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(34,589 posts)
Mon Oct 28, 2013, 10:52 PM Oct 2013

Things stay the same. Things change.

I swung by Whole Foods tonight to pick up coffee beans. Dr. Bronner's wacky-but-wonderful soap was on sale, so I picked up a giant bottle. The last time I bought a bottle of that stuff was decades ago in college, upstate New York. A crunchier place and a crunchier time.

Came home and called my aunt in New York City. She's a trip. 89, still driving. Driving in NYC. Yikes.

She spent her career working in a gynecology office at one of the local teaching hospitals, she was involved in administering studies around new diagnoses and procedures. When I was a kid, nobody would give me a straight answer about what she did. I guess that saying "vagina" and whatnot to anyone not yet of college age was verboten*. Tonight we bantered on about a cornucopia of women's naughty bits as we discussed the research her old lab is doing.

When I was a kid, even in NYC (although it was the Archie Bunker part not any of the fabulous parts), nobody spoke about homosexuality. Yesterday, my 13-year-old was excited to tell me that gay marriage is finally a settled issue in NJ. He's into social justice big time, and watches the Young Turks.

Somehow, I had this expansive feeling tonight that even with all of our woes from 30 years of a withering siege by the 1%, we have moved very far forward in our ability to handle sex stuff in a much more open and healthy way. Hiding things, being scared of certain subjects is not good.

Now, let's go take our country back so we can talk about sex stuff while not living in our cars.


Circumspect Manny

*if I use a German word, will this automatically be vacuumed up by the NSA? If so, say "hi" to General Alexander, tell him I love his Starship bridge.

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Things stay the same. Things change. (Original Post) MannyGoldstein Oct 2013 OP
What? You think we all have cars? Fumesucker Oct 2013 #1
And I bet when you got that sixpence, you would sing Art_from_Ark Oct 2013 #2


(45,851 posts)
1. What? You think we all have cars?
Mon Oct 28, 2013, 11:09 PM
Oct 2013

We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.


(27,247 posts)
2. And I bet when you got that sixpence, you would sing
Tue Oct 29, 2013, 12:11 AM
Oct 2013

I've got sixpence
Jolly, jolly sixpence
I've got sixpence
To last me all my life...

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