Since my birthday is coming up this Saturday, I thought about writing a post that would reflect on my life and accomplishments. Then I came right back to reality when I realized that there wasn’t enough space for me to tout all of that here. Just kidding!
I thought it would be fun to revisit the past. You know, the thing that most of us try to run away from because that’s where all our dumb mistakes live. Don’t worry, we won’t bring those skeletons out of the closet!
I was thinking more on the lines of taking a walk down memory lane and reflecting on things that have become obsolete. Things that once were the cat’s meow, so to speak. (By the way, I just used the last statement at work yesterday in a conversation with a fellow employee. I couldn’t believe that it actually came out of my mouth, but instantly knew I wanted to use it in a blog post somehow. Corny, huh? LOL!)
Anyway, you basically know you are “old school” if you can faintly relate to any of the following:
**Remember when there were only landline phones (actually, they were called “house phones” back then) and payphones? Yes, young ‘uns, cell phones didn’t always exist. There were no
private conversations in your bedroom or anywhere, for that fact. You had to use the phone in the living room or kitchen where everybody could hear everything you were saying. Or you had to stand in line at phone booths because those were the only forms of mobile communication. Ahhh, those were the days.
**Ok, this is going to really shock some, but cash was the primary form of payment back in the day. Paper dollars and coins had the lockdown on retail. Check cards didn’t exist. I remember making sure I had enough cash in my pocket before the bank closed on the weekend because there
was no way to access the money from your account. You guessed it…this is a twofer. There weren’t any ATM’s. They didn’t exist either! Ohhh, the horrors!
**Once upon a time cassette tapes ruled the world. They put 8-tracks to shame and in their graves. Not a day would go by that someone wasn’t seen in their car fighting with the tape that got stuck in the cassette player. Or remember when you wanted to skip to track six and you had to keep fast forwarding in increments to get to it and still passed it?!! Then the tape eventually got warped and all the songs sounded like aliens were whining.
**Ok, clutch your pearls! Many years ago, real life encyclopedia books sat upon every bookshelf in America. Yes, when you had to write that five-page paper for class, there was no Wikipedia or the internet to turn to. Those burgundy and gold trimmed books were a pot of gold, usually providing a paragraph or two of info on a subject matter. You pretty much had to work miracles to whip that tiny scrap of info into a five-page paper!
Of course, I could go on and on, but that would take the fun out of it, now wouldn’t it?
So, I’m leaving it to you guys to pull those skeletons out of the closet…oops, I mean I’m leaving it to you guys to pull some of those once fashionable ways of life out, dust them off, and expose them to the world! Well, you really wouldn’t be exposing them since they’re not secrets or anything! We’ll just say you’ll be reminiscing…and telling your age!