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    Default Shocking events that let you know you\'re old

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    09.17.2003
    I remember being shocked when typewriters began showing up in antique stores.

    It\'s gotten worse.

    You can now find early computers there - or in the antiques section of Web sites like Ebay.

    It got me thinking about a new definition of old.


    Old doesn\'t just apply to those who can remember life before airplanes or television.

    You qualify if things you once considered cutting-edge technology are now antiques. Or when the latest trends you swear you embraced just yesterday are things the MTV generation never heard of.

    So, today, a list.



    You know you\'re getting up there if you remember when:

    * Your computer\'s ready-mode was a black screen with a single curser.

    * Apple was bigger than Windows.

    * Or should I say PCs, since for a while, there was no such thing as Windows.

    * There was just \"DOS.\"

    * And they were called microcomputers instead of PCs.

    * Contrary to free-market theory, your phone choices and bills were much easier because AT&T was a good old-fashioned monopoly.

    * There was this amazing new video game called \"Pong.\"

    * And you thought it had the most advanced graphics imaginable.

    * AOL was just another start-up online service that could easily have lost out to rivals called Compuserve and Prodigy.

    * A 20-something guy named Dell came up with the nutty idea of selling computers by mail.

    * Jane Fonda went from sex symbol, to feminist activist, to dutiful wife of a powerful man, to obscurity.

    * And that powerful man was known not as Ted Turner founder of CNN - but \"Blackbeard Among the Bluebloods\" for winning the America\'s Cup while scandalizing Newport society with raucus behavior.

    * And there was no question U.S. sailors would of course win the Cup - forever.

    * It was called VD instead of an STD.

    * The first true laptop computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80.

    * And if you were hip, you referred to it affectionately as a TRASH-80.

    * Burning a CD was the act of a pyromaniac.

    * Sean Connery was Pierce Brosnan.

    * The new walkaround phone that gave you astonishing mobility was a cordless one you could take around the house.

    * And it got better reception than the one you can now take all over the country.

    * Only wives got alimony.

    * Steve Jobs ran Apple. I mean, the first time.

    * There was a guy on 60 Minutes named Mike Wallace who was so old you figured he\'d retire at the latest by 1990.

    * TheMideast was simpler because Iran was run by a dictator called The Shah, who wanted power rather than Jihad.

    * Mail was something you wrote on a piece of paper and put into a stamped envelope.

    * And you didn\'t get 110 unsolicited pieces of it every morning promising to enhance your anatomical assets.

    * No normal person had speakers on their computer.

    * The diners at the next restaurant table were smoking cigarettes and you barely noticed.

    * The only thing you knew about Robin Williams was he played a weird alien named \"Mork\" on television.

    * A 1-gig hard drive seemed as big as a warehouse. (Today, most are 40-times that.)

    * An 8-track tape the size of a paperback book was an advanced concept in compact music recording.

    * Everyone knew what an LP was.

    And now the final test of whether you\'re getting up there:

    * Even though there are plenty of LPs in antiques stores, you still have 400 in your attic, because deep down, you still think the format will come back.

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    LMAO! Holy sh!t! Pong! The TRASH-80! Never had an 80, but I did have a C-64. Priceless (as in \"ain\'t worth dick now...\") [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Funny stuff. (And, yes, I do feel old now. Thanks a lot. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img])


    Holmes

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    Heck;
    I had a manual typewriter. Screw up in the middle of the page, start over! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

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    Man I\'d love to have a good old typewriter! *clack* clack* *clack*

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    You know that you\'re old when you think the young girl in the train is smiling at you - and

    the she stands up and offers her place to you :-)

    Mysteriousman

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    You know you\'re old when someone comes up to you and says, \"Goddamn! You so old, you like a

    fossil!\"


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