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13 Changes

The Girl just took a final exam in her history class that included such things as which musician used to break his guitar on stage. Yeah. History class. Feeling old much? It got me thinking about the differences between now and when I was her age.

1. Let’s get rid of the obvious first. There was no internet.

2. Computers finally got small enough that you could fit one on a desk and cheep enough for a middle class person to buy.

3. I had only set foot in 16 states, two countries, and one continent. Now I’ve been to three continents, seven countries, and all but two states. Yeah, I still have a long way to go.

4. When I was out with my friends and wanted to let my mother know I’d be late getting home, I had to locate a pay phone or beg someone to let me use theirs.

5. Lawrence Welk was in re-runs. The Girl didn’t even know who Lawrence Welk was until I told her.

6. People still referred to the British Invasion with respect to music.

7. Women were expected to pay attention to the hemlines currently fashionable for skirts.

8. There was no such thing as a bike lane, but everyone under 16 was expected to get around on a bicycle.

9. No American civilian had ever gone into a school for the specific purpose of killing as many people as possible.

10. There were four channels on TV: ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS. Unless you got cable. Then you got the same channels, only you got them clearer.

11. Movie makers tried to avoid excess violence or nudity so they wouldn’t get too harsh of a rating.

12. Divorce was the exception, and children from families where there had been a divorce were said to be from broken families.

13. PacMan was an exciting game.


12 comments to 13 Changes

  • Wow, this makes me feel old, although I have no idea who Lawrence Welk is.

  • the times they are a changin

  • TWM

    A rat rod didn’t cost $60,000.

  • ha. pacman is still an exciting game…that sounds like a fun history test though…wish mine included that…

  • I know the guitar answer! #9 is chilling. And our parents thought their time was simpler. It’s hard to imagine our children feeling the same.

  • What a trip down memory lane!


    The summer after 7th grade, one of my friends moved to Odessa, TX. It was the oil boom years and West Texas was flush with money. Vicky’s stepfather had bought a couple of restaurants, hoping to cash in. One restaurant was in a converted oil tank and they specialized in steak, the other West Texas specialty, besides oil.

    I went to visit the summer after my 8th grade year, and Vicky and I felt like the most privileged kids in America because the steak house had a lounge with a Pac-Man game, and we were allowed to play for hours without ever having to pay. This was when the restaurant was closed, of course. We were too young to hang around the lounge during business hours.

    Vicky’s parents were too busy running their restaurants to look after us much, and boy howdy did we get up to some mischief! That summer was my first experience driving a car (untrained and underage), my first experience in a bar (didn’t dare order anything, of course), my first tube top (my Mom didn’t allow them, but I was far from home), and my first oysters (meh). And lots of Pac-Man, of course. Good times. The tether of a cell phone would’ve no doubt ruined all the fun! 🙂

  • Everyone wore Levis 501 jeans not Miss Me jeans. MTV played music (if you had cable which I didn’t but my best friend did so we watched music videos allllllll day long).
    If you wanted information, you had to go to the library, look on a card and find a book on it.

  • When Welk went into reruns, I pretty much had seen enough TV. Thanks for making me feel (even more) ancient.

  • That was on a histiry exam? Seriously? Lawrence Welk is still in reruns, ecery Saturday night on PBS. Fond memories of PacMan and Atari games – I rolled the game twice and lived for River Raid. How far we’ve come with “basic” TV channels. I now get fourteen without cable – or at least I do when my antenna is working properly. It’s currently not picking up the FOX channels, denying me TBBT reruns.

  • I have been in love with video games before there were even video games. In 1964 my father would take me and sit me atop the pinball machines while he played, and I would try to chase the balls with my hands. I’ve been hooked since.

  • So many changes!
    Number 9 is very ironic and sad 🙁

    I didn’t know you stop referring British Invasion with respect to music. I still am.

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