The world’s gone crazy Matilda!

This pandemic has the whole world going crazy.

There will be no fairs, Cherry Blossom Festival, parades, ball games, Memorial Day parade. Every thing has been shut down for the summer or how ever long it’s going to take to get a hold of this virus. It’s recommended that everyone should wear a mask but not mandatory. You don’t need to wear a mask if you’re driving or you are home. A lot of people I see don’t wear the mask correctly. It should cover your mouth and nose.

Back in the ’60s I drove a ’49 Plymouth all the way from Washington, Pennsylvania to Barberton with no brakes. They didn’t have a highway back then so I had to drive on two lane roads. The Plymouth had three on tree so I never got too close to any car in front of me. When I went through little towns, I would down-shift and pull the emergency brake. It was like driving through hell! I had another time I drove with no brakes but I will write about it later.

Remember when they had fire alarm boxes on telephone poles? Kids would pull the alarm and fire trucks would come down the street with sirens blowing. To stop that they put some kind of ink on the button and it wouldn’t wash off. Any kids around had to show their fingers to the cops. That pretty much stopped the false alarms. Telephone booths, they were good to get in to get out of the rain. College students had contests to see who could get the most people in the booth. Whenever you would walk by one you always would check the coin return.

Old Sayings: rags to riches, it was pretty much rags for my family because there wasn’t any riches coming our way. Cat got your tongue, how could a cat get your tongue? Kick the bucket, how does this have anything to do with dying? Stomach tied in knots better head to the bathroom. Something smells fishy, somebody’s lying. Got the cat by the tail you better think twice about picking a cat up by it’s tail, especially my Matilda! Piece of cake, somethings pretty easy, cold feet, scared of doing something. The only time my feet got cold was when I was sitting in a tree stand deer hunting. Skipping rocks on a lake and seeing who could skip their rock the most times.

You know you don’t see many hot air balloons anymore. I went flying one time with Fred Muffet and his balloon was called Li’l Miss Muffet. I got stopped by a cop one time and he said “You drinking?” I said  “You buying?” We laughed and laughed. I had to call a friend for bail money.

Mom used to say, “Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.”

When ever I tell the kids they drive me crazy, they reply, “Yea and it’s a short drive Dad!”

In the old days people would have a rabbits foot on their key chain and said it for good luck. Didn’t do the rabbit much good.

 See ya!


  1. Frank Koby on June 6, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    With the Space-X launch it reminded me of the ‘thrill’ of venturing out at night to see if I could find the Echo-1 balloon. Some childhood games I remember. Flashlight Tag, one-catch-the-bunch, work-ups (a form of baseball).

  2. Anon on June 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I love reading your column Hodge. I remember so much of what you write about the good ole days. You sure bring back a lot of memories for me. I used to say a lot of those old sayings. Keep it up. You saying you drove your car from PA to Barberton with no brakes reminded me of a story my brother told me about one of his friends that only had reverse in his car so that’s how he would drive it. Even going down busy W. Market St in Warren, Ohio. Oh the good ole days. I wish I could go back there sometimes. Thank you for making me laugh and smile every week.

  3. James Ebert on May 31, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Hi Hodge, been awhile. Hope your ageing better than I, if i didn’t hurt all over when i awake i wouldn’t know I’m alive ! Jim.

  4. Scott H on May 31, 2020 at 8:39 am

    While reading these articles, I’m always wanting to put the information in each paragraph together with the others to try and find the story that is being relayed. And every time I finally realize that as long as I’m taking my medicine for ADHD, I can’t get on the same page as this guy.

    But, this was so funny I laughed out loud:

    “I got stopped by a cop one time and he said “You drinking?” I said “You buying?” We laughed and laughed. I had to call a friend for bail money.”

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