You know you are getting old

0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 7,627 ✭✭✭✭✭
When someone asks why they put the phone to their ear before they dial the phone in old movies.
How come they don't dial first then put the phone to their ear.
Then you have to explain that they are listening for the dial tone or to see if someone else is on the line.

The whole conversation went to explain that when you picked up the phone, you had make sure you had tone before you could dial and if you were on a party line, if someone was on it, you had to wait for them to be done.
A what? 
Then had to explain what a party line was. Not what they envisioned. LOL!

I never gave it a thought that some younger people have absolutely no idea how an old phone worked.
There is no crisis that a good cigar can't cure.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

Wylaff said:
Atmospheric pressure and crap.

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  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,060 ✭✭✭✭
    I'm not only old enough to remember a party line, I had one!
  • silvermousesilvermouse Cape CodPosts: 4,633 ✭✭✭✭✭
    when I was a kid our phone was on a party line. To make a call you would just pick up the phone, hit the hang-up switch a couple of times and then the nice lady would say 'operator' and you'd tell her the number you wanted, or if you didn't know that just the name of the person you wanted to talk to. It was a big deal when we got a phone with a rotary dial. And this was in a suburb 10 miles outside of Boston.
  • YaksterYakster I forgot the coffee filtersPosts: 6,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Kids these days don't know what a typewriter is.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • CharlieHeisCharlieHeis South DakotaPosts: 5,185 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yakster said:
    Kids these days don't know what a typewriter is.
    Do they even know what a pencil is?
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  • YaksterYakster I forgot the coffee filtersPosts: 6,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They can't read or write in cursive handwriting either.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 7,627 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's hard for them to fathom the fact that even into the 70s, a lot of cars came with only AM radio. FM was an option. 
    8 track was an option and it wasn't really until the last of the 70s and early 80s that cassettes took over.
    A portable reel to reel was popular in the 60s and VCRs weren't really a common thing until the late 70s and even then, no one could afford them.
    My brother in law would send recorded reels of tape home from Vietnam all the time for my sister and the family.

    There is no crisis that a good cigar can't cure.

    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • First_WarriorFirst_Warrior N.C. MountainsPosts: 1,626 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My 57 Chevy had crank up windows. 
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  • 90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Loveland, COPosts: 12,219 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My 57 Chevy had crank up windows. 
    So did my 85 Camaro that I built. 
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  • jd50aejd50ae Posts: 6,417 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It has been said on here before, one way or another. But every time it makes me feel older and other person less noble, like disrespecting your elders.

    In my room and refreshment time is upon us. Hey grandson, go to the kitchen and get a churchkey, this ain't a twist off. Silence and a blank stare follows......
  • Captain_CallCaptain_Call Cambridge NebraskaPosts: 1,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jd50ae said:
    It has been said on here before, one way or another. But every time it makes me feel older and other person less noble, like disrespecting your elders.

    In my room and refreshment time is upon us. Hey grandson, go to the kitchen and get a churchkey, this ain't a twist off. Silence and a blank stare follows......
    Well maybe if you called it a bottle opener, he would know what to look for
  • Bob_LukenBob_Luken already sucked before joining forum,.....just sayin'.Posts: 6,361 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The clue was "this ain't a twist-off", but I'm certain the term church key already had him stunned. LOL
  • PatrickbrickPatrickbrick Lake Zurich IlPosts: 4,197 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Come on grandpa with all your life experience you can't improvise a bottle opener?  **** I'm 32 and can figure this out, I also know that term because my old man was older than his years, just like me.  Damn kids these days!
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  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 7,627 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 6
    Kids today don't know that vehicle used to have built in bottle openers. The seat belt end and on older trucks, the brace for the steering column used to be perfect for opening bottles.
    There is no crisis that a good cigar can't cure.

    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 4,876 ✭✭✭✭✭
    0patience said:
    Kids today don't know that vehicle used to have built in bottle openers. The seat belt end and on older trucks, the brace for the steering column used to be perfect for opening bottles.
    And the stud in the door jamb that the door would latch onto - it had enough of a head on it w/ sharp edges that bottle caps came off easy.
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  • YankeeManYankeeMan Posts: 2,060 ✭✭✭✭
    I have to explain to my students what a typewriter is and what a phone booth was.  In fact, most of them have never used a pay phone!
  • jlmartajlmarta 50 miles from ParadisePosts: 6,534 ✭✭✭✭✭
    peter4jc said:
    0patience said:
    Kids today don't know that vehicle used to have built in bottle openers. The seat belt end and on older trucks, the brace for the steering column used to be perfect for opening bottles.
    And the stud in the door jamb that the door would latch onto - it had enough of a head on it w/ sharp edges that bottle caps came off easy.
    Of course, the stud driving the car was supposed to be able to pop’em off with his teeth......   :#
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 7,627 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Or when you hear your kids say, "Wow, anyone who played Pong when it came out must be ancient."
    Oh, shut the hell up you little.......
    There is no crisis that a good cigar can't cure.

    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • Dark_RoastDark_Roast St. John IndianaPosts: 1,026 ✭✭✭
    0patience said: loop
    Kids today don't know that vehicle used to have built in bottle openers. The seat belt end and on older trucks, the brace for the steering column used to be perfect for opening bottles.
    And cars came with ash trays and lighters. 
  • YaksterYakster I forgot the coffee filtersPosts: 6,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And bench seats without seat belts.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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