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Title: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 25, 2010, 04:16 PM
Can we talk about things we grew up with that are now obsolete or practically obsolete?  I'm always shocked when some really common object (at least common in my world) is declared obsolete.  Apparently kids don't wear watches anymore--I hear it's all GPS.  

What other objects are obsolete that us old fogies might not know about?

Thanks!
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: J.Ro on December 25, 2010, 04:20 PM
Point and shoot cameras (it's all cell phones)
VHS players
Cassette tapes
Hot rollers
Walkmans
Roller skates

Just off the top of my head.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: olmue on December 25, 2010, 05:10 PM
Pay phones!
station wagons--as well as other people's parents who would put all the seats down in the back and let all the kids run around like monkeys with absolutely no restraints while driving.  :ahh
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: SYoon on December 25, 2010, 05:33 PM
The Thomas Guide.
Greeting cards. (so many people do e-cards now)
Birthday cards.
Publishing catalogs. (near obsolete. I get CD's, along with print catalogs... but soon, I suspect I'll only get the CD's, if that.)
Party invitations. (Lots of people use e-vites)
Bill paying by snail mail.
Subbing by snail mail.
Possibly photo albums. (lots of photos are stored on disks, or kept in the computer now)
Phones with cords.
Do people remember beepers?

Personally, I'm VERY outdated. I bought my very first smart phone (phone w/ internet access)...and it's scary.  :ahh Hope to get the hang of it one day.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: JulieM on December 25, 2010, 05:46 PM
Going INTO a bank and filling in a form and passing over your bank book to the teller to make a simple withdrawal
records (vinyl) 33s (albums), 45s (singles) and (egad!) 78s
hand driven egg beaters
butter churns
tea cosy
tea pot
tea leaves!
wood fired oven/stove
jacks/knucklebones (child's game)
tupperware?
reel to reel tape deck
super 8 movies - camera and projector
film slides and screen
Kentucky Fried Chicken (before it became KFC)
spray-on dry shampoo (I sure know why that didn't last!)
those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)
telegrams
travelers' checks
SPF 4, 6, 8 and 12 sunscreen

Whew! Thanks for the trip down memory lane! : )

Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: DianaM on December 25, 2010, 06:10 PM
Legwarmers. Did they ever make sense?

Banana clips. Do people still wear those? I'm not sure, so not offense if you do. I sure loved them when they were invented. Don't see 'em much anymore though.

DOS? I remember using DOS at work on a computer with no mouse. Just had to tab through everything and use codes. That's when AOL was first coming out.

Crazy straws. How can you clean those things? You can't.

Mix tapes?

This bleach spray you would spray in your hair. I think called "Sun In"?

Crimping irons.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 25, 2010, 06:10 PM
I'm scared to think how many of those things you guys have named that I still have!  Tupperware?!!  Really???  Duh..what exactly do you use?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: DianaM on December 25, 2010, 06:11 PM
I just realized this is the over 40 thread. I'll be 39 this year so I don't quite make it.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 25, 2010, 06:15 PM
You seem precocious to me, Diane.  We won't ask to see your driver's license.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Wendy Martin on December 25, 2010, 06:15 PM
The milk box and bottled milk from the dairy. And sipping the cream off the top when no one was looking.
Jiffy Pop on the stove
Nickle candy by the pound
Egg cream with an actual egg!
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: AnneN on December 25, 2010, 06:27 PM
Well, we were just watching a completely fun Cary Grant movie ("His Gal Friday") about journalists, and my 6-year-old nephew said, "What is THAT?"

THAT was a typewriter!  :)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: MysteryRobin on December 25, 2010, 06:31 PM
Honestly, I think kids use or know of a lot of these things - it's just that they're considered "retro" ;)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: eecoburn on December 25, 2010, 06:48 PM
The printing paper that came in long strips with holes on the side that you had to line up with the little pegs on the printer.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: DianaM on December 25, 2010, 07:01 PM
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You seem precocious to me, Diane.  We won't ask to see your driver's license.

LOL! Thanks for letting me hang out with the older kids. :)

I was just talking with my in-laws tonight about how kids are fascinated by record players. My younger sister-in-law is in the music business and she always buys records because they sound better.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: EricJ on December 25, 2010, 07:13 PM
I've already had to rewrite "Pay phones" out of one story (except in an office building or hospital, where you could still find an antique model), and "CD-Rom games" out of another...

We've had so many of the classics named, how about:
- Travel agents
- Those hard square 1MB computer disks (anyone even remember why they were called "floppy"?)
- "Regular" light bulbs   :book4:

those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)

- Ditto machines, a relative of
- Carbon paper

And "Don't touch that dial!" brings up all the other things we've lost from TV:
- "Scheduled" TV shows (every Tuesday night for Happy Days!)
- TV theme songs (I had to reference the Gilligan theme in one book, and wasn't sure whether kids would remember it)
- Classic reruns (ditto)
- Looking up episode descriptions in TV Guide
- Locally-produced shows (our local PBS has got probably one of the last local high-school academic-bowls in the country)
And the one thing I could write an entire essay about:  :protest:
- the Late-Night Movie  (When you start examining the cultural ramifications of a generation not getting to see random old movies for free anymore, if you don't own TCM, the longterm effects on the culture start becoming scary...I can watch Gone With the Wind on Blu-ray, but 80% of college students literally have no idea who the Marx Brothers are.)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ixtumea on December 25, 2010, 07:19 PM
Just a regular land line phone.  Seems most people now just have cells.
Christmas cards.  I've been getting e-cards/with Christmas messages.
Record players.  Heck, vinyl records too.
10 cent phone calls
Regular camera using regular film.
Just sending letters by regular mail.  Most now just email each other.
Making copies on Zerox paper.  I still remember getting blue hands making copies for my students
Chalk and chalkboards
Paste
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on December 25, 2010, 07:43 PM
 :yoda  "Changing fast things are... but current we must stay!"

I was reading a recent mystery (published in 2008) where an alibi hinged on some teens going to the mall to buy CDs. Kind of took me out of the story. Teens don't buy CDs any more... heck, I don't buy CDs any more; we just download stuff to our mp3 players or iPods.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Liz on December 25, 2010, 07:51 PM
polaroid cameras

the instamatic camera with the flash cube that you turned around [ it was a cube]

swim caps with flowers that you could peel off  =)

princess phones
rotary phones

only 8-10 channels ONLY on a television  [ before cable tv  =)  ]

doule feature movies  with a cartoon

Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Liz on December 25, 2010, 07:56 PM
rollerskates that went over your shoes and you used a key.

school paste

a mimeograph machine
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 25, 2010, 07:58 PM
Those copying machines with the purple ink and funny smell were called mimeographs.

Sun-in is still sold--I use it to touch up my highlights.  Yes, I'm over 40.  :)  The Vermont Country Store catalogue sells all kinds of old shampoos and products from the 50s and 60s and 70s--who used Lemon-up or that beer-based shampoo in the 70s?

Vinyl records are making a comeback, but I have NO clue why kids think they sound better.  They don't--the sound quality is awful when you actually sit and listen.  I think it's definitely retro nostalgia.

Yes to film in cameras...and flash bulbs!!

I remember growing up we had some sort of fancy antenna thing on our roof that would rotate the antenna so that we could better pick up the TV signals from Providence and Boston--it was very high tech for the day.  :)  And I remember our first home computer when I was in high school--a TRS-80!  My dad had a primitive modem, and on weekends we'd hook it up so we could log onto the local university computer and play Dungeon (aka Zork).
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Barbara Etlin on December 25, 2010, 08:51 PM
Wite-Out (tm). (So messy!)
Then we were thrilled when we could use Correct Tape (tm)  instead!
Carbon paper.
Onionskin paper.

When I was really little, we had our milk and ice cream delivered by Bill The Milkman in his horse-drawn carriage. I wish I could remember the horse's name.
Also, someone used to come around ringing a bell to see whether you wanted your knives sharpened.
Ice cream trucks.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Vijaya on December 25, 2010, 08:57 PM
LOL. Imagine my shock when I walked into an "antique store" at the age of 14 and the woman was selling kersosene lamps. But we used them in India, I told her.

I miss the action/sound of clacking typewriter keys and the bell at the carriage return but don't want the bother of ribbons and carbon paper and whiteout.

Vijaya
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Lill on December 25, 2010, 09:50 PM
My sons, 11 and 14, still wear wrist watches. They youngest just got a new one for Christmas, and the oldest just got his a few months ago. And they both prefer point and shoot cameras over cell phones.

Most of the things I can think of have already been mentioned. I'll try to think up a few more, but I may duplicate.

Bonnet hairdryers
boom boxes
glass soda bottles

Heck .. all our common over the counter medicines - iodine, mecurochrome, Creomulsion cough syrup, do they still make Bactine?

SLIDE RULERS

Okay ... back in the day computers had floppy discs ... and before that nada ... there was no way to store data except on the computer ... and they were all connected by landline computers. In my college days, I remember placing the receiver end of the phone in this little cradle thing by the computer ... you had to sit there until your assignment was done or someone else could erase it ... and if there was heavy rain between our campus and the big university where the Master Cyber was ... well you weren't going to get any computer connection. We knew of no such thing as the internet. (Edited to add: This refers to computers used in college computer labs and libraries in the late 70's and early 80's .. people didn't really have personal computers.)

Oh... brought this up not too long ago ... in college we used to have little memo boards with the wipe-off pens for messages on the doors to our dorms.

Those lovely little CALL POLICE banners that your parents had you keep in your car before cell phones existed.

Manual typewriters. And now electric typewriters and word processors.

EIGHT channels!  Geesh when I was a kid there were only TWO and you had to go outside and climb up on your roof to change them.

As for office use .. dictation machines

And oh I remember the mimeograph ... and I wonder if they still use the scantron thingies ... with the narrow strips of paper with circles to bubble in .. I used to use those for tests .... and do they still make overhead transparencies?

Disc cameras!

CB radios.

Tea kettles.





Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Lill on December 25, 2010, 09:56 PM
writing checks

theaters that only showed one or two movies at a time

a world with no Walmarts

drugstores with snack counters where you could get a coke and a burger

fabric stores (most are mostly crafts now)

fabric and sewing supplies being sold in most major department stores (Penneys, Kmart, Belks, Sears)

soda fountains used to ALWAYS be behind the counter at fast food restaurants .. you couldn't go get your own

roadmaps .. the paper ones that you never can seem to get folded back right

Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: literaticat on December 25, 2010, 10:33 PM
I guess I am old-fashioned - I am not even 35, but I still have a thomas guide, milk in glass bottles, use tea kettles, teapots and loose tea leaves and send letters. (Seriously Lillian, no TEA KETTLES?  what do you use to like, boil water?)

Don't wear a watch, but that is because I don't like them and wouldn't have even worn one in the old days. :-)

I do use my phone for a camera, a computer rather than a typewriter, however.  So only PART way obsolete.  :horse:
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on December 25, 2010, 11:18 PM
It's annoying,  because every time I put something in a story,  it becomes obsolete...    :old

We still get phone books (yellow pages),  but I hear that "nobody" uses them anymore.

Video game arcades were mentioned in another thread.   
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 25, 2010, 11:33 PM
Thank you, Literaticat!!  I was beginning to feel pretty obsolete myself. 
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on December 26, 2010, 04:14 AM
I loved the smell of freshly mimeographed paper!

TV going off the air late at night - usually signing off with the National Anthem and then the test pattern.



Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Ree on December 26, 2010, 04:41 AM
I was just going to glance at the first couple of posts here, but couldn't resist the read!

Paneling
Atari Ping Pong
A dime in your pocket for emergencies
Drive-ins
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: J.Ro on December 26, 2010, 05:36 AM
Ice cream trucks.


I saw an ice cream truck Tuesday in the nearby "big city".  Its signs proudly boasted "we take EBT (food stamps) and Debit cards."  Something about handing the creepy ice cream guy (they were always creepy!) my debit card seems so not childlike to me.  Ah well, call me over 40.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Lill on December 26, 2010, 06:33 AM
(Seriously Lillian, no TEA KETTLES?  what do you use to like, boil water?

I still use tea kettles .. well I did until mine died ... and I wanted a new one for Christmas but got a Flip camera instead, which I am trying to become friends with. I included tea kettles on the list because other people have commented on how old fashioned it is. I guess a lot of people use their coffee makers to boil water or something.

And I still use loose tea.


And yes we have an ice cream truck that makes the rounds here. The guy lives in the neighborhood. You can see the truck parked in the driveway at night. But TWO DOLLARS for an itty bitty cup of shaved ice .. and THREE BUCKS for an ice cream!  I don't shell out often, but sometimes my kids want to be like the others. This ice cream truck guy knows our cul de sac is easy money.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 26, 2010, 06:50 AM
A dime in your pocket for emergencies

Ha!  I used to put dimes in my penny loafers (during the preppy early 80s) instead of pennies just for that reason!

Still using tea kettles and teapots and loose tea and road maps, though.

I can just remember, at the department store in the small city near where I grew up, that the elevators still had operators (no push-buttons!) and that there was still a millnery and a ladies' gloves department--this was in the late 60s and I wasn't even in school yet.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Lill on December 26, 2010, 06:57 AM
I remember when no stores were open on Sunday. I grew up in the deep South. We had blue laws.
And they had a clerk in the produce department to weigh and bag your produce.

Ah ... and roll down windows in cars!  I haven't had that since I sold my Nissan Van in 2006. Sigh. And it was hard enough to find vehicles with that feature when I bought the van in 1996. Wish I still had them --- especially when the window in my 2004 VW STATION WAGON suddenly went off track and fell into the door while I was driving in a remote beach area. Thank goodness it wasn't raining. I've heard that is common and happens after you've had a car around five years ... but geez I never remember that happening to the windows you have to manually roll down.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ixtumea on December 26, 2010, 07:24 AM
No stores were open on holidays.  I remember back in 1984 the surprise when Weinstocks(now Macys) was open on New Year's Day.

Typewriters

Does anyone use shorthand anymore?

Those huge adding machines

Film projectors.  I used to use the really ancient one in my classroom back in the 90s.

Those bunny ears that you'd put on TVs.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: smichel on December 26, 2010, 07:50 AM
I don't like coffee, but love tea so the tea kettle in our house rarely goes cold. I also have a tea cosy. :) And we have a land phone but the reception is better and we have virtually no cell reception down here near the bay. I also have a typewriter which my students were always fascinated by.

Other things that are on the outs?

Sets of encyclopedias, dictionaries and road atlases, although I use all three. Many standard reference books are becoming obsolete as people turn more and more to technology.

The card catalog - always works, but few libraries have them anymore. I have to say, the online catalog is fast and efficient and I like being able to check out the public library's holdings from home.


Stella
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: lydap on December 26, 2010, 08:45 AM
I remember all this stuff. Once had a job where I had to type the mimeograph text on this greenish paper and if you made a mistake there was this gunk you could paint on the mistake, let it dry and correct it.

I once took my son and an exchange student from France to the sculpture garden at the National Gallery in D.C., when they were about 12. There's a Klaus Oldenburg sculpture of a sort of melting typewriter eraser. I asked them to guess what it was and their guesses were hilarious. They didn't even get close.

I remember licking the cream off the paper that closed the milk bottle delivered by the milkman.

I don't think kids catch lightning bugs anymore but we have an ice cream man in the neighborhood and a lot of people who make their coffee in French presses have tea kettles.

And as for station wagons, how about the parents who'd let you ride in the back with the tailgate down and your legs hanging out?

The doctor coming to the house (although this apparently is making a comeback).

Cars so big you could lie down full length on the back seat and play with your toys.

And having grown up in the segregated South...Whites and Coloreds signs on bathrooms and water fountains.

Calling fabrics "yard goods"
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Wendy Martin on December 26, 2010, 09:47 AM
The typewriter comment got me thinking about all the MUST things for my profession that no longer exist.

Typositor
Stat camera
4 color separation mechanical
Line rule tape
Rapidograph
Waxer and wax
rubber cement
Letroset alphabets and films
Rubylith
marker comps
Type Setter

There's more but it's been almost 2 decades since I used the stuff and being an older type bear, I can't remember what they were called!  :frog:
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: 217mom on December 26, 2010, 10:16 AM
Sadly, THANK YOU notes.

They could come back. Anything might. The other day I saw a teen stroking a milk bottle in the store and saying how cool and retro it is. She had to get it even though as a retro item the milk cost twice as much.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: SYoon on December 26, 2010, 10:45 AM
The typewriter comment got me thinking about all the MUST things for my profession that no longer exist.

Typositor
Stat camera
4 color separation mechanical
Line rule tape
Rapidograph
Waxer and wax
rubber cement
Letroset alphabets and films
Rubylith
marker comps
Type Setter
There's more but it's been almost 2 decades since I used the stuff and being an older type bear, I can't remember what they were called!  :frog:

Oh oh... you can add a lucigraph to this list!

Heh heh heh... I'm familiar with ALL these archaic materials even though I'm not quite 40. Amazing how quickly technology changes our methods. At age 15, I interned at a print shop and had to work with all of these things. Even had a big collection of letroset type at high school for my graphic design projects. I miss the smell of rubber cement.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 26, 2010, 10:49 AM
What?!!!  You're not 40 yet?  No young coots allowed on this thread.     :eyeballs:

Speaking of which--how come there are no young coots or young fogies?

Oh, and let me add to this list--Christmas inflation.  I remember when Christmas started (at the earliest) on Black Friday--not in July and August.  And today I've already seen four Christmas adverts with more to come, I'm sure.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: SYoon on December 26, 2010, 10:58 AM
Ha ha, Betsy! Scoot on over and MAKE room! (bump!)  I'm gettin' there soon enough! I swear my kids make me feel older than 40 sometimes,  :wheelchair: especially after my arms feel sore from playing a Wii sport game. Pac Man never made my arms sore. And you know who else makes me feel older? My young editors!!!  When did they get so young?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: mrh on December 26, 2010, 10:59 AM

 Those hard square 1MB computer disks (anyone even remember why they were called "floppy"?)

They were called floppy because the earlier, larger disks -- 5 1/4 inches, I think -- actually were "floppy."

As for the mimeograph machines, I had a teacher's aide job during college that involved making "dittos" for the teacher. The first step was to type, in this case, a math worksheet, on a form consisting of a white sheet of paper backed by one coated in purple ink. If you made a mistake typing, it wasn't enough just to white out, and erasing would mean purple blobs on the copies. You had to take the form out of the typewriter, peel the white sheet back, and scrape your wrong, ink-imprinted character off the back of it with a razor blade. Only that way did the mistake not end up on the copies. Then put the form back in the typewriter and line it up properly with the text you already have typed. Oh, I do NOT rue the loss of typewriters one bit.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 26, 2010, 11:23 AM
The typewriter comment got me thinking about all the MUST things for my profession that no longer exist.

Typositor
Stat camera
4 color separation mechanical
Line rule tape
Rapidograph
Waxer and wax
rubber cement
Letroset alphabets and films
Rubylith
marker comps
Type Setter

There's more but it's been almost 2 decades since I used the stuff and being an older type bear, I can't remember what they were called!  :frog:


I worked on/edited my high school newspaper and remember typing copy into the enormous machine that set it into columns...and the machine that made headlines, with fonts on big LP-sized plastic wheels...and then yes, making up dummies with rubber cement and exacto blades to remove typos and glue in corrections.  And that plastic tape to put in borders and column dividers...yes, things have changed a lot there, haven't they?!

I ran across a 5 1/4" disk recently, and thought about my 5Gb memory stick, and smiled.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: writerjenn on December 26, 2010, 11:25 AM
Hey, not so fast! :old (Can't believe I finally get to use this smiley!) If I may slow the obituaries for some of these items ...

Point and shoot cameras (it's all cell phones) - For most people, maybe, but anyone with a more than casual interest in photography will still have a point & shoot. Probably digital rather than film, though.

Pay phones - Rapidly disappearing, but still exist. They show their worth during major disasters when all the cell phones are jammed. (Could be a useful plot point if you're writing a disaster novel.)

Greeting cards, birthday cards. (so many people do e-cards now) - I received exactly one e-card this year. I get fewer greeting cards than I used to, and I doubt kids send them to one another, but I'm sure kids still get birthday cards, especially from their older relatives.

Bill paying by snail mail, writing checks - E-banking is more common, but snail bills are not obsolete. Kids probably aren't writing a lot of checks, but plenty of them may see their parents do it come bill-paying time.

wood fired oven/stove - Why would this be obsolete? My family was just telling me how my pre-teen niece loves to sit in front of theirs.

Travel agents - My day job has a contract with a travel agency, and all our travel arrangements are required to be made through them. It's an online interface, true, but with any problems or last-minute switches you call the travel agency.

Record players - Several others have commented on how young music aficionados have rediscovered the record player. A friend's 20-year-old son has been collecting vinyl records for years.

Ice cream trucks. - Still seen in our neighborhood regularly, and at the neighborhood pool where plenty of kids hang out and swim.

Tea kettles - My mother has one, and her preteen grandchildren certainly know what these are, and they see one in regular use.

roadmaps - When you need more than a tiny computer screen, or if you don't have GPS, you need one.

Paneling - Old houses have paneling. Heck, some old houses still have hitching posts out front! People don't put them in new houses, but they know what these things are, and may live in houses that have them. Ditto widow's walks, pocket doors, etc.

I remember when no stores were open on Sunday - In downtown Philadelphia, many stores and restaurants still close on Sunday. This is a major city.

I think people are too quick to write off older technology and say "nobody uses that anymore" when millions of people do still use the older ways because they're comfortable, or because they can't afford to upgrade. Also, even when people do adopt new technology, they don't necessarily use it. I have friends I can't reach by cell phone or email because they never check their messages.

I do think popcorn poppers have been replaced by microwaves ... do people still use toaster ovens and hot plates?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 26, 2010, 11:35 AM
Thanks, Jenn.  Your post made me feel better!  I sent Christmas cards this year--although I didn't get too many, it's true (and just as many electronic ones). 
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Laine on December 26, 2010, 12:06 PM
Staying beside a radio and waiting for the DJ to play your favorite song...calling in to request that song...the joy when your favorite song would come on the radio unexpectedly...especially when  :car

A set of encyclopedias--maybe door-to-door encyclopedia salesmen have also gone by the wayside?

Cooking something "from scratch" meant using actual separate ingredients, not a mix.

Long distance calls being prohibitively expensive, and for special occasions. My parents actually sent audio tapes back and forth to my grandparents to "talk" with them, and I can remember us all having to be there on the night when we'd be making a tape for them. Each of us kids would have to account for ourselves and our latest adventures.

And because I used to do it and had my own darkroom, developing film and photos by hand--the lovely smell of developer, stop bath, and fixer...watching a photo materialize in the developer. Magic.

Feeling like this... :wheelchair: now.... :smile
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: MysteryRobin on December 26, 2010, 12:22 PM
We use a popcorn popper all the time - but I have to admit to never understanding tea kettles. Probably because I mostly drink coffee ;) but still... when I do make tea I just microwave some water and stick the tea bag in. I imagine if I went the loose tea route, I'd get one of those little tea presses that Starbucks sells and still heat up the water in the microwave  - it's just so fast!

And ice cream trucks - this is a pet peeve of mine - why did the cute little jeep give way to the big creepy minivan?! I want the white jeep back!!

Also - I learned that floppy discs were "floppy" because the spinning disc *inside* the case was floppy. The big ones had a floppy casing and the little ones had a harder casing, but it was the inside they were referring to with the name. Anyone here have the tape player for their computer? It was the thing before floppy discs. We were early adopters in my house. ;) I can still remember playing some sort of computer adventure game and it would get to a place where it needed to load and say "press play on tape" LOL!

Two more things:
1) lag time on web sites. Kids are so soft these days with high speed interent
2) modems that made that connecting side that was *so* iconic back in the AOL days. ;)
3) "You've Got Mail!" (I used to LOVE that sound!)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Barbara Etlin on December 26, 2010, 12:25 PM
I agree that people still send greeting cards by mail.
We still use a travel agent and she's very busy.
We pay bills by cheque.
Elderly people--people of my mother's generation--and poor people--don't even have computers. My friend, a doctor, resisted becoming computerized until she was forced to last year. I know writers who had to borrow the library's computer.
I love road maps.

I do think that warming trays have become extinct. I was ambivalent about donating it when I moved recently because I knew that I could never replace it if I changed my mind.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Lill on December 26, 2010, 01:01 PM
Aha .. now I know why there has been no tea kettle in this house ... spouse has one of those electric boiler/warmer things he uses for water. I do not drink coffee. I know he has at least three appliances he uses to make coffee in the morning, but yeah, I never paid attention to them. I've just heated water in the microwave.

I miss my whistling tea kettle.

Okay, anybody remember hot pots?  A dorm room essential. A little pot that you could heat water or ramen noodles in. It plugged in. This was in the days before microwaves.

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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 26, 2010, 01:21 PM
We use a hot-air popcorn popper too--it tastes better, and there's been too much talk of nasty carcinogens in the lining of microwave popcorn bags to make me happy abut using them.

I use the tea kettle to boil water for my Melitta drip coffee maker--again, because it tastes better.  And ditto for cooking "from scratch" from individual ingredients--believe me, it's not out of style!!

Remember the old removeable tabs on soda and beer cans?
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Post by: EricJ on December 26, 2010, 01:54 PM
Remember the old removeable tabs on soda and beer cans?

Me, I have enough problems just finding six-packs--
I can't carry those 12-can cardboard boxes, and have to travel out of my way to two stores in the area just to find Diet Coke or local-brand.   :sigh
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Post by: ixtumea on December 26, 2010, 02:09 PM
I used a popcorn maker in my classroom but left it to another teacher when I moved to another district.

I made my own dittos by hand.  Wrote out homework and practice tests on those blue Xerox forms and had to put them on this one machine(which totally was a pain and very messy) to crack out copies.  I think I still have some of them somewhere in my garage!

Cassette tapes

I still have a tea kettle somewhere...

Penny candy you could buy at a liquor store. 
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 26, 2010, 02:33 PM
Oh I cook from scratch, too. I have to most of the time, because I'm gluten free. *sigh* But I've learned lots about cooking!
Also, I facebooked a bunch of friends to confirm their addresses this year and from every one I got the response "sure, here's my address, but if this is for Christmas cards, we don't send them..." I didn't get *one* card in the mail. Which is fine - I just love sending them out. I think I've gotten one hand written card all year. Mostly people facebook me. ;) I kinda think the pendulum might swing back on this one, but I don't know.

Marissa - does the coffee really taste better when you heat the water yourself? I love french press coffee, but don't really make the time to do it that way. I drink too much of it. ;) But I will make my own lattes from time to time - when I'm broke.

I feel like my kids will grow up and be flummoxed that there was life before touch screens. My two year old already thinks everything is a touch screen and gets really annoyed when it doesn't work on is dad's blackberry. ;)

I'll admit to not using road maps anymore (thank you Garmin!) which is great, because I'm directionally challenged. BUT - my sister gave me a giant framed map of Victorian London for Christmas. It's so beautiful. :) So maps as art now? ;)

Also, my kids think all fires "turn on" and my 2 year old just asked me to "turn down" the wind b/c it was too loud. They also don't understand the concept of "live tv" that you can't pause or rewind (Tivo kids...)

I also recently had to explain the term "cuff links"
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 26, 2010, 02:51 PM
Marissa - does the coffee really taste better when you heat the water yourself? I love french press coffee, but don't really make the time to do it that way.

Well, when you're making a large carafe of coffee, it's hard to boil that much water in the microwave.  :)  I don't know if it would taste different--I meant that we prefer our Melitta drip to a coffee-maker as far as flavor goes.

"Turn down the wind"--  :laugh

And yes to maps as art--we have several framed 19th century maps in our house, and I curated a museum exhibit on maps as art for my MA.  I'll bet your London map is wonderful!
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Post by: ecb on December 26, 2010, 03:17 PM
My 96-year-old great aunt has email. :werd

I drive a station wagon, so kids in my neighborhood see one every day. And we have ice cream trucks (though I've never seen an ice cream Jeep!).

...And I think butter churns have been uncommon since my grandmother's day. :dr (I'll email my great-aunt and ask her!)

I own a teakettle, but I've never used it. When I want to boil water, I do it in the microwave.

It's interesting, though. I've been watching reruns of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which ran from 1997-2003), and the *only* thing that feels dated about it (other than the terrible pants--shudder) is the lack of cell phones. It adds a fascinating element of tension to the stories (characters can't always reach each other immediately) that I'm not sure would work today.

***
What about chalkboards? Have pretty much all schools upgraded to white boards (which we used to call dry-erase boards)?
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Post by: Cynthia on December 26, 2010, 03:22 PM
I'm a little perplexed by lots of things listed; seems like they perhaps aren't used as much, but are still used enough that people are familiar with them...land lines, tea kettles, chalk boards, ice cream trucks, watches, fabric stores, radio, CDs...

some others that I don't think are used at all anymore:

punch cards, for computer programming
floppy disks (as already mentioned) for computers
computer screens with just yellow or green-colored text
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Post by: andracill on December 26, 2010, 03:23 PM
We sent about 90 Christmas cards out (and received about 60 in return), so those are still used ;)

We have a tea kettle (though I use the microwave more often), but we also have a tea pot (to steep the tea).

There's an ice cream truck which goes through our neighborhood all summer long.

We still get milk deliveries, as well (though we don't personally get it).

We use our Colorado Gazeteer all the time (as do all of our friends).  We also have street maps which we use regularly (of course, DH is an appraiser).

Both my kiddos have wrist watches.  And DH's GPS and altimeter (and heart rate monitor) are part of his wrist watch.

But then, we still use a tent for camping ;)

Oh, and ecb, our school has 'smart boards' in every room (which can be hooked up to the internet) -- they look like white boards, however.
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Post by: Betsy on December 26, 2010, 03:45 PM
My husband would die without maps.  He loves maps and wouldn't think of using anything else. (Though he's very tech savy.)

I have a tea kettle, but it's mostly for show.  I don't use it that much.

Yep, we have ice cream trucks too.

I still have my air popper and probably would use it if we weren't popcorn free these days (due to husband's health).

I have a watch, but my husband never wore one.  

We had a cell but got rid of it because we just didn't use it enough.  I never got rid of the landline, although no one ever calls except one friend and various soliciters.

I put leftovers in plastic containers.  Is it tupperware?  I don't know--but definitely the same idea.
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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 26, 2010, 04:23 PM
Off the top of my head: singing kettles, milk delivered to your house in wire baskets, journals, address books, dictionaries and encyclopedias in book form (we have these in our house, but our kids have friends who find them very odd), shoe-shine boxes (my father had one with a little step on it and he used it regularly), wall phones with cords, t.v. tables, t.v. 'rabbit ear' antennae, t.v. dinners, wicker picnic baskets, fish knives, five-and-dime stores, wee-wee babies, jackknives, cuff links, cold cream, cream rinse, and aprons that tie around the waist.

We got the entire set of Frasier for Christmas; my kids are intrigued by the phones with cords and occasional references to cellular phones, which are always big and clunky. They make me feel SO old!
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Post by: Lill on December 26, 2010, 04:56 PM
I don't think anyone has mentioned transistor radios yet.

I do think somebody mentioned reel to reel tape recorders. We have a reel of my husband's college clarinet recital ... and we have no way to play it  ... but he won't give it up.

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Post by: 1846 on December 26, 2010, 06:36 PM
Looks like I haven't posted anything on the Blueboards for eight months, although I still lurk pretty faithfully.  I've been wondering what thread would come along that would lure me out of my posting hiatus.  Guess it's this one.

I stand in open defiance of the predicted demise of nearly everything listed here, and I think many of the predictions are premature.

But I'll add a few.

Pontiacs.

Oldsmobiles.

saucers.

Dining rooms.  (I once asked my class if anyone could tell me what you do in a dining room.  Only one child could give me an answer.  "It's where you have the computer," Cody said.)

And the big one ... Intelligence.

Back to lurking.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 26, 2010, 07:45 PM
I have punch cards all throughout my book! But, yes, in real life probably they're obsolete. ;) I remember using a card to "punch in" when I worked at Eddie Bauer in the 90's - we slipped it in the cash register and it clocked us in. I kinda wonder how they do it now - but not enough to get a job in retail.  :oi

Marissa - I get it about the coffee maker now. Little slow on the uptake, here!  :drinktoast:

Strangely - I just saw an episode of The Wire (I'm late to the party) and some kid took off and his discman went flying and the disc fell out. I know people do still buy cd's (or Target wouldn't sell them) but it did take me out of the show. Because I know an urban kid on a corner would have some kind of ipod instead...

I wrote a video game book not too long ago, and want to do some revisions on it and maybe have it ready to go again after the steampunk book, and already I have to update tons. We just got a kinect at our house, for instance. ;) I don't think video game controllers will ever be completely archaic, but I have to at least nod at the new tech.

I think it's funny how things go in cycles, too. Cloth diapers disappeared, and now a lot of my friends (not me) are using them again. Milk delivery disappeared, but we have it now here in Seattle - as more of a luxury (it's all organic milk). Midwives really died back in favor of OB/GYN's, now a lot of my friends have midwives. (Again, not me - I'm a disaster waiting to happen with a pregnancy)

This is why I don't worry about the paper book - even if ereaders are *everywhere* for a while, they'll eventually claim just their niche of the market and paper books will have theirs - I think. ;)
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Post by: ixtumea on December 26, 2010, 09:21 PM
Clerks counting your change back to you without looking at the posted amount that's on the cash register.  But counting it back without any help from the register.  Even today when I buy something with cash, I'll count back the change to make sure it's right.  A few times it hasn't been.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 26, 2010, 09:57 PM
Oh, Ixtumea that's right! They used to count it backwards, you know like to make it add up to the bill you gave them. Now if they count it, it's forwards up to the number posted on the register. Not sure if I worded that well... but that is a big difference in shopping. ;)
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Post by: Lill on December 26, 2010, 10:03 PM
My sister was a keypunch operator.
I took shorthand in high school.
My mother wrote notes in shorthand all the time. Now she's gone and we keep finding notes we cannot read.

I doubt businesses use dictaphones anymore. In my first post college job, my boss would dictate a letter onto a tape, and I'd put it in this machine and listen to it, and type it up. Once I got all upset when I was typing a letter about someone I thought was "sick and dying" (I worked for an insurance company .. so yeah we dealt with sick and dying from time to time) .. and it turned out the person's name was Sig Dyan. I kid you not. I couldn't make that up.
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Post by: Pons on December 26, 2010, 11:01 PM
How about those pencils that librarians used to stamp the date on the card of the book you were checking out. They could write with one end and stamp the date with the other. I really wanted to have one of those pencils.

We also used to get cards in bills that said Do not Fold, Mutilate, or Spindle.

Laurel  :snowman
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Post by: Pons on December 26, 2010, 11:06 PM
In college there was no registering for classes by phone. Everyone had an assigned time when she would appear on campus in a huge hall and spend most of the day going from table to table to "pull cards" for the sections of the classes she wanted.

All men Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

Wearing dresses, nylons, and dress shoes to high school every day.

Does anyone carry school books on their hips anymore or does everyone use a backpack?

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Post by: Vijaya on December 27, 2010, 12:04 AM
Hey, I got a whistling red tea-kettle for Christmas because I still drink tea and use tea leaves and boil water on the stove.

I wear a veil to Church. I guess I have an old, old soul.

Vijaya

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Post by: Lill on December 27, 2010, 06:01 AM
I never saw librarian stamp pencils, but I remember the stampers that you had to move the date around on, and the little cards that went in the pocket of the book. I'm not sure about the public library, but in the school one, you had to sign your name on the little card -- so you could always tell who checked it out last.

Oooh, yes .. registering for classes ... standing in lines ... going from building to building .. it was like Black Friday ... you had to get to the line for your most desired class first or that one might fill up. I had to do the same thing in high school. We had four buildings and there were tables and teachers set up in each one, and you had a list pre-approved by your homeroom teacher of first choice classes and two alternates ... and I remember the frustration of classes closing up and having to take something dorky.

And yes, I remember do not fold, spindle, or mutilate.

I was going through a pile of my mother's old paperwork not long ago, and the coupons had little punch thingies on the side.

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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 27, 2010, 06:22 AM
Has anybody mentioned mimeograph machines?  Also, lazy susans, luncheon instead of lunch (it always sounded tastier and so much more refined), organ players in movie theaters, word processors with tiny little screens  that held only half a dozen lines (we thought they were so deeply cool when they first came out), carbon copies, correction flluid, and Brylcreem.

My kids and their friends are so amazed when I pop popcorn the old-fashioned way. And I used cloth diapers too. Some traditions are just painful to give up!
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Post by: Lill on December 27, 2010, 07:18 AM
geez, speaking of organs .. it's hard to find a church with an organ an organist any more.  Very few kids majoring in organ in college. Our church in OKC had a heckuva time finding a new organist.

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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 27, 2010, 07:26 AM
I had a music major friend who played keyboard in a new wave band. On Sundays, she played the organ in my grandmother's church in San Francisco. It was fun to see her in her church robes with her spiked, streaked short hair. Ah, those were the days!

Waxed paper. Does anybody still used waxed paper?  My mother was horrified by the thought of plastic baggies -- the waste!
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Post by: olmue on December 27, 2010, 07:44 AM
I have four kids in the public school system, and all the schools I've ever been in still have chalkboards. Ditto all the universities I've been in... (of course, sometimes the public schools have had better technology than the universities--the last state flagship U my husband taught at, his technology consisted of a chalkboard and an outlet in the wall--meanwhile, our kids all had computers at school. But that might just be a special state...) Next time I'm at the brand-new-just-opened-this-fall high school, I'll try to peek in a classroom and see if they still have chalkboards.
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Post by: ara on December 27, 2010, 08:45 AM
I'm interested to hear what everyone else has to say about this, but...

LOCKERS.

My kids' middle and high schools here in San Diego completely removed them at least ten years ago. Same goes for my siblings' high schools in Orange County (and they went through those years of school starting in the late '90s). The schools maintain a set of books in each classroom, plus a set of books in the library, saying lockers are unnecessary with the books at school. I guess administrators think lockers are only good for hiding contraband or something.

Anyway, I keep reading about people going to their lockers in all the YA I read, but I have to wonder how many kids still have them.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 27, 2010, 08:54 AM
They're in my daughters' high school that was built 5 years ago, in the suburbs of Boston.
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Post by: olmue on December 27, 2010, 09:08 AM
My son's new middle school last year had lockers. Kids were allowed to bring cell phones to school, but they had to stay in the lockers, turned off.
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Post by: ixtumea on December 27, 2010, 09:12 AM
I taught in Tustin, Ca and they took all the chalkboard out around the middle of the 1990s.  Instead they put in whiteboards which were a pain to line when I was teaching handwriting.  Do they even teach handwriting anymore?  I know I was the only first grade teacher who did.

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Post by: ara on December 27, 2010, 09:19 AM
My son's new middle school last year had lockers. Kids were allowed to bring cell phones to school, but they had to stay in the lockers, turned off.

Olmue~Where do you live?

Marissa~Thanks for chiming in. Sounds like it's not a trend to get rid of them back east.

I should have mentioned they still have P.E. lockers, just not regular ones, so a lot of kids are going in and out of the locker room all day to retrieve their stuff.
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Post by: olmue on December 27, 2010, 09:25 AM
Ara, the new lockers were in NW Arkansas (ie Walmart moneyland). We live in Idaho now, and they also have lockers. There's no way the state of Idaho can afford to have two sets of books for every kid.
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Post by: mirtlemist on December 27, 2010, 09:45 AM
Spouse and I go to the antique mall all the time and laugh at how many things from our childhood are on display, like Howdy Doody and Hop-a-long Cassiday mugs. We bougt a couple of oil lamp and the college-aged sales girl asked if we knew how to use them. She said she didn't know the half of what was in there. We walked around identifying common household items for her while she took notes.  :lol2 

We recently advertised an electronic typewriter on Freecycle, complete with a box of ribbons and correct tapes. The man who wanted them works for a local leadership school and wanted to show his students the Neanderthal technology (his words) people used to use.

I took shorthand in high school and used dictation machines.

It cracks me up whenever we watch a movie like "Independence Day" and the world is saved by Morse Code. How many people actually know MC any more?

Terri
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Post by: Betsy on December 27, 2010, 10:12 AM
Nobody but the boy scouts knew MC when I was a kid.

I learned shorthand too.  And the first computer I learned to "program" used those little IBM cards with the holes.

In my office days, we had an assignment correcting (other people's) errors made in triplicate on those old carbon copies using a razor blade. I came home with purple stains on my clothes, hands, and face--and they were hard to get off.  I'd forgotten about that.

THE GRUMPUS UNDER THE RUG, which just went out of print, is so out of date that it shows the kid putting marshmallows in the typewriter. 
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Post by: EricJ on December 27, 2010, 10:31 AM
I took shorthand in high school and used dictation machines.

To become "computer literate", I took a semester of BASIC in high school.  :oncomputer
What good did it ultimately do me?....Zero.   

And the first computer I learned to "program" used those little IBM cards with the holes.

(At least I'm not alone in being the only one to understand the old 60's-protest value of "Do not fold, spindle or mutilate...")
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Post by: Betsy on December 27, 2010, 10:41 AM
Eric--I didn't take Basic, but I learned it myself.  You're right--it never did any good in the computer world, but it gave me a real sense of how programming works, so it wasn't a total waste of time.
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Post by: Wendy Martin on December 27, 2010, 11:18 AM
8-track music
 :exclamationpoint:
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 27, 2010, 11:28 AM
My kids have some chalkboards and some white boards - they go to a teeny, tiny private school, that rents space from another teeny tiny private school in a building that used to be a public school built in - I'm sure - the 70's. Hence, not totally updated. The school I went to had all the lockers removed for safety reasons, but my kids have lockers - no locks though. It's a little inconceivable to me that they aren't pranked all the time, but it just doesn't occur to them.

I miss the library stampers and cards. Although, I love my self checkout, too. :)

HAM radios, anyone? Loved those when I was a kid. I just saw one on Fringe, though, so maybe they aren't totally obsolete, just not so much the thing now that we have internet.
Also, the A/V squad at school - and the film strips?
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Post by: Ree on December 27, 2010, 12:11 PM
Basic, Fortran, and Cobol!

Susan
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Post by: ixtumea on December 27, 2010, 12:33 PM
Radio Shack stuff cat toys that had a radio inside their tummies.  Remember those?  I was looking for something similar and the clerk--who must have been 20 or so--looked at me like he didn't know what I was talking about.

Kiddles that came in scent containers.  The newer versions are nothing like the ones from the 60s.
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Post by: Vijaya on December 27, 2010, 12:40 PM
Susan, I almost forgot about using punch cards for programming ...
I'm so glad they still sell those wind up toys. Some things will never become obsolete ... like books and pens and paper and chocolate!
Vijaya
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 27, 2010, 01:07 PM
The projectors for films in school. Somebody was always the designated film lacer . . . then the film was always old and dry which made it break and it had to be mended with scotch tape.

The other projectors with film strips and a taped narrative. It would go "PING" when you needed to change the image.

Braces with the gear that went around the entire head that kids wore to school . . . not just to bed.

Koolats which were renamed "Gouchos"

Wallaby Shoes

Wearing Corduroy Pants that had treads so deep that they made noises when you walked . . . always topped off with a Hawaiin shirt.

Dittos

Angel Flights

Macaroni Christmas Trees

Popcorn Ceilings . . . bleck!

Shag Carpet . . . It tried to make a come-back but what a mistake that was!

Rotary Phones

Gas Stations where "Self Service" was the option most people "didn't" use.

Bicycles with "Sissy Bars" and "Banana Seats"

Merry-Go-Rounds in play grounds and parks
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Post by: Betsy on December 27, 2010, 01:30 PM
There's a park near my house with a merry-go-round.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 27, 2010, 01:52 PM
 It was a love/hate thing with the merry-go-round when I was a kid because usually someone got hurt each day or sometime during the week. In some school districts, they pulled them from the playgrounds because of the injuries and potential lawsuits. Are teeter-totters still in some public playgrounds? We don't have any here that I've seen.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: RebeccaL-G on December 27, 2010, 02:05 PM
Mail order catalog stores like Montgomery Wards or Sears Roebuck where you placed your order in person at the catalog store (no retail sales there, just ordering) and it was delivered to the catalog store for you to pick up.

Lay-away was something we did when I was a kid and I thought it had died out, but K-mart is advertising it again. 

I think calendars are soon destined to go the way of the dinosaur--everyone keeps track on their phones now.

And leg-warmers--I almost tripped over my shopping cart last week when I saw a giant display of them at Walgreens!   :ohno Seriously, could leg-warmers be making a come back?  Mine looked so cute over my boots back in the day. 
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 27, 2010, 02:26 PM
I don't think calendars are dead yet--there's always a big kiosk selling them at my large local mall, and people buy them.  And my teens all wear watches, but my husband stopped wearing his.  Go figure.

Here's one no one's mentioned--Green Stamps!
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 27, 2010, 02:44 PM
Oooh, I remember Green Stamps and Blue Chip Stamps.

Polaroid Cameras.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: andracill on December 27, 2010, 02:44 PM
I remember writing my name on library cards in the book pockets.  We also had to go around to the various tables and sign up for classes in high school (though not all three years, I don't think).  And I also took Basic in high school (and only passed it because one of the smartest guys in school ended up as my partner).

Of course, the very first time I typed a paper on a computer was my senior year, and it was one of those computers which had the three by three screen that only showed a couple lines of text at a time...and we used to have to measure our footnotes.

Yeesh, I feel old ;)
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Post by: ixtumea on December 27, 2010, 03:00 PM
Yes, I remember battling with that film with the school's film projector.  No one else at my school used them but my first graders liked some of the films.  I even had a couple of my students help run them.

I worked at the Harold B. Lee library at BYU while attending school and we checked books out using a computer back in the later 80s.   Though I haven't seen a card catalog in a long time.  Are they still around?  They weren't at my son's former school.

Alot of the styles of the 80s and 90s are back.  (Wish I kept my original Candies shoes with plastic heels.  Remember those?)  I agree with the other comment though that leggings and oversized tunics don't flatter overweigh 50 somethings.  I do admit I tried to get in a pair of jeggings and laughed so hard I fell over with only one leg up.  Who seriously can get into those pants?
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Post by: Pons on December 27, 2010, 03:42 PM
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and we used to have to measure our footnotes.

Oh my gosh! I remember doing that and it was such a hassle. If you mis-measured, you either had to re-type the page or hope the teacher didn't notice.

Does anyone remember phone numbers where the first two numbers were letters - like MH5-5442?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on December 27, 2010, 03:59 PM
Yep,  I remember those phone numbers with words or letters.    :EmoticonPhone:   Also surprises me to see old addresses without zip codes.   Apparently, they haven't been in use as long as I thought.

Our schools (Corona,  in SoCal) have lockers for high-schoolers only.   The middle school students have to lug backpacks around.   But the way modern technology's going,  textbooks might become obsolete.   Some schools are already using electronic devices instead of actual books.   The local high school has a website for online textbooks,  in case students forget to take their book(s) home.
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 27, 2010, 05:21 PM
Off Topic . . . Apologies . . . I was just remembering the Merry-Go-Round that I got hurt on . . . Smashed my head against the hard ground after my brother was thrown against me in a dispute with another kid knocking my grip from the bars and chipping one of my front teeth down to the nerve . . . and all and it was in SoCal in a school in Corona : Jefferson Elementary. Before that, I went to Garretson Elementary. Wow . . . never was there long enough to find out about the lockers though.
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Post by: Lill on December 27, 2010, 05:50 PM
Drive-in movies.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on December 27, 2010, 06:08 PM
Those indestructible cassette recorders (Fisher Price) for little kids... tried to find one for my nephew a couple of years ago, and was told at the ToysRUs that they're obsolete.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ixtumea on December 27, 2010, 07:36 PM
There's still a few drive through movies out there.  Not many but a few.  I don't know about anyone else, but I never did see movies when I went to those with my boyfriends.   :lol2
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on December 27, 2010, 10:06 PM
Cynthia-- :wow   My sister went to Jefferson!   I've worked there and at Garretson as a teacher's aide,  too.   

Christine
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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 28, 2010, 06:53 AM
Songs that came on the radio -- which we ALL listened to -- whether you liked them or not. http://pratie.blogspot.com/2005/06/worst-songs-of-70s.html (http://pratie.blogspot.com/2005/06/worst-songs-of-70s.html)  

Leg warmers are back, along with long sweaters with leggings and boots.  They look good on thin 18 year olds.  Overweight 50 somethings should avoid them.
I'm not a skinny 18-year-old. But if anybody tries to get my leg warmers off me, they'll have to take them off my cold, dead body. And it really WILL be cold, too.
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Post by: Gnat on December 28, 2010, 07:18 AM
Oh, I was another one that took Basic and Cobol!

How about the Commodore 64 ?!  All my geeky guy friends were salivating to be the first to own a personal computer.

Schoolhouse Rock and The After School Special. 

My Mom had a hair dryer that consisted of a plastic cap and a long hose inside a suitcase type box. 

Pop rocks!


Gnat

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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 28, 2010, 08:30 AM
How about the electric curlers that came in a little box that steamed up?  What a load of rubbish they were, but everybody wanted them desperately. We dreamed they would make our hair straight and sleek, along with massive amounts of Dippity Do hair gel.
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Post by: smichel on December 28, 2010, 10:01 AM
Hi Ruth,

When we were cleaning out the attic a few months ago, I came across my sons' old Fisher-Price tape player. It really is indestructible. Now if I could just find the cassettes for it.

Stella
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Post by: DianaM on December 28, 2010, 11:40 AM
Songs that came on the radio -- which we ALL listened to -- whether you liked them or not. http://pratie.blogspot.com/2005/06/worst-songs-of-70s.html (http://pratie.blogspot.com/2005/06/worst-songs-of-70s.html) 
I'm not a skinny 18-year-old. But if anybody tries to get my leg warmers off me, they'll have to take them off my cold, dead body. And it really WILL be cold, too.

Seriously, guys? Leg warmers are back?

Well, if Mary thinks they're a good idea, then I guess I may have to revisit them.

That reminds me, remember when you had to break in jeans all on your own or buy them at a thrift shop for that worn look? You had to work for that look (or at least some person did). Now they're all mechanically pre-worn-in for you. I wonder how they do it?

Also, remember the UHF channel? They always had some interesting/weird program on there.
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Post by: Betsy on December 28, 2010, 11:50 AM
I remember by oldest phone number (with letters).  It was "Charleston 61055."

Oh, and darning socks.  My mother had a darning egg--a wooden thing with an egg-shaped bulge at one end. Anyone remember those?

And polaroid cameras are back:

http://www.amazon.com/Polaroid-CZA-05300B-Instant-Digital-Camera/dp/B001RIYUJQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1292174709&sr=8-2
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Post by: olmue on December 28, 2010, 12:14 PM
Okay, so my 7th grader reports that he does have white boards in his current classroom. But the elementary school where I teach volunteer art classes definitely has only chalkboards.
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Post by: JulieM on December 28, 2010, 01:55 PM
Wind up clocks and watches (without batteries)
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Post by: Julia K. on December 28, 2010, 03:10 PM
wax paper- made my mother's spritz cookies for the first time this year- finding the cookie press was hard enough but then my grandma and mom always lined the cookie tins with wax paper- actually my grandma used it to seal up everything in her used mircle whip jars and cool whip containers- did I  take a lot of cookies back to college in a coolwhip container with a little wax paper to seal them in and keep them from breaking- alas- couldn't find it anywhere- do live in the boomies- had to use parchment paper and it just isnt the same- !
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Post by: Betsy on December 28, 2010, 05:19 PM
We always have wax paper in the house.

My favorite kind of candy used to be Red Hots, but you can't find it anymore.  Once, I called every store in town--no luck. 

Then, for Valentine's Day, my husband emailed the original manufacturer--and he got me an entire case of it.   :love4:

But they're probably completely out of business now.   :shrug:
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 28, 2010, 05:46 PM
Speaking of obsolete snacks, does anyone remember pop rocks?

Wierd how Polaroid keeps putting it's name out there somehow. They actually were pretty intuitive . . . being an instant camera is as close to digital as it ever got.

I thought the beehive was extinct, but it seems Amy Winehouse likes to sport something similar . . . not sure what's in it though. http://www.hairflair.org/entry/amy-winehouse-in-newfound-beehive-hairstyle/
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 28, 2010, 05:49 PM
That reminds me, remember when you had to break in jeans all on your own or buy them at a thrift shop for that worn look? You had to work for that look (or at least some person did). Now they're all mechanically pre-worn-in for you. I wonder how they do it?
If you grew up on the ocean, the best way to break in new jeans was to go swimming in them a few times.  Salt water always seemed to do the trick.  :yup

Yes, we still use wax paper.  And my daughter just bought her big brother a huge box of Red Hots for Christmas, Betsy--so they're definitely still around.
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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on December 28, 2010, 06:50 PM
When we were cleaning out the attic a few months ago, I came across my sons' old Fisher-Price tape player. It really is indestructible. Now if I could just find the cassettes for it.
Stella

Really, Stella? I still use stories on cassette for the listening center in my classroom, so I couldn't believe they didn't make 'em any more. Apparently everything's electronic now. My kids used to drag their little tape player everywhere and rock out!   :partytime
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Post by: write2inspire on December 28, 2010, 07:03 PM
Friday Night Videos aired on one of the NBC, CBS, ABC stations which were a TV event when I got home from babysitting--Mom watched them with me, and we were fascinated!

Atari game with Pac Man and Frogger, and there was one other early game, but I can't remember the name.

Phones that were attached and not cordless and had long, long cords that I dragged down the hall and shut the bedroom door so no one could hear my high school conversations.

Accounting classes where we did all the figuring and adding in workbooks or zeroxed copies--not Excel or any other computer program.

Typing classes! I still remember how great it was to take my typing class the summer before 9th grade. I got to go to the high school every day, and felt like I might not get as lost in the Fall! Now there are computers in those typing rooms.

And yes..popcorn machines. Only we cooked ours in a pan with oil on the stove. I still like it that way best.

Jordach jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans, flat shoes in all colors of the rainbow to match the outfits, and dressing up for high school. (And it took a lot of babysitting to pay for those clothes!) Now, the high school kids in our area wear jeans and sweatshirts all the time.

Taking driver's ed at 15 1/2 and taking the driving test and passing on the actual birthday at 16, and then getting to drive without parents in the car at 16.

 






Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Betsy on December 28, 2010, 09:05 PM
Maybe they're just not around in California anymore (Red Hots).  Can you tell me the name of the store that sells them?  I would really appreciate it!
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Post by: Pons on December 28, 2010, 09:23 PM
I just bought red hots last week at Stater Bros. to decorate Christmas cookies only they were called something else. Are we talking about little red dots of candy flavored with cinnamon?
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 28, 2010, 09:51 PM
I love red hots. Haven't seen them in ages, though  - but that doesn't mean they aren't around here, I might have just missed them. And yes, pop rocks! Now all I can think is what must be *in* those things!

I do think there's a different cultural experience now with so much personalization. Kids aren't all watching the same show at night, or the same after school special, or listening to the same song on the radios. Of course, now we have facebook, so they probably connect in different ways over different things - but it's a shift. I remember playing name that tune with the radio dial in junior high - or holding up my cassette recorder to tape off the radio. :) Oh those radio mix tapes!!

Word processors - I had one my freshman year in college before I got a computer and email. That was a huge change!! I wonder if going to the post office is a thing at all in college anymore with all the email? That was the highlight of my day! That and seeing the cutie pie senior I liked walk from philosphy to theater class, but I digress...
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Post by: ruecole on December 28, 2010, 10:16 PM
Hehe! This has been a fun walk down memory lane. And yes, I realize I'm not yet forty (or even thirty-five), but I still remember A LOT of this stuff!

I just have to say, for those of you heating water in the microwave, please please please put a spoon or stir stick into the cup before you microwave so the water doesn't explode and burn you. It was on Mythbusters.

Rue
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 28, 2010, 10:27 PM
Wait - what? Water explode?? I know a spoon will explode.
Although I can say that if you heat water in the microwave, then dump a Via in it, it turns into a volcano. Learned that the hard way. (Poor Via)  :coffee :mop:
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Post by: Betsy on December 29, 2010, 12:21 AM
They do sell red cake decorations in tiny glass bottles.  They're kind of like red hots, but the taste isn't the same.
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Post by: EricJ on December 29, 2010, 02:17 AM
Friday Night Videos aired on one of the NBC, CBS, ABC stations which were a TV event when I got home from babysitting--Mom watched them with me, and we were fascinated!

And if we're going to go into everything I remember from 80's MTV, back when they still showed music, I'm going to cry.     :cry2

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Atari game with Pac Man and Frogger, and there was one other early game, but I can't remember the name.

Anyone actually remember playing the E.T. game, before they buried the last copies in the Nevada desert?
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Post by: MaryWitzl on December 29, 2010, 04:55 AM
Does anybody remember those really delicious candy cigarettes with the red tips?  We used to love 'smoking' them on cold mornings (a relative term in Southern California), sucking in our breath, then letting it out breath slowly so it looked like we were glamorous ladies blowing smoke rings.  I can't imagine they'd still be around, not even in Scotland, where there are still plenty of smokers.
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Post by: ixtumea on December 29, 2010, 09:38 AM
Loved those candy cigarettes!  Haven't seen any of them lately though. 
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 29, 2010, 09:59 AM
Maybe they're just not around in California anymore (Red Hots).  Can you tell me the name of the store that sells them?  I would really appreciate it!

Well, there's this: http://www.ferrarapan.com/store/index.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=66 (http://www.ferrarapan.com/store/index.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=66) and here if you're feeling nostalgic for other old candies as well: http://www.waysidecountrystore.com/csnostalgiccandy.htm (http://www.waysidecountrystore.com/csnostalgiccandy.htm)   They still seem to be sold pretty commonly around me in the Boston area (that second link is to a store just up the road a bit from me).  By the way, cinnamon Mentos are pretty darned good as well--have you tried them?  :flame:
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Post by: Betsy on December 29, 2010, 10:13 AM
Bless you, Marissa!  

I've tried different kinds of cinnamon candy--nothing does it like those Red Hots!  (They're probably made from corn syrup, which I no longer eat--but I can splurge once in awhile).

Also, does anyone on this board still iron?
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 29, 2010, 10:50 AM
You're welcome--enjoy!! :drinktoast:
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Post by: ruecole on December 29, 2010, 10:53 AM
Wait - what? Water explode?? I know a spoon will explode.
Although I can say that if you heat water in the microwave, then dump a Via in it, it turns into a volcano. Learned that the hard way. (Poor Via)  :coffee :mop:

Yes, it's rare, but it can happen. Something to do with water surface tension not allowing the air to escape. I remember WAAAAYYY back when we got our first microwave it had one of those probes and in the instructions it actually said never to boil water without using the probe.

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Atari game with Pac Man and Frogger, and there was one other early game, but I can't remember the name.


Space Invaders?

My kids enjoy playing some of these original video games online. 12-year-old was playing Duck Hunt just last night!  :biggrin:

Rue

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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 29, 2010, 11:09 AM
Pong!!
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Post by: Betsy on December 29, 2010, 11:15 AM
I’m making a master list of all the things people have mentioned that might date you, if you put them in your stories or might be useful for stories set in a previous decade. (I left some things out--and some categories, like fashion) Here’s what I’ve got--this is just the first 3 pages:

Totally obsolete

angel hair
VHS players
Cassette tapes
Hot rollers
Walkmans
Roller skates
pay phones
station wagons
kids unrestrained in cars
Thomas Guide
party invitations by mail
beepers
bank books
records and record players
hand driven egg beaters (I still have one)
playing jacks
wood stove
reel to reel tape deck
super 8 movies and projectors
film slides and screen
dry shampoo
mimeograph machines
telegrams
travelers checks
SPF 4, 8, and 12
DOS
crazy straws
bleaching your hair with bleach spray
bottled milk from the dairy
stove popcorn
nickle candy by the pound
egg cream with egg
typewriters
special printing paper
travel agents
floppy disks
ditto machines
carbon paper
TV Guide descriptions of programs
Xerox copies
Polaroid, princess and rotary phones, and instamatic cameras
swim caps with (or without) flowers
double feature movie with cartoon
only 10 to 12 channels
television antenna
White-Out
Correction tape
Onionskin paper
watches
Bonnet hairdryers
boom boxes
glass soda bottles
iodine
mecurochrome
Bactine
Cremulsion
shoe shine boys?
Slide rules
CALL POLICE signs
dictation machines
shorthand
CB radios
drugstores with counters where you could get burgers and cokes
fabric supplies sold in department stores
soda fountains
video game arcades
T.V. channel sign offs with test pattern and national anthem
Paneling
Atari Ping Pong
A dime in your pocket/shoe for emergencies
Drive-ins
elevator operators
millenary and glove departments in department stores
stores closed on Sundays (it wasn’t just the South!)
Roll down windows in cars
adding machines
card catalogs
Whites and Colored signs
home visits by doctors
DJ requests
Darkrooms
expensive long distance calls
five and dime stores
t.v. dinners
wall phones
cuff links
cold cream
aprons
shoe shine boxes
jackknives
cream rinse
aprons
You’ve got mail
warming trays
transistor radios
Pontiacs.
Oldsmobiles.
saucers
diningrooms
punch cards
clerks counting change without looking at register
keypunch
dictaphones
library stampers
Basic, Fortran, and Cobol!
Angel flights
shag carpets
Green stamps, Blue chip stamps
candy cigarettes (had to add this)
phone numbers with letters
thank you notes
sleeping on hair rollers
"iron defficiency anemia" and Geritol
fondu
hassocks

May be obsolete or going obsolete

point and shoot cameras
greeting cards
publishing catalogues (disagree with this, publishers keeps sending them to me)
bills paid by mail
subs by mail (really?  I still do it that way)
photo albums (for current photos)
phones with cords (I still have one)
tea cosy
leg warmers
teapots and kettles
tea leaves
Christmas cards
landline phones
chalk and chalkboards
paste
writing checks
single movie theaters
drugstores with counters where you could get burgers and cokes
fabric supplies sold in department stores
paper maps
phone books
encyclopedias
dictionaries
travel agents
paneling
“from scratch” cooking
lockers?








Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Aimee W. on December 29, 2010, 11:43 AM
I received a copy of "OBSOLETE--an encyclopedia of once common things passing us by" for Christmas - really interesting little book if anyone's interested. There are things I didn't expect to see, such as "aging, body hair, dying of old age, eating for pleasure, getting lost, plaster casts, privacy, sadness, stove-top popcorn, wrinkles..."
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Post by: Betsy on December 29, 2010, 11:54 AM
Wrinkles?  I wish...
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Post by: Aimee W. on December 29, 2010, 11:56 AM
It's actually kind of sad to read some of this stuff, but sad is obsolete, so...  :phat
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 29, 2010, 11:56 AM
Oh yes, phone books. I was thinking the other day that people used to say "I'm in the book" and you could just look them up in the phone book and have contact info. Now I say "just friend me on FB" and it's the same thing. No need to actually write down contact info. ;)

I did play E.T. - great game. And I had a Commodore 64, and I LOVED my Intellivision gaming system. I also loved those candy cigarrettes that had the dusted sugar on the outside so it would make a big puff of smoke when you exhaled - at least the first time.

Some other things that I experienced as a kid that mine don't are kind of sad - like riding my bike down the street by myself and walking home from school. I'm sure some of you have kids that still do that - but I've had too many close calls around here (friends kids being almost snatched or actually snatched). I'm sad for them, but I can't risk it. *note, I live in a densely populated suburb which I think is kind of the worst - enough traffic that something could happen, not so urban that and pedestrian friendly that someone could intervene.
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Post by: ruecole on December 29, 2010, 12:22 PM
I've been told pet rocks are obsolete, but our local library had a Pet-a-Rock class this summer, so at least a few kids know what they are! ;)

Chia Pets?
Sea Monkeys?

How about candy thermometers? Melon ballers? Fondue sets?

I can't believe that tea pots, tea kettles, tea cozies, and tea leaves would ever be obsolete or ever dated. So long as there are tea drinkers, there'll be tea pots, tea kettles, tea cozies, and tea leaves! (I have all four!  :biggrin:)

Rue
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Post by: write2inspire on December 29, 2010, 12:24 PM
Space Invaders!  That was the Atari game! And I remember playing ET!
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 29, 2010, 12:26 PM
My Milli Vanilli CD. Yup. It's obsolete, so I'm keeping it. Girl . . . You Know It's True!
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Post by: ruecole on December 29, 2010, 12:27 PM
Tea cups, on the other hand, with saucers, I think may be outdated. Every tea drinker I know uses a mug.

How about good china and china cabinets? My grandparents have these, but nobody I know under 40 does!

Rue
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Post by: Julia K. on December 29, 2010, 12:35 PM
Ha- we had fondu for Christmas- kids love it and have to explain to all their friends what it is! Still  few fondu resturants in the ski town around here!
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on December 29, 2010, 12:39 PM
Men's hats (apart from baseball caps!)  I still remember my grandfather wearing one when I was small, but no one since.

I don't melon ballers or candy thermometers will go away--they're useful if you like to cook.  Fondue sets, however (especially in avocado green or harvest gold!)
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Post by: Betsy on December 29, 2010, 12:45 PM
Does anyone use eyelash curlers anymore?  Does anyone iron?  Anyone remember those big "mangling" (ironing) devices?
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on December 29, 2010, 03:12 PM
Chia pets aren't likely to go away,  either.   I see the ads for them (and the "clap-on,  clap off" clappers) every Christmas season.   They even had a Barack Obama one this year.
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on December 29, 2010, 03:42 PM
Does anyone use eyelash curlers anymore?  Does anyone iron?  Anyone remember those big "mangling" (ironing) devices?
My Grandma had a Mangle Iron . . . and she was SOOO fast on it. I was so amazed by her skill I could sit and watch her for hours.

I never used an eyelash curler. I tried, but they always mushed my lashes together. Come to think of it, I haven't seen them in the cosmetic section of drug stores in quite awhile.
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Post by: mirtlemist on December 29, 2010, 03:43 PM
How about party lines? I remember my mother picking up our old clunky black rotary phone and having to wait for people to finish their conversations before she could place a call. Or she would just join in. You never knew who was listening...

Terri
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Post by: SeeShelle on December 29, 2010, 07:16 PM
those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)


Ditto machines!!  I remember them at school.  It was blue/purple ink.

Michelle
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Post by: Pons on December 29, 2010, 07:32 PM
Ashtrays in restaurants and department stores. They are a thing of the past in California. Do you have them in other parts of the country?
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Post by: Cassandra on December 29, 2010, 07:39 PM
I believe traditional eyelash curlers are still in use but you can also get heated curlers.

Have we covered that sound that modems make? That's obsolete or is a sign of dating ones equipment.

I have a 15 year old niece and it's interesting to see what is normal for me that is outdated for her -watches, CDs, landlines.
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Post by: Lill on December 29, 2010, 08:55 PM
Hot rollers --obsolete?  I just bought a set in 2009 ... they have the little wire clips to hold them on your hair and everything.

And yes, I iron .... well about the only thing I iron are my husband's work shirts.  I'm just a rumpled ol' mess.
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Post by: MysteryRobin on December 29, 2010, 09:15 PM
I only iron my kids hula outfits. ;)
I have hot rollers too - and foam rollers. :)
Ashtrays in cars, too. Remember those little pull out metal things? Kinda gross to think that they used to actually hold ash.  :yuk:
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Post by: Lill on December 29, 2010, 10:11 PM
Car seats that went all the way across .. no consoles .. no bucket seats

Being able to buy alcoholic beverages at age 18. Of course that was changed quite a while back. Is it 21 in all states now?

Smoking sections in restaurants .. and ashtrays on the table.

Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on December 29, 2010, 11:21 PM
Cars still have ashtrays,  but most people throw their cigarette butts out the window anyway...    :uhuh
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Ree on December 30, 2010, 12:24 AM
Ashtrays at the Doctor's office, and in hospitals.
Smoking in the movies.
Smoking lounges at the high schools.
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Post by: DonnaE on December 30, 2010, 04:48 AM
Legwarmers. Did they ever make sense?

Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em.

I'm a walking posterchild for the 80's...but I'm okay with that. ;)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Pons on December 30, 2010, 10:11 AM
My 12 year old grandson just got a watch for his birthday and was thrilled.
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Post by: DianaM on December 30, 2010, 10:41 AM
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Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em.

LOL, Donna! Don't worry, it's not you, it's me. I've been out of touch with fashion since my kids were born. Would you believe I used to work at a fashion company? Sigh.

Marissa -- swimming with jeans on in the ocean sounds like fun! I used to just cut mine and then wash a bunch of times for that frayed look.

I remember cigarette lounges in highschools. Thought it was pretty awesome at the time. Now I find it shocking. I haven't smoked since my early twenties.
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Post by: Lill on December 30, 2010, 11:34 AM
You had lounges? We had to sit outside on a hill. Well, I didn't smoke .. but there was a smoking hill. Tobacco was not the only thing smoked, however. I remember the pot smoke making me a bit queasy when it came in through the air conditioning vents.
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Post by: DianaM on December 30, 2010, 11:57 AM
LOL, Lillian!! Yep, there were a lot of queasy high school kids back then. ;) :D

I went to three different high schools. Two were strict private schools and one was a loosey goosey public school in new jersey. Juniors and seniors had a smoking lounge and everyone younger smoked in the bathrooms. They also had a juke box in the cafeteria that played Iron Maiden and Judas Priest! I thought it was the coolest place ever. But in hindsight, thank god my parents moved after just six months! It seems like kids today don't smoke as much as they used to though. Or perhaps that's my perception.

Oh, that gave me another memory. At my other high school we went to a playground across the street to smoke. That was in upper manhattan. It was the late eighties so there were empty crack vials everywhere. I used to collect them so I could turn them into an art project. Good thing my parents never found that box of vials in my room! LOL. Not an easy one to explain. :D 
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Post by: DianaM on December 30, 2010, 12:30 PM
Wait, just to be clear, the crack vials weren't from the students. Probably shouldn't have gone there. It's a weird memory.
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Post by: writerjenn on December 30, 2010, 12:52 PM
Crack vials used to be all over the streets in Philadelphia--right around 1990, I think. A good detail for anyone who's writing a book set in that time period! They're gone now--at least you no longer see them stuck in the sidewalk cracks like you used to.
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Post by: DianaM on December 30, 2010, 01:01 PM
True! It was unique to the era.
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Post by: writerjenn on December 30, 2010, 01:20 PM
A few other things:

Do you remember on the old TV sets, how there was one dial for UHF channels and another dial for VHF channels? That you had to cross the room to change? And adjust the antenna when you changed channels?

As for lockers: they are definitely still in our local high school. Where do kids keep their coats if they don't have lockers? (OK, I grew up in New England where a coat was not an optional piece of clothing. You could die of hypothermia waiting for the bus.)

Is 7-digit phone dialing totally gone now? My parents still had it for a long time, but the last time I visited them, I had to use 10 digits on their phone.

Fondue seems to go in cycles--every few years, some fondue restaurants will open up.

I had to laugh at whoever mentioned "privacy" as obsolete. Do you remember that a phone call used to be a private event--people would go in another room and close the door when they had a call, and it was considered rude to eavesdrop when someone else was on the phone? And now everyone talks on the phone in public. Even in public restrooms. Also, the amount of info people voluntarily put online about themselves is astounding.

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Post by: ixtumea on December 30, 2010, 06:54 PM
Yes, the smoking hill.  I admit, I smoked with my friends there along with some teachers too.  I tell others about this and those younger than 40 are horrified they did this.  And the pot thing?  I'll take the fifth.
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Post by: Lill on December 30, 2010, 07:50 PM
School classrooms with long rows of windows .. before central air became common .. this was in the South. Even in the mid-80's, I was teaching in an un-airconditioned classroom in Georgia.

Dorm rooms with community bathrooms/showers.  If you used the toilet, you had to yell "FLUSH!" before flushing in time for the person in the shower to jump out of the way of the water ... or they would get scalded.  I remember the little signs tacked to the inside of every bathroom stall. I also remember what it was like to be shaving your legs and suddenly hear someone holler "Flush!" and trying to hop out of the way without injuring yourself. 

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Post by: DianaM on December 31, 2010, 11:29 AM
Me too, ixtumea!

writerjenn -- I do remember getting up to change the channel and UHF. I even had a black and white tv back then. It's hard to believe. And even more to the extreme, I just found out that my husband's grandfather had one of those cars with the crank on it. Amazing.

Lillian -- I still have nightmares about the community bathrooms of college. So not fun.
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Post by: Lill on December 31, 2010, 12:25 PM
Cotton in the top of aspirin bottles
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Post by: Aimee W. on December 31, 2010, 12:43 PM
Do you remember on the old TV sets, how there was one dial for UHF channels and another dial for VHF channels? That you had to cross the room to change? And adjust the antenna when you changed channels?

ZOMG! We were the last family in the country to still use an old set back in the late 80's (or so it felt like at the time, and it was a wood console, of course). I had one those "taboo" sets of divorced parents and loved going to my dad's on the weekend to zip the lever across that beige cable box--and eat Dominoes in under 30 minutes with "Coke Classic." Remember the clicking beige box?? I went to his house in 85' for MTV's premiere and saw "Video Killed the Radio Star" just after midnight....I was also the only kid in my second grade class (and at our church--back in 81') with divorced parents. I like to think they were punk and not trendy~

This could probably go without mentioning, but I'll bring it up anyway--there was a white woman and a black man living across the street from us and I clearly remember how all the neighbors wouldn't talk to them, and sat and gossiped incessantly. Thank the Spaghetti Monster things have cooled off.

ETA: I purposely got my hands on a wood console TV last year. Where else am I supposed to put my aloe vera plant and doily?
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Post by: RebeccaL-G on December 31, 2010, 09:47 PM
My high school  in a Sacramento suburb had a smoking area too.  I didn't smoke but several of my friends did and I spent a lot of time there at lunch.  What in the heck were school administrators thinking back then?   

Lillian, you made me laugh, remembering how we used to all yell we were going to flush the toilet.  Every shower you were on alert, listening, so you could jump out of the way and avoid the scalding water.   This college had a communal TV room with one old flickering TV that got 3 or 4 of the major channels. I think it had color, but no remote, no cable. No one had their own dorm room TV or mini refrigerator.  The fuses would blow.  We couldn't even use a hair dryer outside of the communal bathroom--the one room where they had updated the electricity.  To keep drinks and snacks cold we'd put them outside on the brick window sills in the evening. 
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Post by: EricJ on December 31, 2010, 11:05 PM
I went to his house in 85' for MTV's premiere and saw "Video Killed the Radio Star" just after midnight....

(Um, didn't MTV premiere in '81?
I feel old just for remembering the Astronaut.    :old )

My 12 year old grandson just got a watch for his birthday and was thrilled.

You mean a watch is no longer trendy?  I get kidded about still swearing by my loyal Casio calculator data watch!...What, they don't make those anymore either?
(Which led to a funny story at Disney World, but that's for another time.)
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Post by: DianaM on January 01, 2011, 06:03 AM
How about when the only flavor of iced tea you could get was Lipton in a can?  :old None of that fancy Raspberry Green Tea with Ginseng and Pomegranate Extract.
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Post by: Aimee W. on January 01, 2011, 06:52 AM
Guess it was 81...regardless...
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Post by: Ree on January 01, 2011, 06:59 AM
Tang!

Susan
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Post by: Pons on January 01, 2011, 10:56 AM
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You mean a watch is no longer trendy?

I don't know what's trendy and what isn't, but I think some things that are not strictly necessary will still find a niche in our lives because they are beautiful, or tie us to the past, or just because we like them. I can see this happening with watches, especially analog watches.

When each of our children turned 16 we tried to give them something from us that would last beyond the regular CD's (dated, I know) and clothes. We settled on nice rings for five of them, but our youngest son stumped us. Eventually, we decided on a pocket watch and chain, which he loved. He'd hook the chain to the belt loop of his jeans and pull the watch out to check the time. It suited his personality. So I think there will probably always be a place for watches, if only for their retro-ness and beauty (I've always loved watches.).

Laurel  :jan1st
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Post by: ixtumea on January 01, 2011, 11:01 AM
Hey, Rebecca maybe you were on that same smoking area as me?  I went to Luther Burbank High school in the later 70s.  We also had a juke box in the cafeteria that played current rock songs.

Cars without seat belts.  I was little in the 60s but I remember my aunt with her white convertible that she'd drove mega fast.  Scary now that I think of it.

Riding in the back of a truck with a bunch of friends.  Now I think that's against the law.

Getting those booster shots that left big round marks.  Think I still have it.

Junior College that was free.

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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on January 01, 2011, 05:02 PM
Funny, this thread brought up Garretson and Jefferson Elementary which brought me back to one of the many places we lived.

Rebecca and ixtumea, I went to two High Schools in the Sacto area, El Camino and Rio Americano. I liked Rio better. But, they had a big drug bust when I went there. One of the student body was a cocaine dealer and there were several students who dissapeared during that time. Oye. Rich school . . . cocaine was the drug of choice. I didn't belong there from the economic standpoint. My parents rented a duplex unit behind someone's home. In any case, they had an undercover agent posing as a student which lead to the bust.

As for obsolete things . . . I remember my dad had that "Angel Hair" he put out during the Holiday Season. It was something he got rid of . . . made from fiberglass and we were NOT to touch it when we were kids. It sure  was pretty, but it sure was dangerous.
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Post by: ixtumea on January 01, 2011, 05:35 PM
Ah, North Sacto!  My younger sis lives close to El Camino.  I lived in South Sacto by the Executive Airport and William Land Park and Sacto City College.  During my senior year of high school we started having the gang problems that were a major problem when I attended Goethe MS.  My middle school had guards and was gated.  We had rival Black and Latino gangs.  My senior year I helped this one Latino special needs kid who warned me of a drug bust going down.  I skipped class that day.  Good thing too as police raided the school and went through lockers finding drugs.  Also the rival black and Latino gangs got into it.
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Post by: Pons on January 01, 2011, 05:37 PM
I remember Angel Hair. It was pretty, but sure hurt if it got under your skin.

Another obsolete thing: inflatable rafts at the beach. Around here you cannot take anything inflatable into the water. The lifeguards get very upset.  :surfer
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Post by: Lill on January 01, 2011, 06:06 PM
Oh, you should come to our beach. We have no life guards. There's inflatable everything.
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Post by: ecm on January 01, 2011, 06:50 PM
Confession: I got leg warmers from my sister for Christmas. They are on sale at all the Claire's boutiques around here. I still love 'em. I'm a walking posterchild for the 80's...but I'm okay with that. ;)

Leg warmers. Ha! I used them for their original purpose: dancing (modern & ballet). I wore them in Hawai'i but only for dance classes. I found it amusing when people started wearing them for "fashion."
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Post by: DonnaE on January 01, 2011, 08:04 PM
ecm - I couldn't dance my way out of a paper bag... But as long as I'm in my leg warmers, I'd sure look cute trying.  :chickendance
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Post by: Pons on January 02, 2011, 08:54 AM
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Oh, you should come to our beach. We have no life guards. There's inflatable everything.

We used to have so much fun with our inflatable rafts because more than one person could use them at one time. This led to all kinds of games we made up. I also miss inner tubes. Again, lots of games you just can't play with rigid Boogie Boards.
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Post by: MaryWitzl on January 02, 2011, 09:03 AM
Leg warmers. Ha! I used them for their original purpose: dancing (modern & ballet). I wore them in Hawai'i but only for dance classes. I found it amusing when people started wearing them for "fashion."
 

In Southern California, it used to crack me up seeing girls out in leg warmers when it was 65 degrees outside. Stylish or no, they looked ridiculous.  Here in Scotland, my leg warmers are hideously pilled-up grey things, as untrendy and unfashionable as can be. But I wouldn't trade them for anything!

Jacks -- does anybody else remember those longingly?  Skipping rope as shared activity, with two kids keeping the rope going and one jumping in the middle -- it's been years since I've seen that. And skipping tape and playing Red Rover Come Over or tug-of-war, and hopscotch...  (Nostalgic sigh...I'm getting old.)
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Post by: joypainter on January 02, 2011, 10:03 AM
t <those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)>
telegrams

I think it was called a MIMEOGRAPH.

blast from the past :motorcycle:
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on January 02, 2011, 06:36 PM
Riding in the back of a truck with a bunch of friends.  Now I think that's against the law.

Getting those booster shots that left big round marks.  Think I still have it.

Yes, I remember riding in the back of a friend's pick-up truck on the way back from the beach on Martha's Vineyard, before it became fashionable (the island, not the pick-up trucks!)

I think you mean the scar from smallpox vaccine...not given since the 70s, since wild smallpox was eradicated.

And guess what my mother-in-law gave my son for Christmas?  A funky Stauer 1930 Dashtronic self-winding watch--he thinks it's extremely cool.
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Post by: ecm on January 02, 2011, 11:22 PM
t <those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)>
telegramsI think it was called a MIMEOGRAPH.

Ha! I was always trying to help my teacher collate and hand those papers out because I loved how they smelled... lol!
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Post by: Ree on January 03, 2011, 04:06 AM
gas lines

only buying gas on certain days

I remember when I started wearing a seat belt and I was the odd man out!

Susan

playing all day in the woods and never checking back at home

walking everywhere
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Post by: Lill on January 03, 2011, 06:21 AM
microfiche

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Post by: Ev on January 03, 2011, 07:08 AM
t <those weird, smelly roller machines that copied paper before photocopiers (I forget what they were called)>

I think it was called a MIMEOGRAPH.

Ha! I was always trying to help my teacher collate and hand those papers out because I loved how they smelled... lol!

Actually a mimeograph machine was different from the ditto machines that made those wonderfully smelling purple copies.  I agree, ecm--I loved the way they smelled.  I used those ditto machines when I was first teaching.

Mimeograph machines used stencils that the typewriter actually cut tiny holes in for the letters. The stencil was put on the roller drum upside down, a special brush smeared ink on the inside of the drum, and somehow the ink magically worked its way through the tiny stencil holes onto the paper as you cranked the drum.  They made black copies, not purple.  My mother prepared hundreds (maybe thousands) of those stencils for church activities when I was growing up. She would use a special stylus to draw tiny pictures on the stencils.  I loved to watch Dad run the mimeograph machine at church.  

ETA: in reading back through this entire thread, I see several people said the purple copy machines were called mimeograph machines, so maybe people used different names for them in different places.  But there were two very different types of copying machines (as I described above) used during the same time period.
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Post by: ixtumea on January 03, 2011, 09:18 AM
Our family history areas still use microfiche on genealogy.  They're a pain to use but still have the info if you're doing your own family history search.  The church is doing a huge Beta thing on converting these files onto computers.
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Post by: Lill on January 03, 2011, 10:27 AM
I think I'm used to hearing mimeograph and ditto used interchangeably.  You either wrote or typed on the two part sheet, and then placed it on this drum thing, and it made copies. I think we commonly referred to that as ditto. Geez, I'm having to stretch my brain.
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Post by: Betsy on January 03, 2011, 11:06 AM
Angel Hair was made of fiberglass.  You could cut yourself on it.  I hadn't thought of that in years.

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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 03, 2011, 11:07 AM
Tape cassettes.  Shops have stopped stocking them and I think it is such a pity.  I almost miss getting them jammed in the machines.
Also video tape cassettes.  John trades soccer matches all over the world (particularly South America & Australia) and most of his stuff is on video tape, he's finding it impossible to get cleaning tapes and I am sick of tripping over them whenever I need something from his room.

In fact, I am really feeling old.  It's easy to get irked by the revival or "modern adaptation" of the some of the stuff that was going around in the '90's. Younger people just don't have a real clue what these things were all about. :wheelchair: :old
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Post by: Pons on January 04, 2011, 03:37 PM
Film strips and slide projectors! Even when I was a kid I thought film strips were lame, and I just finished cleaning out a closet where I found my old slide projector. I thought I'd gotten rid of it years ago. It's been a while since I dug into the back of that closet.   ::)
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Post by: Pons on January 04, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Good for napping in class, though.

Yes, especially when the teacher missed one of the bells and didn't turn the strip on time. Then the narration didn't match the picture. Ahh, good times.
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on January 05, 2011, 06:43 AM
gas lines

only buying gas on certain days

I remember when I started wearing a seat belt and I was the odd man out!

Susan

playing all day in the woods and never checking back at home

walking everywhere

Oh, yes! I remember the gas lines . . . sitting in the back of the family car on a hot summer day, windows rolled down and waiting an hour or so in a parking lot of a line. It was hot in SoCal and cars didn't come standard with AC in those days. I was even told that the back seat in sedans was optional. And the "ENERGY CRISIS." I remember being taught conservation efforts in school because we were running low on energy. Hmmm.

A few days ago, I heard that 35mm film will be made obsolete this year. Wow. I guess even the pros have gone digital. It used to be  that they protested a bit as the film gave them the appeal they were after. I guess Photoshop and all the filters and effects makes things way more desirable. It can turn an amateur into a professional with the cropping, cloning, erasing, burning and dodging . . . just takes a little self-educating.
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Post by: ixtumea on January 05, 2011, 07:12 AM
Oh, those gas lines!  I remember those!  I'd go with my grandfather and we'd wait for hours for our turn to get gas.  They'd go by your license plates number on which days you could do this.  And those comics of kids in a cave with parents saying, "Remember those days?" before the energy crisis.

The end of the world propagada during the end of the 70s in which some predicted the end would come.
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Post by: mrh on January 05, 2011, 09:50 AM
Film strips and slide projectors! Even when I was a kid I thought film strips were lame

Oh this reminds me of the teachers who'd say, "Now today, we're going to see a strip film..." The giggles almost made having to watch the film worth it.
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Post by: Cassandra on January 06, 2011, 08:15 AM
Saw this article this morning and remembered this thread. It's on the things a baby born today won't know. It covers a lot of what we've discussed here but there are a couple of things I hadn't thought of yet. :)

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/111745/things-babies-born-in-2011-will-never-know?mod=family-kids_parents
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 06, 2011, 09:27 AM
Does anyone remember those horrible luminous colours that people wore in the 80's?  Particularly with black.  Orange, pink and green.  A real fashion disaster!
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 06, 2011, 11:26 AM
Would you be referring to DayGlo?  I had DayGlo eye makeup.  Now that's something I shouldn't admit.
Not strictly speaking.  I was talking about the clothes!  My aunt (god rest her), if she were around would testify to the fact that her clothes were almost all illuminous yellow, green, orange or pink.  Sadly, she died at age 39, but she would certainly affirm my claims.  Her favourite colour scheme was probably day-glo orange...and I wasn't far behind. :-|
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Post by: Tori on January 06, 2011, 03:40 PM
Not strictly speaking.  I was talking about the clothes!  My aunt (god rest her), if she were around would testify to the fact that her clothes were almost all illuminous yellow, green, orange or pink.  Sadly, she died at age 39, but she would certainly affirm my claims.  Her favourite colour scheme was probably day-glo orange...and I wasn't far behind. :-|

Day-glo orange is very "in" in the upper Midwest -- during hunting season -- it's "blaze orange."

On another note, it seems the only artifacts that will last -- and outlive-- their "delivery systems" (oh, 8-track tapes, where are you?) -- are photographs (as long as you store them on acid-free paper) and (gasp!) books!  Imagine!  Books!  Who knows what will be around in the future, but, all of us have both books and photographs that are very, very old.  A thought to ponder....
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Post by: JustWrite on January 06, 2011, 09:42 PM
Floppy disks, Zip disks, cassette tapes, tape recorders, encyclopaedias (remember the Encyclopaedia Brittanica?), Atlases, DICTIONARIES...and I hope, hope, hope this will never be so...books (and then of course, bookshelves---).
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 07, 2011, 04:32 AM
Floppy disks, Zip disks, cassette tapes, tape recorders, encyclopaedias (remember the Encyclopaedia Brittanica?), Atlases, DICTIONARIES...and I hope, hope, hope this will never be so...books (and then of course, bookshelves---).
Ah, tape cassettes.  I ordered an album that could only be purchased on tape.  Where does that leave high-techers of today?
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Post by: writerjenn on January 08, 2011, 09:22 AM
The end of the world propagada during the end of the 70s in which some predicted the end would come.

Actually, that has always been part of human behavior and probably always will. The current "end date" in vogue is 2012.
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Post by: writerjenn on January 08, 2011, 09:26 AM
On the mimeograph/ditto question:

I, too, always called the aromatic purple sheets "mimeos."

However, one night while watching Cash Cab, the question came up. The passengers answered "mimeographs" and were told that they were wrong, the proper answer was "dittos." Apparently mimeos and dittos were technically two different things, though many of us used the terms interchangeably. Thanks, Cash Cab!
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Post by: ixtumea on January 08, 2011, 09:59 AM
Writerjenn,

I remember this one church having all it's members show up to wait out the day.  Also some pretty fatalisitic stuff my mother used to get that I think is like you say similar to the current 2012 end of the world stuff.  Oh, by the way even the Mayans are saying that isn't going to happen.  So go figure.
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Post by: Cassandra on January 08, 2011, 10:12 AM
I thought of this one the other night while playing with Pandora: Really Cool Album Cover Art.
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Post by: Liz on January 08, 2011, 11:39 AM
getting a free glass when you bought gas at the gas station

8-track tapes

a slide rule

life before drive thru McDonald's etc
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on January 08, 2011, 11:56 AM
a slide rule

Heh--we were watching the movie Apollo 13 a week or two ago, and I chuckled at the part when the flight controllers all whip out their slide rules to figure something out.  It's amazing to think that my kids' calculators today--available at Staples for $35, have more computing power than the moon lander did in 1970.
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Post by: mrh on January 08, 2011, 02:45 PM
I still have my slide rule. :) I still think it's cool, although I never really learned to use it beyond a few basics.
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Post by: Lill on January 08, 2011, 04:00 PM
I remember when bar codes started being used. People thought it was the Biblical Mark of the Beast.  When I was in elementary school .. the biggest threat was Russia and the communists ... and since we lived about 20 minutes from a strategic AFB which was rumored to be on the nuclear hit list (oh the things school kids pass around), we always felt a bit nervous.

So there are some similar things between my childhood and now ... the country is in an unpopular war and there is a feeling of threat.
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Post by: Pons on January 08, 2011, 06:17 PM
I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis. We actually had nuclear bomb drills in school where we crawled under our desks and covered our heads and necks with our hands and arms. It is laughable now to think this would have done anyone any good in the event of an attack, but we lived a few miles from El Toro Marine base and it probably made the adults feel better, although it scared the wits out of us kids.

Are tie tacks and tie clips obselete now? I never see men wearing them anymore. My husband says they ruin the ties.

Laurel
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Post by: ixtumea on January 08, 2011, 06:23 PM
In my South Whittier classroom there was a poster of what to do in case of a nuclear attack.   Hilarious.  I should have took it down.  I taught there in the 90s.
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Post by: Aimee W. on January 08, 2011, 06:54 PM
Not sure if it's been brought up, but toaster ovens--and reheating food on the stove top or in the oven! One of my friends recently told me my house smelled like butter when we were kids (?). There was a whole lot of microwave popcorn flying around the house right around 1985 so maybe that was it...and that 90 pound nuker cost my mother a small fortune--just like my dad's "cheap" $300 VCR. *sigh*
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Post by: Pons on January 08, 2011, 09:07 PM
When VCR's first came out, they cost almost $1000 dollars and they had about 15 different buttons that had to be adjusted for each tape.   :hahaha
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Post by: Lill on January 08, 2011, 09:51 PM
We use the toaster oven several times every day. It's very easy for the kids to make sandwiches, and they don't like to heat food in the microwave.

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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 09, 2011, 03:25 AM
We use the toaster oven several times every day. It's very easy for the kids to make sandwiches, and they don't like to heat food in the microwave.

When my mother and stepfather first got together, he was living in a different country.  She obviously didn't trust his culinary skills because her first Christmas present to him was a microwave.  It was enormous.

When VCR's first came out, they cost almost $1000 dollars and they had about 15 different buttons that had to be adjusted for each tape.   :hahaha
John still has one.  I am sick of tripping over his video tapes I walk into his room.  They are huge and he still trades video football games on cassette with people in South Amercia.  It took a long time for him to save for a dvd recorder when they first came out!
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Post by: Cynthia on January 09, 2011, 03:28 PM
We use our toaster oven a lot - for toast, of course, and from small grilling, neither of which a microwave does well. And we warm up things on the stove if it's a large amount (like a pot of soup).

What about hot meals on domestic airline flights (or any meal for that matter)? Airline "stewardesses"? Arriving at your flight as it's leaving and running out on the tarmac to catch it?

Playing stickball/kickball/any game in the street. Playing in the neighborhood all day without your parents knowing where you are.
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Post by: ecm on January 10, 2011, 01:55 AM
This is a huge thread so I'm not sure if this was already covered...

...Electric Typewriters. Specifically, the IBM Selectric. It drove me and my quick-trigger, inaccurate typing fingers crazy! Drove me crazy how often I used correction fluid and correction tape. Ugh. I ended up paying people to type my reports.


Lillian: I'm w/ your kids re: microwaves. Dislike cooking with them. Don't own one.
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Post by: Lill on January 10, 2011, 05:10 AM
Ahhh, yes, I've used many an IBM selectric. I also wrote an editorial to my local paper the day they announced the last manual typewriter was made.

I still have my portable manual typewriter I bought when I went to college. However, most of my papers were handwritten.

Do they still have "blue books" for exams?  Basically a leaflet of paper with a blue cover ... in which you were to write the answers to all your essay questions on your final exams.

Erasable ink pens! Which were kind of essential when you hand wrote all your college essays.

On another note I still remember the day my dad drove me to high school and asked if I had enough ink. I was a rather late in life baby, and my father was near 70 at the time. I reminded him that we were all using Bic pens now.
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Post by: Marissa Doyle on January 10, 2011, 05:25 AM
Yes, blue books are still used--in both my son's college and daughters' high school.

We lurves our toaster oven and use it daily--there are definitely things it's better at reheating than the nuke.  I'm having a hard time finding a replacement that isn't one of those convection ovens.

Yes, we still have my husband's manual typewriter in the attic.  Remember how if you hit too many keys, the arms would get tangled?

I also remember when they permitted smoking on airplanes.  Ugh!!!

And remember when VCRs were duking it out with the Sony Betamax for market supremacy?
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Post by: MaryWitzl on January 10, 2011, 05:38 AM
I remember being on a flight from L.A. to Tokyo where 95% of the passengers seemed to be chain smokers. The air was blue with cigarette smoke, and even a few people in the Non Smoking section lit up and had to be reprimanded. I felt ill when we finally landed in Tokyo and my clothes and hair reeked for ages. I also worked in several offices where everybody smoked. In my office in Tokyo, our boss kept ashtrays on all our desks for his convenience when he came to consult us. I used to cough myself to sleep at nights; as soon as I lay down, it kicked in.

I hated those electric typewriters with the tangly keys, but how I miss my old manual!  It was clunky and heavy and manufactured in 1933, but you could whack down hard on the keys and make the print darker that way, which was perfect for adding emphasis to whatever you were writing. I have arthritic changes in both of my little fingers to show for all the sticky A and semicolon keys, but I still miss that kind of typing.

I remember the big Beta vs VHS competition!  Betas were smaller, weren't they?  I taught in a school that had both systems. I'd invariably be in the middle of a lesson and try to insert a beta into a VHS slot or vice versa, causing great mirth. It was a real pain in the neck.  Now my kids get hysterical when I try to insert a CD into a DVD slot, but I'm just proud to know the difference.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 10, 2011, 06:20 AM
Yes, blue books are still used--in both my son's college and daughters' high school.

We lurves our toaster oven and use it daily--there are definitely things it's better at reheating than the nuke.  I'm having a hard time finding a replacement that isn't one of those convection ovens.
Those microwave ovens took up  the size of the worktops!
Yes, we still have my husband's manual typewriter in the attic.  Remember how if you hit too many keys, the arms would get tangled?
My teacher insisted we learn to type on one of them because "computers induced laziness".
I also remember when they permitted smoking on airplanes.  Ugh!!!

And remember when VCRs were duking it out with the Sony Betamax for market supremacy?
And the tapes got stuck in the machines?  My dear friend John spent many an hour shredding the machine apart, trying to get the tape out! (not recommended, by the way!)

How about old sweets?  Here in Ireland, there are so many sweets you can't obtain anymore.  Particularly quarter pounds...You can't be healthy all of the time!
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Post by: ixtumea on January 10, 2011, 07:39 AM
I remember how everyone smoked too.  When we went to visit grandparents in LA back in 1970 I still remember being told to roll window up.  Sure enough the whole basin area was covered in a thick black cloud of smoke.  Even with windows closed the smoke came inside.  Disgusting.

I also remember them giving out free cigarette samples in 1979, 1980. 

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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 10, 2011, 12:14 PM
I remember the time when I couldn't wait until I reached my 18th birthday to get my first alcoholic drink.  Oh, I feel so old...
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Post by: ixtumea on January 10, 2011, 05:41 PM
Stephanie, I still remember going to Black Angus with my parents and asking for a non-smoking booth and still getting all the smoke!  Yuck.  Everyone seemed to smoke then and it was more acceptable.  We're talking the 70s and even the 80s!
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Post by: Emily G on January 13, 2011, 02:03 AM
I was just sent a link to a youtube video which reminded me of this thread, and thought you all might enjoy. The video is called "Once upon a time ... old technology." It's in French but with English subtitles :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdSHeKfZG7c
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Post by: Larry on January 14, 2011, 04:39 AM
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on Sunday afternoons. Having only 3 channels. Having to wait a year for the ONE showing of the great holiday cartoons. Man, if you missed Rudolph you'd have to wait another whole year to see if the misfit toys ever got off the island.  Service stations. Remember those? A real person would pump the gas, wipe your windshield, and check the air in your tires---and he usually was polite and said  THANK YOU when he was done. Let me date myself some more---how about being able to pay COD for stuff ordered through the mail?  :applause

An aging Bobcat
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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on January 14, 2011, 07:31 AM
Yes . . . I remember Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom" it came on just after Disney. And "Fantasy Island" came on just after "The Love Boat." Watching Gopher and Julie as a kid was a tradition. Three channels of TV. Afternoon TV entertainment consisted of "Gillighan's Island," "I Dream of Jeannie" "Bewitched" and "The Flintstones." And Saturday Morning Cartoons: "Maghilla Gorilla" "Yogi" "Snagglepuss" "Roadrunner & Coyote" "Bugs Bunny" "Speed Racer" "Simba" "Dudley Doowright" "George of the Jungle" "Tweetie & Sylvester" "The Banana Splits" "H.R. Puff N' Stuff"  I could go on . . . such memories.

The time clock seems to be obsolete. The one that you put your time card into, lined up just so, punched in and stuck into a slot for the cards.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on January 15, 2011, 05:25 AM
What about when personal CD players came out?  I remember my dad buying and couldn't imagine him carryinga huge thing around with him.  Wonder what kids would think of them now!
Ahhh, yes, I've used many an IBM selectric. I also wrote an editorial to my local paper the day they announced the last manual typewriter was made.

I still have my portable manual typewriter I bought when I went to college. However, most of my papers were handwritten.

Do they still have "blue books" for exams?  Basically a leaflet of paper with a blue cover ... in which you were to write the answers to all your essay questions on your final exams.

Erasable ink pens! Which were kind of essential when you hand wrote all your college essays.
Not allowed and made a mess of your hand when you are left-handed.

On another note I still remember the day my dad drove me to high school and asked if I had enough ink. I was a rather late in life baby, and my father was near 70 at the time. I reminded him that we were all using Bic pens now.
Yep, I remember them all!  Portable televisions.  I know they exist these days, but not quite in the same way.  John has one in his room.  It belonged to my mother and it's about thirty years old, has a headphone jack and still going strong.  It has also outlived at least six video/dvd recorders.
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Post by: Lil Indigo on June 26, 2011, 01:54 PM
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Birthday cards.

Party invitations. (Lots of people use e-vites)


Personally, I'm VERY outdated. I bought my very first smart phone (phone w/ internet access)...and it's scary.  :ahh Hope to get the hang of it one day.

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Actually, I'm in sixth grade and instead of shooting a text or eviting we still do invitations and i'll do a b4 text, then invite.
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Post by: majanecka on June 26, 2011, 08:29 PM
Remember when you could only get popcorn, soda, and candy at the movies.  We went to Cars2 this weekend with my son and it is a smorgasbord, everything imaginable to eat.
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on June 26, 2011, 11:10 PM
If you can afford it...    :dollar  (I know, I know--who uses cash anymore?   :tea)   
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Post by: thunderingelephants on June 27, 2011, 02:33 AM
John's 40 on Friday and I am dreading it.  Haven't bought him a present because I am broke and he knows it.  It's crazy how you can live with someone for so long and still never figure what you should buy on their birthday, isn't it?  He says he can wait 'til later in the year when we travel to England.  There's something he wants from there.
If you can afford it...    :dollar  (I know, I know--who uses cash anymore?   :tea)   
I try not to use the cards.  Cash cuts down on bills!
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Post by: Lil Indigo on June 27, 2011, 02:35 PM
If you can afford it...    :dollar  (I know, I know--who uses cash anymore?   :tea)   
I do!
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Post by: ChristinefromCorona on June 27, 2011, 02:45 PM
Me, too, but I'm over 40.   ;)  I've heard younger folks say they never carry cash, just use their debit or credit cards. 

Christine 
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Post by: Betsy on June 27, 2011, 04:15 PM
Here's one that (at least for me) was a shocker.  I've been looking for a new car to replace my 14-year-old Honda (which my mechanic says still has another ten years in it), and I finally settled on a Honda Fit.  Guess what?  It's impossible to get a stick shift.  Everyone wants automatic so they can keep their hands free for their cells.  Who knew?  (Probably all of you, but I didn't.)

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Post by: JulieM on June 27, 2011, 05:06 PM
Oh wow, I find that more than a little frightening, Betsy. Here in Australia it is illegal to text/talk with a phone in your hand (hands free is okay)...but I still see plenty of people doing it.
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Post by: Liz Straw on June 27, 2011, 06:14 PM
I saw something when I was young that I can almost bet that most people on this board have not seen.  A man plowing the sidewalks with a wooden plow and a horse.  The horse was wearing bells.  I believe it was a snow day, as I can think of no other reason that I would have been at home with only my mom and younger brother.  My dad must have made it to work and my older brother was probably out playing with friends. 

It was the only time in my life I have ever seen a horse and man plow sidewalks.

Yep, our milk was placed in a small metal milk box by our front door, mom would leave the milk man a message if we needed more or less milk, cottage cheese, etc. 

I just found my roller skate key and promptly misplaced it.

I loved smelling memographed papers in school, there was no Elmer's glue, just that awful school paste they provided.  Do you remember getting fat pencils for first and second grade and then getting regular pencils for the rest of elementary school?

Playing marbles for KEEPS on the playground?  Buying bubble gum packs for the baseball cards instead of just buying a package of baseball cards? 

(I kid my mom about the two Mickey Mantel and one Roger Maris cards she tossed when we moved without my consent - her excuse was I didn't keep them neat.  They were in a shoe box on my closet shelf.  I would have some decent money with those cards. Who knows what other players I had in that box? bwaa)

Betsy Wetsy
Tiny Tears
Chatty Cathy

M-i-c-k-e-y Y because we like you, M-o-u-s-e...
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Post by: Betsy on June 27, 2011, 06:21 PM
Liz--we must be the same age because I remember every single one of those things (except the Chatty Cathy).  I never saw a horse pull a plow on a snow day, but that may be because I was raised in Southern California.

My mother threw out at least two or three large boxes of comic books worth thousands of dollars now.  She also used to have original Walt Disney drawings to give to friends (she worked at Disney studios).  Almost all of it is gone, although I still have two sketches of goofy, I think, just not originals by Walt.

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Post by: Ruth Donnelly on June 27, 2011, 07:54 PM
Oh, yes... I had a Tiny Tears and a Chatty Cathy. But my very first doll was a rubber Gerber baby doll. And my favorite was a big, plastic doll that didn't do anything but drink and wet... maybe it was a Betsy Wetsy. I named her Becky Lou.

Does anyone remember Little Kiddles?

One time I was asked to get the milk out of the box on the front porch. One of the glass bottles slipped out of my hands and broke... all over the brand new wall-to-wall carpet my mom was so proud of!

And I remember that school paste very well, as well as the huge barrel of hardened clay kept in the corner of our classroom.
And sniffing the dittos ... mmmmm. :)



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Post by: ixtumea on June 27, 2011, 08:00 PM
I loved Little Kiddles. 

It cracks me up to see these teens in their so-called latest fashions.  I wore most of the stuff in the 80s/90s.  Man, I wish I kept my Candies. 
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Post by: ecm on July 06, 2011, 10:40 PM
I remember Candies shoes! Ha! I wore a very cute pair of Candies while visiting my big bro in Miami, on a tour at a historical mansion. I thought I was soooo cool strutting around in those shoes, wearing my cool tight jeans. Little did I realize the lack of traction on the soles would be an issue. I pattered behind the tour group, doing my best to keep up the pace until we turned a corner onto a tremendous hallway. The ground being slightly damp caused me to lose my footing and ***BAM!!*** I landed onto my butt--my legs and Candies flying into the air! The impact echoed VERY loudly and the tour group stopped and turned just as my youngest sister belted out a series of snort-laughs which reverberated throughout the ENTIRE place!!! Good times!!  :pickle
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Post by: thunderingelephants on July 07, 2011, 03:34 AM
Me, too, but I'm over 40.   ;)  I've heard younger folks say they never carry cash, just use their debit or credit cards. 

Christine 
Had to chime on this one for a mo. I was in the shop a few days when a customer in front went to the counter and picked a packet of potato chips and wanted to pay be credit card.  The minimum charge is 5 euro on credit cards and he was reminded of this.  He slammed the crisps on the counter and stormed out.
If you don't have a euro for crisps, then I feel that's bordering on the ridiculous.  You'd probably be charged as much for using the card!
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Post by: ShelliC on July 07, 2011, 11:34 AM
Sun In is actually still around and fairly common among my daughter and her friends. They also still sell crazy straws and no, I don't have any idea how you really get those things clean. Blech! Kids don't wear watches because they all have cell phones - same reason I no longer wear one, actually. It was weird at first but my watch battery died and before I got around to replacing it, I'd gotten used to checking my phone for the time.

Some other things I think are gone or on the way out:

Gift Certificates are very rare and are used by small, independently owned businesses only. All chains and even some independently owned places use gift cards now.

Radios are becoming more and more rare as kids use their phones and MP3 players more often to listen to music.

Using a CD for data storage seems very "old school" to my kids. They all have their own flash drives now. That's what they use for school projects, etc. My kids laugh at me because I still use CDs.

Video rental stores are obsolete around here. There are "Red Box" or "Blockbuster" vending machines all over instead. And a lot of families are using Netflix now.

DVD players aren't as common as they used to be because of Netflix and gaming systems that double as DVD players.

Email is not very common among teens anymore. My kids hate that they have to check email for information from colleges, etc. Even some of their high school teachers used texting to communicate with them, which is definitely what they prefer. Checking email is such a hassle for them. If you can message them on Facebook, that's a little better, but if they actually have to log on to their email account, geez, why don't you just make them walk five miles in the snow, uphill to the post office?


Some "old school" things that are in again:

Our Sonic carhops use roller skates again. (well, they're roller blades now)

Vintage clothing is cool with girls (and some guys, esp. if in a band it seems). "Vintage" to them means anything from the 20s to the 80s or inspired by the fashion of those decades.

Photography seems to be really popular with teens (esp. girls) and they don't want to use their phones unless it's just casual, spur-of-the-moment-this-is-going-on-Facebook stuff. In fact, they want what they call "photography cameras," meaning they don't want a small hand-held digital camera; they want an expensive Nikon, Canon, etc. with extra lenses, etc. Black & White photography is really popular.

Tattoos are way more socially acceptable for them and cross more social boundaries than when I was growing up.

Vibrant, unnatural hair colors (pink, purple, green, etc.), which were actually popular in the 80s too, but this generation doesn't see it as a retro thing



Some Things They're Into That Weren't Around (or weren't cool) When I Was Growing Up:

Organic food. Most of them will still eat crap, too, but they do pride themselves on their organic choices when they make them.

Urban art (graffiti) as a valid art form, not something that should be punished. They don't get the whole graffiti being a crime thing unless someone's house or car gets "tagged." If it's not gang symbols, then they don't see the problem with someone spray painting the side of a building at will, especially if it's "good." They see more like some benevolent artist giving back to the community. It enhances the building, not defaces it.

Piercings, which I'm mostly "cool" with (God, how I try) but I'm totally lame when it comes to gauges in the ears because I veto them. Having a problem with kids being able to shove a hula-hoop in their earlobes makes me uncool on the body alteration front, even though I'm okay with a lot of the piercings. If you're down on one form of it, you're pretty much too old and uncool -- an assessment I just have to live with. LOL











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Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on July 21, 2011, 07:18 AM
This July 4th, some people were setting off their own fireworks illegally. I remember going to the Firewok stands and my dad picking up a box of fireworks for each Independence Day celebration. We would sit curbside and play with the sparklers twirling them around in the dark. Dad set off the "dangerous" ones in the street or driveway. I guess not everyone can be trusted with them.  :redtape
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Post by: Veronica on August 09, 2011, 05:29 AM
I'm not 40 quite yet, so maybe I don't really qualify here, but I just really get a kick out of the generation gap sometimes.

My kids found an old 110 camera in our new house (left in a closet or something by the previous owners) and came running up to me all excited.  "Mom!  This is a real camera!!  But it takes some kind of really weird-shaped, huge battery..."  When I explained that the "battery compartment" they were looking at was the place where you put the film, my 11-year-old was shocked. "Film?!?  In a camera?!?  How would that even work??"

On the other hand, my daughters and their friends are wearing leg-warmers and leggings with denim skirts along with those fingerless gloves that were so popular with me and my friends back in the 80s...  and they use the same slang ("awesome" "totally") that I used to use.... so maybe the gap isn't as big as I think it is!
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Post by: thunderingelephants on August 09, 2011, 05:42 AM
Myself and John (who is now 40) will be living together 15 years tomorrow and in 1996 (when we decided we would be probably living only a few years with each other) we went to look at a house we could possibly live in, we were astonished to see one of the other residents had a mobile phone.  My epilepsy was quite bad back and I needed the phone for emergency and they refused to install one. It was a shame, because it was a great apartment.  We came disheartened.
But we were more astonishedby the fact that in 1996, an ordinary "joe-soap" possessed a mobile phone.
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Post by: writerjenn on August 12, 2011, 02:01 PM
"Film?!?  In a camera?!?  How would that even work??"


 :dr

Thanks for the laugh!!
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Post by: Jaina on August 12, 2011, 02:38 PM
Hi there.  40 in a month--can I join?

I purposefully am raising a "throwback" kid.  We do ice cream trucks and typewriters (she got one for Christmas), and lately, roller skates (the "quad skate" kind--not blades and not metal, but "boot skates" like I used as a kid). 

We do Kool-Aid (she even knows the old commercials where the kids whistle--thanks to this: http://youtu.be/PH1ZcKc4Pc8).  She knows all about The Muppet Show, Fraggles, and similar shows from my childhood.  I've made her watch Lawrence Welk (I know, I'm cruel) and Carol Burnett and the Andy Griffith Show.  Husband has introduced her to terrible 70s superhero cartoons and the brain-melting H.R. Pufnstuf (somebody was puffin' something, that's for sure).  She knows about Bob Hope and Don Knotts and Mama Cass (thanks in part to Scooby Doo!).  She knows the words to old songs, like "When We Were a Couple of Kids" (Can you sing it?).  In third grade, she wrote on her school questionnaire that her hero was Julie Andrews.  You bet I was proud!

She knows all about only having 8 channels (I think we actually have about 6--that's all you can get with no cable connection).  But she knows all about Netflix streaming, too.

She keeps on surprising me with what she doesn't know.  For example, she spotted a undeveloped roll of film on my desk and said "What's that?"  I asked her if she knew what a payphone was and she said yeah--they had one at the museum.

I may be doing my best to raise her "old school," but she and her friends are thoroughly modern kids who text each other and share recommendations for apps, etc.  The other day, she was on Skype with her cousins for an hour.  All the same cousin-giggling and silliness went on that is supposed to go on when close-in-age cousins get together--only they were in different states and were each talking to a camera/screen.  My daughter's was on a phone.

Time goes by, doesn't it?  I partly love it, partly hate it, but no matter how I feel, it just keep going . . .
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Post by: DianaM on August 13, 2011, 07:37 PM
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I may be doing my best to raise her "old school," but she and her friends are thoroughly modern kids who text each other and share recommendations for apps, etc.  The other day, she was on Skype with her cousins for an hour.  All the same cousin-giggling and silliness went on that is supposed to go on when close-in-age cousins get together--only they were in different states and were each talking to a camera/screen.  My daughter's was on a phone.


Jaina, I remember going to Epcot center as a kid and they had a "futuristic" video phone on display. It's funny because it was a phone with a cord and this big bulky screen attached to the wall. I still remember that there was a wife talking to her husband who was a mechanic. And yep, we were very impressed! I also remember stretching the phone cord from the kitchen out to the balcony and waving to my friend across the street, who did the same. That was old school video conferencing!

I feel the same way about things changing. Scary but mostly good.

Happy almost birthday!  :cupcake  I'm not quite forty yet either.
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Post by: ctmac on August 20, 2011, 12:00 PM
I'm 43.  I wrote a book with an opening scene in which a freshman shoots her teacher is the rear with an arrow.  It received rave reviews at writing seminars and DID really happen to me, but I was told archery is no longer taught, so it dated the book.  That book is on hold now while I finish the final draft on an uppermiddle-grade book called Strap Bar on boys' gymnastics.  I'm glad it's releasing this year because the colleges seem to be folding their programs rapidly, and thus, in five years, this sport might be as dated as archery. 
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Post by: Starfish on August 20, 2011, 01:04 PM
Love this thread. It brings back good memories. (I'm 42.)

What about jacks? When I was 12 or so,  jacks were the game to play.

Clipboards?  Not sure if these are obsolete but I don't see them around as much.  We used them in school all the time.

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Post by: thunderingelephants on August 21, 2011, 02:30 AM
Myself and John were walking home last night and started talking about what we did with our pocket money as kids.  The inevitable list of sweets came and by the time we arrived home, we both realised that around 75% of the sweets we mentioned had either been renamed or didn't exist anymore.
I don't know which is worse: the fact we had the conversation in the first place, or that we were both almost saddened at our "loss".  Those sweets tasted nice.
 :taz:  I bought John a tie with this guy sprawled all over it once, I wonder if that cartoon is still shown.
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Post by: majanecka on August 21, 2011, 06:10 PM
I'm sure it depends where you live but here in the Houston, Texas area they do still show the original Looney Tunes cartoons including ones with the Tasmanian Devil.  Also the original Looney Tunes including some Tasmanian Devil cartoons have been released on DVDs.  In addition they have released a new set of shows called The Looney Tunes Show which are newly created cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig,etc and these also sometimes show Tasmanian Devil.
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Post by: Lil Indigo on November 21, 2011, 10:21 AM
Legwarmers. Did they ever make sense?

Banana clips. Do people still wear those? I'm not sure, so not offense if you do. I sure loved them when they were invented. Don't see 'em much anymore though.

DOS? I remember using DOS at work on a computer with no mouse. Just had to tab through everything and use codes. That's when AOL was first coming out.

Crazy straws. How can you clean those things? You can't.

Mix tapes?

This bleach spray you would spray in your hair. I think called "Sun In"?

Crimping irons.

We still use crimpers! (Oops my bad I still have a long way 2 go before I'm over 40)  :oops
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Post by: jeffman on November 21, 2011, 10:41 AM
Fun thread.

I remember shoppers smoking in grocery stores. Can you even imagine such a thing today?

Sticking with grocery stores, before there were scanners, there were checkers who had memorized every every single product in the store, including sale items. They worked incredibly fast. My mom assured me they got paid a lot for this skill. I have no idea if this was true or not.
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on November 21, 2011, 01:04 PM
Here's one that (at least for me) was a shocker.  I've been looking for a new car to replace my 14-year-old Honda (which my mechanic says still has another ten years in it), and I finally settled on a Honda Fit.  Guess what?  It's impossible to get a stick shift.  Everyone wants automatic so they can keep their hands free for their cells.  Who knew?  (Probably all of you, but I didn't.)



They still make stick shift cars - I know because I bought a Mazda 3 that's a 5-speed. I love driving manual transmission cars! What they need to do is outlaw the use of hand-held cells in cars! I have had way too many near-misses because of someone thinking they can chat up their friends and drive at the same time. Sheesh!

Also - on the vinyl record end of things... lots of indie record labels make 7 inch records (vinyl) and they are pretty popular. Sometimes what goes around comes around! :D
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Post by: DianaM on November 21, 2011, 01:46 PM
Lil Indigo -- Thanks for setting me straight. I didn't know crimping irons were back in style! Cool. I used to love those. Since I wrote that post I have also noticed leg warmers are all the rage and I've been seeing crazy straws as well. Go figure. 
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Post by: jeanne k on November 21, 2011, 05:25 PM
Hi, Diana!

My older daughter who's 8 wears leg warmers all the time. They really come in handy on those cold Fall Colorado mornings that turn much warmer later on.
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Post by: thunderingelephants on November 22, 2011, 06:57 AM
Why do I suddenly envisage an image of flashdance and fame? I really cringe at the thought.
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Post by: Lill on November 22, 2011, 08:18 AM
Leg warmers are still in down here in South Texas. You wear them with your shorts on days that it is under 70 degrees. They fit nicely over toe socks, a necessary flip-flop accessory for cooler weather.

Seriously saw this in a local restaurant just a few days ago ... shorts, leg warmers, toe socks, flip-flops ... wasn't on a kid or a teen either.
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Post by: Tinamarie on November 22, 2011, 11:38 AM
Seriously saw this in a local restaurant just a few days ago ... shorts, leg warmers, toe socks, flip-flops ... wasn't on a kid or a teen either.

That image is making my head hurt.  Must lie down now. :ohmy
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Post by: Lill on November 22, 2011, 12:05 PM
I saw the socks and flip-flop thing twice on the same day. It was probably around 72 degrees which is downright chilly in these parts.
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on November 22, 2011, 01:40 PM
I saw the socks and flip-flop thing twice on the same day. It was probably around 72 degrees which is downright chilly in these parts.

I'll take that 72 degrees!

Lots of leg warmers around here, too. Heck, I wear 'em myself! :D
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Post by: Lill on November 22, 2011, 02:24 PM
I don't think it's chilly .. but generally you will see coats and stuff come out when it's about 70. It's sort of a joke to us. We're still in shorts at 70 degrees. Heck, we're still in shorts when it's in the high 50's. Lower than that, and we might break out a pair of jeans. A week or so ago I think it might have been in the mid 60's during the day, and everyone around us was in sweaters and coats all bundled up .. and my son and I were in shorts and he says, "Mom, do you think other people think we look strange?" I hadn't really thought about it.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Barbara Etlin on February 04, 2012, 10:17 PM
I remember buying a leather belt for my mother while I was on vacation in San Diego in 1990. Since it wasn't very expensive, I decided to pay cash. The sales person looked very confused; she had had very little experience with anything other than credit cards.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: CaroleB on February 05, 2012, 07:11 AM


     Anyone remember the Omar man? Or have I just dated myself over the edge?

           Carole  :shrug:
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on February 05, 2012, 07:29 AM
 I don't remember the Omar man, maybe he was regional. One of my favorite regional food suppliers was the Chesty Potato Chip guy! Chesty was a boy with a striped shirt & his chest all puffed out. Of course, by the time I hit my teens... well... :ha
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: CaroleB on February 05, 2012, 07:47 AM


        I certainly remember Chesty chips!
        The Omar man delivered bread, donuts and rolls to my gramma's house. Maybe milk, too. 
        I watched Kaptain Kangaroo on a black and white tv and had to "dial" a phone with one finger.
        But, let me make this clear---I NEVER used an outhouse, hah! (Not that old)

       Anyone remember this commercial---"See the USA in your Chevrolet".
       
         I saw the Beatles perform live at the Ind. State Fair back in the sixties...
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on February 05, 2012, 09:24 AM
Except for the Omar man - I'm with you, Carole!

I saw the Beatles in the '60s, too - in Chicago. :band  :guitar:

Are you from Indiana?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: CaroleB on February 05, 2012, 12:04 PM


      Yes. Julia. Home is Indy, but I'm living in Fort Wayne. My kids are in Indy. I see you are in Bloomington.
     


         Oh, here's another tidbit. My first elementary school had a fire escape tube thingy we
        had to slide down from the second floor. It was cool...oh and we had to wear dresses to school.
     
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Liz Straw on February 11, 2012, 05:17 PM

      Yes. Julia. Home is Indy, but I'm living in Fort Wayne. My kids are in Indy. I see you are in Bloomington.
     


         Oh, here's another tidbit. My first elementary school had a fire escape tube thingy we
        had to slide down from the second floor. It was cool...oh and we had to wear dresses to school.
     

I don't remember the Omar man, Chesty Chips in the big can, we had our milk delivered in a milk box on the front porch every morning in glass bottles, my mother and father would have never let me go to Indy to the see the Beatles.  However, my best friend, whose parents also did not let her go see the Beatles and she lived much closer to Indy at the time; has a bottle of "Beatle Dirt"  her friends went to where the were positive the Beatles walked and bottled up some dirt for her.

My cousin's school had  fire escape that was a big tube from the second floor.  Alas that school has long been torn down.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 12, 2012, 04:39 AM
Just realised I've only got a little over a year before I can officially join here. Not sure how I feel about that!
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: mrh on February 12, 2012, 10:25 AM

        I certainly remember Chesty chips!
        The Omar man delivered bread, donuts and rolls to my gramma's house. Maybe milk, too. 
        I watched Kaptain Kangaroo on a black and white tv and had to "dial" a phone with one finger.
        But, let me make this clear---I NEVER used an outhouse, hah! (Not that old)

       Anyone remember this commercial---"See the USA in your Chevrolet".
       
         I saw the Beatles perform live at the Ind. State Fair back in the sixties...

Haven't peeked at this thread in some time. I don't know Chesty chips, but otherwise, I remember it all. And I have a son and his family in Indy.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 12, 2012, 10:30 AM
Just a curiousity: how do you guys feel about Cookie Monster being referred to as 'Veggie Monster'?
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Jaina on February 12, 2012, 12:39 PM
He's not, and never has been.  That's pure rumor, thank goodness!  Here's the link to the Snopes article:  http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/veggie.asp
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: LeslieG on February 12, 2012, 12:50 PM
Hey thanks for that, Jaina.  I had heard the same rumor about Cookie Monster having become unacceptable, and am relieved to know that wasn't the way the cookie crumbled.  :groan

And thundering, I think the blueboards offer early retirement, so you can join the thread any time!  :knit:  (these emoticons can be addictive!)
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 12, 2012, 01:46 PM
Jaina: you should see John's face! A huge grin spread across when I relayed your info on Cookie. We're insanely addicted to muppets & co. Does anyone remember the Cabbage Patch Dolls? I had two: complete with bîrthcerts & clothes. I was so proud of those ugly toys.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Jaina on February 12, 2012, 02:21 PM
I love Muppets, too.  And by "love" I mean--I feel like they raised me.  I'm almost ashamed at how much of my personality (psyche?) was formed by Muppets!

I was never into dolls, but my sister had a Cabbage Patch Doll.  Sooooo ugly.  Of course, I'll take them over today's Bratz and such.
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: thunderingelephants on February 13, 2012, 08:22 AM
Tomagachis. John and I had to 'babysit' one for a friend in the 90s. Sometimes he would emerge from his room in the morning looking eerily frightening after that little thing had woken him. I think he was happy to give it back!
Title: Re: For writers over 40...
Post by: Larry on February 14, 2012, 02:23 PM
CABBAGE PATCH DOLLS?  I was working at Wal-Mart when those Chucky wannabes came out. Almost got trampled when managment opened the doors and let the mob in.  Say it ain't so about Cookie Monster! What's next? Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Greenjeans?  :run4hills

Larry (not getting older, just getting better)