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Fortune Cookies…For a Better Future

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The best part of ordering Chinese food is the meal-ending crack of the fortune cookie.  It is exciting to see what little bit of wisdom is held in a crisp cashew shaped cookie, and they are tasty as well. However, lately, I have been disappointed in the quality of the fortunes found in the fortune cookies.

When I open that cookie, I want to hear something positive, something full of ancient wisdom, or something that I might hear from a palm reader. Since fortune cookies were introduced and created in the United States, the fortunes inside used to be based on proverbs, Bible verses, and English versions of  Confucius Teachings. Somewhere I think these wise little notes have gotten lost.  I do not think people want condescending words or nonsense in their cookies.  Maybe the fortune cookie companies need to get back to basics and hire more competent fortune writers. After all, people like me who order Chinese Food depend on this knowledge!

Here is an example of the ridiculous “fortunes” I have received lately…

“You have a quiet and unobtrusive nature.”  Huh? That is not a fortune. This is not even me!

“Help, I am a prisoner in a Chinese Bakery!”  Really? I am sending the Calvary to free you, now!  

“Eating causes obesity.”  Thanks. I’ll just stop eating now, Dr. Oz.

“You love Chinese Food.”  Duh!

Here is what I really want to read…

“The golden egg of opportunity falls into your lap this month.” Whoo-hoo!

“If your desires are not extravagant, they will be granted.” Is desiring a clothes-shopping trip on Rodeo Drive too extravagant?

“An admirer is hiding his or her intentions toward you.” Provided that my admirer is not a stalker, this could be good.

“You need a new environment. Go on vacation.” You are right! I would like to lie on a white sandy beach and drink rum all day in my bikini from Rodeo Drive. As long as it is not too extravagant…

If you are feeling discouraged and disheartened by your fortune cookie, please feel free to comment.  All comments will be forwarded to the worker who is trapped in the fortune cookie bakery for a speedy review. 

Fortune: You will read of a light haired woman who will make you laugh.  

 
 
 
 
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10 Things I Did Not Have When I was 10

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It was 1972, the year I turned 10 years old.  My parents purchased our house for 25,000, a gallon of gas was 55¢, the Watergate Scandal was in the headlines, and The Godfather was a box-office hit.  I was a lucky 10-year-old who had a pool in my back yard, my own bedroom, and a new blue bike.  However, many of the things kids have today were not available when I was young.  Here is a list of the 10 things I did not have when I was ten.

    1. A Computer.  I did not even know what a computer was or what it could do.  When I needed to research a report for school, I had to walk to the library and look it up in the card catalog. Kids today do not know just how lucky they are to have information readily available whenever they want it.

    2.  Cellphone.  We had a phone with a 25-foot cord.  The phone hung on the kitchen wall and when someone called, you ran from where ever you were in the house to answer the phone.  If the car broke down on the side of the road, We either walked to the nearest gas station to get help, or we hoped some nice person would stop, pull-over, and give us a hand.

    3. Remote control.  Our TV did not have a remote control to flip through the channels.  When a channel, and there were only six channels, needed to be changed, we got up and changed it by hand.  Usually, the kids changed the channel while dad sat on the couch.  My dad would call me in from outside, just to change the channel.

    4. Air Conditioning.  We did not have air conditioning.  It was available; however, it was too expensive.  We did have a pool.  In the summer, when it was hot, we slept with the fans in the window with as little clothing on as possible.  We would go swimming at night, right before we went to bed, so that we would have cooled down before we went to sleep.

    5. Wii, X-box, Playstation.  No video games for me!  If I wanted to play a game, I got all the kids in the neighborhood together and we would play things like red-rover, Barbies, steal the bacon, or hide and go seek.  When I had to go home, my dad would whistle.  Every dad had his own original whistle so we kids would know whom he was calling home.

    6. Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, and Juice Boxes.  A fruit snack for me when I was ten would have been an apple, a handful of grapes, or an orange.  Granola bars were not around; we would just eat cereal from the box.  Moreover, no juice was found in a box.  You poured yourself some Kool-Aid in a glass.  Sometimes you dropped the glass and broke it.

    7. Bottled Water.  I could have had water in a bottle.  All I would have had to do was take an old glass bottle that held soda, rinsed it out, and put water from the tap in it.  Mostly, I used a cup.  Sometimes, I drank from the hose, a water fountain, or just put my mouth on the faucet.

    8. Netflix, Cable, Satellite TV.  I watched whatever was on TV.  There was not on-demand anything.  If I wanted to watch a show for kids, I had to get up early in the morning to see it.  After, three in the afternoon, all shows were geared toward adults.  The only time I was able to see a movie, other than the 3 O’clock movie on ABC, was when my parents took us to the movie theater. Occasionally, they would take us to the Drive-in, but that is another story.

    9. Texting, Email, Face book, Social Media.  The only social media I had as a ten-year-old was school.  When I went to school, I would see my friends in class, or in the hall and talk.  If I wanted to talk to my friends on the phone, I would have to ask permission to use the phone, first.  Mostly, I walked to my friend’s house, knocked on the door, and asked if they could come out to play.

    10. Microwave Ovens.  If I wanted my food cooked, I put it in a pan and cooked it on the stove.  I did not have microwave pizza, fries, chicken nuggets, nachos, or anything.  If I needed to have lunch, I made a sandwich of whatever was leftover in the refrigerator. (Yes, we did have refrigerators!) LOL!

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A Knight in Shining Armor

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A Knight in Shining ArmorA Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It is a funny, romantic, and well-written time travel story with a twist. Jude Deveraux brings the Earl of Stafford to modern times so the heroine can help him find the scoundrel who accuses the Earl of treason. Since the Earl is from the year 1564, things in the 20th Century are a bit difficult for him. While the heroine is trying to assist the Earl in his plight, she finds that she is falling in love with a very unusual man. This book is a great read and highly recommended.

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Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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