Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. It was also the 1974th year of the Common Era, the 974th year of the 2nd millennium, the 74th year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1970s. (That’s what  Wikipedia reports anyway.) The Rubik’s cube was at the beginning of it’s popularity and although I never met Mr. Rubik I got very familiar with his cube.  Leisure suits and bell bottoms were in style and I had a 32 inch waist.  Gasoline had just gone to 75 cents a gallon but I wasn’t worried because I was driving a Dodge Dart with a slant six engine which got around 20 mpg.  We didn’t have home computers or the internet yet but we did have 23 channel CB radios and my handle was “sea dog” but I answered to “sea gull” as well since dog and gull seemed to sound the same to some people. (10 / 4)  Long hair was in style but those wearing it were told they wouldn’t amount to anything.  I was alright because Uncle Sam had cut all my hair off and given me fashionable clothing to wear.   Richard Nixon resigned at president on August 8, 1974 and somehow the democrats thought that would save the world from all it’s problems.  Everyone is Washington DC was convinced they had the answer and that no one else was smart enough to solve the problems.  They weren’t sure what the problem was but they were working on the next disaster because they weren’t “going to have Richard Nixon to push around anymore.”  August 18, 1974 was a Sunday and I’m sure of that because my life was changed forever that afternoon.  I still can’t work a Rubik’s cube and I’ll never put on a leisure suit or bell bottom pants again. (At least not a 32 inch waist size.)  If you find gas for 75 cents a gallon, don’t buy it because it’s mostly water.   I see the Dodge Dart I owned occasionally because it’s been on blocks behind the same house since the mid 1980’s but someone took the engine.  I recently gave away that 23 channel CB radio and I couldn’t tell you what number computer I’m working on but It’s time to upgrade again.  Those of you that know me can testify that I’ve not been able to grow my hair long for some time and it’s not because of the Obama Haircare Program.  The presidential resignation of 1974 didn’t solve all our problems but it might be worth a second try.  I think maybe the only thing that I’ve still got from 1974 is the one thing I received on August 18, 1974.  Happy Anniversary to my beautiful wife of 37 years.  Now that I’ve written my blog I think I’ll go enjoy our anniversary.



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