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High Jinx

Updated on June 21, 2015



Definitions of HIGH JINKS:

noun Informal.

playful, often noisy and rowdy activity, often involving mischievous pranks.

: jollification : merrymaking : conviviality.

: a noisy celebration : a merry festivity.

: revelry : fondness for feasting and good company.

: sociability : merriment.

: boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on.

: carefree antics or horseplay.

: noisy and mischievous merrymaking : unrestrained fun.

Just check the gloom and

Park long faces at the door!

Come in here and share in

Some silliness galore.

Won't pretend a valid point

Or notable organization.

Just felt like not acting my age today . . .

Or acting it.. . . depends on orientation.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

Aside: The girl in her 20s and a teenage guy stop in front of my house. I'm out there admiring the new gutters I had installed.

The two get out of their car, walk toward me while asking if I live here. (No, I'm the gardener. Duh.) Young woman says her iPhone locator directed her here when her lost phone was pinpointed as being at this address.

Then she mumbles that I wouldn't know what an iPhone is. :-) I smile indulgently and assure I do know, that I have one, but that there is no other iPhone located here. She mumbles further that iCloud . . . (explaining it, waving her hands above her head, as "something in the air", valiantly attempting to be understood by a senior person) . . . has informed her that her phone has been located here. When I mention I have that APP on my phone, too, she looks stunned, as though she's been whisked off into some mysterious video game from which she'll have to extricate herself and her friend.

She persists, though - so eager is she for me to fathom her quandary and confirm that iCloud was right and that her phone, indeed, somehow is here, unlikely as it seems. Not merely unlikely, I think: It isn't here.

Instead I say, since I'd just had workers here installing gutters, perhaps the gutter company, whose name I mention, can offer a clue or at the least, a starting place for further investigation. She perks up, happy for this information and off they drive.

I hope she speaks Spanish.

Amusing to think I am so quickly to be classified technologically illiterate, apparently solely on the basis of silver hair, 'cause - golly, gee! I'm spry as a nanny goat.

I know my iCloud from my eMail and all that newfangled stuff!

Amused . . .

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."___H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Red-eyed-treefrog | Source
Jiminy Cricket
Jiminy Cricket | Source

Crickets and treefrogs

In forests and swampbogs

Make noises

To fill the night air.

Such a boisterous crew,

Those mannerless two,

Know only

To chirp and to croak.

We have it together

Needn't wait for the weather.

We'll do well

With all our designs.

Some grind out their tomes,

While we write it in poems,


With lyrical lines.

There once was a talented pelican

Who be-bopped as well as Nellie can.

From bottom to top

They'd shake till they'd drop

And wriggle just the way jelly can.

They'd shimmer and shake it;

They'd sample and take it;

They always could make it

Do anything as well as

Tom Selleck can!

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

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Our fans, they're profuse,

Our critics, obtuse

Finding us,

They listen and stare.

'What a discord', shouts he.

'Awful reward', chimes she.

'They're gaudy!'

'They're much too baroque!'

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


An evening soiree for songbirds,

The music exquisitely rings.

Afternoon tea-party for squirrels

With petit-fours and things.

Pixies and white knights

A hum of honey bees

Populating dreams

Made of green cheese.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

We all need a moment to just be silly. Thanks for joining me in mine!


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      Nellieanna Hay 2 years ago from TEXAS

      How pleased I am to see you visiting my hub, John! I have many 'high jinx' moments in my days and can find myself laughing out loud at some funny small thing in nature, on the media or from my own inner silliness and fun. It's hereditary, I think. My mother saw humor all around and loved to get into it. Dad was more serious but there was nothing to compare with his BIG, HEARTY LAUGH.

      Yes, that story points up the stereotyping that occurs -- which, of course, can work both directions. Some characteristics may apply in general to various groups and types of people, but each person is unique and often, the entire group changes with the times. Anyone thinking that one falls off the horse at a certain age, never to return to the race, is in for surprises! haha.

      I try to not be paranoid, but I do consider possibilities for scammers and other undesirable types. This girl was so absorbed in her own situation to have much left for other things, but, then, that's the type of distraction a professional crook might try to use, isn't it? The increase in criminal activities, even in the quietest of neighborhoods puts one on alert.

      I've so many hubs, it's no surprise that followers may not discover some for awhile! No problem! I'm rather less active myself lately on HP. I have so many family, grands and great-grands on Facebook and it's a constant way to keep up with them, and even there, I'm not always constant. But I'm "in here", for sure. I love my hub buddies.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nellieanna, I simply loved the frivolity and silliness of this hub and the poems within. Love the limerick about the pelican. High Jinx is the perfect title.

      The little story about the young couple who approached you searching for the girl's iPhone shows how quick to judge the young are that we older folk are not technology savvy...wrong, wrong, wrong. I thought for a moment they may have been scammers trying to access your property, but luckily not.

      I loved this gem, sorry it took me so long to find it. We all need to be silly at times and laugh at life.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Vellur! What better compliment than a return visit! Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Came back to read again and enjoyed reading. Love your poems!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS


      Thank you, Patrick, for visiting my hub and a delightfully cryptic comment. Made me smile!

      I peeked at your hub, so I know why you might have enjoyed this one! You're good at humor, a talent with which I'm not primarily endowed, but I love good humor, too!

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I enjoyed this here hub. Thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      tee hee . . . .

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      I guess you are. tee hee :p

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I believe you're right! Hugs !

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Yes, responding to comments via the HP "my accounts" page is much easier. I don't check anything to follow, I think it does it automatically, but it does remind me to check back with some I've visited. Thanks for your kind comments. :) BTW, no need to respond to this unless you are OCD about it. haha! Otherwise, we'd be going round and round in circles here on HP with responses. :p

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      AW - you know me better than that! I'm the epitome of diplomacy and the milk of kindness. hehehehe

      By the way - it's still thoughtful of you to check back for replies to your comments, however you're reminded that there may be one.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I don't check the box on comments to 'follow' them. I figure one is notified every time anyone posts a comment on the thread, not just one's own. Instead, I routinely click "My Activities" on my profile page which lists everywhere I've visited and how long ago. From that list I'm reminded where I've been and commented & can just click the links it shows, in order to go to it and see if there's been a reply to my comment. The only notifications of new comments I get automatically are those to my own hubs, though. I check for those on "My Accounts" under "Comments". I don't have every comment notified via email. First of all, they're not very timely and one has to go back and forth between iemail and HP to take care of them. I get no notification of my comments on others or my replies to comments on mine.

      haha - yeah - appropriate giggle for High Jinx! Good one!

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Oh my! I clicked to come back here because of of my email. I really should not try to respond without my contacts in, I suppose. I can only imagine what you would say in response, considering I just gave you a hard time about entering one comment so many times! Hugs to you. :p

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Actually, maybe it is because once I comments on t a hub it automatically has me follow the comments on it, but I get notifications whenever someone has commented on mine or any other that I have commented on myself. I rarely, if any time, uncheck to follow it for the reason of being able to respond again if need be.

      Oh, and I figured that you did that on accident somehow or a glitch did it, but I couldn't pass up the comment, especially on a hub called "High Jinx!"

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Actually, I only entered it once! But thank you for letting me know it copied those other times, so I can tidy it up.

      I'd actually posted my last reply to you days ago! I'd saved it to the backup copy I keep updated with all the comments to and from me. It included the heading from when it was first posted, though of course it shows how long ago it was saved, like '2 minutes ago' which doesn't change on the copy. The actual number of days it's been there accumulates on the actual comment thread after that, but it wasn't on the actual thread somehow. Anyway, when I was notified of the other comment and came to reply to it, I saw my last one to you wasn't on the thread, so I put it back on it, minus things that were timely then but not now.

      I'm really glad you came by now! If you came and didn't see my reply, you might have given up on one !! I don't believe I've ever failed to reply to a comment on my hubs, usually pretty quickly unless I'm really tied up elsewhere, so you can know it's a glitch if you don't see one fairly soon. I'm notified of the replies to those, too, so I know when they're posted. I usually try to check & reply to replies to my comments on others' hubs, though they're not notified. One has to initiate checking them to see if there's a reply. I see that you do that, as well. It's thoughtful and I appreciate it.


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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      You just entered that next message something like six times and you're worried about bandwidth?? Haha

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vellur, Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the vote!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh - Shan - (big silly guilty grins!) blblblblbl. . .

      Yeah, I knew that. At this rate, we'll be able to read each others' minds! haha. Think of the bandwidih that would save! hahahaha!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome, enjoyed reading. Voted up.

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Used the "rolls" on purpose, that is. But now that I think about probably made me laugh on purpose, too. ;)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      (big grins)

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Hahahaha! You just made me laugh out loud. I had absolutely no doubt that you did it on purpose! And, yes, I do take about as much as I give. I am an easy target, provided it is in fun.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Jo! Glad to see you here! Obviously we share in a sense of silliness which can be found in so many of life's otherwise neutral, dull or distressing situations! :-)

      No telling whether the couple gleaned anything from it. I suspect she was so worried about losing her cellphone, she was oblivious to anything else. But oblivion, in my humble opinion, is one of the main culprits in the the present state of our society. People are oblivious of everyone and everything else but their narrow focus, which often seems to be getting short-shrift, as well! Fortunately there are many who are alert and aware, though - so there is still hope!

      Thank you for the delightful comments and visit!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Shan! haha. If you notice, in my whole account of the Corsicana cop, I deliberately chose the present tense for my own participation in it, starting with "I rolls" (perhaps it would be more correct to have said "I roll or I am rolling" but not as funny! 'Rolls' is the present tense for some of the third person subject pronouns, not first the person. Part of its subtle humor. wink) . To carry off this silliness, I used past tense for his. actions. - Just one of my weird attempts at humor, probably, but not an accidental slip of proper grammar as it might appear. It was quite an effort to be consistent in that chosen silly thang, btw. hehe. It's tough being one's own humor writer, with negligible qualifications!)

      Had you gone ahead & joshed me about it, giving me a hard time, I'd have smiled & turned it on you! hehe. One of my dearest hub friends & I banter about each others' grammar all the time, though we're both a bit pedantic about correct usage. It's not so all-fired sacred that it can't bring a smile.

      I don't at all mind being joshed & can give as well as I can take - if it's in good humor & in good spirit! If not, I'd refrain from honoring it with attention it doesn't deserve and let it 'hang in the air' on its own hot air.

      I hadn't seen the one abut his airplane hitting the reindeer! How hilarious. But she had a point! tee hee

      Yes, age is just a number, actually. The person is what matters. It's sad if people let their selves be undermined by the passage of years & life's vicissitudes, yet it does happen, sometimes beyond their control - at least when it happens. I tend to believe that all we do and are are accumulations of what we'd done and been, though. Fortunately life provides ample opportunities to switch some of those results. It might be called 'seeing the light' or any number of epiphany-like experiences (secular or otherwise), but they happen and are usually to the good. Possibly everyone has gone through such experience at some time of life, whether younger or older.

      I didn't actually say (No, I'm the gardener. Duh.) I'm good at sarcasm but seldom use it, especially if there's no real reason to do so, either in a case of good-natured bantering or when someone has truly been offensive, especially involving others who are sensitive to the offense. Neither applied but it fit her remark & I did think it!

      My main - (and only, come to think of it) - experience with/at Athens, Texas was when I bought a spot at their Black-Eyed Pea festival in 1982 to boost my new recruit's Mary Kay business. I went all out & bought an outdoor carpet to cover the concrete, set up a picnic table with umbrella & made gorgeous product displays. Results were only so-so. She was from Blooming Grove & may have gotten a lead or two, as I'd hoped. It seemed that there was an aura of indifference among the folks who came by. Who knows why. Maybe I overdid it. ;-) Wouldn't be the first or only time! What can I say? It's just moi.

      Certainly humor is woven into all human experiences. I find myself sitting here laughing all by myself so hard that the neighbors may wonder what is going on. When I hear or think something funny, it's my natural response. My mother's favorite adage was "Laugh and the world laughs with you; cry and you cry alone." She had a great sense of humor, as did Dad. When he read something tickled his funny bone, he'd call for Mother to share it, saying "Elcy, come here - this is rich".

      I've read that Jesus used humor - irony, especially - in his teachings to drive home his point. Awareness of that explains some of the things attributed to him.

      Some, in fact, a lot of humor - is really based on underlying cruelty, though, making fun of & discrediting people & things, at their expense.

      How good and what a relief, though, is a good grin and ability to see the funny side of things, which is almost always there! It can be a real life-saver from gloom and burdens of life.

      I find your attitudes about life refreshing and also wise. I'm glad we are getting to know each other better!

      Thank you for your comments and revisit to my hub.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This type of silliness I love!....these are just too charming for words, you had me smiling all the way through.

      Your conversation with the couple needing a lesson in ageism; simply priceless. Ageism, like racism needs to be faced head on, but humour works well also :). This was delightful.

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      Yes, those are fun jokes. They remind me somewhat of my own sarcasm (usually reserved for friends that can take a joke). I get myself into trouble with my humor sometimes. For instance, if I knew you a bit better I would give you a hard time for saying "I rolls." ;) As for one of my favorite ones by him. . . the one where he talks about his airplane hitting a reindeer and his wife going, "Oh my God! Were you on the ground?"

      I know that you are primarily equating your story with stereotypes and generational gaps, but that is what immediately came to my mind. Then again, age is just a number to me. I am attracted to friends for their personalities. Your story reminded me of Bill Engvall because you made the comment about being the gardener when she asked if you lived there. Glad you found my story amusing.

      I do not know where Blooming Grove is, though I have been to and through quite a few towns in Texas from my days installing satellite systems. One time, we stopped in Athens to pawn a tool because we had no money for gas and needed to get back to Denison. The guy at the counter told us he couldn't do it for whatever his reason was, and I whispered something like "man, now we're stuck in Athens" to my husband. Wouldn't you know the guy behind the counter then proceeds to throw us out because he swore up and down I cussed at him! Guess that's what he gets for eavesdropping on a conversation not directed at him.

      I've found that humor can be found in almost any situation. I am often caught grinning about things someone else said or because I found humor in something no one else has. It is just in my nature to look for a grin, I guess. Life is too amusing to let it keep me down long. And that is just one of the reasons you have proven to be someone I would like to get to know better.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      haha, Shan! I confess I didn't know Bill Engvall till now, so thank you for pointing him out. I've just been visiting & laughing at some of his "Here's Your Sign" jokes. Funny man! I'm crazy about the one about how men are 'basic' while women are 'detail-oriented'! A classic!

      Not too sure which, why or how my iPhone story reminds you of his humor, but guess it's the overall tone? Anyway, - you've created a new fan for him. I'll be looking into more of his stuff.

      I honestly felt more amusement than anything at that girl, along with sympathy for loss of her phone. That had to be a bummer. But my amusement WAS sort of sarcastic or ironic amusement, I think. I know of too many instances of such idiotic misjudgment by people on the basis of stereotyping and/or limited personal experience with a type or group of folks they've targeted.

      It makes THEM look like fools or discernment-poor people, though, which might in a way be an example of hasty judgment of THEM, except that it's based on what they're actually demonstrating themselves to be right then, not on my expectations. I tend to give benefit of doubt & to withhold judgment if I don't actually know about folks, though I'm aware of what they show of themselves & note it, still hoping it's a lapse & incidental.

      I don't automatically see young folks and assume they've stereotyped impressions of older folks. I know many young folks who are open minded to the reality and the person(s) standing before them, and/or who suspend judgment if they can't really make conclusions in the situation, as that one did.

      She had no way of knowing me or what I do or don't know, but her own response demonstrated that she assumed I was technologically illiterate because she could see I wasn't young. Maybe it was motivated by kindness, but it's not too different from being treated as somehow inept because one is a woman or any other stereotyping. The kind motivation may serve the one misjudging but does little for the one being misjudged!

      I also know that all young people aren't equally technologically literate! Some of them have decidedly warped and lacking understanding, but I'd have to know them to know whether or not they were. I couldn't know by seeing their attire or youthful looks. If they're working behind the "Genius Bar" at the Apple store, though, I tend to accept that they know a lot and so far, they've proven to! :-)

      I sort of pitied this girl. She didn't earn my respect but didn't really earn my disdain enough to put her down, especially when one other thing I did know about her was that she'd lost her phone & was disappointed that it wasn't here at my address as her tracking app had induced. . . . I'd have thought that if any of the workmen that had installed my gutters had found it and carried it off when they cleared out, her app would've informed her of that, though. So I don't know about the app! hehe

      The story of it just tumbled out in this hub. It was amusing, so I though maybe others here would relate to it. Seems a lot do!! Many of us have first-hand experience with elder-stereotyping on this and other matters (such as that we're all humorless & sexless after a certain age! hahaha! - We have to have ability to laugh & smile - - - !)

      I do LOVE your story about the cop pulling over your dad for speeding & questioning you! THAT IS funny & Bill Engvallish! hehe. Could be made into a very amusing hub!

      I've had a different experience with a cop. I'd visited my sister in Blooming Grove (know where that is? If so, you're an official Texan!!) Coming back to Dallas at dusk, and choosing to go through Corsicana instead of Hillsboro, I got turned around and stopped somewhere to try to get my bearings. Before GPS or iPhones. All I had was a paper map of Texas, and I'm a pretty good navigator if I have some landmarks.)

      The cop pulls up behind me with his red lights flashing. I rolls down the window and with the most innocent (it was innocent! I really thought he'd rescued me! ) voice & expression, says "OH, did you come to help me?) He looked a little taken aback but said, no, that my license plate light was out and that it's an offense.

      I apologizes and asks if there's any place open where I can immediately have it fixed. He admitted that there wasn't, that everything was closed. (They roll up the sidewalks as soon as the sun started to dip behind the horizon!) He told me to have it fixed right away the next day, pointed me toward the right direction and bade me a safe journey home with merely a warning. Ever after that, if I'm ever stopped for anything by the law, I assume they've come to help me. Often they have! (grin)

      Thank you for the fun comment!!

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      shanmarie 5 years ago

      How amusing! Your iPhone story reminds me of Bill Engvall's "Here's Your Sign" jokes. How on earth did you keep from making a sarcastic comment to her? Sometimes it is hard to hold back a comment.

      And saying that brings to mind an incident in which I was traveling from IL to TX with my parents. I was driving the car behind my speeding dad, who got pulled over for speeding through a construction zone. I decide to just pull over behind him and wait to resume the journey rather than try to have him find me on down the road. The cop walks up to me and asks, "Are you following him, I assume?" I wanted to tell the man, "No. I just thought that while you're at it, you might as well give me a ticket too!"

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      I had such fun with this one! Your version of the run-in over the iPhone is funnier. haha

      I put that story in the hub just for fun and had no idea it would be so entertaining. I guess we've all had experiences with whippersnappers who assume we're all old fogies who don't know the difference between an app and a postcard! haha. It was an interesting experience and I just laughed about it the rest of the evening! Poor kid. Maybe she was so unstrung about losing her iPhone, she couldn't think straight. (Maybe she couldn't think straight was why she lost it too!) haha

      Thank for the comment, Dream On. Now I'm laughing over the incident all over again.

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      Once again you put your good humor and gift of writing to the test.I would of pulled out my iphone and said I have a joke app. on my phone that I can play for you.That makes you funnier than you already are.Then laugh and say where are you going ? I want to put your address on my app. so I can pull up my car and ask you questions and talk and not give you enough time to check your iphone for the answer as I drive off.They have met a woman who gives life zest.To me your simply sweet.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe, Vincent. It was a fun hub. I have a keen sense of humor, which isn't always featured in my writing. I guess writing for me has been grounded in more serious matters and deeper self-expression over my lifetime, whereas amusement for me has been expressed verbally in immediate present company where it's shared!

      I do love the ability of words and phrases to communicate the various feelings and ideas one has, though, from the spooky and gloomy through the serious, silly and the sublime!

      That bit about the youngsters and the iPhone entered into the hub rather spontaneously, but it set a mood for it, didn't it? haha.

      It was Raggedy Ann, though I chose to make my costume in green & white, instead of the traditional red, white and blue which the Raggedy couple usually wear! I hadn't thought of the similarity to Ronald McDonald, but now that you mention it. . . . haha. And lacking the red and blue, an easy possibility! It was at a Halloween party in the mid 70s, during my party-days. As you can see, they were on the tame side! haha. I was just fully emerging from my confined, almost monastic life of my terrible marriage. My husband then was fun-loving and outgoing. I made him a matching Raggedy Andy costume, btw.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Now that was funny. I expect that the younger folk think that us seniors have no talent at all and lost when it comes to technology. Well it appears a few of us can give them a run for their money with our knowledge. LoL I loved all your silliness and I laughed through it all, love the videos and the picture of you as a raggety ann doll or is it a Ronald McDonald, either one suits the pose. You are such a riot my friend, loved your work and letting your hair down sorta a speak. The Iphone is a seniors toy too. LoL

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Jennifer - thank you - for the visit, smiles and votes. I am having a most pleasant weekend. It's clear and reaching 83F this afternoon! Won't last all week but it's really lovely now.

      I just visited your site and read your spiders hub. Wow. What an experience!

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      Jennifer Stone 5 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Thank you, that was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish! And now I'm smiling... lots! :-D Votes and all sorts coming your way, I hope you're having a great weekend, all the best, Jen

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Susan - haha - I can picture that scene at the bank. It's so transparent that they don't even realize what they're implying! They just accept that there is some invisible line beyond which people's minds stop and deteriorate, I guess.

      I love going to the Apple Store for coaching for my Mac and iPhone, though. Those kid-geniuses are bright enough to recognize one's actual level of understanding & expertise, and to tailor their help accordingly. They're not condescending toward any level, actually. I so admire them. Must be built into their training. If anything, they can even be a little intimidated where appropriate, especially if one has been using computers and the net since before they were born! (though relatively new to Mac)

      Thanks for your great comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Wayne - haha - that the current crop of whiz-kids miss the 'in-between' startup and end-up is so precise, as is that therefore they shouldn't be permitted to pilot or navigate airplanes, -- at least unless the planes are preset on autopilot - or just drones too! I love it.

      Thank you for the lovely compliment. I realize that generational gaps have been in force since the cave kids thought they could bag wild beasts better or paint cave walls better, but what these kids don't notice is that we all have the same opportunity to take advantage of the same advances now and we're healthy enough to do so if we choose! The pecking order no longer depends on the oldsters losing touch. Of course, they do have more opportunities in some areas but at the price of some others. They don't realize what they're up 'gainst. hehe

      Actually I wish them the very best. They ARE the future, heaven forbid. But there are enough of them with smarts (and I've met many of them!) to carry the oblivious ones, I hope.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Genna. I can't imagine you losing patience, though I responded very naturally, myself, with a bit of sarcasm, which I use very judiciously. And I confess that I'd have been more impressed with her smarts, had she noticed! I didn't get an inkling that it even penetrated. As you say - her mind was in 'the cloud'& my image in it was so set, nothing was apt to dilute it! I was more appalled than offended by her attitude. But, then, I know me; she didn't & couldn't. Just goes to support that folks need to withhold stereotyping and give others 'benefit of the doubt'',when in doubt, which is usually - unless they're Judge Judy! haha

      I felt that telling the story was adequate to air my response to it, even if i was a little tacky. I'm not above it. hehe.

      And if it gave you some comic relief to a jungle of a work week, I'm vindicated! :-)

      Hugs, my dear friend.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a wonderful and delightful hub to start out my day with. Had to laugh through your iPhone story as something similar happened to me one day when I was opening up a new bank account. The young whipper snapper that was helping me ( a friend of my sons) and when my iPhone bleeped that I had a new text, said to me .... Oh I'm surprised you have an iPhone. Kids! Augh!

      Loved all of your poems here.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Welcome here, Valorie! I'm very pleased that you're following me too. Thank you!

      I enjoyed making this hub. Thank you for the kind words about it!

      My best friend is named Valorie, by the way. Such a lovely name.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      Even when you are just being silly your depth of talent is just all over the page. I really enjoyed all your word contrasts here used just in fun. I especially got a kick out of the i-Phone story and the apparent generational gap. I have often said that our educated minds of the day only understand "initiating the process and getting the result" and that is the very reason they should never be allowed to either pilot or navigate airplanes. Thanks much for sharing, Nellieanna! ~WB

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The IPhone and the ICloud. Lol. Oh, Nell, I would have been grinning like a Cheshire cat, conjuring up the words in my mind to respond to her presumptuous and condescending "naiveté" with, I am ashamed to say, less patience than you displayed. Then again, giving voice to my thoughts would have depended on my mood and the speed with which I wanted her to depart. The only thing in ‘the Cloud’ was her mind. (Your delightful telling of this tale still has me laughing. Perhaps this is response enough.)

      What a wonderfully clever collection, confection, and perception. This is pure delight for all the senses.

      It’s been a jungle of a week at work, and reading this has been an enriching tonic for the mind, heart and funny bone. I am reinvigorated with smiles and a lightened spirit. Thank you, dear Nellieanna. Voted up ++ and sharing. :-)

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      Valorie Esquilona 5 years ago from Philippines

      Love it, Ms. Hay! It's awesome and fun! Thanks for sharing.. glad to be following you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Laurie! I thought the girl looked like "high jinks" . :-)

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thank you for following me and leaving me a lovely fan mail!

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      Rayne123 5 years ago

      beautiful words and fun poem

      I love the picture of the girl


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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Colin - I wish I could send you some of the weather we're having for this week. It's supposed to get up to 85F before it cools back a bit! But it's warm in your heart, I'm sure of that!

      I'm certainly honored that the head of the head mischief makers at the Hub approves of my effort at a little mischief making of my own! hehe!


      Thank you for your appreciation of my presentation, especially. Hugs to you and your precious kitties. And I'm sending you Spring wishes!!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Good morning Miss N and I just arrived home from work at 6:09am and now you have the Epi-man all excited with a title like this. Sounds like epi-man territory to me - considering I am one of the head mischief makers here at the Hub , lol.

      As always your words are impeccable and delightful and your presentation is just simply world class.

      Sending warm wishes from Colin and his cats on a very cold and raw morning here by the lake - more like January again and that's not good for a Canadian begging for spring .

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, dear Kathi. Thank you for your great comments. - You mention very valid points It's truly individual, who is into technology and who is not.

      My very sophisticated friend, Val, - in her mid-80s, and her husband a little older, -- have no newfangled technological things. They've never updated to play vinyl records! To me, this was such a pity, since they're both very sophisticated concerning music and he was a professional Industrial Engineer who muist have used calculators. But their life is almost totally technology-free. She did obtain a few tapes to play in the car tape player and when she got a new car with a CD player, she obtained a few CDs to play in it. But their home has no kind of stereo or player for any music & definitely has no computer. She has a basic cell phone for safety, though she forgets to take it with her. Out of necessity they updated their analog TV to a digital model & got U-Verse for it. He's now totally 'out of it' and she doesn't know how to record anything on the U-verse DVD. They have no other type DVD. She's just not into technology. And it's probably best, since her husband falls for snail mail & telephone scams; - no telling what would happen online.

      My only real point of mentioning it was the prevalence of jumping to conclusions on bases which don't relate to the conclusions, not that we all don't do it at times. It's similar to saying the black chicken laid a brown egg; therefore all brown eggs come from black chickens; - except that at least in that illustration, there is something relating the elements: chickens and eggs. Technological knowledge and age, color of eyes, or height have no such remote connections. haha. I'm not counting on having made any impression on the young lady whatsoever. Seemed a lack of curiosity or comprehension in her responses. Oblivion. :-)

      Thanks for the lovely visit!

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Delightful Nellieanna, my parents, in their 80's, have all the new fangled tech stuff and have many friends that do as well. There are those of their generation, though, that refuse to learn the computer let alone the iphones. Where I live in Michigan its usually the ones living in the outskirts and farm communities. Nevertheless, the young lady was naive to assume and stereotype, but not anymore after running into you . . . lol. Take care, Kathi

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hahaha, Christopher. Isn't it fun to be silly? Kids do have language all their own - they don't even have to 'catch' silliness - they invent it!

      We do have Jello here, of course; - but we have jelly, too. I've even made many a jar of jelly from fruit. So we could chant it either way! haha! Does it have any musical notes or is it only a spoken chant? You should record and share i!! :-)

      Thank you for your delightful comment!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Here is one for you Nellieanna. We used to chant it when we were kids.

      "Mrs Kelly broke her belly

      sliding on a lump of jelly".

      Being an American, you would probably say.

      "Mrs Kello broke her bello

      sliding on a lump of jello".

      Looks like being silly is contagious and knows no national or age barriers.

      Thanks for a very entertaining hub.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      James what a lovely comment, my friend. I am a born poet of my own milieu - who isn't, if we know who we are and what we have to say?

      Thank you for such a perceptive comment! I do feel I'm a born poet with a milieu of my own.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Debbie - OH! How distressing that you t tried to comment and it somehow didn't appear. I can't imagine what might have happened, but am pleased that it didn't discourage you from returning and trying again! Hugs, love and thank you! Such things surpass ordinary stuff!

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Ma' am this is a wonderful collection of poems and stories.Thanks so much for this perspective.I wont be exaggerating if I say you are a born poet ,who knows her milieu and describe it with vivid,loving precision.

      Have nice day,


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I tried to comment the other day.. but it doesn't show.. any way.. I LOVE THIS!!! Ms nellieanna.. another wonderful poem my friend..

      blessings to you.... you awesome lady



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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi Marlene - haha - well, I doubt if it had any effect, but I hope if it did, it was maybe to feel a little sheepish, not totally dumb. If nothing else, she was probably too preoccupied to think about me one way or the other, once she found out I couldn't hand her the lost iPhone! Poor thing. I hope she finally located it, but it's doubtful. The gutter company is based over in Ft. Worth, a fact she didn't pursue. I'd have given her more information if she hadn't been so set on her own course. I'd probably have offered to let her use my iPhone to call ahead and ask! ;-] But she took off so quickly. Maybe she doubted I could provide even those helpful facts & acts. Maybe she didn't get that I knew what the tracking is. Maybe she was afraid my ill-perceived ignorance would rub off on her. sigh. Thus proving how self-defeating & limiting that narrow kind of attitude can be.

      But it was an experience - and furnished a little aside-story for my hub. hehe. Thank you for your great comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      CrisSp - hehe - you're clever. Thank you! wink! I'm pleased you came by!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      hehe, Jaye. We could tell 'em a thing or three, couldn't we? Well, I admit that the kids now know more about every THING by the time they're out of kindergarten than we even suspected by the time we were out of high school. HOWEVER, they still lack some perception & knowledge that only life & experience can teach, much of which is vital - more than the things and facts whirling around and changing almost daily.

      You know what? I really doubt her mind latched on to the fact that I did know about those thingamajigs. hehe. If her attitude of dismissal was as underlying as I suspect it was, she would have continued to miss savvy's reality while covered with silver hair. But she has time to wise up, right? Hopefully. . .

      It reminds me of changing the key items in the rectangles of a flow chart I'd been asked to make to be in football-shaped spaces and suddenly the guys thought it was a great flow chart! (real story!) ;-}

      I'm so happy you came by! Thank you for your fun and applicable comments! Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Leslie! I'm smiling and giggling loonishly too! hehe. The 'tude is what I attribute to character - in each of us! There are some chalk lines over which we just can't allow trampling, right?

      I once heard someone say to a teacher that he couldn't wait to know as much as the teacher, to which the teacher replied, "When you know as much as I do, you'll know twice as much!" :-)

      ah - an iCloud is a website. That's official, by the way. I got it straight from an Apple Store genius. ;-)

      Hugs. & thanks for your fun. I just love you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Mike! What a pleasure to see you here. It thrills me that you like and respect me and my poetry. Your support is appreciated in this specific matter, too.

      IMHO, the real pity is the oblivion of some young folks who HAVE this kind of attitude. They miss so much when they fail to really look at people individually and know them. I doubt that they're even consciously aware of the attitude of disrespect and, basically, disregard of the reality of other people they possess and display in this. They probably take it for granted. Some external identification has been adopted & then easy to assume everything else about a person fits into stereotyped conclusions about all persons with that external . . whatever. This is so widespread that it's created a warring world, in fact. So, yes, it's a problem and a dangerous one.

      I don't assume that all young folks share the same attitudes, knowledge or limitations just because of a hairstyle or some other external indicating their age - - or gender, or color or any other part of their whole. Each person has value for what he/she really IS - which requires more than a cursory once-over to be able to see and comprehend. If one hasn't the time or chance to find out more about someone, then judgment needs to be suspended and benefit of doubt extended.

      That girl at my house obviously has some kind of an underlying preconceived opinion of older folks, but she probably has many other good traits. Perhaps her distress over losing her iPhone had her reverting to a general assumption that she would have checked in a different circumstance.

      My responses & observations were more tongue-in-cheek than deadly serious. Whatever she thought really has nothing to do with me, nor does it determine anything for me. But you're right. Age discrimination does have deleterious effects in some instances, if rights are denied or manipulated, as can happen. This was simply too amusing a story to pass up, and it somewhat inspired my silly tongue-in-cheek hub. Most of us who qualify for AARP have experienced a scenario or two in which our mental acuity was dismissed on the basis of our evident time on earth. Why it's assumed that more years diminish intelligence is beyond me! haha.

      Of course, if such attitudes are tolerated generally, that kind of interaction could become the sad overall condition and would create an unbalanced society. . . (as it seems too much to be at times.)

      On the other hand, we see cultures in which the elderly are honored; there is a valuable interaction and feedback between generations. Each new generation has the advantage of so much more tried and true experience. That's what is lost when attitudes of disregard for the elders are allowed to prevail.

      I thank you again for your marvelous support and encouragement, dear Mike. I treasure it!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      That young woman must have felt dumb, but you outsmarted her! I enjoyed this story as well as your collection of amusing poems. Lol@ Leslie. what is an Icloud? thanks and hope you are doing well Nellieanna. voted up awesome & funny!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Faith - Wow! - hehe - yes, & Texas is that Southern; - we say "Bless her little heart" too, - though not always with extra adjectives - but they're effective. grin. Another favorite of mine is to want to "love you up" (said to a suitable lovee, of course. ;-} Know that one? And, "well, I do declare!" to express mild surprise.

      Actually, I've used that pic as an avatar in the past, but that fuzzy photo copy is the only one I can find at present. That Raggedy Ann costume is one of my favorites, especially the orange yarn wig I concocted for it. I made my husband a Raggedy Andy costume, too. Wasn't it lucky to find those striped socks! He had to wear striped socks and a yarn wig too. Fortunately, he got into it.

      At times I think that silliness is my real nature. Life can be serious, but it is usually as serious or as light as we see it. Truly serious things can be borne more easily if we keep our perspectives balanced. It's easy to go too far either way. But smiles can't really be overdone in most cases.

      Thanks for the fun comments, m'dear!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a delightful read! I love the "Aside" part and the wit it entails. Duh!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Nellieanna....What a delightful surprise to find your "revelry" hub waiting me today--at a time I really needed to smile. I love your "jollifying" verse, and the anecdote about the twenty-something girl trying to explain an iPhone and iCloud to you--of all people--just because you aren't "twenty-something" was priceless! Too many young people think we're relegated to the mental junk pile simply because we've been around a while. Wish I could have seen her face when you amazed her with your savvy!

      Voted Up and "across the board"

      Shared to spread the delight


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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Ear to ear, baby - ear to ear! You have me smiling - and giggling like a loon as well, Nellieanna!

      I absolutely adore you, your humor - and most especially - your 'TUDE!

      When i grow up - i wanna be just like you!!

      btw - wtf is an iCloud?


      up and sharing.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      A grin and happiness tears bucket the floor for me Neillieanna, because your poetry and writing of prose is light years beyond us, let alone your tech savvy worthiness as a elder and leader of us youngin's stand elite and erect towering over us all. LOL

      I don't like it either when young folks try to either outsmart or assume that they are somehow a bit more educated in anything we also have been exposed to or may be far more knowledgeable in as well as equally experienced at performing.

      Age discrimination is the predominant factor that does tend to surface on occasion, not saying that this was the case in your story up above, but it does indeed occur to other folks, and that nonsense is simply out of pure ignorance in my most humble, and honest opinion. I don't tolerate it neither.

      I loved your fun and playful poetry for sure, it lit up the screen here and just captivated my eyes, I was completely blown away by it. Your creativity surely speaks volumes, and I've truly learned a great deal from you Nellieanna.

      Thanks for sharing both your wisdom, and amazing poetic talent, bravo! Thumbs up on all levels and you better bet this hub is getting shared by me everywhere.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      What a delightful read here, Nellieanna!!! As they say here in the South, "Bless her little young heart!" hehehe I added the young part . . . hehehe again. I love your stellar hub here of "High Jinx!" That last photo is adorable. You should make it your Avatar! It is grand to be silly sometimes in this life, as it is serious enough on its own.

      Thanks for bringing the smiles.

      Voted way up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Rasma, ah-yes - gotta keep it stirred up when it gets too placid. If we're not enjoying all the minutes, what else is there? "Tomorrow"? ah, that illusion - it'll still only be a minute-in-progress if it comes, and if, then, tomorrow is still the goal, then what?

      Butminutes don't have to be jumping up and down to be great. The quiet things are also delightful if we pause to appreciate them. We certainly don't have to be partying to be excited and enthusiastic. Sometimes I just stop where I am, breathe deeply and think, "I'm so happy~" And it FEELS wonderful. I can almost feel the wrinkles relax. haha. :-)

      Thank you, my friend, for your great comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Martin - thank you for a lovely comment. I've covered a lot of the 'carefree antics or horseplay' at least. hehe. Certainly if you were entertained and enriched, I'm not too far off course! Hugs.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and funny. I agree Nell life would be so boring if we didn't have high jinx in our lives. Let's be young forever and enjoy every darn minute of it. Love you and hugs. Passing this on.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you. I believe you have beautifully covered everything in this wonderful hub. I leave entertained and enriched.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello Monis Mas - Yes, that true story represents all too many little cameo situations lurking all around; some having more serious consequences, unlike this one. Probably the main loser in the thing is the one who misjudges, don't you suppose. Sometimes those quick misjudgments work to one's advantage, when one can get by with stuff due to antiquity, though I think it a mistake to take on any apparent disability one doesn't really have. What one does begins to become what one is. If either, it's better to err in the other direction & take on more apparent strength than one really has! (wink, wink).

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      DRBJ - I'm delighted that you came by and enjoyed my concoction! Thank you!

      When I asked myself what music would fit , I thought of "Swinging on a Star", but didn't really prefer any original dated versions.

      I didn't see or really hear of "Hudson Hawk", but I love Bruce Willis, especially when he drops his tough-guy ways and acts like who I suspect he really is,- a guy who likes kids and relates to them well. I had no idea he sings, but his bouncy rendition fit beautifully, and was just what I needed. No great video with it, but I'd already cluttered the hub up enough with visuals. (Maybe I need to check out the movie and see what was so awful about it! Critics can be so unkind. Poor Bruce. He's gotten a lot of short shrifts, hasn't he?)

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Alexandra - you're so observant. tee hee. Not surprising: as an artist, you notice details! Thank you!

      This was just such fun to do. Glad it hit your funny bone. Those tea parties sound nothing but fun, especially with the songbirds providing the music.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS


      Nell - thank you. 'Ditties' seems to fit them. :-) I suspect that I was many times more naive at those ages, but I sort of suspected it then, too. hehe. But you're so right. We'd mastered a bunch of technical things before the current crop were crawling! What's surprising is to see how much many of them do know so young about some kinds of things. It's crucial things of which they seem oblivious which are scary. ;-)

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      Aga 5 years ago

      So much awesomeness here! :-) I love the story about the iPhone! People are so quick to judge.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      What a serving of happiness you have concocted here, dear Nellieanna. It's a veritable smorgasbord of funny story, clever poetry and light-hearted music. Swingin' on a Star was a great song ... but the movie, 'Hudson Hawk' was one of the worst films ever made. Viewers hated it as much as the critics.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Nellieanna, I am still dancing around to the music and laughing! "I hope she speaks Spanish" ... and Tom Selleck took me completely by surprise! Oh, my. This is pure fun from beginning to end and I am enjoying it over and over with petit-fours and things. Yes, I am now officially squirrely ;-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Lol! Nellieanna that was amazing! I loved the poems or ditties? and the story of the young couple made me laugh! they get so confused when they find out that anybody over 50 knows what a computer or iPhone is! were we as naive? I don't believe so, I think they would be so surprised to know that we had pc s when they were a twinkle in their mums eye! lol!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Petra, dear! How good to see you! Been far too long. I'm delighted to notice your increasing presence and activity, which is always stimulating! We're both among the 3-year Hub members, too! We've shared some special moments, haven't we?

      The assumption of the young lady was what caught my attention. Whether or not her assumption fit me, it would be equally out of place to assume on a basis unrelated to her conclusion or the circumstances.

      Thank you for sharing your response, which I respect, as I think you respect mine. Incidentally, I avoid Twitter totally and visit Facebook mainly because it allows me to regularly see my kids and their kids. Most group activities there repel rather than attract me! I prefer simplicity too!


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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Mike - Yes, that's so true! The ledger is quite unbalanced between what they do and don't know, - and the relative impact of each! That IS scary. Thank you for your visit and comment, my friend.

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      Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I have great admiration for people who keep up with the latest technology, but I am not one of them.

      Thank God the young lady did not come to my door. I may not look old enough to be technologically impaired, but I certainly am. I gave up my iPhone because I did not know how to use it properly and I don't really need it since I have a regular cell and a computer.

      I have no idea how tweeter works and face book annoys the hell out of me, so I keep my life very simple and I like it that way.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Nice High Jinx. It's what they don't know that is really scary.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Sushmita, thank you! It would be such fun to be neighbors!

      Nothing to prevent our taking up the topic or form and starting to write "Jinx Poetry". hehe. I so seldom (like, never) set out to write a certain style or form of poetry. But I suppose there are some near-limericks among these, just by odd chance!

      That pelican poem emerged back in mid-February. I had no idea what to do with it at the time, but thought it ought to have a place in the world of hubs. It had me bested for a time, though.

      I don't want to be a day over 8, either! Do you mean, I am? :-) Hugs.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hi, Travmaj! - thank you! Oh, that is an 'ouch' about the haircut! But, actually, those are isolated cases, really. I do confess - one thing that prompted me to become reasonably technologically literate was the condescending attitude from bright young guys working in computer stores back in my early days of getting into computers, well before my hair was silver!

      Of course, you're so right. I've many young friends in my circle. It's a non-issue. That iPhone incident was just so blatantly obvious and - so funny! She probably thought she was being sensitive & kind in not expecting me to know anything! Perhaps she has older relatives who do not, and she gives them benefit of the doubt and was trying to extend it to me. The stereotyping involved probably never occurred to her.

      Anyway - it provided something for my hub. :-)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Nellie, how sorry I am that you are not my neighbor! I think they should consider this hub as a new topic and let us get on with a new line of poetry- Jinx poetry! They are actually a set of wonderful limericks, and I do want to meet that pelican that can do what Nellie can! :D :D

      You made my morning so full of fun...I don't think I am a day older than 8....

      Love you,

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      Such a wonderful collection of work - enjoyed it all. An hilarious story re the iphone - I identify. Had a friend having a haircut yesterday - he was told 'I've made it look better but at your age it doesn't really matter - know what I mean?' Ouch! Looking back I'm not sure how tolerant I was as a teenager - and I'm sure, like me, you know many generous, affectionate young generation. Loved the crickets and tree frogs. All such fun.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Tim, thank you! What a lovely comment! And how are YOU?.

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      Tim, thank you! What a lovely comment! And how are YOU?.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice, interesting, and hmmmmm . . . Awesome too!

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      HeHe, Jim - that's so. When I told my young friend, John, about it, he absolutely roared with laughter. Thank you for the visit and your fun comments! (Even the techs at the "Genius Bar" at the Apple Store are surprised when I go in for advice and instruction, - maybe that I can walk upright and carry my computer, but even more, that I can comprehend. )

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      Nellieanna Hay 5 years ago from TEXAS

      HaHa! - Thank you, Randi! That was very amusing to me, too. Poor thing, though. Bless her heart. I do hope she was able to recover her phone! This was all so much fun to do. Have a great week coming up!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      What wonderful stories and poems you combine to regale and entertain us Nellieanna! This is a wonderful collection! That young woman had no idea about whom whe was dealing with, obviously.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, Nellieanna! What a great hub! I loved every part of it especially when the girl assumed you didn't know what an iPhone is! Thank you do much for sharing this gem! Up++


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