When Stef was in elementary school we heard stories of kids who couldn’t read the ‘old school’ analog wall clocks, nor operate the rotary dial telephones in the nurse’s office and classrooms. These are lost skills.
I know Morse Code. In fact, I’m very good at it. Morse Code is outmoded. My skill is virtually worthless.
Same thing with my abilities as a radio actor. Even when I was doing it, in the late sixties, I was behind the times.
In today’s Washington Post there’s a list of more in our lives which has been left behind.
- Truly ‘Blind’ Dates
- Mix Tapes
- Land Lines
- Short Basketball Shorts
- Phone Sex
- Getting Lost
- Having the Blues
I don’t agree with all of these, but they’re pretty interesting. When was the last time you had contact with someone new and didn’t go to Google to see who it was? Mix tapes, land lines and basketball shorts all make sense too.
Cigarettes? Maybe they’re not extinct, but smoking inside anywhere is!
When I first came to work in New Haven, as a smoker, we smoked at our desks. That seems so weird now. We used to use film cannisters as ashtrays.
The article says phone sex is gone because it’s been replaced by texting and IM. I plead ignorance, but can text be as erotic as the spoken word?