Things I’ve seen come and go in my nearly 50 years

It’s hard to believe that I will be 50 very soon. I intend to be fabulous at 50 but that’s another story.  Lately I have been thinking about how much things have changed in my lifetime.  I have read many posts of people lamenting the good ole days, and while I do not wish to go back in time, I do think it’s always a good idea to take stock of the changes good and bad.

1) Video games… now a days they are handheld and completely portable with awesome graphics. I cannot tell you how annoying it is to be at a restaurant and a kid at the table next to you is playing on an ipad with the volume up and the parents could give a crap cause for this moment they are getting a break from parenting. In my day video games were PONG and you had to get permission to play it on the ONE tv in the house, and you had to learn manners and behave yourself at the restaurant or you didn’t go. In fact, I think I was about 14 before Pong even came out…before that there were NO video games.  Tell that to a kid today…No video games…they would be like “how did you live” LOL

2) Reel to reel & 8 track music players… believe it or not my family had these and we used them regularly.  It’s strange to think of now… I remember watching my step-dad loading the reel to reel tapes. In the car 8 track players were all the rage, everyone had one. LOL

3) VHS  & CASSETTE TAPES…   I remember how bulky my video and music collections use to be and now they can be stored on something that fits in the palm of my hand.

4) Letter writing…. seems to be all but a thing of the past. Now everyone emails and instant messages. Which is awesome because of the speed but I really feel something is lost there. There is something very cool about writing a letter and actually mailing it and waiting for a return letter. 

5) Books are also becoming a thing of the past and this one truly is upsetting to me because without printed physical records it is far too easy to alter our histories.  Also..books…printed, leather-bound, have a magic about them and I don’t want to see that go away.  I love that I can read online because I have diminished vision and my Kindle has opened up a whole new world for me that I didn’t previously have access to. The selection of large-print books was dismal at best and much of what interested me did not exist in large-print. All that said…I never want to see real books disappear.

6) Picture tube tv’s…. I don’t see these anymore in the store.  All I see are flat screens…not that I am complaining mind you, but it’s weird to see things you grew up with go away.

7) Mervyn’s…. I know it’s just a (was a) retail chain, but I loved it.  I always scored big on clothes for myself, and for our children growing up.  They closed in this last recession…and I must admit I am most saddened.  Why couldn’t fucking Walmart have closed.

What are some things that you have seen come and go, and are you happy or sad about it?

8 thoughts on “Things I’ve seen come and go in my nearly 50 years

  1. I’m usually happy to embrace anything new technology-wise and not mourn whatever it replaced, but sometimes it can get overwhelming. There wasn’t much of a learning curve to a Sony Walkman, but get a new iPod and there certainly is. Sometimes it would be nice to just get something new and not have to read instructions first. But I can go with the flow even if I can’t part with some of my old exercise VHS tapes. I keep a VCR around just for that very purpose. 🙂

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    1. It is true Carrie that sometimes you almost have to take a class to learn how to use a new gadget. I am usually pretty accepting too, and a lot of our innovations do make life a whole lot easier. 🙂

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  2. Ah this was cool to read 🙂 I can recall the video games and VHS/casettes. I was always so happy when my dad brought home a new Disney or movie for kids haha.

    Hmm for me, besides the games and VHS you mentioned, I can’t recall anything else now haha. Oh! A LP player! We still have one at one, but now it’s more a novelty. It’s more how they continously seem to alter products in the store. And they always say “better taste! Improved recipe!”…it often tastes worse.

    I hope books will never vanish though! The thought alone makes me sad.

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  3. Pong is still one of my favorite games. 🙂 This is a weird one, and probably more related to my odd eyesight quirk– but I miss mellow lamps. Remember those banker’s lamps? They had a soft warm glow, and didn’t provide nearly as much clarity of light as LEDs and such.. but, well, I miss them. Everything seems to unnecessarily bright-white now.

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  4. Ohmigosh, I miss Mervyn’s too! I moved away from California, and when I came back to visit they were gone. It was THE place we went for everything. It was the original Kohl’s.

    Also, and you know this already, but I love the art of sending things in the mail. I try to keep it alive and well! Which reminds me, I need to send you something.

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