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October 04, 2008

So I guess this means I'm really old

Yesterday as I was driving into work the radio DJ -possibly the most annoying person on the face of god's green earth, might I add. He spent ages yesterday nonsensically musing about how he might freeze his sperm, which he insisted on referring to as his "little soldiers" - said that the new Sarah McLachlan song was coming up after the break. And I thought to myself, "Damn, I wish I was home so that I could tape it." Tape it. Off the radio. Please tell me someone else remembers doing that, sitting with your trigger finger hovering over the record button on your ghettoblaster making a mix tape. Yowsa. Am I really this old?

It got me thinking of all the times I rolled my eyes at how ancient my parents were when I was a kid (even though I think they were actually younger parents than F and I are). Eight-tracks? Beehives? Elvis? Spam sandwiches? What planet were those two from?

And then it got me thinking about how one day Mads will be giving me those same looks, saying things like, "Mom. That is soo last century." And the thing is, she'll be right. It literally was last century.

93cd_1_b_2So rather than spend any more time yelling at the radio and the people living in it, I turned it off and instead came up with a little list of things that I grew up with that Mads will not. I plan to put together an accompanying slideshow that I will bring out at sleepovers, first dates and possibly her high school graduation. Here it is, in no particular order...

Ghettoblasters, VCRs (I actually remember renting VCRs from the video store), handwritten book reports on foolscap paper, endless casseroles involving tater tots, plastic shopping bags, Mork & Mindy, panic over the likely collapse of civilization when we hit "Y2K," the candy counter in the Sears basement, having to use the reference section of the library rather than the Internet, cameras with actual film in them, Little People back when they were just wooden pegs with faces, O'Ryan's Sour Cream & Onion chips (tragic)...

(Ooh, thought of another one... Before there were iPhones, cell phones, cordless phones, and even push button phones, there were these. And before those I think it was just two tin cans and a piece of string.)

What have I missed?

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Remote controls.

I was trying to explain to my oldest the other day that before the "clicker," you actually had to get up off your rear and change the channel to one of the other 4 available options.

I then went onto explain to him how excited I was to learn that my college roommate actually had a TV with a remote control - she was "rich." But that it had a cable attached to the TV, like how his video game works. Imagine my chagrin when I remembered we have a Wii.

Long live wireless technology!


Posted by: em | Oct 4, 2008 9:23:43 AM

Don't forget snap bracelets! LOL...I so remember taping off the radio and making mixed tapes. OMG!

Posted by: Amber | Oct 4, 2008 11:28:06 AM

Oh my word! I totally remember taping songs off the radio! And definitely the wooden little people. How about Pound Puppies? And jelly shoes? Oh, I could go on. :)
Erin (beansprout40 on BBC)

Posted by: Erin | Oct 4, 2008 11:45:41 AM

Love your blog! Been reading it since our March '06 DD's were just a few months old.

Anyway, just had to laugh at the rotary phone. I had almost forgotten that for most of my life my family and I shared a "party line" with my grandmother. Two rings if the call was for us, one if for her. I also remember days of 3 TV channels (4 on a good day, none on a bad one), no remote, renting the VCR. When I was in 3rd grade we got a Commodore 64 for Christmas and had to insert true floppy disks to play a game. Remember Atari? I know there's a lot more that I've just forgotten in all the time that's passed.

Posted by: Jen | Oct 5, 2008 6:26:37 PM

Yes, you are old :P :)

I had an 8-track player in my first car. I remember playing Space Invaders and even Pong. I totally didn't understand what cable and HBO were. And, ahhh, static-y UHF.

Posted by: maryoliver | Oct 5, 2008 7:58:07 PM

Just glad someone remembers those potato chips besides me... My Nana used to use the 'original' to bake her chicken in... best baked-fried chicken EVER! ;)

Posted by: ckdu | Oct 6, 2008 10:07:24 AM

what about the candy? i remember pretending to smoke while i nibbled on popeye cigarettes! remember...with the red tips. or there were those chocolate cigarettes. i don't remember what they were called but they had a chalky white film all over them & were even wrapped in white paper like a smoke so when you blew them, a puff of white powder would come out! what about little black licorice...remember what they were called back then. i don't even want to write the word. n.... babies! can you imagine calling that! but i think my favourite when i was young was the jelly bracelets you'd fold in your mouth & pretend were braces...or was that just me?

Posted by: brandee | Oct 6, 2008 10:54:16 AM

Ah, there are some classics here. The memories...

Brandee - I don't know what kind of candy stores you went to... :p But I also pretended the jelly bracelets were braces. There was nothing I wanted more as a kid than braces, glasses and a pug nose. I thought I would be the cutest if only I had those three things.

ckdu - Thank you! I thought I was the only person who missed O'Ryan's chips.

Keep em coming, old timers. ;)

Posted by: Carolyn | Oct 6, 2008 11:03:45 AM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours - I stalk it almost daily! Mads and my Jack are the same age, so it is fun to read about another sparky little one.

Posted by: Brittany | Oct 6, 2008 11:09:49 AM

hey care, don't judge my mother by the stores she took us to, okay! & did i read it right... a pug nose...wtf?! heehee!

Posted by: brandee | Oct 6, 2008 2:40:24 PM

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