50 Things People Don't Do Anymore

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I still do a few, but they're right about most!

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50 Things We Don't Do Anymore

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I am on a loaner laptop - another learning curve for me and unsurprising since it is mine, my hard drive is giving the computer kid his OWN learning curve. I digress -

We still do or use almost half that list. I never used a crank phone (or for a car either) but did not know how to use a rotary phone when I saw my first one - in 1959. I remember dimmer switches on the floor of the car, crank windows, and fuses. I also remember tubes in the black & white TV with a tiny screen as well as in the radio. I remember Gorgeous George and his gold bobbie pins, Superman, and Hopalong Cassidy - oh and Sabu the elephant boy. Wringer washers and heating the water to use that water in a copper wash boiler. Pappy planted the corn field with a corn planter - one hill at a time!

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OK, call me old fashion but I still do MANY of these things.  One of my great pleasures is getting a hand written letter from a dear friend.  Oh sure, we e-mail, but the really good stuff is always in a letter that arrives by USPS in a lovely colored envelope.  We hang our wash out on the line all spring, summer and fall and watch TV as it is broadcast.  

I think this must have been written by a 20 year old who could only go back as far as rotary phones.  Now when they get talking about hand rolling the wash, party lines on crank phones, and watching the test pattern on a black and white TV on Saturday mornings.....well, then we can compare notes!

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Hey, I remember TV didn't go all night long! And we had a party line. The phone co finally forced my parents off it. They were the last people on the line and were paying party line rates for what was, essentially, a private line. No crank phone, tho. There were cranks on the phone line, but not the phone itself. Eye-wink

OK, how about cars with windows you had to roll down? The last on of those I had was in 2000. VW. The new bug.

Shifter on the column instead of the floor.

My friend brought her camera with her a few weeks ago...real film. Now that surprised me. I held out for a long time but I love being able to throw out the bad photos and not pay to have them mailed to me! However, I would like to print some photos and that's a pain!

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I play the radio through my DESKTOP. My phone acts as my alarm clock. What is a newspaper? Smiling

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rotary phones

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Also gone: shorthand, typewriters and ribbon, carbon paper, ko-rec-type, onion skin paper, "erasable bond" paper and typing erasers with the little broom on one end.

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On my list of things that I want to see an end to...

  • Paper receipts - Really, is it so hard to email me a PDF receipt? They do it in Mexico!
  • Cable boxes - Why can't they come up with a standard in this country?
  • Table TV Electronics - My TV is on the wall... why do I need a table for stuff?
  • Keys - Seriously? Electronic keys, iButtons, and NFC phones mean anything to anyone?
  • Charging cables - There must be a better way to charge stuff

 

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Um, keys? Yeah, we have those. Electronic locks on some of our exterior doors. All interior doors have keys. I will say I like the idea of walking out of the house without a key or worrying if I remembered to lock the door. But it will be along time before my phone does anything but make a phone call.

Big store in town here does emailed receipts. But the majority of stores don't have the technology, most stores here don't even have an internet connection from the register. And, a lot of people will not give out their email address. We get them here. I snail mail their confirmation.

My TV is eons old. If I hung it on the wall I'd have a new spot to put a window!

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We have an electronic key for the front door. I go on vacation with no keys. I email all the receipts for the guests. And every TV in every guest room is on the wall. The only reason that I have the old analog cable is because I don't need a decoder box. First we don't have a place to put them, so we have to glue them precariously to the TV top. But secondly, the guests can't figure them out. Seriously... they just can't. We have one, in one room (it's part of the package) and over 99% of the time, I see them tuned in on the analog TV cable.

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The only reason that I have the old analog cable is because I don't need a decoder box...the guests can't figure them out. Seriously... they just can't.

Yes, it's a huge problem for small-timers like us. You go to a hotel, you just use the simple remote that came with the TV and you can pick from a hundred channels, including premium channels like HBO. Only buttons to manage are power on/off, channel and volume.

But go to a B&B and you have to figure out a cable box that's different from the one you're used to at home, with a complicated remote that's also foreign to you.

I had great hope for cable cards. My sister still has one in her big flat screen TV and it lets her watch any of 800 channels with no need for a "box". She just uses the remote that came with the TV and it works perfectly. No worry about keeping the box and the TV "in sync". But cable card technology has been abandoned. No new TVs are sold with a cable card slot. That's a real shame.

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We have that problem here...using the remote that came with the box. Even if guests have the SAME box at home, the channels might be different.

I am forever having to get up off the couch, where I sleep at my brother's house, to push buttons on the TV to make it turn off. The 'off' button on the remote turns the box off, but not the TV. Sigh.

And I never have a 9 year old handy when I need one!

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And seriously, why are the boxes so large? You open the box and it's like half full. Then why can't they make an IR receiver on the top of the box, it would cost like an extra 5c in China. Seriously, you have all these engineers and not one of them can think of that.

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its why when we changed to flat screen all the tv's have digital boxes in in them - I knew guests couldn't cope with 2 remotes etc - it just aint going to happen. My tv ariel man told my my neighbour who has 8 rooms bought all new flat screens when they first came out - never considered they wern't digital - so when they switch over came here (they have turned off all our analogue channels now) they wouldn't work so called him out - he had to tell them they needed 8 new tv's straight away! thats a nice expense if you wern't expecting it!

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Read a book in paper format...my son said it used to be easier for him to meet women because they would be sitting around in the laundromat or wherever reading a book or a magazine. He could walk over to them and ask how was the book, did they like that author, would they recommend the book for him to buy for his sister? Now, he says, they are all texting on the phone. He says it's awkward to go and ask, 'Hey, who are you texting? Anyone I know?' That is stalker material there. Just asking about a book is conversation!

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I just ran into one of those the other day. Flicking through channels, we came on a show we like to watch. We watched something else until it was over so we could watch it on OnDemand. 

The radio thing I sort of get. I listen to the local station in my house but it is through my iphone with the internet. I have a clock radio but I use my phone to get up by also. 

I miss the yellow pages. I felt that added value and probably would still be useful today. I have yet to find one online that i like as much. 

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I still do quite a few of those things too. My favorite is hanging out sheets on the clothesline in nice weather. It's hidden so my neighbors can't see it and I don't do it when guests are here. Nothings smells as great as fresh sheets off the line. 

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Seriously? I still do probably half of those things!

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Do they still make a tv guide?

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Not in this country.

That list does cheat, there are like 4 things to do with pay phones. There are a few things that I think are gone or going that we just haven't noticed....

  • Listening to a radio show, daily
  • Listening to the radio on a timer as you go to sleep
  • Pagers, other than doctors
  • Calling a large corporation and get an actual human on the phone.
  • Getting a real caring letter in the mail. (Basically it's all solicitation and bills, now.)
  • Actually caring what interest rates are
  • Music videos on TV
  • Weekly murders in Cabot Cove, Maine

 

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  • Weekly murders in Cabot Cove, Maine

Well she quit writing about them, so they just stopped!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

  • Weekly murders in Cabot Cove, Maine

Well she quit writing about them, so they just stopped!

Thank goodness, they were having to bring people in from away so the town wouldn't be decimated!

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And I do a few of those as well...radio (especially Ira Glass) and (previously) Car Talk. No timer, tho, I do remember that as a teenager! My mom still writes to me via mail, she's an analog girl in a digital world. But, yeah, I send emails now. I have to care what interest rates are as my mortgage is dependent on it.

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Radio shows daily are HUGELY POPULAR. Talk radio.

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Yes, but I don't think people really gather around and tune-in specifically. If you are in the car, fine. If you are in the office, fine. Even TV, with PVRs, people care less about what time something will be on. It's become the background noise to our lives. The only radios that I own are the alarms in the rooms and the one in my car. If we had a blackout, I wouldn't have one that works.

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Eric Arthur Blair wrote:

Yes, but I don't think people really gather around and tune-in specifically. If you are in the car, fine. If you are in the office, fine. Even TV, with PVRs, people care less about what time something will be on. It's become the background noise to our lives. The only radios that I own are the alarms in the rooms and the one in my car. If we had a blackout, I wouldn't have one that works.

It has just changed. I am listening to Sirius radio right now. 

We listen online, we have different methods.

As for the old Walton's where they sit around on the caroet and wood chairs listening to a radio program, well...we have tv, and so on from there. TRIVIA: (PS Walton's mountain is 2 hours from us, in case anyone wants to visit! and Mayberry is south of an less than 2 hours)

BUT having said that, PLEASE SEE THIS BLOG ARTICLE (this is right here) and it is nostalgic - please LISTEN it is pretty fun!: http://blog.claibornehouse.net/2013/02/youve-gotta-hear-floyd-radio-show.html

and we won't forget the uber popular A Prairie Home Companion

and all the many NPR programs that many listen too as well, daily. Smiling

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No Sirius radio (car is 10 years old, if I was going to change the radio, I'd add an MP3 player.) Honestly, long term, I don't expect radio to survive long term. Same with newspapers. Expect services like Pandora and Rdio to take over and radio shows to be on-demand, just like NetFlix is today.

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We're throwbacks, we know that. We actually listen to the radio in the house and discuss what we hear. DH does talk radio in the car and I listen to music. And we do have a battery-powered radio for power outages. Which happen a lot here.

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Ummm, I still do many of those things, not just a few (and I am not a luddite by any means).

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