Friday, January 21, 2011
Flashback Friday # 22 ~ Technology in Jim's early life
Linda's questions and then my answers: (you will note that some of these I did not answer as they did not apply to my family situation--they may apply to you)
What new inventions or technology came out when you were growing up that you remember being amazed at?
Two that come quickly to my mind are TV and automatic transmissions.
Were your parents "early adopters"--did they get the "latest and greatest" pretty quickly or did they stick with the "tried and true"?
My parents were poor; Dad share cropped from Grandpa on halves. It was a good thing that Grandpa was a very generous man as he helped us in many ways.
The answer to the question is NO. Mostly because we were too poor. Besides we could go to Grandpa and Grandma's to watch TV. And we had a perfectly good radio.
What are some things that you remember being a big deal when your family got them? (These may be items like stereos or kitchen equipment or bigger things such as carpet.)
It was a new kitchen electric cooking stove Dad ordered for Mom from the Sears catalog. This stove even had a 'deep cooker' which operated much like a crock pot.
My sister and I had a bicycle, one girl's for us to share, at an early age. Dad ordered it fromthe Sears catalog too.
My cousins had record players but we didn't. We enjoyed listening to records with the cousins at various times.
Were your folks prone to updating their furniture periodically or did they keep their old furniture forever?
Mom and Dad took very good care of their furniture and would keep the living room looking especially nice for company.
How was the way they were raised impact the way you were raised? And how did your upbringing influence the way you are today?
In my adult life I suppose I would be classified as being somewhat tight with my spending.
In our married life Mrs. Jim and I have never bought a new car. Every car we have had was previously owned. Most of the time we purchased from an older lady who had put very few miles on their cars.
We watch the ads for grocery bargains, buy used items, keep our personal property in good shape, and in general spend wisely.
Our travel budget is fairly large as we enjoy splurging going to places we have never seen before. When our money is gone, soon perhaps with the economy as it is and us on a fixed income, we are sure that the kids will pass the hat to keep us from starving or living on the streets. That or take us in.
Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)
Thanks for your nice comments at bekahcubed. I'd never really driven much on Highway 30 until I moved up here to Columbus--before that, I did most of my in-state traveling North-South rather than East-West. But it is a nice road for commuting on. It's fast enough to get from place to place in a timely manner--but with more "scope for the imagination" than I-80 (that barren wasteland of flat nothingness!)
I remember when LOTS of our things came from the Sears catalog--sadly this is no longer the case. We still swear by their lawn mowers and washing machines though.
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