Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The times they are a changing

Everyone realizes that things never stay the same. Life rolls on and it seems gets faster the farther into this we get.  We know the latest and greatest always gets replace with the next latest and greatest. It also seems that traditions never last forever. How much has changed over the years. Can't remember the last time a gas station jockey checked the oil or washed the windshield. Anybody remember when the mailman came twice a day? There once was a time when milk was delivered to your door. A white uniformed guy in a white truck clanking glass bottles at 3 AM. These days he'd probably get shot for trying that. There was the eggman and the breadman but they fell victim to the super duper markets cropping up. Exactly how they ever made their profit margins in the first place is still a mystery.

So now we have the elimination of Saturday mail service. Can't seem to recall getting a bill on a Saturday. They always seemed to arrive on Fridays just before getting a paycheck. In one hand and out the other as I always say. You can pretty much see where this is all headed. Companies will force you to do everything on line. Simple at first with offers of reduced rates and discounts. Then once they have you trapped they start adding little hidden fees even though your bill is untouched by human hands or viewed by human eyes for that matter. All costing the company almost nothing and let us not forget their wonderful customer service outsourced to a foreign land where semi english speaking people read from scripts and have no clue about you or even how the system works.

And now the lowly iron is being kicked out of Monopoly. I seriously can't remember the last time I played the game but it's the principal of the thing. I didn't mind getting the iron. It was an easy piece to maneuver for small hands, even had a handle. It's also amazing that they even sell many of these games today with the latest and greatest shoot em up video games as competition. But I guess there's emerging markets just ripe for this sort of thing. And those developing third world countries probably wouldn't know what do do with an iron if they saw one. Come to think of it I haven't seen one in years myself.


BBC said...

I still use an iron once in a while. When I'm working on sewing projects.

Randal Graves said...

Board games will never go away, at least not before the arrival of the Matrix.

S.W. Anderson said...

The one constant in life is change.

The Blog Fodder said...

I have done virtually all my banking on line for years. Simple and cheap. No cheque, no postage.
And if you were willing to pay the wages and operating costs of those delivery guys, they would still be there.