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post #21 of 73

 

We hang out in a geek crowd, which tends to be pretty pro-technology, so we don't have too many obsolescent artifacts. :p DH can wield a sword and shoot a recurve bow, though; does that count?

 

No, those don't count.  Those are trendy now, like knitting or having your own laying hens. winky.gif

post #22 of 73

Or vinyl. :p

 

Well then, um, drat. I used a loom once, but it wasn't a success. And... our microwave is really old...? Nope. We're lame modern people.

post #23 of 73

I'm surprised by how many people still use mothballs - the really stinky, horribly toxic napthalene ones that are specifically banned in a lot of settings.  And they aren't all old people using them either, a lot of them are university students!

 

As for newfangled things that I'm surprised became popular:  dryer sheets. 
 

post #24 of 73
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I've tried Excel (and Lotus 123) for that. It works okay, but I find the adding machine to be the best tool for the job when you're attaching the tapes.

 

Yep.  I am an accountant and there are many times when an adding machine is quicker and easier.

post #25 of 73
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I'm surprised by how many people still use mothballs - the really stinky, horribly toxic napthalene ones that are specifically banned in a lot of settings.  And they aren't all old people using them either, a lot of them are university students!
 

 

I have a theory that there are some people that are addicted to the smell of mothballs, like most of my family......Such a shame because there were so many things we simply could not bring into our house because I could not get the smell out.

 

Are these students from outside of North America?  I ask because I brought up the mothball thing to my exterminator (epic mice, extermination was the last resort) and he said for years, mothballs/naphthalene was basically the only thing available.  I wonder if the use is still standard in less "developed" countries?

post #26 of 73
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I have a theory that there are some people that are addicted to the smell of mothballs, like most of my family......Such a shame because there were so many things we simply could not bring into our house because I could not get the smell out.

 

Are these students from outside of North America?  I ask because I brought up the mothball thing to my exterminator (epic mice, extermination was the last resort) and he said for years, mothballs/naphthalene was basically the only thing available.  I wonder if the use is still standard in less "developed" countries?


I'm never quite able to connect specific students with the mothballs, but there are a lot of international students, so it's possible you're right.  The addiction theory is also interesting.

post #27 of 73
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I'm never quite able to connect specific students with the mothballs, but there are a lot of international students, so it's possible you're right.  The addiction theory is also interesting.

 

What is interesting about my family is that they all deny that they overuse mothballs yet there are boxes in every closet as well as the attics and the basements too.  And these are insanely clean freak people with pristine houses.  When I asked my great aunt (who is one of the few non-mothball addicts) if anyone in the family ever had a moth or bug problem, she said she couldn't remember bugs or moths in their house growing up.  My German father (other side of the family) also loved his mothballs.

post #28 of 73
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Or vinyl. :p

 

Well then, um, drat. I used a loom once, but it wasn't a success. And... our microwave is really old...? Nope. We're lame modern people.

New vinyl might look like old vinyl, but they are made from digital recordings.  New speakers are digital, and new record players that play 78s actually digitally speed up the recording.  So, it's like pretend vinyl.  Sort of like when Coke put out the "new" Coke and then went back to Classic, except it wasn't really the old classic because that was made with sugar and the new was made with corn syrup and the bubbles were All Wrong....

 

We still have the old vinyl, and I have my grandparents' old 78's to play on my analog turntable with my analog speakers.

 

We still have a slide projector.

 

We still have a dial phone and it's plugged in.  Another regular phone ("vintage" Garfield) is plugged in as well.  Handy for power outages.

 

I do have a rock-bottom cell phone, but I was eyeing one advertised for Old People with something like "I just want a phone to be a phone!"  And it is!  A cell phone that is just a phone!  I want it!

 

We have a typewriter still, for fun.

 

I have a fridge that I manually defrost.  It's not an old one, but one designed for cabins.  I like it because it's silent.

 

And I spin wool.  Or, to be precise, I still have a spinning wheel.  Haven't spun in ages (almost exactly as long as might oldest daughter is old.)

 

Oh, and I can wield a Japanese sword.  Cut some stuff, too.  Really, really fun!

post #29 of 73

One of the doors in my house locks with a skeleton key, and it still works too! 

post #30 of 73

I've been scrutinizing the State job boards for months now and occasionally there's a job posted that requests 10-key experience.  I'm assuming that's the same as an adding machine? Or similar, anyway.  I got pretty good with the 10-key, could do it fast, by touch, without looking. 

 

I meant to mention,  I have a 1962 rotary princess phone.  It looks like this one, except that it's the dull putty color, not a groovy aqua blue.

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/117320411/1962-aqua-turquoise-princess-rotary

 

It's plugged in, it rings REALLY loudly.  It receives calls but you can't dial out on it. 

 

And another edit,

 

My mom got rid of the manual typewriter we grew up with, and I soooo wish she hadn't.  It was an obvious thing for her to do, she replaced it with a pc.  But I think my kids would have had a lot of fun with them.  I sure would.  It looked like this one:

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/115467415/vintage-underwood-manual-typewriter-with

 

And dh has an Apple Macintosh somewhere. 


Edited by journeymom - 5/15/13 at 9:01am
post #31 of 73

I can't think of anything that surprises me that someone else might use.  Maybe because I appreciate and enjoy using old technology, so I get it when someone wants to use a treadle sewing machine. Besides, I grew up fantasizing about Little House on the Prairie.

 

Unfortunately I don't think our old rotary phone works when the power out. It isn't actually plugged into a land line.  Dh has that phone number linked to Google Voice.  Noticeably inferior sound quality. 

post #32 of 73
Thread Starter 

I can totally understand people still using adding machines.  I think it is mostly the sound of the machine that sounds antiquated.  I am used to hearing computer typing but not a printer punching things out like that.  I have Kaiser and many of their offices still use dot matrix printers to print out receipts for doctor visits and such.  They use the carbon copy like paper with 2 layers so you get one page and one copy.  Only a few departments have switched to laserjet printers and regular paper.

 

I do miss regular phones sometimes.  Cell phones just always sound so fuzzy and crappy to me, I feel like I can't hear half of what people are saying.  Maybe I just need to get my hearing checked.

post #33 of 73

Your hearing is fine. Cells phones really do sound fuzzy and crappy. Cell phones are one of the modern conveniences I love, but I hate that they've taken the place of regular phones. I especially hate that people now find it acceptable to call your cell whenever for any reason now. Mine is primarily for emergencies, which no one really gets anymore. If I'm going to have a real conversation with someone, I'd rather it be in person or on a phone where I can hear them clearly.

 

The mothball thing has caught me off guard. I moved into an old house shortly after my youngest was born that had a terrible moth problem. They were eating everything in the closets. I mentioned something about it to the landlady in passing, and she sent someone over with mothballs a couple days later. It was the first time I'd even seen them since I was a child. I hadn't even realized they were still made.

post #34 of 73
Lover of mothballs here. Until my upstairs neighbor complained he could smell them 2 stories up ?,?, is that even possible? I had one box in the cabinet.
post #35 of 73
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Lover of mothballs here. Until my upstairs neighbor complained he could smell them 2 stories up ?,?, is that even possible? I had one box in the cabinet.

 

What do you use them for?  Moths?  Or do you just like the smell? 

 

I wouldn't doubt someone could smell them two stories up.  That is 25-35 feet away.   In my neck of the woods, people use them to keep snakes away from wood piles or from underneath porches and houses.  Rattle snakes nesting and breeding in those locations can be a problem in the summer.    I can smell the mothballs a long way off when taking walks along our road.

post #36 of 73

Not terribly shocking to me because I know the reason, but we recently had to scour the internet for a cassette player Walkman for my mom when her old one died.  She lost her eyesight via a stroke a few years back and luckily had a lot of her music tapes sitting in boxes.  She had lots of CDs too, but she can't easily tell what side is up without getting fingerprints all over them.  (You'd think she could just keep them right side up when she picks them out of the case, but I digress...)  Cassette tapes are so much easier for her to operate.

 

We did add a piece of technology for her regarding this though.  We bought her a talking pen where you put a special sticker on something, speak into the pen to say what it is, and then the recording plays back the message when you touch the pen to the sticker.  Before she was just picking random cassettes out of the box and listening to it regardless of what she was really in the mood for.

 

It's been an interesting journey with her - some technology is great for the blind, some not so much.  Touch screens are useless for her...

post #37 of 73

I'm a banker and we still occasionally use an adding machine. For certain things we have to have a step-by-step accounting of what we're adding or subtracting and show that it adds up to what we're claiming we have. An adding machine is just easiest for that.

 

I'm shocked at how many people use exclusively checks - to the point where they get really upset if you ask them if they have or need a debit card or ATM card. "No, I DON'T have a debit card! I've NEVER had a debit card!" Completely aghast, like you're asking them if they've ever gone streaking in church or something. Even weirder to me is the people that will write a check to themselves or to cash and then come up to the desk and cash it. Why not just fill out a withdrawal slip? Why waste expensive checks? I just do not see the point.
 

post #38 of 73
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

Or vinyl. :p

 

Well then, um, drat. I used a loom once, but it wasn't a success. And... our microwave is really old...? Nope. We're lame modern people.

You still use a microwave?!? jaw.gif

post #39 of 73
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I actually bought a 2012  Nissan Versa with manual everything... I can't say I share your sentiment. I actually added an extra $700 on my loan to get auto-locks installed, but apparently the guys that do that don't work on weekends, so for the last six months I've been unlocking my car with a key like some kind of barbarian! It wouldn't be so bad except only one of the doors has a keyhole. It would really suck if I had young kids.

 

 

I have one of those fancy cars where I don't need a key out, ever.  I push a button to unlock and I push a button to start the car.  When I have to go back to driving the van, with a KEY to start it I feel like the biggest spoiled baby in the whole wide world.  A key?  Really?  I have to take this thing out of my bag and use it?  it's like 1999 up in here.  

post #40 of 73

I don't think I've ever written a check for cash. I must have used a withdrawal slip, once, when I transferred my money from my childhood account with my parents, to my own bank account after I got a job.  27 years ago.

 

I have never used the account register book-thing.  That's probably not a good thing.

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