Its football season anyhow, Eagles number one baby! How much of this matters anyhow, soon we all will be hit with the reality of our situation, that totals for the Christmas Shopping Season are off. Ford is making some noise, seems their showing some growth. Thinking back to when Henry Ford invented the modern assembly line, his motivation was to get more of his product, at a more affordable price, to more people. Wouldn’t it be nice, if Fords current success, is a result of getting back to the basics, to their original mission statement. I saw an ad for Goldman Sachs that claimed, “Market Solutions for Environmental Challenges”, now what the hell does that mean? Sounds like, its about wringing, every last dime, out of some disaster. Is there just no profit, in avoiding a disaster? So where am I going with this, I’ll tell ya, I’m just thinking about, all we gave away, for all this prosperity. I can remember Blue Laws in Pennsylvania, to buy anything on a Sunday, you had to cross the State Line, for the most part, no one worked Sundays. Dad might head out for a couple hours of golf, mostly everyone in the neighborhood, just hung out, in the neighborhood. For the life of me, I can’t figure out what happened to Baseball Cards, why is it, that while walking, rounding a corner, I’m not stumbling over a gang of kids, flipping cards up on a wall. Have Baseball Cards become too high brow, there only purpose today, to collect. I started talking with Dad about Baseball Cards this weekend, he got all excited, seems they were important to him as a kid, just like me, Baseball Cards, were the tie that bound boys in the neighborhood together, Barbies for the girls. We had technology, Color TV’s were fresh on the market, my Father was the first to own a Tenna Rotor. On Sunday Evenings the Stull’s would have us over, watching Walt Disney’s Wonderful World Of Color, with that Tenna Rotor, I could tune in, on Saturday nights, the Bull Fights. Well the do gooders stopped all that, said it was too brutal, I am glad I was able to watch this, before it went away. These days, people are dying in the streets, there are the ones who slip through the cracks, there are the ones caught up in the crack. I passed a memorial for someone shot on my street, a year ago. This morning I heard about a girl, shot this weekend in Long Beach. She was Cambodian, I heard her family came here in the eighties, escaping the killing fields. Shot after the homecoming game at the high school my daughter graduated from, just caught in the cross fire, an honor student, one more senseless death. What ever happened to cowboys and indians, to cops and robbers, the do gooders, sure put a cork in that. I can’t help but to wonder, if some important lessons were lost, that after everyone was shot, that the game was over, that when there is no one left, that no one wins. So what can we do about all these guns, first how about forgetting about gun control, instead make it law, that if a gun is in your possession, and you are without a permit to carry it, you sit for a year in jail, no trial, no bail, you just sit for a year. No matter if you are a good guy, a bad guy, made a mistake, forgot you had it with you, you sit. After a year, then you go see the judge, set a date for trial, petition for bail. People with permits who brandish their weapons should be treated the same. Our neighborhood took care of the neighborhood kids, the parents didn’t all know each other, but they all knew the kids, none of us kids were left to wander too far off. So what about these Phillies, that bunt, in game three was text book, such a beautiful thing! Maybe tonite, there will be a pitchers duel, I hope the Phillies pull it out! I better get to reading, I’ve been putting it off, it is always hard to say good bye. I know its over, just read the book, Allen Carr’s “Easy Way To Stop Smoking” This time, two’s the charm, I know it works, I just got a little stupid, this time, good chance today, I’ll say my good byes to smoke!