Portage & Main, 40 Below

Portage & Main, 40 below is another favorite song lyric of mine, wheee I love music!  It's from the Randy Bachman song "Prairie Town," and it's about what has been called the windiest corner in Canada, but it's also just about being cooooold.  Recently my friend Pat went to Alaska and she finds out that being cold up there means figuring out how to work one more thing, sigh . . .

When I noticed electrical plugs hanging from the front of nearly every vehicle in Fairbanks last week, I wondered if this was another sign that living in Alaska would be too difficult for me.

Unsure of their purpose, I asked a truck owner in a grocery parking lot why there were so many plugs and electrical wires dangling from the front of his pickup. He lifted the hood and proudly showed this “tourist from the Lower 48” the five locations where he attaches heating elements that need to be plugged in to warm the engine block enough to start his vehicle in cold weather.

In Fairbanks, where winter lasts from late September to early May, temperatures have plunged as low as minus-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Below-zero readings have been recorded eight months out of the year, with the exceptions being June, July, August and September. Not that long ago, vehicle owners drained the motor oil and removed the vehicle battery every night to take inside to keep warm until the next morning. While those days are past, it still gets so cold there that some people endure living without indoor plumbing to avoid frozen pipes.

And while I’ll never complain about New England winters again, it’s not just the subarctic cold that convinced me I can’t live in Alaska:  It’s that I’d have to learn how to operate at least one more apparatus just to keep my car running.

Am I the only one daunted by the notion of having to read yet another complicated manual in order to operate even the most simple device? And who writes those manuals anyway? I work with words every day for a living and even I can’t understand them.

In fact, they have become the bane of my existence.

My new camera had a 153-page instruction book that so intimidated me I stopped at page two (which may explain the quality of my photographs). The instruction book for my cell phone was so complicated that I can barely operate this basic version and anything I can do with it is a result of begging my young adult sons to show me how. I recently won a GPS system, which was a great prize for someone who gets lost as often as I do, but I’ve been afraid to open the box because then I’d have to learn how to operate it.

The digital picture frame that my son gave me for Mother’s Day? Still in the box. And when I was presented with a lovely video camera for my birthday last month, I burst into tears. Although I loved the gift, I was overwhelmed by the depressing thought of having to learn another device.

My friends tell me to “just play with them” until I figure it out, and that all these devices are “intuitive.” I beg to disagree and the “just play with it” doesn’t sound like much fun to me. I still have nightmares about the damage I’ve done to computers and other gadgets from “just playing with them.”

Does this timid attitude make me a Luddite who fears technology? Well, yes, I suppose it does. Or does it mean I’m just too old to learn new things? Maybe.

Could you possibly write me a letter to let me know?

5 New Year's Resolutions to Make Every Year

With every new year comes a clean slate and the opportunity to make your next 365 days as meaningful as possible. What are some of your resolutions? We came up with some ideas for resolutions for this year and every year after.

From our OGTV family to yours, Happy New Year!

Keep reading... Show less

Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

** As we wind down to the final days of this difficult year, OGTV is tipping our hat to all of the essential workers on the front lines with this uplifting story about a New Jersey man who has found a way to do this difficult job for years, even without his eyesight! **

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

Keep reading... Show less

How to Reduce Feelings of Isolation and Loneliness - Ask The Doctor (E7)

During these incredibly stressful days, OnlyGood TV is excited to launch a new series - Ask The Doctor - that explores the questions and provides guidance for finding the road to achieving emotional, psychological, and spiritual wellness.

Hosted by Dr. Stacy Berman, each episode will help you navigate through these rough times and find your way to a happier and healthier life. Feeling lonely and isolated during quarantine? In this episode, Stacy reminds us that we are all wired to be part of a social community and offers a simple, self-soothing exercise to fill that connection gap that we are all experiencing.

Keep reading... Show less

Are You A Christmas Trivia Expert? - Not Your Average Joe

Everyone could use a few more smiles in their daily lives…and watching a funny video will often do the trick! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life fun, more manageable, happy and stress free!

Joe Leonardo is an improv actor from New York City. For our new "man on the street" series, Not Your Average Joe, he traveled through Times Square asking New Yorkers trivia questions about Christmas! Check out this hysterical video and see which city pedestrians know their facts and which don't... Keep track of your own answers too! Happy Holidays!

Keep reading... Show less

Chefs Honor Sailors and Their Families With a Holiday Feast to Remember (Random Acts of Cooking E1)

What would be a unique way to honor the service of 400 hungry sailors and their families for the holidays? You contact Chef Plum, have him round up his crew of top flight chefs and grill masters, bring in enough food to feed…well…the Navy, spice it up with a dash of top flight entertainment, and you have all of the ingredients for a memorable evening of food, love, and family!

Keep reading... Show less

Sullivan the Therapy Dog Helps Make A Christmas Movie - Sullivan's Travels

** OGTV is celebrating the first day of winter and the holiday season by inviting you to join a golden retriever named Sullivan on one of his many adventures. **

Do you ever wonder what a day in the life of a therapy dog is like? In the OGTV Original Series "Sullivan's Travels," a golden retriever therapy dog named Sullivan Travolta takes us along with her as she assists folks in all kinds of settings. Having been trained at Project Chance in Jacksonville, Florida, Sullivan provides support and happiness to kids and adults in schools, nursing homes, classes, and any other program where she's needed.

Keep reading... Show less

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter