Wednesday, July 7, 2010

upright suitcases...or

I'm not sure the name for the upright suitcases, there is one, but it escapes me at the moment. What I really want to point out is how far we've come. It used to be, not that very long ago that we carried suitcases, then there was the wheels with the strap that pulled them along, but they tended to tip over, then we got the rollaboards....much better, but as they got bigger they tended to really drag on that shoulder and the heavier they were, the more drag....

The uprights, spinners, well, they are brilliant. I can manage two large ones, two large heavy ones myself, well Liz helps at times.

Which all brings me to remembering.......

stockings with garters
ibm selectric typewriter with whiteout tape
whiteout tape
punch cards
floppy discs
panty hose
knee highs
VCR's


oh my gosh, am I old? What outdated things do you remember? video stores? vhs tape, beta max, compuserve, walkman, palm pilot.....

I'm packed into my new medium size Samsonite upright with 4 wheels, off to Nantucket on vacation!

Will update you all on my trip. First up, Norwood, my growing up town. I'll be showing Mark around, he's never been.

And a warm farewell to my girls, I'll be back soon. Love you all. Susan, you'll be fine, I'll bring you a Boston present.

16 comments:

Vivien said...

How about 8-track tapes?

Carol B said...

Vivien beat me to the 8-tracks, so I'll say non-electric typewriters.

Carol B said...

Hair dryers with the giant plastic cap for your head that had a flexible hose going to the hot air pump machine thing.

abeadlady said...

Listening to radio serials, hopscotch, bubble cuts. could think of more, but I feel too old now. lol

VanBeads said...

I can remember the first VCR that my father brought home. It was huge. And when you hit "eject", it was like a huge tape recorder, and this big carriage for the tapes would pop up. No remote controls back then, either!

And if anyone here is in the IT biz, maybe they can remember when "going online" meant dialing in to a BBS (bulletin board system). We used my dad's Apple 2E to log on, and I can remember when 2400 baud became available - the letters popped up on the screen so fast that you couldn't read them all at once! (Yes, I'm a tech geek, who is the daughter of a tech geek.)

Marcia DeCoster said...

I had one of those hair dryers! and I ironed my hair and used juice cans and anything to keep it straight, and now it is straight!

Marcia DeCoster said...

Jennifer, if we want to talk IT, I worked when there were still punch cards and the computer was the size of two large rooms, and you sent your updates offsite....and I also worked at Victor, one of the first pc companies

Marcia DeCoster said...

Arline, I loved hopscotch and chinese jumprope as well, does anyone play chinese jumprope anymore?

Marcia DeCoster said...

vivien, how could I have forgotten 8 tracks!

Marcia DeCoster said...

And while we are on 8 tracks, what about 45's?

Nancy K. said...

For those of us working in financial services or insurance, how about Display Write, or multi-part forms that you had to fix with white out? Or micro-fiche? I had one of those hair dryers too. Plus I had my hair curled in rags once for my senior prom! They worked too and I have naturally curly hair on top of it. Sinclair Gas or Phillips 66 gas in the midwest? Sinclair Gas and their green dinosaur? Or Beanie and Cecil cartoons? I could go on too, but stopping now. This was fun.

Arlenesfelt said...

When I was 14, I got a "Portable AM/FM Transistor Radio". I could plug it in, or get it to run on 4 big "D" batteries so I could take it out in the yard with me when I sun bathed! Imagine that! It was big and bulky, but very sleek looking at the time. A pre-historic ipod.

rachelnelsonsmith said...

On my portable record player I’d put on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but my folks wouldn’t let me listen to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Nancy said...

I slept in those juice can hair rollers...if you could call it sleep....and I remember comptometers the precurser to the adding machine.
How about the dictionary instead of spell check!

VanBeads said...

Marcia, your comments made me laugh out loud! I can remember my father telling me about the first computers he worked on when he was in the Navy - he said they were the size of two rooms! He even had a couple of "floppy discs" from that era, too. They were two huge green round discs that probably weighed about four pounds each. LOL! How far we've come as I sit here and type on my little laptop computer using the wireless network I have set up in my house!

The bad Liz said...

Reel to reel tapes, 78 record albums (why aren't CDs just called albums - it's still a group of songs?), Penny Candy, Mimeograph machines, Rotary dial phones, when flip flops were called thongs?