I find it interesting that the older I get, the more “history” that I see. When I was young I used to sort of envy my great-grandmother. She was born in 1883, so had seen all kinds of changes in her life. Things coming into common usage. Automobiles. Airplanes. Telephones. Televisions. Great wars. WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam among others.

What got me thinking about it, was that I came across a short post that I put up on April 2nd, 2005. Pope John Paul II had died. The post itself was nothing major or ground shaking, just a quick observation that a religious leader had passed away. My wife’s family is Catholic so it means a bit more to them than it does to me. The Pope is just another guy to me. Yeah, one with influence over millions of people world-wide in many different countries, but just another guy. The Pope has a lot less influence over politics and other things than he used to though. I think that a lot of people have become jaded about organised religion. Not nessecarily God or anything, but religion itself.

My personal opinion is that it’s all a crock of shit anyway, but that’s my opinion and we all know about opinions. Not only that but I would never deign to force my opinions on anybody else. My daughter for instance, loves to go to church, loves Jesus and all that other stuff that goes along with it. When she talks about it you can just about see my son’s eyes bug out of his head because he has a lot of the same beliefs as I do but he has a much harder time minding his own business and holding his tongue.

Oh yeah, I was talking about history, not religion. I’ve seen eight presidencies since I was born. Some good, some bad, some laughable. I have seen the public’s respect for the office slowly erode away, particularly over the last 15 years. No longer is it President Bush. Now it is Mr Bush or Mr Clinton. By god, whether you like them or not, they are the President of the United States and the office needs to be shown respect whether the men that hold it respect it or not. The mainstream media is guilty of it as are both sides of the political equation. That just depends on who is holding office at the time as to who shows the least amount of respect.

I have also seen eight Georgia Governors as well. Although I have visited many states I have always lived in Georgia and love it here. I have seen many changes as well. The area north of Atlanta where I grew up has changed immensely. I grew up in the Sandy Springs and Roswell area and when I was a kid there were all kinds of dirt roads and “country” areas. You would be hard put to find a dirt road in the area now.

I had some other stuff that I wanted to add, but I have kind of lost my train of though, thus the Part 1 in the title. Maybe I will come back to it later.

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