I’m so old…

Im so old

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21 comments to I’m so old…

  • infidel

    I still have my old rotary phone

  • Karl

    A Walkman???? I did all that while listening to 45s. (For you yungins, that’s before 8-tracks.)

    • Richard

      Did you have to tape a coin to the arm to keep the needle from bouncing out of the groove?

    • Jonco

      I remember those. And the little plastic thing you had to put in the center so you could play it on the skinny 33 1/3 spindle.

      • Scott

        I’m sure I could look it up, but I never understood why 45’s had those big holes and LP’s had small holes. Why not make everything with one size hole? Seems like something Apple would do just to make you buy the plastic adapter for $29.

        • Jonco

          That could be where Apple got the idea for some of its products and connectors.

        • EGGO

          How quickly we forget. Before the iPhone, every new phone had a different charger to generate accessory sales. Apple does it once in 7 years and gets called out for it.

        • rtkane

          They had bigger holes so jukeboxes could more easily change records. Easier to locate a large hole when switching records than the tiny one on 33’s.

  • Richard

    I used to be so cheap that I refused to buy a color TV until 1977.

  • J-Bird

    I’m so old, that I had a black and white radio. :P

  • Ted

    Well you youngins, the first telephone we had( I lived with my Great-Grandmother) was nail to the wall and we had to crank this handle on the side to get someone. Our first radio was about the size of a car batteries and had an external battery as big as a 24v truck battery. I was too young to know the details, so do anyone knows what happen when these batteries went dead? Were they rechargeable?

    • Bella

      I don’t know about the batteries Ted but I do remember the old crank, ringdown phones. My Grandma in Saskatchewan used to have one and we’d catch h3ll when we were caught listening to the neighbours. That’s where Lily Tomlin came in and started asking questions. One ringy dingy (Laugh In)

  • DJ

    It doesn’t seem all that long ago that when we had a problem on a new-construction job, somebody had to drive to find a pay phone to call HQ. Then that phone would be out of order, so you drove further to find another one. Somebody had cut the handset off that one, so you drove further to find another one. That one had gum stuffed in the coin slot. So you started driving again, and by that time you were so close back to work HQ that it was easier just to go talk to the boss in person.

    I found a dead toad in the coin return on one. The phone booths musta made good bathrooms too, judging by the smell, even though they were clear glass on all four sides. Haven’t seen one in a lot of years, but we did see an actual working one in Windsor Ontario about 3 yrs ago.

  • John

    A Walkman? I dont remember a Walkman till many years after the rotary phone ended.

  • Bella

    I used to be a ship to shore telephone operator using a cordboard. Yah, I’m getting older. Hello Central.

  • Bella

    Oh boy, here we go. I remember standing in front of the window of Simpson Sears in Victoria, B.C. with my Aunt and her showing me the first colored tv ever. She told me that no one would ever be able to afford to buy one. I was about 6 or 7.

    • Richard

      I remember when plastic sheets were put on the TV screen. They had colored bands with blue on the top and green on the bottom to simulate sky and grass…There was also a piece of plastic that was circular and attached to the middle of the screen. It was also colored blue, green and yellow and was spun around manually to make the screen appear to be colored. Lame, lame, lame…

      • Bella

        I can’t remember that Richard but I remember my parents buying a system that had a TV, phonograph, (we don’t hear that often now) and a hi-fi (radio) in it. None of them worked well. It always got overheated and shut down. LOL!

  • Tim

    We not only had a rotary phone when I was a kid, we also could only afford a “party line.” This meant that many people shared the same phone line even though we each had our own phone number. We had to lift the receiver and listen for the dial tone before we dialed or we would annoy whichever neighbor was talking on the phone that shared our party line. I was really glad when we could afford a private line.

    To this day, I still listen for the dial tone before I dial a number.

 
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