Saturday, January 5, 2013

Relaxing Day

(Avon Park, FL) Hi 78 Lo 56 -- It was a very relaxing day, no time schedules to meet, nothing planned. After I made us a pancake breakfast I walked two miles with Judy and Kathleen. It was a gorgeous day, with blue skies and a nice breeze. You just can't beat Florida in the winter. It was fun watching on the news as they cleared the snow from the stadium in Green Bay for tonight's Packers game.

This afternoon we watched the movie About Schmidt while I crocheted. It stars Jack Nicholson, one of our favorite actors, and is partially abut RV'ing. We saw it in the theater when it first came out, but I didn't remember much of it. I guess that's the good thing about losing your memory in old age, you can re-watch movies you've seen and they're like the first time.

I got this in an email from Kathy D. today. It's amazing how far we've come in a short time. I thought I'd share.

WOW....these are amazing facts!
 Ford model R

         1910 Ford Model R

Show this to your friends!  This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!

The year is 1910 one hundred and two years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the  Eiffel   Tower !

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average  US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about
$5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press
AND the government as 'substandard.'

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
     1. Pneumonia and influenza
     2.  Tuberculosis
     3.  Diarrhea
     4. Heart  disease
     5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of  Las Vegas ,  Nevada  was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
  regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the  ENTIRE   U.S.A. !
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. 


Gail Houle said...

I liked "About Schmidt" and actually even remember most of it :) Jack Nicholson is a favorite.

owensontheroad said...

I just love Jack Nicholson rom/com movies. As Good as it Gets is another great one.
You left a comment on my blog about seeing us at the RV Show. Not gonna happen, we're in California for 4 months :)

Leno said...

Wow, how interesting!