Classic Video Game Revival

Isn’t it amazing that in my lifetime we had no video games at all when I was a child, to the invention of video games machines that attached to your home television set, then they made video game machines found in arcades, and now games on the internet.

I remember playing Pong on the TV in our living room. My dad was a technology geek and would buy anything new as soon as it first came out. He bought a calculator, a color TV, a cassette tape player and all kinds of electronic devices and shared with with us kids. I remember buying the first Nintendo game system and having to rent the games from little fly by night businesses so that my own kids could play the latest games with their friends.

And, of course, we would go to the new arcades several times a month to play on the pacman arcade machine. I loved the arcades and would spend hours on the pacman game while my kids played on nearby machines. I bet they were embarrassed in front of their friends that their mom was playing arcade games, but I liked the games and I liked being there with my kids so they were supervised and not getting into trouble.

Hard to believe how this basic black and white game entertained millions and started a fad that is still earning billions of dollars without any sign of stopping any time soon.

totally thrilling

Pong -The two paddles return the ball back and forth. The score is kept by the numbers (0 and 1) at the top of the screen.

Pasta Tips

When I was in high school, I dated a guy who was from an Italian family. He was actually born in Italy and came to America with his parents and grandparents when he was 4 years old. So he had a year to learn to speak English and adjust to life in America before he started school. When I met him he spoke perfect English and so did his parents. His grandmother was the only one still struggling to adjust to America. She stayed home most of the day and cleaned and cooked, and never had to use much English.

His grandmother’s cooking was fantastic. She let me spend some time with her in the kitchen and watch her cook, especially on Sundays. In their family, Sunday was always a big family gathering after church, and they had a huge Italian meal together. We would do that, too, but my family liked to have a ham or roast beef for the Sunday meal, whereas they always had some kind of pasta.

I learned how to cook spaghetti and a variety of pastas from a real Italian cook. I can tell you that it is important to put salt in the boiling water before you add the pasta. For a big pot of water, add at least 2 or 3 tablespoons of salt.

She also added a teaspoonful of olive oil. Some people say that is supposed to stop the pasta from sticking together. But she told me that the olive oil is to stop the water from foaming. If you want the pasta to not stick together, you need to have plenty of water and it needs to be a full, rolling boil before you add the pasta.

so many choices

So Many Types Of Pasta

OMG – What About His Car?

Here I was thinking we have a good plan for helping to get my son moved back East from Vegas, and then it occurred to me – what about getting his car back here? I have zero interest in driving all the way from Vegas to Atlanta, or even Vegas to my own home. It’s a 4 hour plane ride – just imagine how long a drive that will be!

When I had moved out to California, I just left my car behind and got a new one out there. I don’t know if that’s an option in this case – I think he has a relatively new car and wants to keep it.

I checked out a few things on the internet and found a company that handles car shipping. According to their website, NationalAutoShipping dot com, it sounds like they go to great lengths for security – my biggest concern, and they are bonded and insured. The website is short and to the point, so you don’t waste time reading and clicking through a lot of stuff to get to what you want. The best part is that there is a link to a free quote, either online or by phone using a toll free number.

This might be the best way to handle the car issue. We’ll have to talk tomorrow and see what he thinks.

MF’s best ukulele tuner

Hopefully my mother will approve of the MF’s best ukulele tuner that I could find to give to her first grandchild, Karen, who is now of age to take a serious interest in playing some music. Mother still isn’t quite comfortable with shopping online even though most of us have spent a good amount of time trying to show and explain to her how to do some of the most simple basic tasks using the computer, but she is a stubborn old woman some times.

This year will most likely be the last time Mother is up to having so many people under her roof for the Christmas holidays. It is a lot of work and the family isn’t even any where near ready to quit growing. Karen may be the first but the way this family breeds it won’t be the last any time soon!

Merry Christmas to all the good people in the world!

the good old ukulele

Lanikai Clip-on Ukulele Electronic Tuner

Ghost Town

This must be one of the prime vacation weeks for the locals because there was almost no traffic here today. I was able to do all my errands in just a little over 2 hours and there were no lines anywhere – not even the bank! What a luxury! It reminds me of how it used to be here only 10 years ago, before all the people from California and Florida starting moving here.

There’s nothing to do in town, either. Absolutely nothing good sports or music-wise. I might have to break down and go to the movie theatre for my entertainment tonight. Or maybe just sit down by the pool and sip on a mojito for a few hours with my iPod. Decisions, decisions.