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Old 07-06-2016, 05:02 PM   #31
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My Dad lost an arm when he was 19, so had to do an about face with career planning, as being a farmer with one arm back then just wouldn't work. He too was a jack-of-all-trades, and rarely hired anything done, and was quite adept at carpentry.

Our relationship definitely lent definition by me being his "Right Hand Man"
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:47 PM   #32
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"Junior Seniors". Who can calculate without a calculator
You mean, like using the slide rule that's here on my desk, just to confound the young whipper-snappers around me. (wonder where that phrase came from?).

We had scooters made from a roller skate, a 1x4, and an orange crate with a wood scrap for a handle. When the crate broke, we tried skating with only the 1x4. Now they call it skate-boarding!

The first clothes washer I remember had a two-roller wringer, then you hung the clothes on the solar clothes dryer!
AH yes, then there was the Helm's bakery truck with the little whistle, driving through the neighborhood. If I was good, and asked just right, my mom gave me the coins (5 cents, I think) to buy one of those melt-in-your-mouth glazed donuts.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:53 PM   #33
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You mean, like using the slide rule that's here on my desk, just to confound the young whipper-snappers around me. (wonder where that phrase came from?).
From Phrase.org.UK:

" 'Whipper snappers' were known by various names, all of them derived from the habit of young layabouts of hanging around snapping whips to pass the time. Originally these ne'er-do-wells were known simply, and without any great linguistic imagination, as 'whip snappers'. This term merged with an existing 17th century term for street rogues - 'snipper snappers', to become 'whipper snapper'."

And I, too, have a slide rule at my desk but can barely remember how to use it.
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:56 PM   #34
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... so old that I remember when computer memory was little donuts of magnetic material (cores) with wires running through the middle in two directions, one bit per core at a cost of about $1 per bit.

Prices and sizes have dropped by about a "gigga". Best bargain ever...

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Old 07-06-2016, 06:00 PM   #35
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I played with my slide rule from high school a while back. I could do the simple things like multiplication, division, squares, etc, but the more advanced uses have escaped my mind, along with the need to use them.

Fortunately I got to use a TI calculator when I went to college a few years later.

Another thing I have done recently, about a month ago, is to use the manual typewriter I learned on. My mom downsized to an apartment and needed to clear lots of stuff out. Unfortunately it went to Good Will, though not sure they even kept it. My best timing was 63 WPM with no mistakes, and I still type well to this day, at least faster than I can talk.
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... so old that I remember when computer memory was little donuts of magnetic material (cores) with wires running through the middle in two directions, one bit per core at a cost of about $1 per bit.

Prices and sizes have dropped by about a "gigga". Best bargain ever...

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OK, Alan. You win!
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We used carbon paper to make a "copy" of something and used a type of putty to clean our typewriter keys. Still have my Royal manual from high school and my 1st apple, a Macintosh computer. Ink pens were filled with ink from a bottle, Parker was my favorite pen and Bic pens were demonstrated as an arrow to show it's durability. Of course there was Cameron Swayze hawking Timex by strapping it to an outboard motor, takes a licking and keeps ticking. Ever wonder why watches were worn on your left hand vs right, because you had to wind them everyday. Favorite radio stations were WLS in Chicago, KOMA in OKCity, WABC in NYC, WKBW in Buffalo, NY, KDKA in Pittsburgh and some radio station from Mexico, XERS with Wolfman Jack.
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We used carbon paper to make a "copy" of something and used a type of putty to clean our typewriter keys. Still have my Royal manual from high school and my 1st apple, a Macintosh computer. Ink pens were filled with ink from a bottle, Parker was my favorite pen and Bic pens were demonstrated as an arrow to show it's durability. Of course there was Cameron Swayze hawking Timex by strapping it to an outboard motor, takes a licking and keeps ticking. Ever wonder why watches were worn on your left hand vs right, because you had to wind them everyday. Favorite radio stations were WLS in Chicago, KOMA in OKCity, WABC in NYC, WKBW in Buffalo, NY, KDKA in Pittsburgh and some radio station from Mexico, XERS with Wolfman Jack.
Hi: cpaharley2008... First transistor radio I bought was slim enough to slip under my pillow so I could listen to "Cousin Brucey" on WABC NY. He came all the way to London Ontario Canada over the air waves !!! Alf
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That I dialed wall mounted rotary phones with long cords and phone numbers had names such as Liberty or Forest and 4 digits to remember,and phones had shared party lines, while watching black and white 13" tv with aluminum foil on the antenna during the hours from 6 am to midnight only, after which is when the test pattern came on, listening to 45 RPM records or am radio,sometimes picking up radio stations from far away late at night, your mail only had 2 digit zip code and milk was delivered to your door. Your vegetables and fruit were sold in the rear alley by horse drawn vendors who would also sharpen your knives or your reel mower, which had 5 blades and actually cut the grass when pushed. Your streets were cleaned by a man who pushed a cart and broom swept clean and in the evening another man would come around and turn up the street lights which were gas operated. The good ole days......but then Escape Trailers did not exist, only the aluminum ones.
We had 5 numbers from the time I remember my phone number, I remember it but not the last phone number I had before I moved to my current home. The vegetable man had a truck to drive down our alley and before the knife sharpener got his truck he had a push cart. Coal was delivered for heat, the ice man the bread man and the milk man all delivered. Our local A&P was smaller then most convenient stores today and the competition National Tea was on the same block. Memories
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