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Photo Challenge ~ Old Fashioned July 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Humor, Poetry.

In the days of yore, the seven seas did fierce pirates roam
Untethered to the Internet, they sailed the ocean’s foam
Traveling from port to port, they called no nation home

Unbidden by cyberspace, with infinite blog nuggets to comb
We “caught the news” on front porches of General Store and home
And regaled each other with folk wisdom ~ story, song, and poem

Quote:  Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, beautiful old people are works of art. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

Do you ever long for the “good old days” when we shared tidbits of news over the garden fence . . . rather than being inundated with internet morsels that are often hard to swallow?

Related posts:  Photo Challenge: Old Fashioned (WP Prompt) * Old Fashioned (HugMamma)


1. Naomi Estment - July 8, 2011

LOL!! This is brilliant, Nancy…I especially love “untethered to the internet” – can hardly remember how that feels! Dave would also approve of the Captain Morgan drum 😀

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

I had FUN with this prompt.

In the span of my life-time, I’ve seen so many changes in how we connect and communicate with each other ~ from face to face, to phone, to e-mail, to social networking.

We’re so used to using keyboards to communicate, we may forget how to chat by moving our lips. :mrgreen:

hugmamma - July 8, 2011

Totally agree! There are definitely pros and cons to the internet and fancy gadgets. While I do take advantage of them, I still long for the good old days where neighbors spoke regularly, where we kids played imaginary games outdoors, where homemade meals warmed our tummies and our spirits.

Are these pictures of things you have or that you’ve seen somewhere? hugs for sharing! 🙂

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

Thanks, Hugmamma!

You should enter Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Childhood. It’s a FUN way to connect using our keyboards. This week’s theme encouraged a walk down Memory Lane.

I took the photos on a local sightseeing excursion to Siesta Key for our anniversary.

2. Cindy - July 8, 2011

I like it, Nancy, slower news, was just pondering how we have to hurry to catch up on things these days.

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

I saw a funny quote the other day ~

“There’s so much information on the internet . . . we’ll NEVER be able to read it all.” :mrgreen:

3. nancycurteman - July 8, 2011

I try to make time for personal, face-to-face chats with my special friends. I also love all the cyberspace friends I’ve found on the internet. I guess we need a balance.

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

Face-to-face chats are wonderful . . . and so are cyber friends.

Life balance is key. 😀

4. barb19 - July 8, 2011

I still chat with my neighbours over the garden fence Nancy, it’s a “feel-good” feeling. We live in a country area (although close to the beach), and they still do things the old fashioned way here – hold doors open for others, help old ladies with their shopping bags, old men tip their hats to say hello. I love it.

nrhatch - July 8, 2011

Sounds wonderful, Barb.

When my nieces visit, we create “text free zones” so phones get detached from hands and set aside for at least part of the visit. 😉

5. frizztext - July 9, 2011
6. adeeyoyo - July 9, 2011

Those old tales of pirates were so romantic. Not at all like the modern pirates on the north east coast of Africa!

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

Blackbeard . . . and Bluebeard . . . and Jack Sparrow! 😀

I expect that the pirates of olde where more rough and tumble than I would care to be around ~ what with keelhauling and walking the plank. Ack!

But they look quite dashing when depicted as above.

7. CMSmith - July 9, 2011

Thanks for posting the link to this, Nancy. Somehow in the midst of shifting from my MacBookPro, iPad, and iPhone while reading my e-mail I lost the weekly photo challenge message this week.

I do sometimes have ooops moments while using my new little techno devices. . .

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

I don’t know how you (and others) do it ~ technology simplifies communication by increasing the complexity of the gadgets in our lives.

I’m either on my desktop computer or off-line. I prefer it that way. 😉

8. Tilly Bud - July 9, 2011

No, I don’t; otherwise I wouldn’t know so many people from around the world, and learn so much about other cultures. It’s a great way of breaking down prejudices.

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

I love the blogosphere, Tilly.

But I don’t enjoy being around people who are so connected to their “internet signaling devices” that they forget to engage with the people around them in the real world. 🙄

Tilly Bud - July 9, 2011

Fair point; but that’s not me 🙂

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

My favorite . . . people walking down the street “talking to themselves” with ear buds. :mrgreen:

Excuse me? Are you talking to me?
What?! NO! I’m talking to my grammie.

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10. the island traveler - July 9, 2011

That is one cool pirate photo. Reminded me of the days when I play sea pirates with my cousins.

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

We have Pirates on Anna Maria Island . . . the Privateers.

They sail about in a huge pirate ship (on wheels) that they use for parades and other special events. They raise money for scholarships handed out on the 4th of July each year.

I need to catch some photos of them.

11. Patti Kuche - July 9, 2011

Great post and I am not sure how I feel about the garden fence compared to the cyber fence. Either way, connections still have to be made and, regardless of technological advances in communication, there will always be those who are too busy to stop and talk over either fence.

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

That’s an excellent point, Patti.

It’s not just the Internet that keeps us from relaxing and chatting over a cup of coffee with friends . . . it’s our constant need to stay Busy, Busy, Busy.

When we want to Press Pause . . . the Internet does NOT insist that we keep on surfing. 😉

12. Sandra Bell Kirchman - July 9, 2011

Fun take on the theme, Nancy. However, although there were some great things to contemplate in the 70 years I have been alive, honestly, I don’t wish to return to the “good” old days. I was born at the beginning of WW2 and have lived through post-war North America, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraqi War, Afghanistan War, and countless other “lesser” wars.

I’m not a fan of war.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the internet for its research capabilities. Before, when I was writing, I would have to go to the library and order books and waaaaaiiiiitttt. Now I can research things, in-depth, from my own computer. MUCH better for my writing speed and enjoyment.

Finally, I am now somewhat handicapped and find it difficult to make my way around, especially in winter. The internet lets me travel around the world, visit friends in far off places, and play to my heart’s content. AND I still have access to my real life friends. What a world!

nrhatch - July 9, 2011

I agree with you, Sandra. Great points!

I love being able to “explore” the world from the comfort of my own home. So, no, I would NOT go back.

I’ll just remind myself to “step away from the keyboard” long enough each day to embrace the “real” world. 😎

13. nuvofelt - July 10, 2011

I wonder if there are pirates on our local canal. I’ll have to look 😉

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

If you find any . . . I hope they’re just “parrothead” pirates listening to Jimmy Buffet tunes while drinking margaritas. 😉

14. ElizOF - July 10, 2011

What a scary looking pirate… perfect for this prompt. 🙂

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

Captain Morgan . . . scary? He’s as dashing, debonair, and dapper as Jack Sparrow. 😉

15. dorisrudddesigns - July 10, 2011

Old fashioned indeed!

nrhatch - July 10, 2011

And quite the fashion statement ~ his attire announces his profession loud and clear . . . “PIRATE!” 😀

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17. Just Ramblin' Pier - July 14, 2011

Very cool ‘take’ on this week’s challenge. Love the photos. : )

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