The heck with those cell phones, computers, internet. Give me the '50s and '60s good old days. Couldn't beat em.

There were those NBA professional basketball games in Syracuse priced at $2 on up. SU basketball games at Manley Field House for the same price. Back in the day gas was a quarter a gallon. New cars selling for around $2,000. Rent was around $100. Money really stretched in those days.

And what fun days they were.

The '50s and '60s had the best music and the best singers. Never heard a bad song and never heard a bad artist. Twenty-five cents got you into the movie theater to see such great movies at "The Wizard of Oz." When cable TV came around it cost about $8 a month. Can't beat those prices.

You never ran out of money in those days. It was a kinder, gentler, everybody-on-the-same-page society. Drugs weren't too much of a problem like now.

People were more into participating in sports activities. Every Catholic parish, almost every weekend in the summer, had an outdoor festival with good food and games. The bottom line on the '50s and '60s: You just never got bored.

What do we have today? Rampant drug use. Most certainly that stems from boredom. Why anyone would want to get hooked on drugs is just hard to fathom. Anyone doing drugs is not loving life. There are too many good things in life to cling to. There is tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, running, biking. Half of those sports one can do alone. It's healthy and the more it's participated in, it's habit forming. It's something you can do your whole life and that's good.

Life is good if you try to make it good the right way.

I'm not so sure that at a very young age, having a lot of friends to  hang out with is good. The more is not always the merrier. There are leaders and there are followers. Lots of times followers tend to be led astray. Each person should always stick to their guns and not be led astray down the beaten path. "This is my life and I'm going to live it the right way."

And the right way, of course, is following the 10 commandments of God and following along in the path of the good shepherd, Jesus. One can never go wrong following Jesus. He'll always make life right. And he'll always be "Still the One" to be best friends with.

Murray Lynch


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