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Oh, The Changes We’ve Seen August 10, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02Many of us alive today were born before:

Television * Penicillin * Polio shots * Frozen foods * Xerox * Contact lenses * Frisbees * The Pill (or Viagra!) * Credit cards * Laser beams * Ball-point pens * Cell phones * Pantyhose * Air conditioners * Computers * Computer Dating * Dishwashers * Clothes dryers * Satellites * Astronauts * Space shuttles * Space stations * Dual Careers * Gay-rights * Civil Rights * Daycare centers * Shopping Malls * Wal*Mart * Amazon * Dot.coms * the Internet * Smart Phones * iPods * Fast Food * Time Shares * FM radios * Tape decks * CD’s * DVD’s * Electric typewriters * Pizza Hut * McDonald’s * Instant coffee * Tang


Dang!  That’s a bucket load of change in a short time span.  No wonder so many of us are disoriented, dizzy, and distracted.

I think I need to sit down and rest a spell.


Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Val Boyko - August 10, 2014

Love the last shot of the astronaut.
BTW … what’s a tang dang?

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

In the original post, “Tang” is the last in a long list of changes.

“Dang!” is the first sentence of the next paragraph.

Val Boyko - August 10, 2014

I’m feeling a wee bit foreign … I’ve heard dang! but have no clue about tang …..

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

I loved Tang as a kid ~ now I prefer my OJ fresh squeezed, not freeze dried.

2. Silver in the Barn - August 10, 2014

Haha, Val, that is a good one. Oh my goodness, Nancy, what a reminder of how much our environment has changed. We just had our 40th high school reunion and looking through the yearbook I couldn’t help but think none of us had ever heard of email or faxes or most of what is on your list. And yet we survived!

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Last night, we watched The Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell), filmed in 1972 ~ 40 years ago.

No cell phones in the crowd. Just a sea of faces intent on watching the stage while listening to some great tunes.

And NO TWERKING! Or Wardrobe Malfunctions. 😛

Pix Under the Oaks - August 10, 2014

Love Leon Russell!

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

He sang lead on Jumping Jack Flash ~ excellent!

3. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com - August 10, 2014

The list is seemingly endless! As one of the “before” people, I can’t say that my life is any happier because of any of the “new fangled” inventions. The medical ones are, of course, an exception. Life moved at a different pace, then. Children were allowed to be children for one important change. I enjoy some of the progress, such as the computer(when the technology is working). But, the “good old days” had a lot that we are now missing in human communication . I know that times change and human nature does not, but we seem to have a lot more turmoil in our daily lives than we did then. God bless us all.

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

We used to look to each other as sources of entertainment, news, communication, direction, etc. ~ now, lots of folks look at handheld devices when they want to interact.

That said, I’ve found many of the changes to be positive ~ like A/C. Aah . . . that’s better!

4. Pix Under the Oaks - August 10, 2014

Oh My, I remember when breakfast was a glass of Tang and two Hostess chocolate cupcakes… o_O

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

We loved Tang, but mom never gave us Hostess cupcakes for breakfast. Or for lunch. We did have Pop Tarts once in a while and Carnation Instant Breakfast!

Pix Under the Oaks - August 10, 2014

Mom was not happy with my selection for breakfast. Or my lunch selection which was a PB&J but our Dr. told her, let her eat what she wants.. Ha! I lived on that during the week (sometimes had toast and jelly) when I was in grade school and then when I got to high school I discovered other FOODS! Pizza!

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Aah . . . pizza! One of our favorite foods.

5. Don - August 10, 2014

I’m dizzy as hell. Hard believe Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Here’s to Electricity . . . and indoor plumbing!

6. elizabeth2560 - August 10, 2014

You’ve left off sticky notes.
What would we do without them.

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

This list has barely scratched the surface ~ I did a longer post on inventions once that might interest you:


Post It Notes are on that longer list in the 1951-1984 time slot.

7. Val Boyko - August 10, 2014

I goolged tang!… now that I know I feel like a real yank again 😉

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

You’re now in the know! Tang is a bit like Kool*Aid . . . easy for astronauts to gulp on the go.

8. Grannymar - August 10, 2014

I was around before all forty four items on your list, many I still live without, but am thankful for the medical advances aka my new hip and cataract replacements

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

I’m glad that I no longer have to type on a manual typewriter using carbon to make a single smudged copy. 😎

9. bluebee - August 10, 2014

Wow. Food for thought. I’m happy that I was born before the internet age and have seen both societies.

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Like you, my life has spanned pre-digital to post-digital. All the changes make life interesting.

10. Barbara - August 10, 2014

I’m feeling my age!

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Maybe that’s why so many enjoy travel in Europe ~ the buildings are OLDER than we are. 😎

11. Jill Weatherholt - August 10, 2014

Oh…panty hose…one invention I always hated! 🙂 You know they could have made them so they didn’t run after wearing them once. 😦

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

Good point, Jill. It’s been ages since I wore panty hose . . . and I don’t miss those days at all. If it’s warm, bare legs and sandals. If it’s cold, long pants and socks.

12. NancyTex - August 10, 2014

That’s a lot of innovation and change, NH!

nrhatch - August 10, 2014

What amazing differences we’ve seen . . . even in something as utilitarian as kitchen appliances.

13. Behind the Story - August 10, 2014

That’s quite a list! It’s hard to remember how different life used to be. One example of something on your list that I appreciate is penicillin: When I was four years old I caught pneumonia (in the hospital). They had penicillin then (1947) but only as an PAINFUL injection. I’m glad they have pills now, although I hope we don’t overuse them.

I wish we’d had use of the internet when I was a “trailing spouse” following my husband’s job overseas. It would have given me more options.

Hanging clothes outside used to be a pleasant task on a sunny day, but not every day was sunny and those old-fashioned wringers were dangerous. Okay, that was before my time, but my grandma told me stories of women who got their hair caught in the wringer.

nrhatch - August 11, 2014

My grandmother in Vermont had a wringer and she wouldn’t let us near it when it was on. Hanging the clothes was great on a sunny summer day. Not so great mid-winter with waist high snow.

14. jannatwrites - August 11, 2014

Well, at least some of these things were around when I was born! My kids think I’m a dinosaur because when I was a kid, there were no digital cameras, cell phones, or MP3 players (hello, cassette tapes in my Sony Walkman 🙂 )

nrhatch - August 11, 2014

Our first cell phone came attached to a battery pack the size of a large shoebox! Our second cell phone was larger than an ear of corn. “Hey, Dino . . . I shrunk the phone!”

From huge Hi Fi’s to Boom Boxes to iPods. More shrinkage! 😎

Whereas TV’s have gone in the opposite direction ~ from tiny screens to wall-sized wonders.

15. William - August 11, 2014

These kids today are too soft!
I remember when I was a boy, we actually had to get up off our back ends, and walk all the way to the television. Then, when we finally got there, we actually had to turn it on and switch the channels with our bare hands. Then, after we got all that done, we had to walk all the way back to the couch, but when we finally sat down, we had a sense of accomplishment. After that, we had to constantly go back and forth, and make adjustments; which gave an even greater sense of accomplishment.

nrhatch - August 11, 2014

Haha! My older brother sat back far enough to see the screen and close enough to change the channel without getting up.

He’d rock forward on the front legs of the chair, switch channels, then sit back. 😎

16. Three Well Beings - August 11, 2014

Oh gee! I was born before Tang! I AM old! 🙂

nrhatch - August 11, 2014

Haha! What would Sophia say?

It’ll be interesting to see changes still coming down the pike . . . before we Exit Stage Left.

17. BarbB - August 11, 2014

wonder what happened to all that free time these creations promised to give us?

nrhatch - August 11, 2014

Time is relative . . . especially when we allow ourselves to get sucked into the black hole of the www @vortex.com. 😎

18. joannevalentinesimson - August 13, 2014

Why aren’t computers on your list?

nrhatch - August 13, 2014

They are ~ after air conditioning and before computer dating.

joannevalentinesimson - August 13, 2014

OOPS! Sorry I missed it. Looked through the list twice and didn’t see it. So I’m dyslexic.

nrhatch - August 13, 2014

No worries, mate!

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