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Old 12-07-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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When we're on the road as we are now, we mostly sit in companionable silence. (My wife sleeps a lot). I was thinking about all those people who are not old enough to have lived in an era of no tv, no cell phones, no video games, etc, and I sort of feel sorry for them. Obviously my wife & I are old enough to remember that time and are very appreciative of it. We also remember when you could take your water jug into a gas station and get ice cubes by the scoop to fill the jug without having to buy a bag.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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When I was a kid we had TV, but it was black & white. It was a big deal when the pong video game came out. Now that we are used to all this technology, would we want to do without it. Now when we are looking for campgrounds one of the considerations is, does it have WiFi and cable TV!
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:25 PM   #3
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When I was a kid, we belonged to a camping club called the Skeeder Feeders, (not sure on the spelling of Skeeder). We camped in a tent trailer that my father built and we did not have much in the way of toys, other then the Monopoly game for rainy days. I don't recall missing the TV.
Now when we travel, every kid has a portable console. But thankfully the only seem to use them while on the road.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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What makes you think that the old ways are any better than the new?
You feel sorry for them?!?

I guess it is a good thing that we each camp in our own style?
Just Thinking.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #5
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I'm not saying the old ways were better. I'm saying that perhaps having experienced the "old ways" makes us appreciate the modern more than we would if the modern is all we know.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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Hooray! Geezer talk!

Who will be the first to use the word "whippersnapper"?

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Uphill both ways. In the snow. Barefoot.
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Uphill both ways, in the snow, barefoot, just to get to the bus stop!

But nothing better than taking the gallon jug down to A&W to get it filled(and you still can).
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:56 PM   #8
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Not only is it uphill both ways, it's twice as far, and 50 pounds is way heavier than it used to be. On top of all that, it's fun to be a geezer. Except I kinda prefer "old fart."
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When we're on the road as we are now, we mostly sit in companionable silence.
I find that interesting; Robert and I do that at home. Him in the bedroom on his laptop computer, me in the office on mine. It is about as far as we can get from one another and still be in the same house. We got a 40" flat TV last Christmas that hangs on the wall above the fireplace in the Living Room. We've turned it on less than a dozen times in the past year. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

One of the things I look forward to on long trips that give us an excuse to hitch up the trailer, is that we actually will converse with each other in the car. We know there is nothing else to distract us on the road, and we don't have smart phones or Wifi in the car. The computers ride in the trailer.
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Sometimes I sets and thinks.

Sometimes I just sets.
Source: Some old geezer, somewhere.

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I'm an old fart too - an invisible old woman over 60!

Actually I think I learned a lot from growing up in those 'olden day' times - things that my kids didn't seem to learn as well - and my grandkids barely learned at all.

My childhood home had no fridge, no tv, no carpet (or vacuum) and my parents never owned a car. We kids went camping with Scouts/Guides - in canvas tents that slept 8 (on waterproof ponchos on the bare ground). We dug our own latrines and figured out how to use them without falling in!!!

My adult kids and their kids just don't believe that we grew up without plastic bags, fast food outlets here, there and everywhere but with neighbours who disciplined any kid that offended regardless of whose kid it was.

We walked to school, the pool, the library, friends homes, church, any where within about three miles or so.

I enjoy my gadgets, my puter especially. Don't have a tv though, or a cell phone. Most places we camp don't have cell phone services anyway.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:05 PM   #12
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This whole discussion reminds me of the meditation retreat I attended a few years ago. To some extent, this experience was all about sensory deprivation. It was deprivation in a good way.

The world seemed so intense and overstimulating when the retreat ended and we returned to the real world.

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Interesting observations. re "old days" vs today... sometimes we see the past thru foggy lenses.... rember... If you got 15k from a set of tires you were doing good. AND when is the last time you had a flat tire? (When I overloaded the truck on a dump run a few years ago... my bad ) It is not necessarily Better or Worse, just different. Apples and Oranges. When we LIKE them, the technology is GREAT. When we get annoyed we dislike them.

Now, all that said, I agree that those dad-burned contraptions kids have today are the ruination of youngsters. Harumph!
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Well, if we are going to talk about the "Good Old Days" I have to post a photo of our family's first "Camper". This was from a 1950 trip across the country - more photos here.

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