And honestly, I almost can't imagine that anymore either. And yet the majority of my youth was spent without any notion of this idea whatsoever.
I like to tell my kids the story of when I was at BYU in 1987 - there was this guy named Dave and he was a computer major (of what sort I can't recall...computer engineering or something) and he was one of the only people I knew who actually had a computer in his dorm room and he explained to us that he was talking with one of his friends on the computer while he was sitting at his desk. I mean the concept of email was just this weird foreign concept. I remember we were like kind of laughing at him behind his back. We were saying "Dave...you've heard of phones right? Couldn't you just like CALL him?" We thought we were so hilarious. He was trying to explain this new thing called the internet and email and we just were comparing him to guys that are into ham or cb radios. Big nerds and no one else is ever going to care about that except other big nerds.
I kind of look like an idiot now. It must have been frustrating for him to know all this information that he was trying to share with us and we just didn't get it at all. I know by about 1992 I had email myself.
We certainly never thought everyone would have cell phones and that we would be able to text each other.
The future is now, is how it kind of feels to me a lot of the time. The future looked so different and well..."futurey" when I was a kid. It looked kind of like Star Wars or something. And it turns out the future looks a lot like the past except with cool gadgets. We aren't all wearing polyester jump suits like Captain Kirk.
I kinda like the future. I have no idea what my kids future is going to look like but I doubt it will have polyester jumpsuits in it either.
I'm not all that sentimental about most things really - I don't lament the demise of the encyclopedia britannica at all. But at the same time there is something really cool about SOME old school things.
How gorgeous is this bookstore in Holland? I LOVE a cool bookstore. I hope that iPads and nooks and amazon.com don't become so popular that we ever reach a point where we don't want actual books and when we don't have cool bookstores like these
Who doesn't love the smell of old books? You can't replace that with an e-reader.
One thing the computer has effectively done away with is the typewriter. I would LOVE to find one like this.
If I see one like this I have to buy it. Just for nostalgia's sake.
Granted, typing on a computer is so much easier. You can fix a mistake a million times faster and more efficiently! But still. There was something great about learning to type like this (which is how I learned, Thanks Miss Singleton and Miss Gray - possibly one of the best and most useful "Skills" I ever learned in my secondary education). Holden bought one of these old ones in a case the other day at a rummage sale because it was "cool". I mean, I don't know who uses these, but it seems like we should never totally quit using them. Just for the sake of coolness. Actually Woody Allen still types all his stuff on an old black typewriter.
I also really love these, and will totally buy one if it comes in a cool color. In fact Jordan and I have bent talking about maybe getting our phone line back. It just doesn't make that much sense when we all carry cell phones around all the time - I eliminated the home line a couple of years ago and I really haven't missed it that much. But I'd like to get one back if only to have a working rotary dial in the house again.
Is there stuff you miss from the past?