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      Not even close to previous generations...

      Just for the fun of it ....

      Back in my day ....

      We used to have to get up to change
      the channel on the television.

      * your turn

        Use 2 red cobs and then one white one to
        make sure we got clean...and sometimes
        a Sears Roebuck catalog was like bein' in...Paradise

          Constantly fiddle with the color on the TV to get it just right.
          We got our first color TV in 1969 when I was 14!

            Back in my day .....

            We were connected to the wall (phone jack)
            We could only go as far as the length of the
            phone cord on the wall and on the phone.

            Privacy was tough to have with people
            around in your house.

            And ... You had to answer the phone
            to find out who was calling. (No caller
            I.D) if you missed a call ... You just had
            To hope they would call back.

            * I moved into a house a long time ago
            that had a rotery phone - by then
            Phones were getting advanced with
            Keypads .... I kept the phone in place -
            (It was the second phone on the line
            And in a basement).
            Someone visiting wanted to make a call
            and didn't know how to - with a rotery
            dial.
            The only trouble I had with it was when
            I called an automated system and it wanted
            the "touch tone" of the keypad.

            Way back then ... I had to wait for an
            "Operator" - a live person that would
            Direct the call.

              We walked three houses away to the house on the corner, they had fresh corn on the cob, red tomaters, green peppers and watermelon and juicy strawberries, on a little table in his side yard. The sign on the table had the prices and a bowl where you left the money for what you took. People were honest and left the correct change in the bowl, for what they took. If you were lucky, Clem was around and would take you into the field to get the best sweet white corn cobs just for you. Sometimes he would take the kids for a tractor ride and let us steer the tractor. There's a home movie of me, I steered that tractor pretty good for an 8 year old

              He and his family loved squirrel stew... always thought that sounded wrong tho..he grew the tastiest fruit and vegetables I can remember!!

                If you wanted to throw out paperwork that had your name, address or social security number on it you needed to cut it up by hand. Now you can run it through a paper shredder. Or even take it somewhere to be shredded if you have a lot.

                  We didn't have a copy machines back in the day, instead we had a machine with smelly chemicals, that rolled off purple lettered paper copies made from a prepared "original copy"

                  Remember typing class? fff space jjj space fjfjfj space...and to copy a paper if you needed a duplicate (somewhat smudgy) copy, you used that purple inky thin piece of copy paper that turned your hands purple... My typewriter was a Remington, but later we got one of those IBM rolling ball ones, they were great!!

                    sit in the car while the gas station attendant pumped the gas, washed the windshield and checked the oil (If we wanted to)

                      love2travel:We didn't have a copy machines back in the day, instead we had a machine with smelly chemicals, that rolled off purple lettered paper copies made from a prepared "original copy"

                      That was called a mimeograph machine. My mom was the church secretary and used it all the time to print out the bulletins. I'll never forget the smell!

                        ...Speak to one another face to face instead of staring down into a five inch screen, oblivious to anyone around us...

                          Nancy R:

                          love2travel:We didn't have a copy machines back in the day, instead we had a machine with smelly chemicals, that rolled off purple lettered paper copies made from a prepared "original copy"

                          That was called a mimeograph machine. My mom was the church secretary and used it all the time to print out the bulletins. I'll never forget the smell!

                          I was racking my brain trying to think of the name or that smelly machine... Thanks !!!

                            After "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" we had to get up, open the turn table, turn the album over and put the needle back down to listen to Side 2.

                              Bruce M.:After "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" we had to get up, open the turn table, turn the album over and put the needle back down to listen to Side 2.

                                ...we had to put a matchbook under the eight track tape to keep it from wavering

                                  If we needed money, we had to wait until the bank opened, and then go in, to get your money. They knew you by name too.

                                  Finally, ATM's were invented and there was no fee, because you didn't need to waste the teller's time so you saved the bank money. So why do we pay an ATM fee now?

                                  oobu24:

                                  Bruce M.:After "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" we had to get up, open the turn table, turn the album over and put the needle back down to listen to Side 2.

                                  Hilarious... And...only some turntables would let you stack albums

                                    wake up to the sundial alarm

                                      When I was a child, we actually said "please" and "thank you" - sincerely, not sarcastically. And we called our elders "sir" and "ma'am".

                                        LCH:...Speak to one another face to face instead of staring down into a five inch screen, oblivious to anyone around us...

                                        I remember those days. They're over. We used to go out to eat and everyone would talk to each other around the table. Saturday night restaurants could get pretty loud.

                                        I went into a restaurant the other night and it was all clicks and beeps. And people taking pictures of their meal.

                                          We all had to eat dinner together at the table, as a family.... Unless the Beatles were on or man landed on the moon, those times we had metal TV tables and we sat together as a family, watching things that were important or our parents thought were important, on our TV.

                                            We went outdoors and played with our friends. I never had a "play date".

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