The Price of Tea

I was a child of the 60’s and 70’s.  Yes, kids, that means I’m old.  No, kids, dinosaurs did not roam the earth in my childhood, more’s the pity.  It was a wonderful and terrible age.  It was before the fall of the wall that separated the two Germanies, the fall of the U.S.S.R., and the arrival/detection of A.I.D.S.  Man was going to the moon; yes, I watched that on live T.V. (in black and white), and the U.S. was involved in a police action in an asian country called Viet Nam.   Everyone had a T.V. antenna on their roof, because there was no cable or satellite T.V.  And for that matter, computers were things that were only in movies (they were fed cards, and, or had big, spinning wheels of magnetic tape like reel-to-reel players*), or in the hands of scientists, possibly the government.  There was no internet, and parents found out about your goings on through a secret society of neighbors who all surreptitiously kept tabs on you.  Anyway, back to my original topic.

I was raised by a single mother who had a lot of famous sayings.  Well, they were famous in my mind anyway.  As I have aged I have found that not all of the sayings were as famous as I once thought.  I was amazed to find that some people had never heard such things.  Sayings like:

Do you want a medal or a chest to pin it on?

If you can’t zig, then you gotta zag.

And finally, the reason for this post, which came to me in this morning’s shower – What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?

Well, mom, in spite of the fact that even back then it was a global economy, now it’s much, much more so.  The internet and electronic communications of all sorts, stock market, buying, selling, trading, and ever closer ties (to a one world government) of nations, lead to one conclusion:  everything.

*Reel-to-reel players were high quality music players.  Kind of like an mp3 player/ipod that was huge and subject to damage from everything.

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