This is a special flashback friday.
I’m not gonna show you a picture of myself at 9 months old, throwing up on my older sister’s face.
For the record, that photo does exist.
Today, it’s all about tech.
It has changed dramatically over the past week. Gadgets I used as a kid and a teenager are dinosaurs by now. I thought it would be cool to examine some of these artifacts
For a while, beepers were actually popular among people other than drug dealers and doctors. This was a time where mobile phones were “obese”, chunky, clunky things. Pagers and beepers could fit into your pocket, clutch, or cleavage.
And lets not forget they stimulated us creatively with “beeper codes” ( the predecessors of today’s text message). For example:
- 911 meant an emergency (yes, really)
- 143 representing the number of letters in each word of “I love you.” (I know, I’m gagging too)
- the upside-down number-to-letter comparisons, 07734 as hello.
And lets face it, nothing is cooler than something beeping, notifying you that you are needed so you have to go hunt for change and a pay phone.
Fax machines seemed so cool to me because I predicted it would kill the United States Postal Service.
I’m a bad psychic.
I hate fax machines these days. Someone recently was shocked I didnt have one. The dial-up, the paper jams, the wierd noise, the fact that it rhymes with cracks….ugh…..Cant we all just stop admiting these things exist? The world will be a better place. I promise.
When this became popular, I thought it was the phone company trying to be kinky. But it turned out to be fun to see who was calling. Although this totally killed the joys of prank calling (which I did tirelessly in my real-sounding foreign accents). And it was kind of hilarious when you actually called someone back and they would be all, “did you star sixty nine me????”
“yes ma’am, I stared and sixty-nineted you”.
Portable music was so cool back in the day. I mean carrying around a boombox was so “Say Anything”. There was Sony’s Walkman which was the popular music carrier of choice. And now, you have to admit it’s a lot harder to play a mix tape on an iPod. I’m totally going to a sketchy neighborhood with my white ipod headphones and when someone is going to try to mug me being all,
“Give me your ipod!!! Bitch!”
I’ll pull out my sony walkman and say,
“Oh, you mean this old thing!”.
Yea, that should ensure no more mugging.
Can you imagine blogging when we had film? If we wanted to snap a shot of oatmeal or whatever, we’d have to load our film, schlep it to the store to get it developed, scan it, and THEN post it on our giant computers. I dont miss film. I used to get a disposable camera when I went to camp when I was eight. I only had 28 pictures! I couldn’t just waste any so I had to look perfect in every one! I’m so thankful for digital camera. And for Photoshop
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