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Do you ever wish you could go back in time? Many shows and movies give their take on “time travel;” some popular ones including Heroes, Lost, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, Superman, and Terminator, just to name a few.

I hardly ever watch television, and growing up we had only the three main channels. However, since the new high-definition is going into effect, my parents have got a few more. A few nights ago I sat down with the parentals and caught an episode of Andy Griffith. Now for anyone who hasn’t seen this show, I would highly recommend it (and this is coming from the non-tv watcher, mind you).

Watching that episode got me to thinking. Times were so much simpler then. People weren’t running around like crazy, too busy for the important things. Although some people refer to it as a time truly “boring” and think back then those people “had no lives,” you think about it. They led more simple lives, yes, but they also had time for their families, friends, and believed in the kindness and goodness of mankind.

Now I realize it is impossible to “go back in time,” even though generations and generations have imagined and dreamed of it. But, what if… what if you could go back in time? Where would you go; what would you do?

I’ve put together a list of mine, and I’d love to know yours. =)size>

Rhi’s Top Three:

  • The 50’s in America.
    • the clothes.
    • the music.
    • the dancing.
    • the shows.
    • the diners.
  • The Renaissance Era
    • the music.
    • the art.
    • the reform.
    • the “rebirth.”
  • Right Here, Right Now
    • So I’m cheating. I’d love to go back and see the world through different eyes or in a different time, but then again if I did that I suppose I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have seen the same things, done the same things, met the same people. However, I wouldn’t have made a lot of the dumb decisions I’ve made, but I guess those decisions make me the person I am today just as much as all the good things I’ve done and experienced.

27 Responses to Take Me Back

  1. Alan says:

    Rhi- Thanks for stopping in at Laid Back Think Tank, and the kind comment about Balloon Release. YOu did see the 540 mile find tonight, right?
    So, you grew up with the old three channel TV too? Did your Dad have a remote control? Mine did, named Alan. Or worse, the dreaded command “Alan, go turn the antenna!”
    Alan

  2. judith ellis says:

    Lovely reflective piece and photo. Thanks, Rhi.

    Alan, your words made me smile.

  3. Merle says:

    Dear Rhi ~~ What an interesting post that I enjoyed reading. It brings to mind lots of thoughts of other times and place. However, I don’t think I would like to go back. The here and now is fine with me.
    Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed the post and jokes. Take care, Love, Merle.

  4. koala says:

    I’d love to live in 20’s & 30’s. Everything was just more beautiful. But then I would get stuck in WWII so it would be best to have a short and exiting life till 1939.

  5. Susanne49 says:

    In a certain age, there will be always a slight wish to take the time back a little bit, just for once …or twice… :)

    Great post and the picture is perfect, Rhi!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I will disconnect today and will be back a.s.a.p. hopefully having Wifi somewhere on the road. Stay with me and check back sometimes :)

    Susanne
    Sue’s Daily Photography

  6. Rhi says:

    Alan,
    I did catch the news about the 540 mile balloon find. Pretty cool. =)

    And that’s really funny that you were the remote. No one in my family actually watched that much television. They still don’t watch that much today, even though there are several more channels.

  7. the Faerykin says:

    I’m blessed to have seen The Andy Griffith Show on Malaysian TV some years back. I agree with you, those were good times, nice people, nice life. There are still people living like that though. It’s not all lost and gone. We can visit the little towns in the country. The people are nicer.

  8. Ugly Scott says:

    when i was a kid, andy griffith and pa ingels were sort of my make-believe fathers. i still quote them and say, “my dad said. . .” not as sad as it seems. thanks for following uglycousin, by the way. it is dormant at present. i post regularly at uglyscott.blogspot.com. would love for you to follow there.

  9. Indigo says:

    As for tv. not a huge fan. I do think the older shows were more creative and relied on great acting.

    As for the time travel question…
    I think you ended it with a great response. I’ve lived a pretty rough life…yet those experiences made me who I am today. I like me. I’m comfortable in my skin like never before. That’s a good place to be in life. (Hugs)Indigo

  10. Prince NaKi says:

    thanks for comments rhi, actually i have already my adsense but i dont know how to register the webmamster.

  11. Heather says:

    what a great list! i really love this idea– i should do it this week on my blog!

  12. Rhi

    Great fun! I loved to day dream about time travel…beginning very early on… Love this idea!

    I see Ugly Scott has found you. I like some of the things he has to say and I love the idea of
    the make believe fathers…what a smart kid he was.

    Alan you are a hoot!. Rhi almost made the Murfreesboro Nashville Balloon Release. I sure sure will
    spear head the next one.

    Very nice Post Rhi
    Love
    Linda

  13. Rhi says:

    Koala, I also thought about the 20’s and 30’s, but the whole World War II thing kinda made me change my mind on that one, too.

  14. Rhi says:

    Ugly Scott, thanks for coming by. I stopped following Ugly Cousin, but let me know when you start using it again. I also started following Ugly Scott. =)

  15. Rhi says:

    Faerykin, I agree with you, but I also disagree with you. I grew up in a small town. When I say small I don’t mean 14 or 15 thousand, I mean 600 people… where everyone knows everyone and everything that is going on. Things are slower here, and people are nicer (at least to those they know). However, the economy and changing times hit everyone, and here is no exception. It’s not all lost and gone, true, but people have been forced to go to bigger cities to find work and buy necessities. All that many people do at “home” is eat, sleep, and go to church. Things are definitely different from they were ‘back then.’

  16. Rhi says:

    Susanne, I hope you have an awesome trip and I look forward to hearing about it!

  17. steveroni says:

    Rhi, thank you for stopping in on my–well, ya could call it a ‘recovery’ blog.

    You have constructed a beautiful place on the ‘log world. At my age, I have lots farther to travel to “go back”. I remember (in bits and pieces the late thirties, to give you an idea…so the fifties I was a college student, played violin in Cincinnati Symphone Orchestra, and “had a life–I thought -grin.

    Are those hands on the keyboard your own? Like that picture!

    Again, maybe???

  18. Great topic, Rhi. As you know I like to dabble in history, so I’m always thinking about what things were like in the past. I have a lot of connections to the Victorian Era, specifically around 1860-1900. There were so many exciting things going on then in the U.S. The railway expansion opened up new places. Of course, I feel terrible about the treatment of the Native Americans during that time, though… However, for the common Joe it was a time of optimism as people could find a place for themselves on the frontier, and who knows where their fortunes (or possibly failures?) lay.

    I’m Irish, and am interested in medieval times there. Again, I wouldn’t want to face the hardships of those times, but it would be interesting to be a fly on the wall.

    I would also love to be back in the 70s for a while. I was born in 1976 and it feels so nostalgic to look at those photos from the time, the styles, etc. I like a lot of music from that time, too. It just feels like childhood to me and I wish I remembered it better.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

  19. Dear Rhi
    Your blog is wonderful! Congratulations!
    Cezar and I have visited USA in 2007(trip pictures you could see in http://www.adventures2007usa.blogspot.com) .
    People there are very kind and we do miss everything! We hope to visit USA again because it was a great trip and experience in my lifetime.
    Thanks for your kind visit in our blog.I`m glad that you liked it .
    God bless you
    Léia

  20. Peter says:

    I’m afraid there are som pros and cons for almost every priod, so I believe I would just as well take the “right here, right now” option, especially with the possibilites we have to look back to some of the past best moments, by books, films, museums…

  21. Rhi says:

    Steveroni,
    I’d love to hear more about life in the fifties! And I noticed you said your occupation was a violin player… I’d love to talk with you more about life as a musician.
    The hands on the piano in the picture at the top of my page are in fact my own.
    Thanks again for stopping by. =)

  22. Rhi says:

    Ezekiel, you were only born in 1976… I thought you were over 100. ;)
    I too am Irish, and am fascinated with medieval times there.
    The Victorian era is also a big interest of mine, too.
    Thanks so much for the comment, I always love hearing from you.

  23. Charli says:

    hi Rhi! Nice discussion you got going on here. Good topic….

    I was thinking about this for a little while…

    I think I’d maybe like to go back to some pivotal needless tragedy and try to prevent it with my knowledge from the future. (I know, I know – you aren’t supposed to change the past. But whatever.) Like maybe I could save MLK’s life? Or Marilyn Monroe’s?

  24. I though I was going to find a post about the recent peanut butter salmonella outbreak.
    But anyway….
    I think it is important to keep one foot grounded in the things that don’t change, regardless of the era you live in. Adapting to the times is good, but I think it works best when you don’t allow the latest craze to consume you.
    Your interest in classical music would be a perfect example.
    Time has a way of rolling over everything.

  25. Rhi says:

    Charli, I think that’s a great idea. But who knows what would happen if you did change the past. But I think saving Martin Luther King or even Marilyn Monroe for that matter would be a brilliant thing, if we could do it. Maybe Kennedy, too.

  26. Rhi says:

    Matthew, that’s really funny. Maybe I should try a post on the peanut butter outbreak, even though I’m SUPER allergic. =) I agree with you, it’s good to keep a foot grounded and not get consumed in each new fad. And time definitely does have a way of rolling over everything.

  27. Rob Roy says:

    Rhi, if I could turn back time…I wish I’m the one who wrote and composed the song “Happy Birthday”. Hehehe. Anyway, I love your blog!

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