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Do You Remember When?

Updated on October 13, 2011

Rotary Telephone

I grew up in the 80s during the time of my generation's technology explosion. Our home still had a rotary phone. For those of you younger than me, it was a telephone like any other, but with an analog signal. Instead of a push button dial-pad, it had just a round dial with holes in it. You put your finger in one of the holes that corresponded to the number you wanted to dial, and you repeated that for each number until your dialing was complete. Today, I get upset sometimes when I mis-dial a number and I actually have to push the back space. Back then, if you had a mis-dial, you had to hang up the receiver, and start all over again. Goodness forbid that you would have to call the police, fire department or an ambulance for an emergency.
Do you remember? Do you still have one? Tell us in the comments!

Car Window Handles

I noticed the change in the early 90s when I borrowed a truck from a friend to pick up a new engine for my 280ZX. I had the engine in the back, and I was also supposed to pick up my youngest sister from elementary school. It was a chilly day, but I had the windows in the truck rolled down. Upon picking her up, immediately, she shivered and told me I was crazy for driving around with the windows down. So I say to her, "just roll up your window". At this point, she turns her head to the door, and the confusion in her little face was confusing me. I asked at this point, "why are you not rolling up the window, are you okay?" and she responds with, "I can't find the button to roll up my window".
This is when I realized that although car window handles were still in production for some vehicles, most vehicles had switched over to to a switch that you either pushed down or pulled up to operate the window's position. At this point I told her to use the handle to roll the window up, and she began to laugh hysterically. She had no idea how to use it. I actually had to give her instructions on how to roll up a non-electronic car window. She used it and had this twinkle in her eye like she had discovered something so new that no one had ever used before. Also, at that moment, I realized that I was beginning to age. I remember hitting my knees on them all the time. I think I still have the scars...
Do you still have a car with one of these? How do you feel about it?

The Paddle

Now, I'm not talking about a paddle that is used to row a boat here. I am talking about the corporal punishment paddle. I don't really know when its use was stopped. I am sure that most if not all schools in America have ceased the use of this torture device.
The first time I received "swats" was in the 4th grade. Mrs. H, was the one that administered these to me. She had a weak arm and it did not hurt at all. I was extremely terrified at first, but when they landed on my rear, it was almost laughable. At that point, I realized that if I wanted to do something bad, I could avoid detention or extra work by taking it like a man.
There wasn't much to take, after all, most teachers were weaklings. It would be bad though if one of the male coaches was to give the swats. Then, it was painful, however, still only temporary as compared to the length of a detention session. So does corporal punishment work? It didn't for me, and it didn't for anyone else that I know that ever got "swats". So good riddance! Kids today, would be traumatized by the experience, and there would be lawsuits flying like a flock of seagulls through an open fish factory if it were to happen today.
So, did you ever get "swats" ? How do you feel about it? Do you think schools should still give them today?

Sony Walkman

Before the age of iPods, and portable CD players, we had the WalkMan. At its time, it was the most innovative portable music device around. You could take your music anywhere you wanted to, of course, provided that you could carry it all. This music player played cassette tapes. Cassettes were small, portable, but once you accumulated a good 15 or so, they would weigh down on you, and of course, you needed a carrying case for them. What many people did, including myself, was to re-record music that we liked on to a 90 or 120 minute cassette tape. This way, we could take all the hits with us, and enjoy music at its best. You had to listen to the cassette tape in its entirety. Well, not really, you could forward and reverse the tape but two things would happen. One, your battery would wear down faster, and two, your tape, if rewound or forwarded excessively, would start to tighten itself up in its casing. If this happened, eventually the Walkman would eat the tape, and you would have to start over from scratch and re-record your music on another tape. It was a pain. So thank goodness for iPods, and Zunes, and all other MP3 players out there today. They make life so much easier.
Did you have a Walkman or still do? How many tapes did you have in your collection?

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