I was recently reading a book written a while back and it made a reference to calling the time-of-day line. That got me thinking, how many things that used to be a normal part of our everyday life are no longer done?
- Calling the Time-of-Day Line (for those of you too young to know what this is, it was a special phone number you could call to get the exact time when setting clocks, etc.
- Getting up to walk over and answer the phone, then having to stand next to it for the entire conversation because it was mounted on the wall and had a phone cord.
- Kids going to their friend’s house, ringing the doorbell and asking if their friend could come out to play. No one called their friends on the phone to arrange a get-together until they were teens.
- Riding bikes or roller skating without a helmet on.
- Going to the Drive-In (there are a few still in existence, but they are not common)
- Getting up to turn on the TV, then again to change the channel, and then again to adjust the rabbit ears or antenna.
- Reading TV Guide to find out what was on TV that week.
- Getting up on Saturday morning to watch cartoons, because that was the only time they were on TV.
- Carrying a checkbook with you at all times to pay for any items you didn’t have enough cash for….debit cards did not exist.
- Paying all your bills by sitting and writing checks, then sending the payment through the mail. Most young people don’t even order checks anymore, and a lot of them do not carry cash, they use a debit card for everything.
- Do research by going to the library and reading an encyclopedia
- Take your rolls of film to the store to be processed.
- Open up a paper map to look at when planning a journey or to figure out where you are — although paper maps still do exist.
- If not at home and you needed to telephone someone you had to look for a payphone and then have the proper change to put in the phone to use it.
- Pull into a gas station and wait for the attendant to come out and inquire as to how much gas you wanted, and while the gas was pumping the attendant would clean your windshield and check your oil.
- Have CB Radios in cars to communicate with each other — this was a bit of a craze in the late 70’s….my handle was the Gumball.
I’m sure there are more things that I haven’t thought of. What do you remember doing in your everyday life that is no longer done?