It’s official. The Farm has entered the 21st century! A few months ago we kicked Verizon’s JetPack Mifi “unlimited” internet to the ditch (we don’t have curbs out here) and signed on for AT&T’s Fixed Wireless Internet. It’s faster, cheaper, and for all practical purposes really unlimited. And for that, we thank you! We could not have done this without your contributions to the Connect America Fund whereby the Federal Government collects from Citizens a monthly fee on all of your telecommunications bills and distributes those precious dollars to small companies such as AT&T which develop internet technologies for Americans who live in rural areas.
That said, we were still lagging behind. To watch Prime Video we had to connect a laptop to the television. Cumbersome. But no more! Last evening The J-Man and Daughter C gave me an Amazon FireFly thingy. And not only did they give it to me, The J-Man plugged it in and configured it! From my point of view, it went swimmingly. Not a single curse word was mumbled!
I was asked what I wanted to watch. I thought about this during the configuration. I arrived at an American Classic from the
crappy olden days of three-channel television. A yearly ritual. One which nearly every family in America once had, I’d wager.
Remember when the Frenchman was a Farm guest? I hope to write more about this episode some other time, but an interesting exchange took place. The Frenchman– who lives in Pittsburgh– was speaking of his wife, who is Russian, and their daughter. He was commenting on aspects of French and Russia culture that they were sharing with and teaching her. Someone asked how she would identify. (Say nothing.) And he said, “Why, she’s American, of course!” He then related that not having grown up in The States, they were at something of a loss regarding what a typical American little girl should become familiar with.
And so it began. There was eventually a list! And very near the top of that list– and completely agreed upon by three different generations of women– was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as first seen in 1965.