Go ask Ma and Pa Canington they know the way


Sometime in the 70’s or 80’s someone said “If you don’t use it you lose it”   With the advent of digital and cell phones.  Few of us can memorize phone numbers.  If someone said to me, gimmie your oldest child’s telephone number or ill kill you . That would be the day I would meet Jesus face to face.   “He wouldn’t let me phone a friend”

My mind was once more powerful than an early Packard Bell Computer.  I could readily recall telephone numbers, address and birthdays.  But that was before my Motorola flip phone. Image result for motorola flip phone 1995. Before the flip phone, the early cell phones were giant bricks.  The Motorola could nearly fit in your pocket.  But with this phone, I could transfer the numbers on my human hard drive to the Motorola.  Who needs to remember Aun’t Bertha’s number, its in my phone.   I didn’t need that part of my brain.

Today we are total slaves to our cell phone.   Some of us are so addicted we cant put them down.  They talk to us, advise us, and show us the way.

A short time ago, I attempted to give a twenty one year old directions.   It was fairly simple,  J street (which is a one way street)  Turn right on Alhambra  and you will see the Bank of America, its across the street from Safeway and Del Taco.    “I’m terrible with directions he screamed”-I need the address! I need the address!  I didn’t know the address I replied.  Oh my God!  He screamed   You don’t know the address?   Oh my God!  Drama on overload.  He was one more “Oh my God” from being left!    He found the bank on his phone.  Is there two on Alhambra?  I don’t know, I said…   “Oh my God” he sighed, I’ll find it!

OMG, I thought to myself.  What the fuck would he do if he didn’t have his phone?  He so relies on his phone, that he will not consider anything else.   I’m a baby boomer, I grew up with AAA and maps.   I also remember directions from Ma and Pa Canington.  You drive down a ways until you see this blue building with white steps, that’s where you turn right.  Then you get in the left lane, when you see Joe’s Locksmith, its a small white building you turn left.  Then you go down a bit until you see a house with a big sunflower in front and your there.

Computer and smart phones are too complicated for the Canington’s.  They rely on old school maps, exit numbers and memory.  (buildings and other landmarks)  They are not dependent on batteries, and GPS signals and well into their eighties they are sharper than any twenty-something.  They actual read and believe signs that say the bridge is out.  They may not have the reflexes of a 21 year old and drive below the speed limit., but its the car I want to be in.





Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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