Those Were the Days My Friend

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California CA DRE #01490977

Those Were the Days My Friend

We Thought They’d Never End

 

The mind does some interesting things sometimes, at least mine does. Maybe it’s quarantine-itis?!

 

I was leaving the grocery store this afternoon, purchases in the cart and mask on my face, and found myself thinking how strange our world has become these last couple of months.

 

Shopping used to be a relatively straightforward experience, if you knew the store, had your list, and knew where things were. Not any more, although I dare say things have become more habitual these last couple of months, thankfully.

 

Looking back, no masks were needed, no sanitizing of carts and baskets, no standing in line to get in if the store had a certain number of people in it, and no signs on the floor directing you one way up and down the aisles. Purchases on items weren't limited, the shelves were typically full (whoever saw the flour shelves empty, or the TP or paper towels?) and there was no standing in line waiting to be directed to a cashier.

 

And forget the signs reminding us about social distancing. Who ever heard of that 2 months ago?

 

And that’s just the grocery shopping experience. Just imagine what life changes we could ponder if we wanted…nope, not going there.

 

But if you need some nostalgic entertainment, read on. Otherwise, your time may be well spent elsewhere.

 

Back to my wandering mind...

 

The song, “Those Were the Days,” popped into my head as I was walking to the car (no, not the Edith and Archie Bunker “All in the Family” theme song, but the other one). You can read about the song here.Who knows where THAT memory came from?!

 

After dropping off a few things at my Mom’s condo (she’s 93 and does not go out to shop!), I went home and journeyed down the rabbit hole for a few minutes reading about the origins of “Those Were the Days.”

 

Most of you are likely familiar with the English lyrics, by Gene Raskin, and made popular by Mary Hopkin in 1968, becoming a #1 hit single in the UK.

 

But the original version is a Russian romance song “Dorogoi Dlinnoiu” (By the Long Road) reportedly composed by Boris Fomin around 1924; the well-known English lyrics are not a translation, by the way.

 

I could go on about the days in the past but who really wants to relive all that? We have our current reality and pining for the past won’t change anything. But a little nostalgia can help keep us entertained, and perhaps make us a bit wistful for those days we thought would never end!

 

Here’s Mary Hopkin with her hit!

 

And here are a few more classic versions of that Russian romance song.

 

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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Jeff... as you might imagine, I knew this song in Russian long before I heard an English rendition. Always loved the song. Except in Russian the refrain is "the road is long."

May 20, 2020 05:31 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Jeff - I understand your message but I have also noticed a certain "normalcy" occuring these days with some things that were previously were not seen as "normal".  

May 20, 2020 05:47 AM #4
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Brian England
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It definitely is an odd time in the world that we are living through and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for us.

May 20, 2020 05:57 AM #5
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Kat Palmiotti
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Interesting about the original score and popular song. 

As for the difference from a few months ago, it is definitely interesting how things have changed. I used to dilly-dally a little in the grocery store. And I'd go frequently, every other day or so. Now I go once a week, don't pick up items unless I"m going to buy them, pay attention to the arrows, bring wipes, etc. How quickly things can change!

May 20, 2020 06:13 AM #6
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The thing I remember most about that's it got faster and faster with each verse. It used to be quite popular when I was young...

happy Wednesday morning Jeff Dowler, CRS 

OBTW... I just noticed you changed companies and I wish you a smooth transition...

May 20, 2020 06:54 AM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jeff,

The moment the song, Those were the Days, came out, I knew it was a Russian melody.  I remembered my paternal grandparents singing the song along with others, and what Nina Hollander said.

May 20, 2020 07:26 AM #8
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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When I look at the actual statistics and then think about what we have done in the last three months...wow...crazy.

May 20, 2020 09:35 AM #9
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Jeff it is like we are living through the tail of two worlds.  I feel like I am living in the Bizarro one.

May 20, 2020 10:16 AM #10
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Joan Cox
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Jeff, you are lucky to have shopping back to "normal".  We still have someone over the intercome reminding us to stay 6' away, still can only go one-way down aisles, and they are limiting the number of people in the store at one time.  Soon, I hope we shall be somewhat back to normal.

May 20, 2020 10:21 AM #11
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - thanks for the reminder and the year 1968.  That was supposed to be a year like no other too.

May 20, 2020 12:07 PM #12
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Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - Thank you for bringing us down memory lane.  I love that melody.  

As for the pandemic.  I have never subscribed to the"new normal".  It is like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Change is always upon us. I believe in taking each day one at a time.  I don't look back and I do not worry about what the future has in store for us.  I will adapt like a chameleon does to its environment.  But I do appreciate your choice of a song for today!

May 20, 2020 01:55 PM #13
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I enjoyed the song too James Dray  It was so funny how it just popped into y head!

There are certainly things I miss as well Wayne Martin !

Jeff

May 20, 2020 09:19 PM #14
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There was no doubt in my mind that you were familiar with the song Nina Hollander 

It was fun to find the video with some earlier versions...that was all new to me!

Jeff

May 20, 2020 09:20 PM #15
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Michael Jacobs  - what's "normal" certainly can change over time, can't it?

Jeff

May 20, 2020 10:06 PM #16
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It's all changed fairly quickly, too, hasn't it Brian England ?!

I do all of our grocery shopping and it have been quite the experience ince the intial restrictions were implemented, Kat Palmiotti 

Jeff

May 20, 2020 10:08 PM #17
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Thanks Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  I know you changed companies, too. Hope that has gone well.

And I remember the version that got faster, too! I wonder how many different versions exist?!

Jeff

May 20, 2020 10:14 PM #18
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  - what a fun memory that must be!

It's been a world of many changes, hasn't it Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

Jeff

May 20, 2020 10:15 PM #19
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Hi Jeff, I didn't know there were several songs with that same title.  Both have similar meanings.  So when we're old and gray which of these sets of diverse "normal" will we look back on fondly?

May 21, 2020 07:50 PM #20
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Ha ha George Souto  It has its moments, doesn't it?

Well shopping is still pretty strict Joan Cox  No intercom but they do limit people, and while many ignore the one way signs many are pretty attentive. At least people are more used to the NEW routine!

Jeff

May 21, 2020 08:52 PM #21
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You're welcome Grant Schneider Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for you perspective Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  It makes sense and is probably better than dwelling on the past.

Jeff

May 21, 2020 09:59 PM #22
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