Who You Calling Old?

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When I think of my kids, I’m reminded of how old I am. Not so much in a bad way. It’s just that I sometimes think of all the things that were so common to me when I was growing up. These things will be so foreign to them.

As I sit and think, some things really stick out. Indulge me, will you?

Cassette tapes – I still have a few. So what if I don’t have a cassette player to play them in

Walkman – First they were just little radios, then they added the cassette feature. Heck they even moved on to the CD walk-man. Now, it’s all about the iPod please. Can’t be bothered with carrying around a variety of music these days. Download, please.

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Atari 2600 – Yes, there are still video game consoles but not like my beloved Atari. It was ah-mazing!! I thought I was big time when I got that. I played PAC-Man and Asteroids OUT.

33’s and 45’s – I’m talking records, people! I had Sesame Street records, New Edition’s first record, MJ’s Thriller. Records have now gone the way of the doh doh bird.

8 tracks – OK, this was really before my time. My parents still had a few hanging around though.

Floor Model TV – We had that HUGE TV that pretty much meant you had moved on up like the Jefferson’s.

A TV without a remote control – Oh, the horror. Even worse… a TV with less than 4000 channels.

I’ll make sure to let my babies know about all of the stuff they missed before technology took over. I’m sure they’ll feel slighted. Or they’ll just be convinced that they’re mom is an old lady with a knack for talking about antiques.

What did I miss? Do you have anything to add?

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33 Responses to Who You Calling Old?
  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    July 2, 2012 | 7:06 am

    Rotary telephones with no call waiting!

  2. Mrs. Mom
    July 2, 2012 | 7:16 am

    Liz beat me to it but I was definitely adding rotary phones!

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:59 am

      I remember we had one for the longest time. It took forever to call somebody on those things!

  3. KalleyC
    July 2, 2012 | 7:41 am

    I am glad I was not alone, I had a Sesame Street record that I wore out. Still have it too. Also still have Prince’s album–Purple Rain. I’m glad my parents kept them all, because every now and then I love to go back and play with them.

  4. Kita
    July 2, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Oh wow a walkman……what is that cassette tape goodness I have no idea what you are talking about *side eye* Lol I had one of those on the go cd players that I plugged into my moms car because I had cd’s and her car only played tapes. Ahhh the good ole days.

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:58 am

      I had that one too to play CD’s in the car. You couldn’t tell me nothing!

  5. This Cookn Mom
    July 2, 2012 | 10:07 am

    My kids just recently learned what a regular telephone was. We only use cell phone in our home. Poor kids were scared of the loud ringing noise! They had no idea about VHS either!

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:57 am

      Poor babies. They’re like “what is this home phone you speak of” HA! Now that’s funny.

  6. Natalie
    July 2, 2012 | 10:47 am

    It is crazy how fast things come and go…but I totally rocked an ATARI and a walkman with tape and then later with cds!

  7. Quiana
    July 2, 2012 | 11:23 am

    Great list! I had a pager in high school. I thought I was so special! LOL!

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:56 am

      oh, pagers were big time! I begged for one!

  8. YUMMommy
    July 2, 2012 | 3:44 pm

    I still have my Atari game. Cassettes need to make a comeback too!

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:56 am

      my Atari disappeared. 🙁 I’m sure my mom knows what happened to it. LOL

  9. The Chic SAHM
    July 2, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    TV antennas, haha!! I haven’t seen one of those in over a decade I’m sure. I remember having to get it positioned juuuust right.

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:55 am

      and sometimes somebody had to stand there and hold it!

  10. Felicia
    July 2, 2012 | 5:21 pm

    Let’s go back old school toys… Remember how the Fisher Price Little People used to look? The lady that does my hair has original ones from her grandkids and my youngest LOVES them more than his current ones! I remember how much I loved those things too.

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:54 am

      I KNOW!!! My son has little people now and I’m like these aren’t the “real” little people. First of all, they’re no longer “little”! LOL!

  11. Roses daughter
    July 2, 2012 | 5:22 pm

    I still have ALL of my new edition and Michael Jackson albums!!! My mother is the only one with a record Player though!

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:53 am

      My mom still has my Superman record player! That’s the only way I’m going to get to rock my New Edition and MJ!

  12. Mrs. Pancakes
    July 2, 2012 | 6:30 pm

    Gosh I used to love my Walkman and cd player! I can’t wait to show it to my little man someday soon:-)

  13. Mimi
    July 2, 2012 | 11:09 pm

    You forgot about that TV without the remote, when the turner thing broke and you had to use the pliers to change the channel.

    That was just us? Oh.

    • Cam
      July 3, 2012 | 10:52 am

      that was not just y’all… trust!

  14. bravoerunway
    July 3, 2012 | 5:11 am

    I know I know I know! My parents were not ones to invest in the latest and greatest technology so it really wasn’t until the mid 90s did we finally have a remote tv…yes the horror! But you know what, it’s a good thing they brought us up that way because I couldn’t imagine spending all that money on the newest blu ray player, 3-d tv, and having all the versions of the iphone since it came out.

  15. Jessica
    July 3, 2012 | 10:31 am

    This post took me back. Oh, walkmans, those were the days!

  16. miss donna
    July 4, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    Cam – i have Mary J Blige’s ‘What’s the 411’ cassette tucked away in my keepsake box! that bad boy will still play too. ok..i was an electronic game junkie – not Atari – but Simon and Merlin…remember those?!!

  17. Alicia @Mommy Delicious
    July 5, 2012 | 11:34 am

    OMG!!! Remember the walkman?! And boomboxes?! And VCR’s!!! LOL.

  18. Larisa Levitt
    July 8, 2012 | 10:43 pm

    It is really nice to know that you still have all these stuff. I don’t have even one of these stuff in my new home. Because when we move to another house, I just left some of my important things in my mom’s house.

  19. Gerri
    July 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    My husband and I were running the other day and saw a man with a CD Walkman. I’m not sure what’s more crazy — him having a Walkman (in his defense, he WAS a pretty old guy) or us whispering about him like he’d just walked off another planet.

    Times surely have changed.

  20. Diane Zeilinski
    July 19, 2012 | 3:14 am

    We don’t have this device at home. My husband, my kids and I use cellphone already. How I wish I have tried using this device.

  21. Cari
    July 19, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Yep, I had records!!!! I also remember the old curly phone cord BEFORE cordless phones. Then the first cordless phone we had was huge and had a 5 foot antenna! Okay, maybe not that long, but I thought it was pretty awesome. Also, what did we do before call waiting? And when you got dropped off at the mall and had to meet somewhere after two hours instead of calling on their cell phone. Oh technology. Love it, lived without it and survived though;)

  22. Vanilla Sandler
    July 29, 2012 | 7:08 pm

    I remembered my grandmother had this old typed radio. When we visited my grandmother I saw that she always used this radio before. In fact, it was her favorite radio that was why she took good care of it. But I don’t know if that radio is still surviving right now.

  23. Hanna Ross
    August 21, 2012 | 4:36 am

    I haven’t seen this old type radio. I am so unfortunate about old stuff from the past.

  24. Desi Cobrev
    August 22, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    I still have walkman at home. I treasure my old stuff so I make sure that my stuff is in good place.

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