There’s always something new to complain about. If it isn’t low slung pants, it’s piercings, complicated television, Bluetooth ear pieces, and clothing that fits too tight. I get a lot of posts about stuff that was common when we oldies were kids. Reminding me about all the stuff we don’t see anymore.

Like rabbit-ear antennas for televisions. Which I am really happy to be without. They never worked and the quality of transmissions is so much improved, there’s almost no comparison between then and now. What we had “back then” was almost-television.

Does anyone really want to go back to snow-covered black & white televisions with rolling and squiggling and sound that was barely audible? Of course you don’t.

Still, we seem to yearn for 45 RPM record players. Scratchy vinyl records. Tape recorders that used real tape. Dial telephones — which often were better. Galoshes. Roller skates that fitted your shoes and needed keys to adjust and on which I could fall but never skate. No remote controls.

My son’s generation gets this one:


I’m sure my granddaughter’s generation will be the last to remember connecting to the Internet with a modem … if she even remembers. By the time she is a grandmother, who knows what technology will look like?

We still see anything “new” as inherently “risky.”

Life is risky.

The thing is, my mother’s generation was born when seeing a horse and carriage was more common than seeing a car. Not everyone had electricity. Telephones were luxuries. Yet she lived to see men walk on the moon, something no one in my granddaughter or son’s generation has seen because we abandoned our manned space program and never revived it.

Every generation sees the end of something and the beginning of something else. The 1300s, 1400s and 1500s saw monumental technological advances. The 1600s saw the industrial revolution which changed not only technology, but the way everyone lived. Talk about revolutionary changes, the world went from an agrarian economy to a city-based industrial economy. It was also the beginning of urban poverty and crime.

The world is always changing. What is more interesting is not what has disappeared, but what has remained. Living in the country, we still see cows munching on grass and cooling off on hot summer days by wading in streams.

We buy vegetables sometimes, when a farm has extra produce to sell, at stands that work on the honor system. Weigh the veggies and put the money in the can. Many people don’t lock their doors. A fair number don’t know where the keys are and couldn’t lock them if they wanted to.

Some of the old ways linger long in the country. But everyone has WiFi and cable or satellite. Everyone has a cell phone and all the shops take plastic. They will still accept cash, so far, anyway.

Risky? It’s not remarkable if things change. It’s remarkable when they don’t.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. But it was fun twisting the TV aerial around to get a picture, with everyone shouting instructions and encouragement. Made it more of a family experience.


  2. Life without computers and iPhones ? – No never again. I cannot ride a horse, and remember the stuff we had at home that never worked properly. And taking photos with a camera with a winder for the film. Oh come one, we golden oldies deserved a relaxed cyber life. And I like my TV, although I rarely watch it. I am more at home with the computer TV.

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  3. The newest technological advance for me- though admittedly slight- was being able to connect to wifi in flight and enjoying Netflix. The future is now. Until next week.


    1. Oh no, when we were kids, we had galoshes. Miserable, uncomfortable, heavy galoshes. Now, mostly waterproof boots are real boots into which you put your feet and which are often warm and comfortable. But back then, you were lucky if you HAD galoshes. The torture of winter 🙂


  4. The town I was born in (or closest to) had ‘occasional’ electricity, which no one relied on. We had water tanks, outdoor toilets. I didn’t even see a tv until I was 16 (no, I’m not terribly old, still within the parameters above). The first house I bought (in my 20s) was the same. Not far from a big city, unreliable electricity, no phone, unsealed road, water tanks and outdoor dunny. And there are still country towns where people live in those conditions – is Australia a third world country? No (and I’m not going to make political statements).

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    1. There are plenty of places like that in the U.S., too. Probably not in this part of the country because this area has been developed for a long time, but out west? Midwest? Canada, absolutely. If you get to thinly populated areas, that’s what there is. There are parts of upper New York like that and probably Vermont and Maine, too. Of course, you don’t hear a lot from these people online because they don’t have Wi-Fi and computers, but they are there.

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  5. With all the hacking, crashing and outages, I will never put my trust in driverless vehicles or a cashless society. Other than that, I look forward to seeing what comes next,


    1. Never say never! 🙂 – You may not have a choice, and it may happen much sooner than you think!

      Personally i’d have much more trust in a machine that had been tested and was able to learn by itself than the average idiot behind the wheel of a car these days, you know – the ones without licences or insurance, on drugs, have road rage and anger issues, are texting or watching a video in their car while driving, etc, etc.

      As the lady says – life comes with risk – but some risks are safer than others and are the ones we should take. 🙂


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      1. I just don’t like the thought of not having control over a vehicle. They say it will brake if it gets near an object. We have deer that run out into traffic, you have to swerve to avoid, Brake and you are in for it. But I get your point. 🙂


        1. It’s a normal human fear but like most fears it is less than rational. 🙂

          Humans learn by their own experiences – every one of us has to learn for ourselves. Machines now learn, not just by themselves, but by programmers as well as the learning of every similar machine’s experiences. Plus they don’t forget or get wasted and don’t give a damn. They very quickly will be better than us at driving in all conditions! Many many lives will be saved every year by Autonomous auto’s. 😉

          We have kangaroos that do the same – but because they hop instead of run, computers currently have difficulty predicting and compensating for their movement. They will learn – quickly!


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          1. You know, I can’t TELL you how many times computer glitch and go wrong. I worked in the business for a LONG time and part of what I did was beta testing. I’m sure that everyone thinks the machines are perfect … but machines are NEVER perfect.


            1. The more complicated the system the more things can go wrong.

              Humans are the most complex system to date. Machines are starting to catch up and will soon exceed our complexity.

              I still think they will make less serious or fatal mistakes while driving than the average human! 😉



            1. No-one is hope – less, but sometimes we tell ourselves we are – and it sticks…. there is ALWAYS hope, Always!

              There is no fear that cannot be faced and beaten with persistence, and maybe some help. 😉
              Ok… now you got me thinking (thanks for that!!)…. i need to write a post! 🙂


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                1. No, but I think the sooner you realize worrying all the time accomplishes absolutely NOTHING, the better. The things you worry about don’t happen and the things that will happen usually never cross your mind. All you do is make yourself (and your family and friends) crazy. Consider renegotiating your relationship with worry before it does bad things to you. I hear people tell me they can’t help it. I’m here to tell you … yes, you can. You really can.

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  6. Change IS inevitable…. it is not always for the better!

    It is up to us to reduce as much as we can the incidence of the latter!

    Getting rid of Trump and my incompetent government would be a decent start! 😉



  7. Because time never stops change (as you write right above) is inevitable. I want to believe that most changes are for the betterment of most. It’s not always the case, I know. Anything new is always scary at first so as human beings we tend to frown upon. Then we are critical, often because we are nostalgic of a familiar world vanishing. But in the end, most of us accept the changes and agree that moving on is inevitable. This is why I love antiques stores and old movies. They allow us to witness a world we have not always seen and appreciate (or not) the changes the world has seen.


  8. I have to say I much preferred the days of blogging on a stone slate with a hammer and chisel. Actually, in all seriousness, I’d probably prefer that to the smartphone world. it’s one technology I haven’t gotten on board with, and utterly can’t use anyway because my touch does all kind of unexpected and nasty things on the screen….


    1. I am also not enamored of cell phones. I use one when I must (because it’s the ONLY phone around), but when it isn’t in use, it’s off and tucked away. I think you need special fingers to use it and I don’t have them either.


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