogie and chacha and even Elvis' songs.I love ABBA as well and even listened to Frank Sinatra. We still have a record at home but it's not working anymore. My sister and i used to play the record and that was already in the 90s when records don't exist in households anymore. I didn't know why we did that but we had a collection of records including the Meatballs and we just loved to take it out put it on and i like moving the needle.