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Old 03-08-2019, 09:23 PM   #61
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I can say when I grew up there were still black and white TVs and dial phones in spare rooms.
In the spirit of two-upmanship, this was the single phone in our house when I was a kid.



I think I was about 8-10 when we got our very first TV. It was black & white. For its inauguration, we had sloppy joes for dinner while watching this:


Thus began my lifelong love for science fiction.
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Old 03-08-2019, 09:32 PM   #62
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We had one corded phone in the kitchen. A 13 inch black and white TV with three channels.

Oh, and I did walk to school uphill both ways. It is possible. I did have shoes though.

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We had one corded phone in the kitchen

Ahh i remember the days when calling a girl her father would answer and you actually had to try and be a gentleman while trying to get ahold of her

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One rotary wall phone in the kitchen...one black table-top in my parents bedroom.

TV was a 19" B&W. I was the family remote control. That was the reason my parents decided to have me....change the channel and get their cigarettes.

High tech was having the 20' extension for the phone.
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Ahh i remember the days when calling a girl her father would answer and you actually had to try and be a gentleman while trying to get ahold of her

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In the spirit of two-upmanship, this was the single phone in our house when I was a kid.
Coordination was a must.
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Before the internet you could actually look at tools and order them through the Sears or Montgomery-Ward Catalog. Took a few weeks for them to come into the catalog store where you picked them up.
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We had to wait until the evening to call grandma because long distant rates were lower.


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Before the internet, you had to work your grapevine, network, family, friends, teachers, neighbors, etc....to get leads on finding solutions. Everybody was a potential resource, much more than now.

Part of the social contract was being ready with an explanation on why you were asking, etc. It probably helped in developing our ability to talk on the fly.
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We had to wait until the evening to call grandma because long distant rates were lower.


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Just like it was a treat calling my brother when he was stationed in Germany (army) because it was so expensive

Now you can FaceTime and Skype like their are across the street

I remember that you always had to speak then pause for a second when you finished because of the delay otherwise we would start talking over each other


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Just like it was a treat calling my brother when he was stationed in Germany (army) because it was so expensive

Now you can FaceTime and Skype like their are across the street

I remember that you always had to speak then pause for a second when you finished because of the delay otherwise we would start talking over each other


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When my Father was stationed in Labrador and Okinawa...we never got to talk with him over the phone. It was daily letters and a bi-monthly 3" reel-to-reel tape. My Uncle would come down with his machine and we would all gather around and listen or make a new tape.

I still have those tapes.
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I just spent the last hour tracking down a solution to a problem that I didn't even know existed. I came up with a widget in my head, sat my butt down at the cafe here, and started googling. Within 30 minutes and some pretty well honed keyword searches, I found exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it until, gasp, next week!
Undaunted, I looked up the sku, then tracked it down to a source where I could pay a little extra to get it in my hot little hands before the weekend.
I did this all from this super comfy loveseat, while drinking a cappuccino.
Incredible.
Anyway, this got me to thinking about exactly how boned I would have been in a time before the internet. Then it got me thinking about how I used to deal with adversity. So let's chat!

Apologies to anybody younger than, well, I guess exactly my age, but in this thread we're going to talk about life before the internet and how we got stuff done.


- Auto Repair. Youtube is one of the best things to happen to me and has saved me tens of thousands of dollars on auto repair. I look stuff up, watch somebody else do it, then I do it, avoiding the pitfalls.
Before the internet, I used to go to a local junkyard and practice on a junked Olds before I worked on mine. I always needed something from the yard anyway, so it's not like I was just breaking their stuff free of charge. I'd go pick whatever else I needed, then I'd clandestinely practice swapping the heater core of a junker so I didn't ruin anything on my own car.


- Meeting people. In a time before instant messenger, facebook, and cellphones, meeting people was something that could prove difficult.
I had a system of calling their house, calling their work, then driving to their usual known locations, along the roads they'd typically travel. It honestly usually worked.
A friend of mine still has a note she found in my house that was taped to the pull string of the kitchen light. It was from me, to another friend of ours, about her. I had gone to see if she was at her house, but left the note for the 3rd party, telling them to wait there when they got there.
She said she got to my house, saw the note, then didn't known how to intercept me on the way to her house.
The answer to this was always STAY PUT! All roads always lead back to the hangout house eventually.



Anybody have an answer as to how you complained about "the damn kids today" before the internet? Bingo hall? Rotary?
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And you left the house no one knew where you could be for 12 hrs. Beepers before cells.
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In the spirit of two-upmanship, this was the single phone in our house when I was a kid.



I think I was about 8-10 when we got our very first TV. It was black & white. For its inauguration, we had sloppy joes for dinner while watching this:

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Thus began my lifelong love for science fiction.
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While not as old as many of you, I do recall rotary phones and black and white tv. Most folks here rented the phones from the phone company for like $3/month. About 10 years ago, we had a customer who still had a rotary phone, and was still paying the phone company rent for it!
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In rural areas there were party lines , where several households shared a single telephone line.

Each house had its own ring pattern , if someone else was on the line you had to wait .

Nosy neighbors could listen in on your phone calls
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While not as old as many of you, I do recall rotary phones and black and white tv. Most folks here rented the phones from the phone company for like $3/month. About 10 years ago, we had a customer who still had a rotary phone, and was still paying the phone company rent for it!

We had rotary phones, and my grandparents were still on a party line in 1978. 3 longs and 3 short rings.

First color tv when I was 11. 4 channels until I was in my 20s.
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Before the internet, you had to work your grapevine, network, family, friends, teachers, neighbors, etc....to get leads on finding solutions. Everybody was a potential resource, much more than now.
Back to the Crux of thread......Marks comments really reasonate. I had great respect for my elders and leaned to them for advice. I pounded my grandfather for wisdom.

Technology has robbed our elders of much due respect.
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Well I am so glad for the Internet before the Internet I had to be in the play ground to bully some one now I can do it from my basement.

The Internet lets me call out the Jews and people of color for not being black enough to play a person of color in a movie and a whole host of others I do not like.

The Internet has bought social media now I can reach out and spread my hate on many platforms , I can hook up with like minded bully's and racists with ease before I had a real hard time.

The Internet has made buying Nazi and other hate material so much easier couple of clicks and it comes in the mail.



Of course the Internet has made the whole world available at our finger tips the good and BAD, as a research tool it is so power full, with out it we may seem we would be back in the dark age's when we had to interact face to face or by voice.
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I am starting a new phase of my hobby in model steam and stirling engines, and going to do home casting of aluminum and cast iron....no internet, no way I could even begin to learn this stuff.

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