Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and A Stroll Down Memory Lane


Can you believe how Mad Men ended?

I have no idea.

I’ve watched only about 20 minutes of the show once when it was on in the background of my in-laws house during a family gathering.

What about that scene in Game of Thrones?

Nope don’t know much about that either…

To figure out what has got the internet in a rumble, as if it wasn’t in perpetual spin cycle already, I hit the net to find out more.

From MEREDITH BLAKE (@MeredithBlake) on the La Times website:

“As frustrating as it is on one level, it’s an ending that also makes sense. When “Mad Men” began, Don was the handsome man in a gray flannel suit who superficially embodied the 1950s ideal. A decade later, he is in a place that epitomizes the indulgent touchy-feeliness and narcissism-masquerading-as-self-actualization of the “Me Decade” (and embracing the go-go capitalism of the Reagan era). If Don started as a character from a John Cheever story, he ends the series as someone out of a Paul Mazursky film.”

This gave me pause.

I think Meredith has a good point and description of what was going on. Her “touchy-feeliness and narcissism-masquerading-as-self-actualization of the “Me Decade” ” line made a lot of sense to me.

In fact in made me think about our current era and it’s derisive take on Millennials as being self-centered and narcissistic. Sure selfies are a bit about the “me” but then they are shared with friends. People have shown pictures to their friends and families since the beginning of photographs. That’s why people stood around to get their pictures taken, to share them with others…

Always with the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs…

Self-actualization seems so esoteric.

What generation is not the “Me Decade”?

But I don’t know where I am going with all of this…

Anyways for Day 108 of Claudia Altucher’s book Become An Idea Machine: Because Ideas Are The Currency Of The 21st Century: I get to find 10 email conversations from five years ago and then continue the conversation.

My first impressions are that this is gonna be weird, sentimental or just out right random.

First I had to go to my old email address on Hotmail.

Next I looked for emails by date and found I don’t have any 5 years old…

Must’ve had a different email before then or deleted them all.

So 4 years ago I have these emails:

1 My brother Joshua sent me an email about a job lead.

I was looking for a job at the time and appreciated the help with any possibilities. 2011 was 3 years our from college. And college didn’t turn out on the job front as I was told it would my whole life. In fact I used to think that graduating in 2008 ruined my life and future.

Now I am thankful for all the other aspects of life it has opened up my eyes to.

Plus instead of wasting my life like I planed in a mediocre way, now I am working to do more.

However, I am always thankful for any help and assistance.

Then or now.

2 and 3 Some Craigslist deal from a dude named Lynn and another about the same topic from Mir Ali.

Hey guys, the motorcycle helmets were available at the time but you never came and bought them. So we ended up selling them to someone else or just getting rid of them. I’m not sure. Oh my wife just said we sold them in a garage sale.

Better luck next time.

Yeah buying that motorcycle and the helmets and getting our M class license was fun and all but we totally didn’t think that one through.

Hope you are well.

4 From Mrs. McBride about a extended substitute teacher gig.

Mrs. McBride,

Thank you so much for allowing me to take over your classes for that extended period of time. We all had a blast and I was a “ringer” in that student vs teacher dodge ball game that our team won! It was one of the highlights of my substitute teaching career.

Your classes were great and I hope you continue to be successful.

Keep it Breezy!

5 There are a ton of receipts for orders….

6 Cindy about teaching Kids Sunday School

Hey Cindy!

We had a blast in Hi5 while it lasted. And the Lodge was great! I loved the festivals celebrating the LORD!

I saw you had some pics on Facebook of some great activities you had for Sunday school a few weeks ago.

I am sure things are going well and we all should get together again sometime soon.

Until then, take care.

7 Steve about a men’s discipler training.

Yeah that didn’t quite work out for us, huh Steve?

The communication broke down both ways for me and I was left wonder what to do next…

So I didn’t do anything.

I’m not saying it’s your fault, but I think it is a more systematic issue. It is a hard thing connecting people.

I’ve come up with an idea for a more organic approach to pairing disciplers with disciples. Have a bunch of men’s activities that men like to do. Guys get to know each other. Then at some point have one where the guys who want to get discipled have some sort of indicator on their name badge and disciplers another indicator.

Then once they find someone they get along with then they set up arrangements themselves that work for them.

Maybe this will work. Maybe this sounds too weird…

I don’t know try it and see.

8 From my sister Rebekah who 4 years ago today was her birthday!

We were all gonna get together for a party and iFratelli’s pizza. I sorta remember that and hope it was good.

Anyways hope you have a great birthday today and looking forward to your wedding!

9 A bunch of random emails from my dad.

Well Dad,

Things are looking a lot different now than they were four years ago. Boy how times change…


10 All throughout several bills and receipts… email the electronic trash heap…

11 An email from my sister Effie suggesting we might be COHs, Children of Hoarders.

While that may or may not be true, the good news is that we can take this opportunity to live a different life than the one of our childhood circumstances.

Everyday is a chance to get rid of something new!

In fact I am now excited to go get rid of something else. I was talking to Sarah the other day and said how cool it would be that next time we moved we could pack our whole house into just our two cars.

Trading you that desk is a great start!

It was for sure win-win!

12 A lot more of about the same emails already discussed…

Final thoughts:

I don’t use email for communication all that much.

I don’t like email all that much, which is a bit funny because I do like regular ole’ mail…

Now I think I’ll go have something real to drink…

And by that I mean water.


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