15 Old-Fashioned Things I Really Did Before They Were Old-Fashioned
I am presently travelling by bus to a city three hours north, and it is blizzarding. In an effort to occupy myself with something other than the possibility that we will have to pull over and I will end up freezing to death in the arms of strangers who take the bus, I am compiling a list of things that make me feel old.
I suck at self-soothing.
Old-Fashioned Things I Really Did Before They Were Old-Fashioned
- I spoke on a wall-mounted telephone
- with a video store clerk
- about fines I owed on an overdue VHS tape.
- When we lit candles at church during our Christmas concert, we used disposable aluminum ashtrays from McDonald's to catch the wax drippings.
- I took a secretarial course the year after I graduated high school, and
- one of my secretarial exams was to make 100 identical copies on a Gestetner.
- A friend and I climbed trees without any adult supervision whatsoever, and then
- we yelled into each other's ears through tin cans joined by a long piece of string.
- I made blanket forts in the back of a station wagon
- while we were in motion and not wearing seatbelts.
- I spent most of a Saturday afternoon trying to get a solid recording of Katrina & the Waves' "Walking On Sunshine" from CKOM radio with my Radio Shack tape recorder,
- which was the perfect companion piece to Prince's "Little Red Corvette" on the mixtape I was making for my friend, Erin.
- When I became curious about the Falkland Islands, because of something to do with Monty Python I can't quite recall,
- I researched the Falkland Islands in my father's encyclopedias, which were 14 years out of date.
- My favourite part of going to the school library was the sweet, warm smell that rose when I shuffled through the drawers in the card catalogue.
I just realized that this entry describes me as scared and old. I should just tie an onion to my belt and be done with it.