Things were different when your grandparents were around.  Some would say it was a better era to live because we didn't have the computer strapped to our hip.  Kids could ride bikes around town with zero fear of being abducted.

In 1935, my grandfather on my dad's side was 13 years old.  The year Babe Ruth hit his final home run, Porky Pig was introduced as a Looney Tunes character, Amelia Earhart flies solo across the Pacific Ocean, Bing Crosby had the number one song and my grandfather probably smoked his first cigarette.

It's not his fault though, really.  Cigarettes in the 30's were being pushed by athletes touting them as having a higher quality tobacco so that they wouldn't get "winded" when smoking them.  Cigarettes were thought to have health benefits even, like curing irritated throats and coughs.  Doctors even smoked certain brands over the others due to them being "healthier".

Finally, here's a way to blame my poor health on something other than my lack of will power. A new study has found a link between our unwanted body fat and our grandparents' smoking habits.  Specifically, your grandfather who started smoking way too early.

They found that you're more likely to be overweight if your grandfather started smoking before he turned 13.  It's not clear why, but they say it suggests that exposing ourselves to certain substances could affect our kids' or grandkids' health, not just our own.

Something for you young "parents to-be" to consider before lighting up.  Sure, you look cool...but your grandkids are going to be tubby.

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

What The Quad Cities Did For Fun in the 90's

Many times over the years, I'll be talking with friends about years gone by and I'll say "take me back".

Every generation goes through this, I assume. Looking back at a more simple time where responsibilities haven't set in and life seems fun. Opportunities are endless.

Let's go back to the 1990's to Wacky Waters, 50 Cent Beer night and revisit Mallards Mania!