I have officially become “that age”. No, not 50 that came and went two years ago! Recently I have caught myself saying “When I was your age…” THAT is an age I never thought would come.I am officially a codger. I work with teens so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am reminded either by word or deed every day that I am truly a dinosaur, and headed for extinction. The shocked look I get when I ask how to use Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or install an App is enough to know that I am so far out of the loop that I am in danger of being lapped. They patiently show me, all the while talking to me like they would talk to someone who is in nursing home. You know what I mean, they use that sweet pacifying voice and exaggerated movements…that let you know that they definitely pity you and your in-firmed condition. The funny thing is I am finding out that a lot of stuff I thought was invented after I was born was already around. I think I must have lived in a technology free zone for most of my growing up days.
Here is a little quiz for you. I am going to list some things that are a part of everyday life. Ask yourself if that was invented before or after 1961. NO PEEKING!
Cordless Power Tools
Remote Control for Television
Automatic Dish Washer
Apple II E Computer
LED- Light Emitting Diode
Video Game System
Did you guess? Do you even know what all of those things are?
Here are the answers and a FEW short I remembers:
Beeper (Pager) 1959 By 1990 there were 2.2 million pagers/beepers in use. I got my first pager at work in 1996. It only could show numbers so I had to call the number back to see who needed me… from a land line.
Communication Satellite 1962
Cordless Power Tools 1961– Best thing going for the handy (wo)man
Microwave Oven 1955 For Real? We got a microwave when I was in high school. I remember us standing around it watching it cook. My parents have had a total of 3 microwaves EVER.
Color Television 1940- All channels broadcasting everything in color by 1967. My friend Bobby had color television before I even knew it existed. I remember seeing a Hawaiian Punch commercial in color and being shocked.
Jet Aircraft 1958-First time I flew on a jet was in 1984
Remote Control for Television 1955 I thought that was why adults had children when I was growing up; at my house WE KIDS were the remote controls. I think my parents got a remote control TV when I was in college.
Automatic Dish Washer 1940 wow
Apple II E Computer 1977 I saw my first computer in 1980. It was roughly the size of a refrigerator and used paper punch cards. Saw my first Apple II E at De Zavala Elementary- about 1993.
LED- Light Emitting Diode 1962
Video Game System 1962 My hubby had Pong and Brick out in his apartment in college- 1979
Smoke Detector 1969
Digital Music 1970- I have lived through LP’s, 8 tracks, Cassettes, and CD’s, and MP3’s.
Cell Phone 1973 Really?
Super Glue 1958
I really and truly do feel like a codger. Where is my walker?