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Old 24.08.2012, 09:04
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

The upside of reading some of these posts: I am not as old as I thought I was. While I do recognize many things, some I do not and that makes me smile.
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Old 24.08.2012, 09:22
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

I often wonder that when Alexander Graham Bell built the first telephone, how long did it take him to realise that he needed to build a second telephone otherwise it would be no use!

A strongman tearing a telephone directory in half in those days would not have been so impressive.

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In my school-times, there was ONE phone in the school-building, reserved for the teachers
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Old 24.08.2012, 09:45
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The upside of reading some of these posts: I am not as old as I thought I was. While I do recognize many things, some I do not and that makes me smile.
It's having totally the opposite effect on me. Being able to remember all of them (including the Swap shop phone number) has made me realise just how old I am.

We use the three rings technique with our son even now. Growing up in Yorkshire we didn't waste money on unnecessary phone calls if we could get the same information for free.

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Old 24.08.2012, 09:55
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I don't get this discussion. I had to live with tapes as a kid - the audio quality was bad and the entire car had to listen to the same one... and daddy did not appreciate the same tapes I did.

Same for my Amiga - i loved it and kept one of them for... well, not sure since most floppies don't work anymore anyway. kind of an emotional thing. But I do not see why kids would need to "appreciate" the Amiga and that I had to exchange disks every few minutes into the role play game as memory was too expensive back then.

Same for VHS tapes - who really misses them?

On the contrary can kids come up with equally many things we don't appreciate. Started for me somewhen in the 90s when I did not appreciate Tamagochis, later Pokemon and God knows what they are looking or playing today.
I presume you don't like Christmas either

Its not so much a discussion, more reminiscing for the 'older' generation
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Old 24.08.2012, 10:00
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

I notice a few things like mobiles etc being mentioned, but based on their current behaviour and favourite "toys" I recon our kids (2.5yr and 5 months) won't even know what these are by the time they get to school:



I mean, our daughter even tries to change the channel on the TV by "flicking" it on the screen...
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Old 24.08.2012, 10:32
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

I remember when 3kB/sec was an amazingly fast download speed!
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Old 24.08.2012, 10:37
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

French canadian kids baffled by technology from 15 years ago.

Bloody kids.

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Old 24.08.2012, 10:46
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

I remember the time when if you wanted to make an international call, you could not just dial. Oh no, you had to pre-order it. Gave the number to the call centre (if I remember correctly, those were called "central station") lady and she would inform you, that your call to say, Finland, will be placed at 8PM next Wednesday.
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

See also.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Coloured_Swap_Shop

About time Noel Edmonds retired.
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Old 24.08.2012, 10:51
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

It wasn't all bad BTW.

Copied from another website. Paints a halcyon pciture, but does have a grain of truth (based on my recollections).

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death! (Sounds familiar)

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY,
no video/dvd films,
no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!


Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didnít need to keep up with the Jonesís!

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we werenít concentrating.

We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three Rís education.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
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Old 24.08.2012, 11:33
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Re: Things today's kids just don't understand/appreciate

Probably very few appreciate the whole day affair it took to do the wash with this and no dryer. I have never really had much sympathy for all those who complain about doing the laundry in CH these days with shared wash rooms/days and the like.

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In '75 I was on a school trip to Switzerland (of all places). The journey was by coach, and took 2 days - overnighting at Chalon-sur-Marne, FR. [I can only think that there were hardly any motorways in France, then].

The coach driver had one of these cartridge players - and for anyone who doesn't know, they play on a continual loop (IIRC).

Most of the songs are now happily forgotten, but 2 remain (and always will) with me - mainly because the whole coach full of 30ish kids insisted on playing singa-a-long.

The first was Patti LaBelle, "Lady Marmalade" (Voulez-vous couchez avec moi, ce soir) - this was fine, but the second was Minnie Riperton, "Loving You" and every time she got to singing the high note, the coach resounded to shrill screaming from girls and pubescent boys who were just starting to discover that they weren't alto-sopranos any more.

I don't know how the driver was able to concentrate, but after 4 days of return travel - plus excursions, I'd had more than enough of continual loop cartridge players.
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The first was Patti LaBelle, "Mama Marmalade" (Voulez-vous couchez avec moi, ce soir) -

Lady Marmalade
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Had to edit once, already, as my wires were crossed - will now finish the job. [original wrote Mama Mirrabelle, for some strange reason]
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Rainbow was the best! I have bought a dvd in the hope that my daughter enjoys it :-)
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8-bit graphics were preceded by 2-bit graphics.....and wheels for controllers.
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I remember one famous scene from Blues Brothers [not] outside Wrigley where they put Sam & Dave on the 8-track in the car.

Legendary.
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Who needs an xbox when you have:

Pong

Fun for all the family.

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