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INTERESTING STUFF – 21 December 2019

The Alex and Ronni Show: A Birthday, Software Update and a Lot of Laughs

It was a big day Wednesday when Alex and I recorded this week's episode of The Alex and Ronni Show - it was Alex's 80th birthday. That's no small thing.

We had a good laugh about how, in our old age, the medical community wants to update us regularly, like a software update. It sure does seem that way sometimes.

Then we laughed some more about being one another's oldest living friend – oldest, that is, in terms of how many years we have known each other.

Actually, we laughed pretty much all the way through this video. About new year resolutions, technology, politics, old age, how childhood has changed and we also talked a little about the new-ish opening Alex cut for his online show.

It's just beautiful – a montage of gorgeously shot New York City scenes that, for me, catches the essence of the city, and it made me a bit weepy missing it. Take a look:

Later in the day I wondered how long we've been doing The Alex and Ronni Show. When I checked, I was surprised to see that Alex did an interview with me for his show way back in September 2017. That's only three months after my cancer diagnosis.

We began the bi-weekly show we do now in February 2018. I had no idea it had been that long – it is true about how the passage of time seems to go faster and faster the older we get.

Anyway, below is the latest episode. You will find Alex's show on Youtube. Or, it is also on Gabnet or on Facebook.

You can find Alex's show – Alex Bennett's Ramble – on Facebook and Apple Podcasts.


Another fun Alex & Ronni Show—you sure covered a lot of topics, but I always enjoy the easygoing banter you guys share. When Alex was talking about a future that never quite was (no Rosie the Robot from ‘The Jetsons’), it reminded me of the late 1960s, when Mr. Porter (my 4th grade school teacher) asked us to write an essay on how we pictured our lives in the year 2001. (He was obsessed with the recent film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’.) I wrote that I’d probably be married with 4 kids, living on the ocean floor or on the moon, doing something with computers.

(I did wind up in the IT field, but lived in Pittsburgh instead--ha!) Happy Holidays to both of you & Happy Birthday, Alex!

There’s something to be said for having someone in our life who has known us all our years. That person for me died a couple years ago. Seems strange to me now that there no longer is anyone with whom I share that lifelong familiarity and emotional connection. No one will ever know me in the same way and be able to recall some of the significant to us at the time, but actually insignificant events of our childhood — such as our invisible friends we spoke to, the several years of dancing performances we shared, trying times in our young lives, intimate knowledge of each other’s parents and other relatives and so much more. In the scheme of life none of this important, but I feel as though a piece of me is missing.

I certainly agree there is so much at stake in the upcoming election. I’ve long been distressed with the obsession with celebrity so many have in our culture. Without doubt I think this was a factor in Reagan’s political ascendancy and doubly so with the current leader we have. Maybe someday people will relinquish this warped way of assessing people’s capabilities based on their entertainment persona.

My Mother’s comment on aging that I share was that she didn’t fear death, but she just didn’t want to miss anything. I, too, want to know the outcome of Nov. election and what the future holds afterward.

Happy birthday to Alex! It’s possible to survive past 80 years — I have — and still enjoy living despite all the niggling little, and some bigger, aggravations associated with aging, even potentially terminal med issues.

This Alex and Ronni show was a gem. Happy birthday, Alex! I fervently hope that you both will be around for a long time. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

I was so interested in your comment about whether previous generations have experienced the magnitude of change that ours has. When I read East of Eden as a teenager, I was struck by the change Steinbeck wrote about. In one example, the family lived just out of town and rode a horse to town once a week to pick up the mail (and supplies). Then the automobile was introduced, and they began to drive to town daily to pick up the mail, telling themselves it was important to get it quickly.

Also, I've always been fascinated by the fact that my dad grew up in the country. They had gas and water on the property, so no utilities (electric hadn't been introduced yet). So, they didn't commute anywhere! Just get up and start the work day, right at home. I often thought about that when I was attempting to commute to my job in wintry conditions.

We've seen a lot and there is much more to observe. I just hope it gets better. These last few years have been devastating in so many ways, and much of it has been caused by the current administration.

Like you, I am saddened that 40 percent of the population thinks like the current president, but that is what it is. I keep saying this to anyone who will listen, his supporters love what he is doing because it is just how they want to live and behave. Too many people in this country have become crass and uncaring. I would like to see that change in my lifetime.

I am new to this blog and cannot get the audio to work, so could not listen to the show. But I enjoyed people's comments.

I was born in the early 1950s and have seen a lot of change, but I suspect my parents (born in the 1910s) saw more. Living in the country, they grew up without electricity, cars, indoor plumbing, or central heat. And they lived to see those things along with radio, television, interstate highways, air travel, the atomic bomb, the moon landing, and personal computers.

As to the political comments, I am a moderate with friends and family all along the political spectrum. They are ALL good people. The people I know who support our current president are not blinded by his celebrity and don't condone all his rhetoric, but they are conservatives who believe in low taxes and less regulation. They appreciate our low unemployment rate and strong economy. And the people I know who detest our president are liberal, but not flakey. They are appalled by his manipilation of people's fears and his apparent encouragement of racial and religious and other forms of bias.

One of the most challenging changes I've seen in my lifetime is an erosion of respect, particularly across the political divide.

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