our president killed.
The first satelite in space
I have seen men walk on the moon.
The space shuttle blow up Twice
29 cent per gallon gasoline
the Cuban missle crisis in 1962
people build fallout shelters in their back yards
Los Angeles burn in the riots
Robert Kennedy killed
the beginning of the internet
Commodore 64 computers
the first computer generated movie with Dinosaurs
Star Wars at the theater
the original Star Trek on TV
Laugh-in on TV
45 rpm records, 33 rpm records, 78 rpm records, 4 track tapes, 8-track tapes, cassette, CD, MP3, and DVD.
My first computer (Com64) had a tape player to load the programs. The excitement came when the first 5 1/4" floppy disc came out for it.
The first HDD. It store a whopping 8MB and it was 2 feet across and 3 feet high and had to be refrigerated. The disks were 18" across.
The first HDD for PC. 20 MB Before that you had two 5 1/4" floppy disks
Green or amber TV monitors 13" for the computer. They cost of $600 in 1983. I was making $5 an hour then. Thats 3 weeks pay before taxes.
That adds up to about $3600 in todays money.
I have seen cameras go from film to digital.
I have got to drag the gut on Friday and Saturday night in my 1969 Olds 442 W30 muscle car. Gas was 35 cents a gallon then. I was making $1.20 an hour.
That meant that gasoline cost about 1/4th of your hourly salary per gallon for supreme. Today it is $10.00 an hour minimum wage and gas is $3.50 a gallon.
I saw black and white TV become color, larger, go from antenna to cable to satelite, to flat screen, to HD, to HD 3D.
My first VCR weighed 20 pounds, and was 18x24x8" in size. Now we have DVD in HD.
Seen Xrays go from wearing red goggles to see the image, and using chemical tanks to develop the films, to auto developers, to digital imaging now.
I delivered a baby.
I held my first girlfriend in my arms as she died from a bicycle wreck.
I have held about 10 dogs as they died. I still cry thinking of them.
I have buried most of my high school friends.
I started playing in a rock band in 1969 and still do.
I taught myself to play the guitar, bass and piano/keyboard.
I have recorded a record and it sold.
One of the lead guitar players in my band went on to play for Quarterflash as their drummer. Brian David Willis He is now a top rated Nashville recording technician. (Google)
I have watched my house burn.
I have watched the trailer we were towing, flip up in the air and land on it's top and destroy everything we had. (Twice on the same trip)
I have been in 6 major car wrecks.
I rode bulls in the rodeo. I rode broncs in the rodeo.
I was a desert motorcyle racer and drove a Honda 400cc rocket. Tore my leg almost off in one race. I have had 16 surgeries and set off all the metal detectors.
I raced cars on local tracks.
I was a drag racer in national champion races. I drove an altered 1960 Falcon with a 427 supercharged 850 HP motor. Won locals but no national.
I am a trained long distance rifle shooter. The best I have ever done is 1000 yds. 4 shots in 1 1/2" circle in less than a minute.
Why did I write this?? To show you how much there is to do out there. Don't waste your time texting and playing games and watching TV. Get out there and be somebody that you can respect. The only thing I ever went to college to learn was X-ray technology. I learned CT Scanning and MRI on my own. I taught myself everything else. And you can too.
(I only went to college to learn computers so I could get money to start my business) I already knew that stuff.
I am working on my degree in Quantum Physics at this time. I love this stuff.
Oh, there is one other thing that I did that I am most proud of. I could throw a baseball over 100 mph and was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. But due to an arm injury, all of that went away. I did pitch at their camp. I did a total of 12 innings, and only one got on base. That...I owe to my dad. RIP He was a little bit faster.
Now go get it done.
Edited by #Smoke, 08 January 2013 - 09:32 PM.