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Simple Life Then Internet EBAY and Facebook February 26, 2010

I lived a simple life until Internet came along. I was born on November 4, 1948 in Monroe Louisiana in Ouachita Parish. Harry Truman was our President.  That makes me a baby boomer. 1948 was a unique year full of events and facts. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in India. The state of Israel was created and admitted over 200,000 European war refugees. This fulfilled a Bible prophesy because God brought his chosen people home from wondering. Cortisone was introduced as an arthritis treatment. Cortisone has helped me cope with numerous football and life injuries. Babe Ruth died in 1948, I wish I had been around to see him play. Citation won the Triple Crown, Preakness, Belmont, and the Kentucky Derby. Click here for an exciting video of Citation.

In 1948 the average American worker earned $2,950 a year. You could buy a new house for $7,900. The average price of a previously owned house was $1,751. You could buy a new car for $1,250. Gasoline was 16 cents a gallon. A loaf of bread costs 14 cents. A hamburger costs 45 cents. You could go to a movie for 60 cents. Boy how things have changed.

I grew up and lived a simple life until 1998. I wrote a novel about my childhood. The novel Blue Bayou Days, the Summer of 61 is an inspiring story of hope filled with family, baseball, and living the simple life full of hunting and fishing. Here is a sample chapter about fishing for relaxation. Dizzy Dean, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, John Kennedy, and Elvis paid Skeeter a visit on Blue Bayou. I lived the simple life right up to the summer of 1998 when I suffered a back injury that laid me up for a month and changed my life forever.

In 1998 I had a steady day job as an inspector and smoke school provider for Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). I was building a barbed wire fence to keep some cows out of my air quality sampling site. I was toting a shoulder full of wooden fence posts and fell on a wet wooden bridge and landed hard on my rear end. I suffered a budging disc and sciatic nerve damage, which still bothers me today- a thorn in my side. For a month I could not stand up, or walk. I crawled on the floor and discovered my wife’s computer and the internet. Nothing has been the same.

I had always wanted to be a celebrity and make people laugh. Laughter is the best medicine after all. I started out telling my stories in chat rooms with friends from all over the world. Then I started selling junk and antiques on EBAY from my mother’s second hand store NU-TA-U in Clarks Louisiana. I started writing web pages to tell my stories, and I wrote my novel.

Then in September 2001 I decided to retire from my day job and take a mustard seed leap of faith by starting a small business called Whitlow Enterprises Smoke School. I would have never dreamed of conducting business nationwide without the help of Jesus, the internet, Google Maps, and GPS to get me there. Thanks to Jesus and all of you, it is working and I am loving it.

 

My newest method of killing time and having fun is Facebook. My lovely wife Angela and I are having a great time on Facebook. We have rekindled old friendships and made new friends on Facebook. Sometimes we get on together from our laptops at the kitchen table and put on a great show. We love to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine after all. Come see us on Facebook. George Whitlow and beautiful wife Angela Funk Whitlow. When you add us as friends please mention this story.

I live a simple life by George Whitlow

Video Randy Skaggs Simple Life

Lyrics To Randy Skaggs Simple Life

(Mac McAnally)

Simple life is the life for me
A man and a wife and a family
And the Lord up above who knows I'm tryin'
To live a simple life in a difficult time.

I used to sit around fussin' at the phone all day
Windin' up alone and it'd make me say
Never again will I be that way
Never again will I be that way.

'Cause a simple life is the life for me
A man and a wife and a family
The Lord up above he knows I'm tryin'
To live a simple life in a difficult time.

--- Instrumental ---

Well, I work six days and I rest for one
'Cause the ol' rat race ain't never been won
And I sit back and I watch 'em run
I kick on back and I watch 'em run.

'Cause the simple life is the life for me
A man and a wife and a family
The Lord up above who knows I'm tryin'
To live a simple life in a difficult time.

Simple life in a difficult time.

--- Instrumental ---

The simple life is the life for me
A man and a wife and a family
And the Lord up above who knows I'm tryin'
To live a simple life in a difficult time.

The simple life is the life for me
A man and a wife and a family
And the Lord up above who knows I'm tryin'.
To live a simple life in a difficult time.

The simple life is the life for me
A steak and a knife and a glass of tea
The Lord up above he knows I'm tryin'
To live a simple life in a difficult time...

It ain't over until the fat cat sings

 

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