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Keeping Up With Technology September 9, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Remember the Good Old Days, when you would take a photo of your dinner, mail the film in for processing (after you finished the whole roll), wait for the photos to be developed, and then run around to all your friends’ homes to show them photos of what you had for dinner?


Me neither.


Have you ever been in parking lot watching someone haplessly look for their car because they didn’t pay attention to where they parked it? Want to have a little fun with them?

Every time you see them hoist the key fob into the air, honk your horn and flash your lights.


Aren’t you glad you were young and stupid BEFORE there were camera phones?


I like to make lists.  On paper.  I also like to leave them on my desk so that I can guess what’s on the list when I get to the store.

Fun game.



I don’t know how to use TikTok . . . but I do know how to write in cursive, do long division, and tell time on clocks with hands.

So I’ve got that going for me.

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You think you know stress.  When I was a kid, if you missed your favorite TV program, you just missed it.



These days, we have SMART phones, SMART TVs, SMART refrigerators, SMART thermostats, but our smoke detectors are still dumb.

We need a smoke detector that shuts off when you yell:

I’m Just Cooking!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joan M.)



1. Rivergirl - September 9, 2022

Ha! Good points all…
And yes, I am forever grateful social media didn’t exist when I was young.

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

Yes. Even without camera phones and social media, there is ample evidence of assundry faux pas committed during my younger years. 😀

2. walkingoffthechessboard - September 9, 2022

I’m the guy who the alarm fob was invented for. I can’t find my car if it is the only one in the lot. I always made sure to be in front of the television when my favorite shows came on…because there was no shot at seeing them again unless they were rerun over the summer…when I would be out running around and miss them all over again. Play-doh and Mister Potato Head were both awesome. They have lasted the test of time as well.

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

When we first played with Mr. Potato Head . . . we used a REAL potato for the head & body. A small inexpensive package of plastic accessories allowed us to add ears, eyes, mouth, etc..

Saturday morning cartoons ~> glued to the tube!

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

I just checked my memory:

In its original form, Mr. Potato Head was offered as separate plastic parts with pushpins to be attached into a real potato or other vegetable.

Due to complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body with the toy set in 1964.

The original toy was subsequently joined by Mrs. Potato Head and supplemented with accessories including a car and boat trailer.

3. L. Marie - September 9, 2022

😆 😅 😂 Sooooooooo true! I never would have made it through high school had cell phones and social media been in existence then. The dumb things I did would have caused a lot of consternation and photos I would not have wanted poisted.

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

In high school, we were stuck just passing notes in the hallway between classes if we wanted to be crude, rude, or socially unacceptable. 😆

4. Ally Bean - September 9, 2022

I am sure I’d have gotten in more trouble if social media was around when I was a teenager. I skirted the line between being a good student and a quiet rebel, with no one around to document that latter. 😁

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

Me too! Great grades (which kept my parents satisfied . . . even when my behavior did not quite satisfy their moral compass) while rebelling against many of the norms and strictures of the day.

5. Kate Crimmins - September 9, 2022

Include me in the group that is glad nothing I did as a teen was recorded. Yikes! I’d be in witness protection!

nrhatch - September 9, 2022

Yup! Even without Smart Phones, I have photographic evidence of behavior my parents would have found questionable . . . if I’d posted the shots on social media or showed them the images. 😀

6. granny1947 - September 10, 2022

Love this.
I also make lists and leave them at home.

nrhatch - September 11, 2022

These humorous bits are adaptations of things I borrowed from an e-mail (with minimal rewording), but they made me laugh due to their relative truth.

When I forget a list, it is a great game to test my memory and remember as much of the list as I can. 😀

7. Debra - September 14, 2022

Goodness knows I’m old enough to remember everything you’ve mentioned here. I do think sometimes we’ve lost a lot in the so-called advances. You have a wicked sense of humor at the “horn honking” game. LOL! That would be me out there searching for the car. 🙂

nrhatch - September 15, 2022

I am glad that I grew up when our TV viewing was limited to 3 or 4 channels, and mom drew us home for dinner by ringing a bell not by texting our cell!

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