You know you are getting old when:

Discussion in 'The Observation Bar' started by GHT, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    ...when you read an article about the resurgence of "retro technology" and it's talking about I-Pods.
     
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  2. Fading Fast

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    My music "hardware" for the first 20 years of life consisted of a transistor radio and a junky record player. Then I bought a decent stereo system that (with one or two modest upgrades) took me through the next 20 years.

    I bought an iPod in '05 (pretty sure, could be off by a year) and used it until I bought my first iPhone in '09 (see prior parentheses). Now, all we use is the Sonos app (on the phone or laptop) piped through earbuds or Sonos speakers and, for pure radio listening, a 1940s AM/FM radio (<$100 at a flee market years ago) that has insanely good sound.

    I don't even know where my iPod is - doubt I tossed it, but have no idea where I put it (especially since we moved).

    The rate of technology change has clearly sped up, but for something, basically, designed in the 1920s, my 1940s radio is holding its own considering it's 2019.

    To be fair to the modern technology, the Sonos speakers cost a fraction of what my stereo purchase did using inflation-adjusted dollars. Of course, I need to have a phone or laptop to work Sonos, but with or without music, I'd have to have both anyway.
     
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  3. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    I picked up a well-used first-generation I-Pod several years ago for very little money on eBay to use with the Redi-Rad transmitter in my Plodge -- it feeds programming of my choice and transmits it at 1000 kc, for reception thru the car radio. A much better solution to the music-on-demand dilemma than ripping out the original 6 volt electrical system so as to install a 12-volt CD player/modern radio. And also a much better alternative to the reeking cesspool of political vomitus that infests our local AM band.
     
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  4. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Older (including me): "Bittsteller" (supplicant).

    90s-born: "Bitch-teller", what?
     
  5. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    It's not you. The rubber bushings in the trucks have dried out and gotten hard, allowing either no turning, or really floppy trucks, depending on adjustment.
     
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  6. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat One Too Many

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    Find a chiropractor with a decompression tabe. I lived with sciatic pain down my left leg into my heel for months 10 or 12 years ago. Upon completion of a cabinet building job, early and under budget, my employer at the time gave me ten visits to his chiropractor as a bonus. He had one of those tables. A girdle around your hips and another around your ribs are used for intermittent traction of varying force. By the 4th or 5th visit my sciatica was gone. It was 8 years before it returned.
    The doctor had moved his practice to someplace on the East coast, so I found another one with "the rack". This guy didn't seem to turn the machine up as high, but it still cuted me in a few visits.

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  7. Clifton

    Clifton New in Town

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    Realisation of age = walking into pub with mate who has cast around his broken ankle and people saying "oh no, how's the (self built custom Pan Head) bike"? Then watching them fall about laughing as explanation about trying son's skateboard hits them. Story may be 20 years old, but still amuses.
     
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  8. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    Grandparents music? Ok, I'm 35, now feeling 70... o_O;)

     
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  9. Fading Fast

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    Trenchfriend, as you know, I've bookmarked this response just for you.

    I mention this to you periodically as it is sincerely intended to help. You are too young to be lamenting your age - which is still very young. Live life - do fun things / do stupid things / do things - and then come back to this thread in 20 or so years and grumble with the rest of us (who will then be too old to type).
     
  10. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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  11. tonyb

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    Hell, in some some ways I felt older at 40 than I do now — in my head if not my joints.

    I don’t know who if anyone is to be credited with first observing that the more a person learns the less he ought be certain of what he knows, but I’ve found it generally true.
     
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  12. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Hey, as a teen I knew and enjoyed my grandparents' music. Who *doesn't* love Billy Murray, Aileen Stanley, and the Peerless Quartet?
     
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  13. Fading Fast

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    I listen to a lot of music, but what do I really like - really consider "my" music:

    Big Bands and crooners (Nat King Cole, Sinatra, etc.) as that's what my dad had on when I was growing up.

    Classic Rock cause that was the contemporary music I loved growing up in the '70s.

    Classical - embarrassingly "discovered" it via cartoons (wasn't being played in my house growing up) and then started to learn about it as young adult.

    I enjoy individual songs of this or that new group today, but no new group or genre means anything to me. Maybe, it's just me, but it is the music of my youth that still means the most to me today even though I still try to fall in love with the new stuff.

    Edit add: I only really knew one grandparent well and she didn't seem to really care about music, but she did love movies - old and new. She sparked my classic movie passion before she passed away.
     
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  14. Trenchfriend

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    In my 20s, I listened 80s. :D
     
  15. Fading Fast

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    I was in my 20s in the '80s and, while I listened to pop music at the time - you couldn't not as it was what college kids played and was what MTV was all about (which was huge then) - I didn't love it and hardly ever listen to it today (other than Guns N' Roses - the last true classic rock band that somehow showed up a decade and a half after the peak of classic rock).
     
  16. vitanola

    vitanola I'll Lock Up

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    To that I'd add Galli-Curci, Mardones, Kàrel Hasler, and Kapela Pàna Hermana.
     
  17. Trenchfriend

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    When you think about, that you're already experiencing the third train operator on your secondary railroad.

    -Deutsche Reichsbahn
    -Deutsche Bahn AG
    -Erfurter Bahn
    (Limited company in ownership of the city of Erfurt)
     
  18. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    My grandparents (both sides) were too poor to own a record player or to buy records so have no idea of just what their music was. My parents being children of the depression were post war aspirational so we owned a record player and a record collection so I learned to love The Platters, The Mills Bros, Tommy Edwards, Eddy Arnold, Tennessee Ernie Ford and of course Bob Wills
     
  19. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend I'll Lock Up

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    A premiere, today:

    The first time, I came in the situation for helping a younger mommy to heave the Kinderwagen in and out of our railcar. But when I came home, I thought about it and realized, that we got 2019 and many of these mommies are younger than me... o_O

    ;)
     
  20. Lean'n'mean

    Lean'n'mean My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I don't have to think about it I know in advance that most mothers with young children are younger than me. :D
     
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