(Lyrics) ‘Hey, so many things I never thought I’d see Happening right in front of me ….’ Welcome to the Future!
Have you heard Brad Paisley’s song ‘Welcome to the Future’? The lyrics talk about the monumental changes we’ve experienced on this planet in just 40 or 50 years; TV in cars, cell phones, video games and video chat and so many more that it would literally take this entire page to just list them!
Depending upon your age, you’ll have a story of the things you remember most when you were young that are virtually non-existent today.
Don’t laugh, but I remember my grandmother’s ‘Party Line Telephone’. I think Twitter stole the concept from that!
Do you know what a Party Line Phone is? In case you don’t, it works like this: You pick the phone up to dial out, but don’t count on using it right away because someone else from another house may already be on it! Imagine that, it’s like telephone extensions all over town…no wonder people gossiped in small towns, nothing was private. Have to admit, it was pretty cool.
My grandmother had a few other oldie items; an Outhouse and a Wringer Washing Machine! Glad I got to see that. My kids have no idea what a ‘Wringer Washing Machine’ is!
Have You Visited Disneyland’s Carousel of Progress?
As a young girl in the 1970’s I remember going through the Carousel of Progress and being incredibly interested in how technology had advanced from the day of the wooden stove to their future projections of crazy modern gadgets I could only dream of back then!
The ride is designed to give you a sense of mankind’s advancements in the home and it’s done by you sitting in seats that move forward to each era it wants you to see. The stage shows kitchen and living areas of the home with animated people in each setting living life for that time period. As the carousel progresses forward in time, technology advances and you’re given an explanation of the era with animated families living life in their home during that time.
In the 1970’s, I was shocked at what life was projected to look like in the home in decades from then. They showed computers, ultra modern appliances and the best one…people talking on the phone with the ability to see each other while they talk!! WELL, I thought that was incredible! And I remember thinking, ‘I hope I’m alive when that’s invented!’
Now I hate Skype…who the hell wants to dress up to talk on the phone.
For Me, Here Are a Few of Those Changes!
- There were no bank cards when I was young
- No Internet either – not even close!
- No Cell Phones
- No Video Games when I was a Kid
- I took my Ten Speed Bike everywhere!
- We were one of the first to get a Dishwasher
- I was thrilled to get a Cassette Recorder for Christmas
- Hipster jeans, flared. With a crease please.
- We all gathered around the TV to watch something
- Sitcoms were awesome! Partridge Family, Mash, All in the Family
- Saturday morning cartoons were a planned event!
- $10 went a long way!
- Getting a mixed bag of candy was a big treat
- I walked barefoot a lot!
- Ordering movies via TV?? No such thing.
- No seat belt laws (yikes)
- Gas was .10 to .40 cents a gallon
- No metric system in Canada til 1972
- I was a figure skater – no such things as ‘Quad Jumps – 4 revolutions in the air’
- The candy was so good!
- Stores were closed on Sunday
- Banks were closed Saturday and Sunday