Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's That?

Like most companies, we use computers at work. We use the internet, Word, Excel, etc. Most of the time we print mailing labels from the post office website. But once in a while we have an envelope or package that needs a different label. For those times we have an electric typewriter that sits in the corner. Sometimes it's just easier to sit down, throw an envelope in and type out the address.

Today happened to be one of those days when I was at the typewriter for a few moments. The boys are at work with me today, and Luke happened to wander over to tell me something. He was absolutely fascinated, watching the address being typed onto the envelope. Then he asked me what this machine was.


My first job out of college I worked on a typewriter. It had memory and some word processing capabilities, but it was still a typewriter. That wasn't all that long ago, was it?

My kids find it amazing that my family didn't have a microwave until I was in high school. They've already commented on the fact that when we watched movies, it was on those "cartidge/tape things". Yeah, that was videos we played in the VCR. They asked me if we had anything like Nintendo or X-Box when I was growing up. I tried to explain the joys of Atari 5200 and games like "Pitfall Harry" and "Shipwrecked", but they stare at me blankly.

All of this wasn't really that long ago (relatively speaking), but how quickly the world has changed! What about you? What seemed new to you at one time, but is now obsolete?


  1. I really liked those snap on bracelets. And caboodles. I don't think they even make caboodles anymore. Does anyone else even know what a caboodle is?

  2. Boy I loved Atari! I also learned to type on a typewriter, but I don't miss those days. I remember when we got a color TV. Now I'm not that old, so we must have been financially challenged, but I watched black & white just the same.

    Remember the walkman?


  3. What is a caboodle?!?! It was a makeup case/tote thingie that was all the rage back in the early 90s. :)

  4. When I started my job, we used a manual typewriter. We asked for an electric and they well what if the electric goes out and wouldn't let us have one. Finally we got an electric and now we're completely computerized. But we still have a trusty electric typewriter we use from time to time.

    I remember playing with a reel to reel tape recorder. My brother had one.


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