I am not keeping up. Things move so fast anymore that I can’t believe it’s actually 2012!
What annoys me today is teens and young adults take things I never knew existed, saw or had totally for granted. They expect more from technology, and they whine when it’s not available. So I thought I’d make a list of things that I didn’t have growing up which today we take for granted. Here goes:
When I was growing up there was no:
- Color TV – it was actually just coming out – my parents bought one, it caught on fire and that was the end of that.
- Microwave Oven – we bought one of these after we were married, a Quasar. It still works, and we still have it (35 years later), it’s a huge and heavy appliance and we aren’t sure how to properly dispose of it.
- Canned soda – wasn’t available. Soda could only be purchased at the soda fountain in your local candy or variety store, or in quart glass bottles.
- Bottled water – all water in those days came out of the tap, like it or not.
- Microcomputers, and all that go with them like floppy disks, hard drives, and memory chips.
- Cell phones – if you needed a phone, you would have to knock on someone’s door and ask to use their phone, find a telephone booth and have a dime, or just not have a conversation. No one called to tell you anything, like they’d be home late, or the traffic was bad, you just had to wait it out and wonder.
- The Internet – no online games, no such thing as email, and certainly no facebook.
- Satellite Dishes/Cable TV – we got the NY stations, all 3 of them from a antenna strategically placed on our rooftop – analog not digitally.
- CD or DVD’s – that’s right… none. We did have 8 track tapes and record players. If you wanted to see a movie, you had to go to a theatre. In 1965, the ticket price for a movie was 35 cents.
- Digital Cameras – my dad loved photography, so he had a Polaroid camera which allowed pictures to develop right before your very eyes – otherwise your camera needed film and developing to get a picture – and that method was far from instant.
- Air Conditioning – if you wanted air conditioning you bought a window unit to cool your bedroom. My dad installed an attic fan that basically sucked the outside air in each night. It was powerful enough so that you felt a breeze with your windows open, but it wasn’t always a cold breeze. Air conditioners were available but expensive and most households attempted to do without them where I lived. Most cars also didn’t have them because it was an expensive option.
Anyone want to go back?