“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

I am back! It took a bit of fiddling but all is well with my computer. The adaptor is now doing its job, and I’m up to 40%. Meanwhile, I chatted with Comcast and got my bill lowered and a free tech visit to install a new box and modem, all for less than I’ve been paying. I kept complaining, and the person to whom I was speaking kept giving me more for less. That changed the whole complexion of the day.

When I was a kid, moving the rabbit ears on the antenna was the only way to get a good picture. We didn’t have an antenna on the roof as it wasn’t allowed so it was up to the rabbit ears. My father covered the ears with aluminum foil, his low tech way to improve the picture. I’m not so sure it did any good for the TV, but it did inspire people to make and wear aluminum hats to shield their brains from electromagnetic fields and mind control.

We had all sorts of superstitions when I was a kid. Step on a crack and break your mother’s back was a popular one, but we weren’t brave enough to test it. We didn’t want to be responsible for my mother breaking her back. I remember carrying a pink rabbit’s foot. I wonder why I never stopped to think that there are no pink rabbits. I also remember crossing my fingers, closing my eyes and wishing. I never walked under a ladder though I really wasn’t sure why I shouldn’t. It was the same with opening an umbrella in the house. Even now I knock on wood. I don’t believe it does anything, but it doesn’t hurt. We didn’t believe black cats were bad luck as we had one. I have two right now. The only bad luck is cleaning their dirty litter boxes.

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6 Comments on ““Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.””

  1. Bob Cohen Says:

    Like you, I never stepped on a crack as a kid even though I knew it was not true. Baseball players believe in all kinds of superstitions. If you watch a baseball game closely you will see that no player, coach or manager will step on the foul lines going onto or off the field. If a player is on a hitting streak he may wear the same socks or underwear until the streak is over. Or, they will drive the same route to the the ballpark every day. I don’t know about not changing their cups. You don’t see rally caps anymore. It was a short term fad. I don’t think Ted Williams or Mickey Mantle would have worn rally caps. 🙂

    Sadly the baseball season is nearly over and the Rangers will once again not make the playoffs. I attribute their lack of a World Series ring to being the bearer of the old Washington Senators. When Cal Griffith moved the Senators to Minneapolis, he asked the American League to treat them as an expansion franchise and left the records in DC for the new expansion team that became the Texas Rangers. He believed in superstitions. After the end of the curse of the Bambino and the Billy Goat curse, hopefully the Rangers moving into a retractable roof stadium will break their curse.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I know ballplayers in all sports are superstitious. I’ve read about players who don’t change their socks. My mother would have said the socks are so dirty they could walk by themselves. We know it is just happenstance so when their performances tank, do they then develop a new pattern?

      Last year the Sox won the World Series. This year they didn’t even make the playoffs. The GM was fired and should have been. He never addressed the deficiencies and made no changes before the deadline.

      I’m not sure a retractable stadium is similar to the curse of the Bambino and the Billy Goat Course.

  2. Idle Mind Says:

    I’ve heard all sorts of music here on KTCC, but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard any old school disco. This song seemed like the perfect choice to remedy that. I really do like this song — a lot more than I should probably admit to. But just listen to that Gamble-Huff production, those Philly horns, and, of course, the fabulous Teddy Pendergrass. Put on your dancin’ shoes and get down to this song from 1975.

    • katry Says:

      Idle Mind,
      I don’t know why I haven’t played any disco, but I am picky as to what disco songs I like. I am a Teddy fan so I’m liking this song, and it fits perfectly with my theme. You’ve hit it out of the park!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    The same superstitions over here except for the back, that wouldn’t rime at all in Swedish 🙂 🙂

    I never had the rabbit ears, instead I had one that was a circle but one could turn it in many way anyway. I had it when I had a cottage way more out in to nowhere than here and if I had had aluminium foil I wwould have tried it 🙂

    See You when the problems are fixed.

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My computer is down to 29%, but I figured I’d answer comments before I go into computer never never land.

      I never even noticed the rhyme. I did say it sing song-y so it sounded even more like a rhyme.

      I’ve seen the round antennas here as well. I’m not so sure they’d work as well with the foil.

      See you Sunday!


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