May 03, 2005

You want to feel old fast?

How about the realization that your 12-year-old is studying history in school, and it's stuff from back when YOU were 12 years old. ::sigh::

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 08:18 AM

How about this one?

Years ago my daughter (then age 10) and I were driving somewhere here in town. She plugged in a Cyndi Lauper tape and for a while the two of us were having a great old time singing along.

Then she looked at me and asked, "Dad, was she popular in your day?"

Posted by: El at May 3, 2005 08:28 AM

"Whhhhy yes, my child ::hack::cough:: we loved sitting around listening to her cylinders on the Victrola!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 08:53 AM

At least I've never had to explain 8 track tapes or rotary phones. . . .

Posted by: El at May 3, 2005 11:16 AM

8-tracks. See?! This is the reason I can't understand why there's all the nostalgia for the '70s! Although, if anyone cares, I do still have all of mine, kept securely in a lovely brown vinyl case. If I still had an 8-track player, I might list::CHUNK...KAH::en to them again sometime.

(I do keep an old Kellogg Redbar rotary phone hooked up for nostalgia's sake, though. But, in fairness, it works much better than an 8-track player.)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 11:25 AM

My 8-year-old was reading a book this weekend that had something about 1906. He said, "Mom. Were you alive in 1906?"
Um. No, that was 50 years before I was born.

Posted by: Kathy at May 3, 2005 11:39 AM

I still have my 8-track player. It is part of a combo set I keep in the garage. And yes it still works.

Posted by: jim at May 3, 2005 11:41 AM

Kathy, such questions give a whole new meaning to the Great Depression. ::sigh:: "Why yes, children, I WAS at Appomattox..."

Jim, I have some groovy CCR and Molly Hatchet for you!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 11:53 AM

Some of the CCR stuff actually holds up very nicely.

Posted by: jim at May 3, 2005 12:04 PM

I delight in telling my children about things when I was little; AKA "when dinosaurs roamed the earth."

They always call me on the dino thing. Because, silly Mommy, there were no people during the age of dinosaurs.

I did stun them the other day when I told them that when Nana was little television had not been invented yet.

Posted by: Sarah G. at May 3, 2005 12:10 PM

What?! I distinctly remember Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C., and there were dinosaurs all over the place!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 12:14 PM

I just gave son Jason a stack of vinyl albums, many of which were bought when he was 3 years old.

Posted by: Janis at May 3, 2005 12:26 PM

And CCR does stand up well. "Proud Mary" was written by John Fogerty of CCR.

Posted by: Janis at May 3, 2005 12:31 PM

I also have Rush's 2112.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 12:56 PM

One more note on rotary phones. . . .

A friend of mine was coach for a youth soccer team. One day he brought a couple of the kids to his place and while there one of them asked to call his folks. The friend pointed to a rotary phone sitting on the country.

The kid said, "Okay! Don't tell me! I can figure this out!"

Posted by: El at May 3, 2005 02:37 PM

You, Mr. Possum, are a big fat liar.

You're telling me THIS was on the screen and you noticed a Dinosaur?

I don't believe it for a minute.

Posted by: skinnydan at May 3, 2005 03:32 PM

Well, I didn't say WHILE she was on the screen. When she wasn't on there, there were dinosaurs, and I KNOW it! And you can't argue with science.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 3, 2005 03:38 PM