Today I was talking with a young co-worker. It turns out she is 19 years old. This means I am old enough, with room to spare, to be her mother. This thought led to other thoughts. I am wondering if I am now officially experiencing a generation gap with my colleagues.
I for instance, remember 45s. You used to have a little plastic adapter, so you could play them on your record player. I remember record players, which later became turntables. Is there anyone under 35 that knows records used to skip? that you could tell how old a record was by the "fuzziness" of the sound?
We had eight-track tapes. Then we had cassettes. Now, I have an iPOD.
I remember gas-rationing. I read almost all of Anna Karenina while waiting in gas lines.
There were presidents before Ronald Reagan.
I used to buy penny candy. It really cost a penny. For a quarter, you could eat yourself sick at Dawson's.
There didn't used to be warnings on everything. No one ever told you how old you had to be to play with a toy -- they figured your parents weren't dumb enough to let you choke.
Kids flunked when they didn't do well in school. No one cared about our self-esteem.
The school nurse could give you aspirin. Kids could take aspirin.
Cereal came with good prizes; so did Cracker Jacks.
I had a pass book savings account; I actually took the little booklet to the bank when I made a deposit. They stamped my book and gave me a lollipop.
I actually had to go to the bank to put money in and to take it back out.
You used to have to ask people for directions. And find a pay phone when you needed to make a call.
I could eat at McDonalds for a $1. I could eat at McDonalds.
Paul McCartney was a Beatle. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a bodybuilder.
Nobody had air conditioning. Getting a colored TV was a big deal. We used to hang our clothes out on the line to dry, and we used to have to run out to take it down when it rained.
There weren't walk in closets. There was no Wal-Mart.
Old people always talked about the way things used to be....