Then, There is YouTube

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YouTube the savior

I’m sitting here watching the television coverage of a hurricane that’s about to sneak up on my back door.

I switch channels and hear politicos of all “denominations and faiths” spend hours upon hours screaming at each other about minutiae found in someone’s past when they were in the third grade and wrote something stupid. Shootings in the street, fires burning everything in sight, and more tweets being produced than the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park…and this is our normal day.

Here’s a great quote from a movie of yesteryear, “I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore” So here is my dilemma…. where am I going to go? I read books to get lost into someone else’s world. I work out to get lost in my own sweat. I binge watch soap operas from Turkey and Bollywood on Netflix, until I pass out, but I have finally found my respite between strife and politics…it’s YouTube. I’m not ramping up a business because they don’t need ramping up.

YouTube has become my library to take me away. Everything in recorded history is on YouTube, but for me, it’s the comedy shows of the 50’s and 60’s. The Dean Martin Roasts, the panel shows, kinescopes of the Ed Sullivan Show, Jack Benny and Burns and Allen…the Carol Burnett Show. Holy Moly, it’s a smorgasbord for me.

I open up my iPad and then my view on the ills of society take a back seat. I can laugh for hours… I can rerun the gags…and there are no commercials of someone screaming at me, as to which tooth whitener is the best for my smile, or how to get the stains out of my clothes. I’m not claiming to be the “discoverer” of some new planet or galaxy…. It’s right here. It’s a simple download to your computer. If you can’t download this simple website, get your IT expert to help…. your grandkids. There’s a world on the website that brings us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when Superman was just a thirty minute show, and maybe father did really know best. This is certainly not a recipe to cure the problems that we all face every day, but maybe, like for me, it can give us pause to forget ourselves and laugh like we did when were kids… When our biggest worry was…  well, nothing.

Take it for what it is… It’s just as I see it.

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000.

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