I miss the 1980s Radio Shack

While building the bicycle generator, I wished I could find an electronics component store. I needed a couple parts, a diode and an inline Volt/Amp meter.  I checked the phone book for electronic parts and components and an older phone book had a few stores, but in the new phone book, the section no longer existed to be replaced by e-cigs.

The elusive diode…  After several phone calls and a store drop by, to no avail, I succumbed to ordering online.

In the video, I am feeling a sort of dread and disappointment that my generation will no longer see the brick and mortar specialized stores.  Instead, we must shop online exclusively for specialty items.   Ordering online for us means a minimum of a 4 day wait and that is with 2 day Amazon prime.  If the component is the wrong size, does not work as anticipated, or is made so cheaply it would be unwise to use it in the system, the return of another 4 days with another 4 day wait for the replacement could postpone a project over 8 days. Plus, the initial 4 day wait to begin with is a dozen days and don’t forget weekends.  I could have finished the bicycle generator in one day, if I could have purchased all the parts I needed at a localized store.  Gone are the days.

Gone are the days… The inline Volt/ Amp meter, I was surprised even my auto parts store didn’t have this one.

What does this mean for our society? Patience is a virtue? Or, progress is only as fast as the postal service.  Perhaps, with the death of these corporations a new demand will inspire people to start their own brick and mortar businesses to replace them, and the cycle will begin once again.  We can only hope.  I wonder if I could start a successful electronics store.

What is happening to our students?

As a teacher of 17 years, student apathy seems to be increasing, and can eventually make any sane and helpful teacher go a little crazy.

I remembered this scene when I was in middle school and back then, I never even considered becoming a teacher. When I was in college, I discovered a zen approach to teaching, and I was the student as well as the master.

However, a few apathetic students have voiced on assignments and in class discussions that they could care less about our Constitution or our Bill of Rights.


I am a deeply concerned where this country is heading with a growing population that could care less about protecting their freedom of religion, speech, press (if we still had it), peacefully assemble, petition the government, the right to bear arms and protect yourself from those who wish to do you harm, the right to property, the right to protect yourself from false arrest or intimidation, the right to a warrant, the right to a jury of our peers, the right to a lawyer, the right to speedy trial the right to reasonable treatment by police, the right to reasonable bail, the right to rights not covered by law from local government to the federal government, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the right to vote, and my personal favorite, the right to more rights not listed in this said Constitution of ours.

Under Fair Use, this 5- 10 second clip was developed into a simple parody of comparing American Government teachers and the lack of student care or concern over their Constitutional Rights as citizens of the United States.

I have also altered the clip to embellish the level of frustration a teacher may feel over student apathy over their constitutional rights.

I have not seen “Back to School” 1986, staring Rodney Dangerfield since the late 80’s, but after all these years, I still remember the character struggle and plot, which by far surpasses “Billy Madison” which seemed to try borrow from it. This video will not be monetized, but by all means rent the movie “Back to School” and relive the 80’s once again.  The Rodney Dangerfield diving scene is unreal.

Don’t think it is all bad. Many of my students still care about their country and rights. I have a few students who even carry their pocket Constitution I gave them. However, there are those few moments in which I feel like this.

If you can appreciate an old teacher’s sense of humor, then you’ll enjoy this.