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Old 09-25-2019, 08:56 PM
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I have to cringe inwardly when I hear someone mention the 90s, followed by "I know my age is showing" or "I know I'm dating myself."
No kidding. Some people are already getting nostalgic about the (early) 2000s. I don't think so.
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Everytime I buy a "sharing size" aka King size bag of m&m's I feel ole because:

I was maybe 4 years old when they first came out and it was me and grandmas habit to go to the store for a candy or maybe one of the ice creams pops from the freezer and wed share a bottle of Faygo together

of course they had a nice corner display box full of them with NEW and BIGGER and such on it and of course to 4 years old me this was heaven... My favorite candy in a bag bigger than i could possibly eat ..(everyone says I should feel lucky that I never saw the huge bags they sell these days for baking and such otherwise id of been a diabetic by jr high school)


So my grandma looked them over and said well thats a lot but ok since ill have a few my self ....Until WE walked up to pay for it .....and they guy behind the counter must of told her how much they were because she got a look on her face and put them back saying they were too much ..... I was like why ? and then we got into an argument and there were tears and we left without anything


I was still throwing a fit iand saying mean things under my breath 20 minutes later ......grandma had went back and gotten them (the store was maybe 200 feet behind the house grandpa sold them the land it was built on because it was the far corner of the yard at one point)

I was so happy ......Only reason id gotten them was she felt guilty for saying no because my uncle wanted to borrow money for a pack of cigs and she said yes to him and bought them ..... and it was the first time id ever thrown a fit about anything ever

Now how much was the pack of M&M's? 50 cents.... And because she always remembered that incident she kept track of how much a king-size bag of m&ms were .... Now that same bag is almost 2 bucks at a 7/11 and like a buck-fifty at the grocery store/wal-mart
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:19 AM
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Ever time I tell a disrespectful youngster "You better be nice to old people because if you are lucky, some day you'll be one" and I get that look of total disbelief that I know was on my face many times in the 1960's and 1970's. "What? Old? Me? NEVER!"
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A reminder -- or indication, anyway -- today. I wanted to refresh my memory about an aspect of the works of the British author H.H. Munro (1870 -- 1916), more commonly known by his pseudonym "Saki" -- a specialist in black-humour / satirical, short stories. The majority of his characters would seem to be male -- could not think off the top of my head, of any female ones. I Googled "Saki female characters": the entire first page of "hits", anyway, was about some Japanese manga or anime thing, concerning a bunch of different girls' schools -- Kiyosumi, Achiga, and sundry others. It seemed that those running the search engine, took it for granted that the just-described was well-known to everyone. Not to me -- utterly new and unknown to me. I'm in my early seventies: became aware of the Japanese graphic-novels etc., phenomenon, quite some way into my life -- by which time I was clearly too old and "square" to take any interest in it.

Adding "H.H. Munro" to Googled words above, quickly got me what I wanted: but left me reflecting that someone such as me, for whom "Saki" means first and foremost the 19th / 20th century British guy as above; is in this day and age, definitely a dinosaur.
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Yesterday the thought occurred to me that I've been typing for 50 years and I learned to type on a manual typewriter.

Many people today have never used a typewriter and some don't even know what they are!
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I had a conversation with a 20 something yr old woman on Friday. She was stunned - stunned - to learn that I do not own a cell phone. She asked, "How do you get anywhere?", by which she intended to ask, "How do you find your way to new places if you do not have a GPS application on a cell phone?"

I had to explain about ... maps ... and that when you put more than one map together in a book, it becomes an "atlas"... that there would be pages for each state of the union and often each major city as well. A person might makes notes before setting off on a journey as reminders of what signs to watch for and so forth.

There were ... guidebooks ... that would contain lists of hotels and restaurants and possibly recreational activities in various geographical areas.
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I had a conversation with a 20 something yr old woman on Friday. She was stunned - stunned - to learn that I do not own a cell phone. She asked, "How do you get anywhere?", by which she intended to ask, "How do you find your way to new places if you do not have a GPS application on a cell phone?"

I had to explain about ... maps ... and that when you put more than one map together in a book, it becomes an "atlas"... that there would be pages for each state of the union and often each major city as well. A person might makes notes before setting off on a journey as reminders of what signs to watch for and so forth.

There were ... guidebooks ... that would contain lists of hotels and restaurants and possibly recreational activities in various geographical areas.
This is the sort of thing I don't understand. Okay, she has never had the need to use a map. Fine. But surely she knows what they ARE? She must know that the map graphic she sees in the GPS app on her phone can also be printed on paper? (Unless you were exaggerating for humor?)

Re the previous post: how can you not KNOW what a typewriter is, even if you've never used one or seen one in person? I know what a horse and buggy are, what sleeve garters are, what a candlestick phone is, what telegraph and Morse code are, even though they were before my time.

Maybe because I read a lot my whole life, I could easily imagine what life was like in the years, decades, and centuries before I was born. Is that the cause? No exposure through print and entertainment media to a life before computers and cell phones? In the earliest episodes of Law & Order c. 1995, Lenny Briscoe was always running to a pay phone to call the squad room-- can a 20-year-old not even imagine that? I'm mystified.
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This is the sort of thing I don't understand. Okay, she has never had the need to use a map. Fine. But surely she knows what they ARE? She must know that the map graphic she sees in the GPS app on her phone can also be printed on paper?
She's the sort who will just stare at you with an incredulous look. So, I don't really know if she's ever seen a printed map. She didn't say either way. It may have simply never occurred to her that maps would ever be printed - and that people would actively use one for a practical purpose.
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That it's 2020 is starting to sink in. That means that 1970 was 50 years ago. Several interesting things happened in my life in 1970 or around then. All of that is a half century ago and counting.
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Oh yeah. We recently passed the 75th anniversary of my conception.
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. . . I even recall the first GUIs used and early demos of them...and people saying they would never be a thing. . . .
I remember the first time I saw a graphic that showed that the computer was thinking. It was the little moving clock on a little mac. Considering how often computers could hang up completely, it was a relief to know that there was something still going on. Before the clocks and progress bars, you just had to sit there wondering if you were wasting your time and should have rebooted two minutes ago.

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I went to college with a slide rule and discovered that hand calculators were a thing that was happening. They were wildly expensive and couldn't do much, and the professors wouldn't let you use them on tests, but they would let you you use your slide rule.

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Beats doing it by hand. Although if you're doing anything complicated you'd better do a simplified version by hand first, so that you know where to put the decimal point.

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. . . You remember a gallon of gas costing only $2.10. . . .

Your school only one computer per classroom, and you had to ask to use it. . . .
I remember the Y2K-esque kerfuffle when gas prices went to a whole dollar. Neither the advertising signs nor the pumps were designed for the extra digit.

I remember computers being added to two math classrooms, in high school. The in-class computers used Basic. There were actually two machines in each class. You used the first to create a ticker tape of your program and then you ran the ticker tape on the second. For Fortran, we still had to fill out the cards and send them out to be run. I wasn't driving much at the time, but I think a lot of stations set their pumps to half the price per gallon and then doubled the amount shown.

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I'm 70 and I don't know what Pong is.
Ah, Pong. You have to be exactly the right age to have fully experienced it. I was a freshman in college and they put one in the school bowling alley. For a brief time, there was only Pong.

And you're an old woman if you remember not being allowed to wear pants to school no matter how cold it was.
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She's the sort who will just stare at you with an incredulous look. So, I don't really know if she's ever seen a printed map. She didn't say either way. It may have simply never occurred to her that maps would ever be printed - and that people would actively use one for a practical purpose.
A few years ago I was on an expedition in the mountains of Panama. My companions were all experienced hikers in their 30s. They were astonished when I pulled out my paper topo maps of the area. They said "Wow! Old school!" Actually, it was much easier to orient using them than on the tiny maps on their phones.

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That it's 2020 is starting to sink in. That means that 1970 was 50 years ago. Several interesting things happened in my life in 1970 or around then. All of that is a half century ago and counting.
Think of this: for present high-school kids, the Vietnam War is almost as far in the past as WWI was for us when we were in high school.

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I remember the Y2K-esque kerfuffle when gas prices went to a whole dollar. Neither the advertising signs nor the pumps were designed for the extra digit.
I think the lowest price I ever saw was 15 cents a gallon someplace in the South in the late 1960s.

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And then there was Asteroids.
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And you're an old woman if you remember not being allowed to wear pants to school no matter how cold it was.
Pants? When I was in high school, one of the assistant principals made girls get on their knees, and if their skirt wasn't long enough to touch the floor, they got sent home. And I got sent home once for wearing pants that didn't have belt loops.
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I had my hip replaced due to wear and tear in November. Pretty much recovered. Mostly.

But my 90 year old mother fell and broke her hip January 3rd 2020. Some change of plans ensue as I live 100 miles away.

I tell ya, I feel like a young buck cause I can walk when I go to my moms skilled nursing center. I have a place for her to go though. That should be nice.

Hey, this thread has given me ideas.... I used to be one hell of a dirt bike rider, and have friends that are only 15 years younger that are into it. hmmmm... Can't take it with you.

The Yamaha IT 490 is... well... you'd have to ride one to know. I may like to find out what these big 4 stroke dirt bikes are like.
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The hilarity of a co-worker and I talking about our prostates. Never thought I would catch myself doing anything like that.
O god, yes. My regular co-worker Friday lunch (a quick pasta and a glass of wine), where we debated (and solved) most of the world's problems,has now become

a) Much longer, as more and more of us either retire, or get sacked and can't be arsed looking for another job
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c) Subjects for discussion tend to be much more medical
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For years and years my cousins and I used to hear our parents talking about their diseases, surgeries and medications. Now the parents are gone, and we talk about the same things. Passing of the torch.
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I have to cringe inwardly when I hear someone mention the 90s, followed by "I know my age is showing" or "I know I'm dating myself."
Well, I was an adult in the mid-90's, and I work with people who were barely born by the end of the decade. Plenty of legit situations to "show one's age" or "date oneself".
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Yesterday the thought occurred to me that I've been typing for 50 years and I learned to type on a manual typewriter.

Many people today have never used a typewriter and some don't even know what they are!
The i.d.e.a. Museum where I volunteer swaps out its exhibit about three times a year. The one just opened earlier this month is The Art of the Story. It has props and set where you can do a literal puppet theater, displays about Character, Setting, and Plot, and on a pedestal, a somewhat worn Remington Quiet Riter with a few sheets of paper you can roll in. They had to look to find a fresh ribbon.

The kids are fascinated by it. They recognize the keyboard but don't press them anywhere near hard enough for a manual typewriter.
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Yesterday the thought occurred to me that I've been typing for 50 years and I learned to type on a manual typewriter.

Many people today have never used a typewriter and some don't even know what they are!
same here I took typing in 1974. I'd be willing to bet most people under 30 have never even seen a manual typewriter let alone know what it is.
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A reminder -- or indication, anyway -- today. I wanted to refresh my memory about an aspect of the works of the British author H.H. Munro (1870 -- 1916), more commonly known by his pseudonym "Saki" -- a specialist in black-humour / satirical, short stories. The majority of his characters would seem to be male -- could not think off the top of my head, of any female ones. I Googled "Saki female characters": the entire first page of "hits", anyway, was about some Japanese manga or anime thing, concerning a bunch of different girls' schools -- Kiyosumi, Achiga, and sundry others. It seemed that those running the search engine, took it for granted that the just-described was well-known to everyone. Not to me -- utterly new and unknown to me. I'm in my early seventies: became aware of the Japanese graphic-novels etc., phenomenon, quite some way into my life -- by which time I was clearly too old and "square" to take any interest in it.

Adding "H.H. Munro" to Googled words above, quickly got me what I wanted: but left me reflecting that someone such as me, for whom "Saki" means first and foremost the 19th / 20th century British guy as above; is in this day and age, definitely a dinosaur.
An image search for Kirby art will return a pink ball rather than the comic book artist's graphics unless you include the first name Jack.
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Used old-fashioned cloth diapers, pins, and rubber pants on my kids when they were little.

Remember helping my mom do laundry using a wringer washing machine.

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I was talking with a friend yesterday and he related a story to me about an encounter with a young co-worker who didn't get some pop culture reference he made. During the course of telling me this story about how old he was becoming, he mentioned he was born in 1981. I told him I was in college in 1981.
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When disposable diapers first made their debut, they had to be fastened using diaper pins.

Baby Scott Disposable Diapers. The diapers looked like long, thick, menstrual pads, and they were used with gingham-print rubber pants that had snaps.
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Every forty years the world gets topsy turvy. It just does. I lived through the 1960's, and I lived through 9/11/2001.

So we are on our way to the next big event circa 2040. You read it here first.
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Every forty years the world gets topsy turvy. It just does. I lived through the 1960's, and I lived through 9/11/2001.

So we are on our way to the next big event circa 2040. You read it here first.
Speaking of topsy-turvy, I wish I could go back to the 60's/70's. Just think our world today is a complete and utter mess.
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I actually feel sorry for people who didn't experience the 1960's. It was such a unique time in human history. Things got totally different in such a short time, and there's no easy answer for what caused it.

Compare that to 40 years later, when you can pinpoint the exact second every thing changed.
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A college friend of mine was cleaning out some of his personal papers last week and found several letters I had written him right after I graduated. They were typed and it reminded me that I was a better typist on a manual machine than a lot of people. But what really struck me was that I talked about building my own stereo to save money over purchasing one. Yes, back then you could buy preamplifier kits (both tube and transistorized) and amplifier kits from Dynaco and assemble them yourself. The preamps and amps were actually pretty highly regarded. Saving $60 or so by doing it yourself was a big deal.

You can still find the units on eBay and through other third-party suppliers, but they are usually modified or otherwise updated.
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Speaking of topsy-turvy, I wish I could go back to the 60's/70's. Just think our world today is a complete and utter mess.
Nope. Vietnam War. Cities burning. Assassinations. Nearly all of Latin America and many other countries under brutal right-wing dictatorships. The threat of nuclear holocaust.
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I actually feel sorry for people who didn't experience the 1960's. It was such a unique time in human history. Things got totally different in such a short time, and there's no easy answer for what caused it.

Compare that to 40 years later, when you can pinpoint the exact second every thing changed.
I couldn't agree with you more.
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Nope. Vietnam War. Cities burning. Assassinations. Nearly all of Latin America and many other countries under brutal right-wing dictatorships. The threat of nuclear holocaust.
It's all relative in my eyes.
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Little kids are amazed when I tell them there were only 48 states when I was born.
So are coworkers.
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same here I took typing in 1974. I'd be willing to bet most people under 30 have never even seen a manual typewriter let alone know what it is.
That's for sure singlequote backspace period
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That it's 2020 is starting to sink in. That means that 1970 was 50 years ago. Several interesting things happened in my life in 1970 or around then. All of that is a half century ago and counting.
Same here! I feel like I'm on some sort of revisiting of those major events.

Also, once we get past the leap day next weekend, the days of the week will even line up across 50 years. March 1 was a Sunday in 1970, and it will be a Sunday this year too. And so forth for the next two years, until 1972's leap day throws things out of sync again.
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I remember my mom stepping on tin cans to flatten then for recycling, to help win WWII' My first grade teacher was born in the Grant administration, when the school was built.

But here's what makes me feel old: I don't want to learn new technology any more. I don't know how to "dial" a number on my wife's phone.
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There was a bad moment this year going to the 50th anniversary re-release of Yellow Submarine and reflected that I saw it during its initial release.
I had a moment like this when I saw a theater marquee touting "Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary! Performing Aqualung in its Entirety!"

Now, I must naturally look on the bright side, because my second reaction (after "I can't be THAT old") was "Hey, I saved a lot of money!" When my teenage self went downtown all by myself and saw Tull, they surprised us with the next album they were working on: Aqualung. As opposed to the $50-80 the anniversary show cost, I paid $8 for box seats.


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I always regret not congratulating the guy and adding "And you saw 'em for ten bucks, too, I bet."
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Woodstock was $24 for three days. I still have my ticket somewhere, but I'm too old to remember where.
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$24 sounds cheap but the Inflation Calculator says it's the equivalent to $169.70 today. I was living in eastern Pennsylvania at the time and had heard about Woodstock beforehand. But as a poor nineteen-year old, I couldn't afford the ticket and did not go.

Probably just as well; I likely would have wound up one of the ones milling around outside for my trouble.
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Oh yes! How many calls I took as a teen babysitter using a rotary phone!
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As a child, I was taught that listening to other people's phone conversations was the height of rudeness.

Since cell phones became omnipresent, that is unavoidable. And listening to other people's phone conversations is very, very, very boring to the point where I think it's rude to inflect them on other people.
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As a child, I was taught that listening to other people's phone conversations was the height of rudeness.

Since cell phones became omnipresent, that is unavoidable. And listening to other people's phone conversations is very, very, very boring to the point where I think it's rude to inflect them on other people.
We had a party line until the mid 70's, and I remember my siblings and I, listening in on neighbours catting on the phone. We used to giggle and snicker, even knowing we'd get a good spank on the bottom (from mom) if we got caught.
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Old 02-25-2020, 12:48 PM
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Woodstock was $24 for three days. I still have my ticket somewhere, but I'm too old to remember where.
It was $18 if you bought tickets in advance. I know approximately where my tickets are (which of course were never collected).

A year earlier, I saw shows including bills of The Who/The Doors and Big Brother and the Holding Company/Jimi Hendrix at the Singer Bowl in New York for $2.50 each.
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Old 02-25-2020, 04:26 PM
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I remember my mom stepping on tin cans to flatten then for recycling, to help win WWII' My first grade teacher was born in the Grant administration, when the school was built.

But here's what makes me feel old: I don't want to learn new technology any more. I don't know how to "dial" a number on my wife's phone.
I'm sure there's lots of stuff "under the hood" that makes Windows 10 a far more versatile operating system, but for 98% of what I do Windows 3.1 would work just as well, if anything ran on it.
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Old 02-25-2020, 05:45 PM
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My coworkers don't believe me when I tell them that when I grew up, WHITE people bombed the PENTAGON. They survived for nearly a DECADE and most of them were either never caught or were charged with far, far less than they actually did.

The Weathermen

Can you imagine what the political climate would be if there were such a group of people today? I mean, goodness, these people got all worked up about the freaking Unabomber & he was nothing compared to the Weathermen.

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Old 02-25-2020, 05:59 PM
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I remember when smoking was allowed everyone, including inside department stores, etc.
They used to have vending machines for cigarettes too when I was younger.
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