One generation becomes obsolete to the next

first_img Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 6, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Local officers offer holiday travel tips By Ngoc Vo With the holiday season coming to Pike County, travel safety should one of the many concerns as… read more Email the author Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Latest Stories Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Blood Sugar Blaster While spending the Thanksgiving holiday in the mountains of North Georgia, I had several “opportunities” to sit and rest a spell. So did lots of other folks on the .4-mile hike up, up, up to Anna Ruby Falls.Those of us who welcome senior citizen discounts called “time out” to catch our breath. The young folks stopped to text or talk or take pictures or whatever they do with those electronic devices that are replacing the gray matter between their ears.I parked myself on a stone bench to let my weary legs rest a while and my eye rest upon the mountains. Then along came a gray-haired gentleman who had neither buds in his ears nor let his fingers do the talking. He sagged down next to me and, for a short while, we sat in silence and watched as the electronic world passed us by.Then the man’s tongue got loose.“I heard something the other day that interested me,” he said in a matter-of-fact way and as if we were old and like-minded friends or on the same wavelength in today’s lingo.His story was that this wise, old man was sitting on a park bench – “wisdom” always sits on a park bench – when a young man came and sat beside him.“You know, your generation has become obsolete,” the young man said. “Why, we’ve got computers, the Internet, iPods, MP3 players, smart phones…” He strung out a litany of brain-sapping devices and, with each one, the old man’s shoulders slumped more. Then, he straightened himself.“You’re right, young feller,” he said. “We didn’t have all of those things … so we invented them. What will your generation leave for the next?”For certain, this electronic generation will leave something for the next. Something that we can’t even begin to imagine. Just like the “obsolete” generation never imagined anything as farfetched as fax machines, microwave ovens, digital cameras and the know-it-all Internet.  Why, Polaroid cameras and electric typewriters impressed the heck out of us.We grew up when folks actually needed to know their multiplication tables and how to add in their heads. We knew how to look up words in the dictionary, research information in the World Book Encyclopedia and how to use the card catalogue at the library. We knew how many pints were in a gallon and how many ounces were in a pound. Why, we even memorized things like telephone numbers and the Gettysburg Address and handwrote cards and letters.As a child, one of my favorite playthings was a Poosh-M-Up Jr. It was kind of like a pinball machine except it tilted on foldup legs about three feet off the floor. With a spring lever, you shot tiny steel balls into open half-circles, each with a different number value and did the calculations in your head. The one with the highest score at the end of a pre-determined number of rounds was the winner.A couple of years later, Aunt Eleanor gave me a similar game but this one actually added your score. I thought I had arrived in the space age.When I was a teenager, I had two of the most important jobs in town. I worked the candy counter at the VJ Elmore dime store and the soda fountain at Hamrick’s Drug Store.At the dime store, “candy girls” had to weigh the candy and hot salted nuts, sack them and figure the cost by multiplying the number of pounds by the cost per pound and then figuring in the sales tax. Then we had to give the change back by counting from the amount charged to the amount tendered.At the soda fountain, we had to know how much Co-cola syrup to mix with the carbonated water to make a fountain coke and how to mix the solutions for cleaning the soda fountain as opposed to those for mopping the floor and cleaning the windows. We also had to know how to wash and sanitize dishes – in a dishpan of hot, soapy water.As my granddaddy said, we used our heads for something other than a hat rack.But, in today’s world, a hat rack is too often a major function for that nob between our shoulders.“Looks like our brains will just turn to mush,” the stranger was saying.  “That’s what happens when you don’t use your brain. It just goes to mush. Turn your brain over to a tangle of wires and electrodes and it’s going to short circuit sooner than later ….blah, blah, blah.”Thank goodness, I had a mountain to rest my eyes upon. 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Greggs pips Subway to mantle of biggest retailer

first_imgGreggs held on to its position as the country’s largest bakery retailer by the narrowest margin in British Baker’s expanded BB75 league table for 2010.The chain currently has 1,419 UK shops, just 10 more than sandwich chain Subway. The latter opened 125 sites last year, closing the 119 store gap a year ago to just 10. Last January, Subway predicted it would overtake Greggs by summer 2009. Greggs’ chief executive Ken McMeikan said he was delighted to maintain Greggs’ position as the nation’s largest bakery retailer, particularly in view of Subway’s ambitious targets. Greggs plans to open a net 50-60 shops this year as it steps up expansion, with a target of 600-plus extra shops in the UK. “It is important to focus on the quality of the shops, this is not a race for space,” said McMeikan. “When we sign a contract, it is usually for 10 years, with a break at five years. We want to find really good-quality units as we are in it for the long term.” Subway development agent Neil Black said he was pleased with the pace of store development, “achieved despite the recession and a tightening of available finance”. Subway had also taken advantage of the competitive property market to relocate and redevelop a number of stores, he added.The expanded BB75 league table formerly the BB Top 50 covers the 75 biggest bakery retailers in the UK. The table shows Costa Coffee (at number three) was the fastest-growing coffee chain in the UK, adding 185 sites over 2009.Among the big losers in 2009 were BB’s Coffee & Muffins and Coffee Republic. Both went into administration and significantly reduced their number of franchises. The new list also sees many traditional bakers holding steady and even expanding amid difficult economic conditions. l Greggs’ sales in the Christmas week were up 6.5% and like-for-like growth was 4.4%. It also saw a 3.1% rise in total sales for the four weeks to 26 December 2009. The chain sold more than one million mince pies a week, up 6% on last year. Demand for savouries was strong, with like-for-like sales up 10% and sales of its Christmas festive bakes up 23% on 2008 figures.last_img read more