We haven’t always had cable – cancelled due to lack of finances – we’ve even cancelled the Internet. I was okay with going to the library, but Roland wasn’t. And now that he’s taking classes through the Internet – dropping the Internet would just frustrate him even more.
When so many stations were converted to HD and even the local channels needed some kind of box or connection, it seems like we always had TVland. For a while it was our primary source of entertainment. That, and going to the library for offered programs and to check out DVDs.
The station has added original programs including a reality show called “ForeverYoung”. The advertisements intrigued me, but I hadn’t watched it when it initially debuted. But I did check it out yesterday. I was laughing so hard at watching these two (obviously) generations try and communicate. Having lived between the two, I understand the frustration of the other – also having had to experience it myself.
Jenna is often asking, “Did they have such and such when you were little?”
“Yes, we had Fisher Price people. They weren’t made of plastic, they were made of wood. They were smaller than what is offered now. “
“No we did not have iPods. We didn’t even have CD’s. We had phonographs and walkmans.
“No we did not have DVD’s. I don’t recall the VCR coming out until I was a teenager.”
“Yes. We had cracker jacks. But they offered cool prizes back then – well, at least compared to the lame prize that comes with cracker jacks today”
“No, we did not use slates back then. We used paper. How old do you think I am?”
“There was an Electric Company. But it didn’t come out until after Corey was born. It was different from what you watch today” (I had actually checked out a DVD from the library not realizing it was from the ‘70’s. She couldn’t stand it)
She is far more superior at modern technology than I am. She has found things on my phone that I didn’t even know existed. She prefers Roland’s phone with his touch screen. Roland is older than me and seems comfortable using his cell phone, but I hate it. I actually have small fingers (one of the few parts of my body I can still refer to as small) but put me in front of a touch screen and they become clumsy fat hot dogs. I can never find where I need to go and get so frustrated in trying to do so.
I appreciate the GPS – and the one that we had was not complicated and much easier to use than the map. But I have used street maps before. I must admit that I have texted messages – but it annoys me to go through each letter at a time – I’d much rather have a keyboard. I do own a cell phone but started out dialing a rotary.
I haven’t been on roller blades – but I know what they are. I also remember the old time roller skate that fit over the shoe. I owned several pairs of shoes with marks left from the roller skate that I used to glide around in my parents’ unfinished basement.
I’m actually too young to remember the car seat that my parents used vs. the ones that are out today. Mine hung over the seat – front seat. Mine was yellow. It did not have the cool steering wheel feature built into it. There was no car seat law that I know of. Often the cars themselves didn’t come with safety belts for the driver – let alone the passengers.
I remember black and white television and a very limited amount of channels selection. I remember life without
Street and Sesame Street without Elmo. In fact, I remember the original cast
featured only four human beings. And I
remember three different Gordons. I can remember that Sesame Street did not explain Mr. Hooper’s
death until a year after the fact.
I remember the world before computers made their way into just about every home. I remember the ancient television sized monitors unlike the flat screens of today. I remember the manual typewriter and the cool features of the new electric ones.
I remember cameras that required film.
I do like this “Forever Young” reality show that introduces “bridging the gap” and demonstrating that we really can learn from one another regardless of age.