Long spiral telephone cords.
There are tons of things that were prevalent for us growing up that our kids today will not understand. And while a lot of it is likened to advancement in technology, it’s still a little sad that the items become so obsolete.
I remember the days of having to hunt for change to make a call from a payphone. Spending time down the shore with my family one summer, and having a bucket of quarters so I could have a long talk with a boy from the corner payphone. Nick saw a payphone some six months ago and I had to explain the concept. You know, that there was a time when everyone didn’t have a phone in their pants’ pocket.
Last week we were having a conversation about what I used to do as a kid. It was a different time back then, and there was a lot of “go outside and play until dinnertime.” It was a time when it was safe to do that. And when parents didn’t have to worry quite as much. I mentioned Atari and Nintendo and got quizzical looks. Luckily Pac-Man is still around, but I’m not sure if Donkey Kong and Space Invaders are. They were some of my favorites. Super Mario Brothers became popular later on and is reasonably available today. Nick plays it sometimes on his DSi and makes fun of how I say Mario. I heard something recently about people from different coasts saying Mario differently. Which would make sense, except, you know, Nick and I live on the same coast.