Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for July 09, 2012

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    Varnes  almost 11 years ago

    I’m 59 years old, and I have no idea how society functioned before cell phones……..

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    dugharry  almost 11 years ago

    I’m that old I can remember when TV had only one channel and that was in black and white!!!

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    38lowell  almost 11 years ago

    …and all the other 2 channels had test patterns!

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    The Nihilist  almost 11 years ago

    Yep, Danae say it a louder for ‘Big-Brother’ to put down in his book.

    All too soon we all will long the times when there were such things as anonymity and real privacy.

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    gosfreikempe  almost 11 years ago

    I still have my slide rule from high school,and I’ve recently bought an abacus. I’m ready for when the ’Net crashes! :)

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    loudmouthbass  almost 11 years ago

    i remember when politicians were honest and lawyers were honorable…

    oh no, wait, i’m sorry, that should have been

    i remember when politicians were honorable and lawyers were honest

    no wait….

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    cdward  almost 11 years ago

    I remember when TV was in black and white and we had an antenna – and my parents complained about TV and said they remembered when TV was radio back when people were good and honest….. And they hated my music, too.

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    GROG Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Yes, I remember all those things including the telex machines – and I’m not as old as some of you here. Good times they were.

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    thirdguy  almost 11 years ago

    Carly Simon said, “these are the good old days.”Of course she said that about 40 years ago!

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    billdingley  almost 11 years ago

    Always “appropo” – always “funny” – always “relevant” – always enjoyable !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    vwdualnomand  almost 11 years ago

    ready to feel old. wayne gretzy is 50. tom cruise is 50. 18 year olds were born in 1994 and never knew a car without airbags, abs, analog radio, or fuel injection.

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    gjsjr41  almost 11 years ago

    I’m almost 71 and things went very well when I was in my teens. Of course, there were a lot LESS people back then. This world is getting too crowded.

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    luvcmx  almost 11 years ago

    And who of you remember starting a car with a crank? To be honest, my father only did that when the battery died in our 1932 Ford. And we had 14 (count ’em, 14) households on our party line!

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    ekw555  almost 11 years ago

    before cell phones most people were capable of running a simple errand w/o calling back to command central for further instructions . . .

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    sonnygreen  almost 11 years ago

    True story: Talking with my neighbor of similar age (66) asked her “If you had the chance to be young again, would you?” Her answer: “Hell no, I did my time.”Think about it; that’s how bad it’s become. Older people are looking forward to the final chapter. End of the present pain; beginning of the next life. A spiritual Re-Fi.

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    sonnygreen  almost 11 years ago

    Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you thinkEnjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pinkThe years go by, as quickly as a winkEnjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think

    (Made popular by Guy Lombardo & his Royal Canadians, 1949)

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    Cavebum  almost 11 years ago

    The future isn’t what it once was.

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    sonnygreen  almost 11 years ago

    Take it easy, be a sport Just remember life is short If you’ve got to take it Take it easy

    Never hurry to a date Eat your supper; let ‘em wait Don’t get indegestion Take it easy

    Go stick your chest out And the rest out Of doors in the sun lay off You’ll pay off in plenty of fun

    So don’t be one to tear your hair If your girl gives you the air If she makes you take it, Take it easy!

    Fats Waller

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    elbeck  almost 11 years ago

    What did we do before cell phones? We thought ahead..We really thought ahead before microwaves.

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    Spamgaard  almost 11 years ago

    “Remember” fax? It’s still alive and kicking! I remember when he fax machine killed the bike messenger biz in the City…

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    dabugger  almost 11 years ago

    Danae did a gotcha Dad; better quit when only a little behind…

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    sonnygreen  almost 11 years ago

    Only AM Radio stations. You’d lose the station when driving under a viaduct or steel bridge. There are a lot of them in Chicago.

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    BluePumpkin  almost 11 years ago

    I love technology. I can honestly say that I feel like I have as much privacy now as I did fifteen years ago. I refuse to have a facebook page, I don’t keep my cell strapped to me 24/7, I don’t always rush to answer the phone, I don’t tweet, etc. etc. People think I’m weird sometimes, but I’d rather take the approach that technology is a tool to be used to enhance life – not a requirement.

    The people I feel bad for is those who have jobs that demand that they can be reached at all times, without compensation. I’d find a different job asap, but not everyone has that flexibility.

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    sonnygreen  almost 11 years ago

    What do you consider AM radio stations? They’re not digital!

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    tigre1  almost 11 years ago

    Amazing. Thousands of times more communication, and finance crashes world-wide. TPotzies, the Klan is back…the reeps, fortunately, along with ripping up the constitution and going back the the 3/5 representation for blacks and Indians and no votes for women…will surely take away all the cell phones, won’t THAT be fun?

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    Aussie Down Under  almost 11 years ago

    My wife bought me a pair of socks in the late eighties that were printed with “fax me baby”. I remember “FAX” well….but that’s another story.

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    tazz555  almost 11 years ago

    Hey i remember the time before cell phones and the internet…and im 28 so Im not old

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    gosfreikempe  almost 11 years ago

    Okay, who’s going to be the first to bring up the Four Yorkshiremen? Tigger: we also get analogue FM here. All the rock stations left AM 10 years ago. Anyone else remember Herb Jepko and the Nitecaps on KSL?

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    Varnes  almost 11 years ago

    I once had a beeper at a job. They became obsolete pretty quickly…..

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    Perkycat  almost 11 years ago

    I always say I was born BC – before computers.

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    Linguist  almost 11 years ago

    When I was a kid, we had one phone in the house ( Black, rotary dial ) with a cord long enough to take it from the telephone stand to anywhere in the house. We had a private line – unusual for the time.My father wouldn’t allow a TV in the house until the mid 50’s. Consequently, I grew up with Radio and Reading. I was very fortunate because both these things expanded my imagination in a way television couldn’t have.

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    whitecarabao  almost 11 years ago

    Analog radio no longer exists?? That’s a big surprise because I was listening to it on my drive to work about 2 hours ago. TV has gone digital, but most radio is still analog.

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    Sportymonk  almost 11 years ago

    I can remember when everytime mom turned on the vacuum cleaner, the TV picture went nuts with static

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    Hunter7  almost 11 years ago

    Saw an old episode of “In The Heat of the Night” the TV series with Carrol O’Connor. The cops were on a stakeout and using a new fangled device called a portable/cellular phone. .Forgot these tiny things with internet, text, twitter and what have yous, started out as a phone the size of a brick (and just as heavy), attached to a battery pack that you carried separately, slung over your shoulder. I don’t know how much everything weighed, but it must have been over 20 pounds.

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    bmonk  almost 11 years ago

    On the other hand, the rural phone cooperatives tend to be good about modern technology. All our exchanges have fiber optic cables, complete with broadband internet (at no extra charge), and they are working hard on extending that to all the members, even those miles from town.


    I still remember the little dot in the TV screen that lasted for several minutes after the set was turned off.

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    freeholder1  almost 11 years ago

    Ah, the when you had to open a book to find the answers to the NY Times Sunday Crossword. Dark times indeed, those. I want the time before cable TV so there would be no HSN, JTV, QVC and no limit violated on my wife’s credit card.Oh, boy!!!!

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    Dtroutma  almost 11 years ago

    The “I phone” just celebrated it’s FIFTH birthday! Five years is now "an eternity’ for the “short attention span theater” that IS “America”. We’ve now been in Afghanistan TWICE that length of time!!

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    bluskies  almost 11 years ago

    Believe it or not, my friend, but there was a time when even car radios ran on tubes; and analog broadcasting only got discontinued a few years short years ago- for TV. Analog radio is quite alive in many places around the world, including here, as far as I know, since I haven’t had to run out and buy any new radios or converters.

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    Mythreesons  almost 11 years ago

    I just bought a new mattress with a 20 year warranty. I’m 80. Does that make me an optimist ?

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    Bill Chapman  almost 11 years ago

    I’m old enough to remember that even though my parents had a color TV, ALL of the reruns were in black and white. And slapping the top of the set DID help with the reception – sometimes……LOL

    OH! Remember how we “recycled” TV dinner trays? They sure helped with reception too….LOL

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    I'll fly away  almost 11 years ago

    My aunt never got an electric washing machine until the very early 1970’s. that was a really big deal in our family. They were good times.

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    Gokie5  almost 11 years ago

    I remember Pearl Harbor Day – was six then. We had one radio – a Philco that had a 78 rpm record turntable underneath that you could pull out. We had one 1936 Dodge, which we kept for twenty years until parts were only found in junkyards. We had one Bible, one typewriter, one big ol’ dictionary, one phone. Made do somehow.

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    Davepostmp  almost 11 years ago

    I say it, and I don’t feel old, just very sad.

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    wacky12 Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Yeah, He’s old. He’s reading a newspaper!

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    jmo328  almost 11 years ago

    I remember picking up the phone receiver and hearing the operator saying “number please”, mainly because my grandmother was one of those operators.

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    Commentator  almost 11 years ago

    Holy cow, this has got to be the record for # of comments!

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