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PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLt HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011 J THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS lISPS 62O-O4O JOHN KUYKENDALL PUBLmHFJVEDrrOR I~URm ][JVW]S ADVERTISING DIRECTOR ANDY KOBE~ ~LSSISTANT EDITOR A Gfime ubli ation Millard B. Grimes, President Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (7116) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Manchester, Georgia 31816 It is interesting sometimes to think about the past, how much things have changed and consider what the future might hold. A couple of weeks ago I overheard a conversation between two men about my age and they were talking about the "good old days." Back when gas was 30 cents a gallon or less and a Krystal hamburger was a dime, etc. Immediately I thought, that is all true but back then ff you were making $1.50 per hour, that dime Krystal was still pretty expensive. Life was simpler then, but I'm not sure the good old days were as good as we remember them to be. So, after some rem- iniscing of my own, this column was born. FIRST, let's talk about the price of gas and how it has changed. Those many, many moons ago when I was back in high school, ff you had $20 that made for a fun filled weekend. I remember buying gas, taking a date to dinner and movie and coming home with cash still in my pocket ff I had a $20 bill. Today, $20 will get you about five or six gallons of gas, and before year's end maybe foL.~-Rallons. - While the prices, of things were great, I also had to stop and think about what it took for me to make $20 back then. I worked in the hay fields during the summer from just about sun up to sun down, that is no exag- geration and was glad to get my $15 or $20 at the end of the week. Today, we don't want to work for less than $15 an hour. So, were those really the good old days? DURING the good old days if we wanted to make a phone call while on the road, we had to find a pay phone, drop in a dime and dial. If it was a long distance call, it would take more of course, but the call would go through. Unfortunately, those pay phones were on street corners and if you had to make a call it was done in whatever the weather conditions were at the time, and you had to have the correct change. Not having a cell phone was not really a bad thing on the weekends hack then because when you were on a date no one could call and check up on you. Now those were the good old days. Today, we have cell phones and we can make a call from anywhere. Well, if you are in the right location to reach a tower, hold your head just right and not turn it. Because ff you do, you run the risk of having a dropped caU. However, you are not standing in the pouring rain to make that call. As for the latter, it's great that parents can keep up with their children by cell PhOnes today. I'm sure it keeps a lot of them out of trouble. Still, I'm thankful for not having to make phone calls standing in the pouring rain, like back in the good old days. BACK THEN there was no such thing as the Internet. We sent mall the old fashion way, ' through the post office. We did- n't have fax machines or any of the modern technology today that makes business and life easier. If you wanted to exchange information with someone you would either have to make a call, visit in person or send a letter. There were no voicemail boxes, so if you couldn't reach the person you wanted to by phone you would justhave to keep calling until they answered. If you wanted to send them. a photograph or a document (such as a letter), you have to place it in an epvelope, stamp it, mail it and hope they received it in a timely manner. Today, we can talk with any- one by simply turning on the computer and write up an email, send a photograph and even shop withOUt leaving home. Back in the day, if you want- ed to tell a friend something before school the next day you could do it in two ways. Pick up the phone and call or see them face-to-face. Today, kids in ele- mentary school are texting, sending emails and talking on chat sites. When you compare, the communication system hack in the good old days really wasnt that good. .TODAY OUR vehicles can tell us when the oil needs chang- ing, when the tires need air and when to make a right turn. Of course, all those gadgets are extra and cost a little more, but do you remember cars back in the good old days? In the good old days having air conditioning in an automo- bile was great. Let alone hav- ing one to tell you when the tires were low. Of course, Iboughtmy first new car at age 16 and paid $6,500 for it off the showroom floor at Meadows Motors in Manchester and it had every option a ear could have back then. Today, that won't pay for the tires and rims on some vehicles andit sure wouldn't pay for nav- igational systems and our fancy DVD players, etc. YES I ADM1T there were a lot of good things about the good old days, but given the technol- ogy we have today Fm not sure I would want to return to the good old days. As for the future, well one day in the not so distant future a columnist is going to be writ- ing about the gcodold days when Krystals were about a dollar, the cell phone was great and the Internet was the greatest thing that ever happened, while sit- ting in a drive through in his ear that flies and is driven by his robot. It could happen, for all you. folks that lived during the good old days, think about the com- municator on the television show Star Trek. Does the cell phone bear a striking resem- blance? "Scotty, one to beam up." THE HOGANSVtLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly, by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company, a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway. Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 642-040. Subscription rates by mail: $20 in Troup, Harris or Meriwetber Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all sales taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville, Georgia 30230.Single copy 50. FOR St~SCRUnaONS call (706) 846-3 ! 88 or write to Circulation Manager, Star Mercury Publications, P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to E O. Box 426, Manchester, GA 31816. (Written July 1991) You ha;e been in the.league for 16 years.". I have called this pressThat's nothing. My moth- conference to announce I am er taught first grade for over not going to retire. 30 years for a lot less than I'm 'Why not?" making and I don't have to I need a job. convince six-year-olds to sit "But there must be otherdown and shut up. reasons? .... But what about living in I don't have $46 million in the spotlight? Your picture is the bank and I need the tom- in the paper. You're a eelebri- pany health insurance, are ty." two that come to mind. So I'll get a gun. "But you have to sit "You're' referring, of around trying to think of col- course, to Atlanta Falqon unto idead all the time. That receiver Andre Rison, who must really become a grind." says he carries a gun because Sometimes. But I don't of his celebrity status as a pro have to do any heavy lifting, football player." "But what about all thatIf I were Andre Rison, I pressure?" would carry two guns. What pressure? If I messHe's not only a celebrity, up, nobody dies. he also plays for the Falcons. "But what if you write a"But don't people often lousy column? All those read- harass you in public for what ers see it." you write?" They can always read Yo. I don't mind that as "Dear Abby." long as they don't challenge "Aren't you being a little my manhood. callous here?" Of course not. I'm just "STILL, there must be saying for the .50 cents, how other things you would like much insight do you expect to accomplish. As they said to get from the daffy newspa- about Michael Jordan, there's per? a lot more-to him than just If Michael Jordan has a being a great basketball play- bad night, there's always er." Scottie Pippen. Yeah, like the $46 million "But what about your in' the bank. health? .... You wouldn't like to, say, Doctors say I can type all go into teaching?" I want to. I can't convince my dog "Let's talk about burnout, to sit down and shut up. :::::::;.:::::::::+::=.-:::=:: ::::::.= :..: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ................. "How about television?" Too many have already tried to out-Andy-Rooney Andy Rooney. "What about acting? You did an episode of 'Designing Women." In one scene I had to hug Delta Burke. Like I said. heavy lifting isn't my bag. "Some say Michael Jordan is retiring because he's already won three league championships and several most valuable player awards. Is one of the reasons you're not retiring the fact that you've never won a Pulitzer?" Winning a Pulitzer has never entered my mind. "Oh, come on. The Pulitzer is the highest prize in journalism. Surely you must convey such prestigious award." Awards .are nice, but I did- n't get into the profession to win awards. "What did you get into it for?" To get mentioned favor- ably on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. That was enough for me. "Michael Jordan retired in his prime. You're telling us you don't think you've reached your pmme yet?" No. I just said I still need a steady job. "That sounds like a cop out. How much more money do you think you'll need before you feel secure enough to retire?" 45 million and change. "One more question. What primary goal do you hope to attain before you finally retire?" Outlast Beavis and Butt- Head. "How long might that take?" November 1996, if we're lucky. ...to be continued next week... By special arrangement with his widow, Dedra, the Home News is carrying selected columns by the late Lewis Grizzard,who grew up in nearby Moreland, and became the most widely read Georgia writer of his time. Grizzard's books andtapes are still available for sale through Bad Boot Produet ons, PO Box 191266, Atlanta, GA 31118- 1266, and at book and music stores. During some recem news applying instead of ome that reporting from the financial are more typically found at world, Walmart acknowl- the bottom of the barrel. edged their profits hav.e I have almost always dropped and they are seek- found the employees at ing answersto that problem. Target tobe friendly. While the huge super dis- ' Employees cause some of count store conglomerate Walmart's problems. that is Walmart reported a hefty 27 percent increase in ANOTHER question net income for the fourth should concern the number quarter of 2010, not all of the of closed registers during news was so good. Walmart busy shopping times, noted that domestic business There is nothing more -thatisbusinessintheUnited aggravating than seeing a States - dropped for the sev- row of 40 registers and only enth quarter in a row. In fact, five are open. And in front of business dropped belowtheir those five registers, people own expectations, are standing in long lines Walmart executives are waiting to make their pur- seeking answers when they chases. only need to ask the correct I know that Walmart offi- questions, and they have cials have to know when the failed to do that very thing, local store experiences its The answers those ques- busiest shopping time. Why tions just might help solve can't more cashiers be work- someofWal-Mart'sproblems, ing at their registers during these busy time periods? ONE question would cen- ter on finding friendly and HAVING to wait like that helpfulWalmart t employees, with so many registers closed Surprisingly, I actuallyjust sends me shopping some- did that very thing last week- where else. end. We were at a Walrnart in A corollary to that ques- Columbus and the cashiertion would be that 20 items or was actually very friendly. In less actually means 20 items my experience, that is a tar- or less. ity at Walmart where it can Walma hasthe express be difficult to even find an checkoutlaneswithsignsthat employee when you have aread 20 items or less. I would question, find it proper that customers The answer to this with two full buggies of gro- unasked question would be to ceries and other small items hire friendly people and pay be asked to use a regular themadecentwage.Thenyou checkout lane as opposed to can get the best of those slowing down the express ======================================= .... ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .: lanes. After encountering this most recently, I asked a cashier about it. She explained that she was not allowed to send them to anoth- er checkout lane. Walmart claims to be los- ing business to dollar stores where people can get in and out quickly. Well, yeah. That's because people can get in.and out quickly. Okay, Walmart, there is a problem that you can easi- ly solve. Another Walmart prob- lem is keeping shelves stocked. AS CUSTOMERS, we all have to understand that sometimes the store will be out of an item we are looking for, especially on those hot- ter selling items. But that is not what I am highlighting as a problem and here is an example. My wardrobe is fairly basic as is my pants size. For the last three or four trips to the same Walmart , I had attempted to purchase two or three pairof black pants only to find them either out or not having restocked the shelves. I am just an average size guy and these are just aver- age size pants. I would think it to be inexcusable for the store to be continually out of stock. And that is another problem Walmart ,can resolve. By the way, Kmart had the pants on the shelf, and the shelves were neat and tidy. One of WaImart's prob- lems actually begins in the parking lot before a customer enters the store. Have you ever sat in your car in a Walmart parking lot while your spouse is inside? You should sometime on a Friday or Saturday night. I have heard extremely loud noxse - very loosely referred to as music - with the musi- cian repeatedly screaming four letter words describing biological functions. I once saw a mother attempt to cover her child's ears as they hur- ried through the parking lot into the store. That particu- lar Walmart had a security person riding through the parking lot who was doing absolutely nothing. Walmart officials might say they cannot control what goes on in the parking lot. Bu*t they can. They can put a stop to this by inviting those peo- ple with loud car radios to shop elsewhere and that would serve to make Walmart more attractive to everybody else. That's my opinion. M! M:: ' In the Hogansville Herald Predecessor to the Hogansville Home News Compiled by Rob Richardson NEW CLUB - The top story in the March 7, 1962 Hogansville Herald was about the premiere of a long-awaited group. "Hogansville's newly- organized Junior Chamber of Commerce will hold its first official meet- ing and charter night service Thursday, March 8, 8 o'clock, in the High School cafeteria. Featured speaker of the event will be Georgia Jaycee President Clarence Hiss, of Marietta, who will present the new club char- ter to club president Calvin Cole." PLANNING THE NEW RESERVOIR-A big project on the Chattahoochee also made the front page. "Troup CountyRepresentative J. Crawford Ware of Hogansville headed a joint committee of the general assembly of Georgia, which confered with Corps of Engineers officials this week on the proposed West Point Dam project. Congressman John J. Flynt, fourth district of Georgia, set up the conference and participated in it." WORKING SAFELY'-The town's largest employer had received an award. ,q'he Reid Mill, U.S. Rubber Company, has been named an award winner in the 1961 safety contest of the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association, O.B. Moore, Jr., contest director, said. Employees of the Reid Mill worked 392,678 man hours without a lost time accident."