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Wednesday, August 6, 2008


You may ask yourself what a topic like this has to do with a blog named Mob Speak? Well, when you're computer is down (like mine was), it affects way too many things in a person's life, like posting blog updates.

Hey, in Slick's early days computers were off the radar screen, non-existent. The only "tech" things in Slick's life were cash registers. No, he didn't steal the cash in them. Back in the 1950s, Slick and 2 other characters (Joe Levy, alias Jacob Ship and Little Jack Little) stole the registers out of retail stores on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood so they could fence them and make a few bucks. They split the take for each register, $75, three ways. Wow!

There were no portable phones, folks. And when you dialed a number, you were 100% sure of getting a real person talking on the other end, not even answering machines in the good old days.

Maybe you kids out there don't remember that wonderful time...when this country actually had some breathing space, both literally and figuratively. The air was purer and there weren't so many people clogging the roads so it was a lot easier to get around the scam people, or just see the sites.

I'm sure you get the picture. Of couse, it wasn't all a bed of roses. But remembering back, it seems like folks had a lot more fun at whatever they did. Things were a lot less stressful. You worked hard (some of us did) and played hard. Now it's just work hard.

And now even Slick owns a computer. His emails have gotten pretty good, too. And even though he dumps his computer when it becomes too cluttered with glitches (think he's on his 10th or so), he can do a bit of research like checking out the hot babes on some Web site. He has a cell phone, that if he's not around, will answer in his gravelly voice, " You have the right to remain silent. But if you do, I won't get this message."

Ah, times are a changin', like it or not. Would love to hear your stories on this topic.

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