Dialing “0” for the operator. I actually tried this the other night to see if it still works. Apparently it does. (I think I woke her up.) Don’t know why anyone would use it now, but it’s good to know that it’s there if I need it. My children, however, have no idea what it’s for. Actually, I’m not sure if I have any idea what it’s for anymore.
Riding in cars without seat belts. Nowadays, children are not only strapped into seat belts, but they are rendered immobile by straps, and harnesses, and restraints that Houdini himself couldn’t wrestle out of. We grew up without seat belts of any kind. I remember babies on laps, laying on the back window of the car like a cat, riding in the bed of the pick up truck, and playing cards on the floor in the back seat. We survived…miraculously!
Saturday morning cartoons. Just Saturday morning. Not the 24/7 cartoons on a million different channels that the kids of today know. If we wanted to watch cartoons, we had to wait an entire week and get up early. If you slept in, you missed them and you had to wait another whole week! Oh my, the travesty!
Televisions without remote controls. I remember when the first remote control came out and it had a 10 foot long cable that plugged into the TV. But it only worked if you had a new TV. If you had a 13 channel dial TV, then forget about it, you still had to get your lazy butt off the couch and go change the channel yourself. And that’s if you were lucky enough to have all 13 channels. Some people only had the basic 3 local channels and then you didn’t even bother changing the channel because there was nothing good on anyway.
Fast food restaurants where the food was pre-made, kept lukewarm under glowing orange heat lamps, and it was not made to order! If you didn’t like pickles on your burger, you picked them off! There was no substitutions and there was no such thing as extra tomato, ketchup only, no onions, or sauce on the side.
Rotary dial telephones. It took longer to dial the phone than to have a conversation once someone answered. And there was no such thing as call display. Either you answered or you didn’t, and if you didn’t, then you had no idea who was calling. Disturbing, I know!
Encyclopedias. The books. Many people had the entire collection displayed in their homes in a wooden bookcase. I can remember many, many school projects copied directly from the encyclopedia pages, and by copied I mean by hand. Like, written out. In handwriting. Handwriting!
And granola bars didn’t always come in a box.
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