Things we’ll say to our grandkids


In the Oct. Wired magazine they had a small blurb about things we’ll say to our grandkids.  Some of the good ones were:

  • Back in my day, we only needed 140 characters
  • There used to be so much snow up here, you could strap a board to your feet and slide all the way down
  • TV contests gave cash to whoever could store the most data in their head
  • Well, the screens were bigger, but they only showed the movies at certain times of day
  • You used to keep the files on your computer, and you had to go back to the same computer to access them!

I thought it was an interesting topic.  Some more i thought of:

  • Even though they were bigger, our cell phones were only for making calls
  • It seems strange, but new artists didn’t pay us to listen to their music.  In fact, we had to buy the music from them
  • When i was a kid, when we looked at cars we used to think “the bigger the better”
  • People used to think that being tan was cool
  • When kids were born, first of all they didn’t grab a clone for storage but also they had nold_school_cellphoneo way of not only knowing what hair color or muscle mass they kid would have and some patents didn’t even know if they were having a boy or a girl
  • We had these things called “TV channels” and we had to order all the channels or none of them.  We only had a few hundred of them and you couldn’t search for anything on your TV.
  • We used to go to watch the football/baseball game in person. I know it’s crazy but they used to have huge stadiums to watch the game with your own eyes.

What can you think of?

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6 thoughts on “Things we’ll say to our grandkids
  1. This post really caught my attention. I came up with about 20 responses pretty quickly. Here are a few:

    # In my day, health care wasn’t what it is today.
    # We used to regularly replace light bulbs.
    # There were only two main political parties when I started voting.
    # Not many people recycled when I was growing up.

    I posted a bunch more of both what I expect and what I hope for on my blog.


  2. We used to have sexual intercourse in person.

    We were forced to memorize facts in school.

    (I was about to post something about fax machines, but I bet we'll still have to fax stuff to the government for the next 100 years.)

  3. – we used to think nothing about the plastic bags at the grocery store
    – global warming? it was all about acid rain.
    – local food? organic? no one thought about that
    – we used to have long, straight skis
    – we would sit in the “back back” of the car

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