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post #41 of 73
My bank went through a period when they didn't keep checking withdrawal slips out for customers to use. And when I asked for them, I was told I had to write a check. Each time I was given a slip "as a courtesy" . Eventually, they started making them available again.

My mother gave me a microwave, years ago, but was the only one to ever use it. It was mostly a large clock.
post #42 of 73
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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.

I must have been using the moth balls for moths in the kitchen cabinet. I routinely used them to store woolens and blankets ... But ever since my neighbor complaining, I haven't used them. I guess it just got me thinking.

I never know people used moth balls for something other than moths. They repel animals?
post #43 of 73
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Originally Posted by Subhuti View Post

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.
Oh yes! Dh bought me some by accident (I sent him for pantry moth TRAPS) and wow did they reek! I could smell those suckers even quadruple bagged and put in the root cellar while I waited to get rid of them. The smell wasn't even bad, really, just insanely strong.

I do use an adding machine when I have a lot to do because I can 10-key by touch much faster without looking...never did get the hang of the line of numbers on top of a laptop keyboard.
Edited by stormborn - 5/19/13 at 2:39am
post #44 of 73
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Oh yes! Dh bought me some by accident (I sent him for pantry moth TRAPS) and wow did they reek! I could smell those suckers even quadruple bagged and put in the root cellar while I waited to get rid of them. The smell wasn't even bad, really, just insanely strong.
 

 

 

Now I'm wondering if I'm smelling moth balls. Or, ex mothballs.  We're in a rental, and the coat closet and one cabinet in the kitchen both reek of this overpowering soapy floral smell.  I mean, I won't store my jackets in the closet, it's that bad. The plastic wrap and paper bags in the cabinet have all absorbed the smell.  I can smell it with the cabinet door closed.

 

It's not a bad smell,  I just don't want everything to smell of it.  It's weird. 

post #45 of 73
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Now I'm wondering if I'm smelling moth balls. Or, ex mothballs.  We're in a rental, and the coat closet and one cabinet in the kitchen both reek of this overpowering soapy floral smell.

That might be some other kind of air freshener. I haven't smelled a moth ball in years, but you can't forget that smell. It's not soapy or floral - just purely chemical-ly smelling.

post #46 of 73

Anyway, dh found this keyboard in the move and hooked it up to the computer:

 

http://www.dansdata.com/clickykeyboards.htm

 

Ours is the black one, part way down the page -except in that computer putty grey/greenish-tan color. 

 

I LOVE it!  It goes CLICKITY CLACKITY CLICKITY CLACKITY so darned loud, and the keys have a great bounce action. It's very satisfying.  And when I get going typing a long string, I sound very productive...lol.gif

post #47 of 73
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That's cool, journeymom! 

 

Have you seen those handsets that you can attach to a cell phone?  http://www.amazon.com/Native-Union-Retro-POP-Phone/dp/B0091DR3O8/ref=sr_1_11?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1369082459&sr=1-11&keywords=moshi+moshi+cell+phone+retro+handset

They seem cool but I imagine the sound is not much better.

post #48 of 73
Those are adorable. I'll take six!
post #49 of 73
I also miss old school house phones, not rotary (those always seemed excessive to me), but a dial phone with a cord and a thick handle. They are much easier to have long conversations on and good to have if theres an emergency at home. I dont have one but i might get one soon.

I miss the Dustbuster, the original model from the 80's. A nice, lightweight plastic machine that fits inside any crevice and sucks up crumbs and stuff a normal vac or hand vac cant always reach. The design was simple yet intelligent. You charge it in its base and then clean your car seats, couch, lazy boy and corners of your rooms. We had one when i was a kid and loved it, havent found anything that works better.
post #50 of 73

I like the old phone receivers as well.  Not the princess-type, but the good, old fashioned one.  I got a kick out of watching All the President's Men not long ago, and enjoyed watching Robert Redford handle those old phones and hunt-and-peck on that old typewriter.  I realized that only someone totally comfortable using that technology could make it look so cool.  (And it needed to be--fully a third of that movie was talking on the phone, I think!)  Anyway, Robert Redford made that technology look so sexy.  Big, fat, wind-up watches.  Belts, real belts.  Clothes not baggy.  No t-shirts (except where they belonged--under the shirt).  I don't know why that appeals to me, as I am such a garden-dirt-encrusted hippy-type, but I think I have a particularly dreamy alter-ego, the one that swoons over Grace Kelly and is tickled by all the brilliant costuming in Mad Men.  

 

Speaking of, Don Draper should learn to handle his phone like Robert Redford......

 

And pencil sharpeners.  I love the old-school grinding sharpeners they still have at our local co-op, but they don't sharpen that well.  I love that at the other one, someone keeps the pencils sharpened with a knife, the way my grandpa did.  I need to learn how to do that!

post #51 of 73
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I don't know why that appeals to me, as I am such a garden-dirt-encrusted hippy-type, but I think I have a particularly dreamy alter-ego, the one that swoons over Grace Kelly and is tickled by all the brilliant costuming in Mad Men.  

 

Yes. It's special because it's out of the ordinary.  I love how Joan on Mad Men always looks 'put together' and elegant.  I dislike wearing makeup, I wash it off as soon as I can, but Joan's precise, perfect makeup is just mesmerizing.

post #52 of 73
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No t-shirts (except where they belonged--under the shirt).

I love this! I wear t-shirts all the time, but all of DH's grandparents wear/wore trousers and proper shirts/blouses every single day. Jeans and a t-shirt were their sloppy gardening togs, not something they would ever wear to a restaurant or movie. Meanwhile, here I sit in denim capris and a soft gray t-shirt, and I would totally go out to lunch in this outfit.

I remember my grandma dressing for travel too. Plane rides were a special occasion and required elegant dress. I wear the comfiest thing possible to fly!
post #53 of 73
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Joan's precise, perfect makeup is just mesmerizing.

I'm more mesmerised by Betty's hair! I've tried doing vintagey hair and it's next to impossible to get it frizzless and sculptured. Hers is ridiculously smooth and shiny and perfect. Does anyone know if it's January Jones' real hair? A wig would definitely be easier - for nearly all the girls, come to think of it. Joan's updo must take forever.

post #54 of 73
Betty's blonde might be all her own. January Jones complained a few months ago that her hair was falling apart because of all the chemicals they use.
post #55 of 73

I can imagine! Not gentle, that stuff. Side note, did you know Marilyn's famous peroxide concoction included actual laundry bleach? It's amazing she had any scalp left.

post #56 of 73

YoungSon, 17, and I had this conversation yesterday. He said he wished he lived a generation or 2 ago, so he could wear a button shirt, tie, and suspenders. Polished shoes. Rotary phone, manual transmission car, old-fashioned typewriter. For his birthday, he asked for a subscription to the New York Times - regular print version, not online. Partly he wants the news, we don't have cable TV, but also the feel and smell of the large paper itself. 

 

BTW, Singer still makes a treadle sewing machine, available in developing countries. Not only works without electricity; also can survive in very high humidity, unlike electronics. I had one - it was really cool! 

post #57 of 73
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Originally Posted by mamarhu View Post

YoungSon, 17, and I had this conversation yesterday. He said he wished he lived a generation or 2 ago, so he could wear a button shirt, tie, and suspenders. Polished shoes. Rotary phone, manual transmission car, old-fashioned typewriter. For his birthday, he asked for a subscription to the New York Times - regular print version, not online. Partly he wants the news, we don't have cable TV, but also the feel and smell of the large paper itself. 

I had a friend in college who dressed like that. Fedoras, too. That was only like 12 years ago.
post #58 of 73
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BTW, Singer still makes a treadle sewing machine, available in developing countries. Not only works without electricity; also can survive in very high humidity, unlike electronics. I had one - it was really cool! 

That is so awesome!

post #59 of 73
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 he could wear a button shirt, tie, and suspenders. Polished shoes.

 

Nothing really to stop him wearing that now.  Doctor Who rocks the look, bow tie and all. I hope he'll go for it!

post #60 of 73
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What I lament: the demise of the non-power car door. I really always prefereed the regular non-power lock/knob and handle for rolling the window up and down.

Uh, inadvertently got my wish. DH's power car windows still work, but his "beeper key" battery ran out, so now we have a non-power lock!

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