Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Getting Nostalgic

It is a beautiful Tuesday morning!  Temperature about 70 and it is raining.  I like that!

Does anybody know a shortcut to Memphis, Tennessee?  Beverly and I are going to see our Tennessee family Thursday afternoon.  We have to come back on Saturday afternoon.  I hear it's about a 9 hour drive.  That used to not bother me at all.  When I was in school at ACU, Beverly and I would often drive to La Marque (near Galveston) on the weekend to see her parents.  But that sure seems like a long drive now.

When Beverly and I were in San Francisco, we wondered why "The Streets of San Francisco" was never shown in reruns.  I remembered it as a great detective show of the 70s.  It starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas.  Well, when we got back -- guess what?  It is on one of the local independent stations.  So I started DVRing it, and we have watched several episodes.  The plots are pretty good, but other than Malden and Douglas, the acting seems to be poor.  

And the clothes!  Did we really used to dress like that?

It's funny watching shows from that era.  Typewriters on the desks.  Large, bulky phones.  19" TVs.  HUGE cars.  PAY PHONES!  Telex machines.

The episodes we are watching right now are from the '75 season.  That's the year Beverly and I started dating, so I'm sure we never saw them before.  

There used to be some great detective shows during that time:  "Barnaby Jones," "Kojak," "Columbo."

The genre I am waiting for a return to, however, is westerns.  It seems like 80% of the shows from the late 50s and 60s were westerns.  I still like to see them, too.  "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "The Big Valley," "The Rifleman," "High Chaparral."  And of course my favorite -- "Gunsmoke."  


Beverly Ross said...

We haven't taken a road trip for a very long time. You are going to love it! I promise to bring a joke book! The trip always seems short to me when I have a grandchild at the other end!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the only shortcut may be found at DFW. Hwy 30 to Memphis is the best way to go.

This past weekend I used to TV shows to illustrate our built-in desire to belong. Shows like All in the Family, the Cosby Show, and the like, gave us a sense of belonging. We identified.

Using that line of reasoning, maybe you missed your calling. You should have been a cop in California or a cowboy in a spaghetti western.

Of course I think you're right where you ought to be.

kaw said...

Check out TV land on the weekend. The have reruns of both Bonanza and Gunsmoke on Saturday afternoons.

Josh Ross said...

Let Mom drive and you'll be here in 5 1/2 hours.
And quit complaining...your favorite child is going to let you sleep in the house when you get here.

Jeff said...

I'm waiting for Jack Bauer to come back.

Does Beverly mean a "grandchild" at the other end of the car or a grandchild at the other end of the trip?