We are well into January with a new year ahead of us. I still have difficulty writing the new year's date -- 2018. It will take me a few weeks to remember 2017 is in the past. I don't write as many checks (due to the use of debit cards) so it may take me even a little longer than it once did. I can't blame it on age, I have always had trouble with change as we go from one year to the next.
It seems like just a short time ago when we were all worried about the Y2K bug when we left 1999 to go into the year 2000. Thank goodness we did not seem to have any major problems. I did not worry much about it. I decided early on the people who are smart enough to develop all of the technology would be smart enough to fix any problems that might arise. I have always been told not to worry about things you cannot change. I certainly do not have the technology ability to fix or change anything.
Technology moves at a faster pace than I can comprehend.
Each new year I wonder when we will all be riding in a car that drives all by itself. It might prove to be safer. I have never had an electric vehicle but I know they are out there and supposedly can go much longer distances than the early ones. Recently we were in a large parking lot in the city we were visiting and I looked at a row of parking spots with plug-in receptacles and wondered for a moment what the outlets were for. Then I realized they were for electric vehicles to recharge.
I have seen the self-parking cars advertised. I really need to look into getting one of those. I have never been good at parallel parking. I will drive around the block many times looking for a parking place to pull into. My dad tried to teach me the art of parallel parking but I was a poor student.
We adapt to the changes of daily life and it is difficult to remember how things were before.
I know we bought our first air conditioner in 1970. Even though I had lived 20 years without air conditioning it has become a necessity of life as far as I am concerned. It is hard to remember life without it. Air conditioning would be the last thing I would give up if I had a choice.
Some time in the 1950s color television came along. Color did not come to our home until the 1970s. Today we have color televisions of every size in every room in our homes. We don't even have to get up to change the channels thanks to the remote controls. Can you imagine going back to black and white, 19" televisions with three channels and being happy?
I remember when digital cameras came along in the late 1980s or early 1990s. The results were not as good as the 35mm film. I thought digital cameras would be short-lived but I was wrong again. The cameras continued to improve and who would want to go back? Many of the cell phones today take excellent pictures.
Speaking of cell phones. Does anyone remember the first bag phones with a pull out antenna? Mobile phones have come a long way. Today, we can just speak to the phone and it will answer questions or connect you to the person you want to talk to. We can talk on it, send messages, get information, get directions, take pictures, play games, record a video or even watch a movie. We have the world of information at our fingertips.
The children of today think the 1950s and 1960s (my growing up years) are the old days. I suppose they are right because most of the things we grew up with are obsolete and on display in museums. I am sure they think of the days of no electricity as being the dark ages.
I started trying to think of one thing that has not changed over the last 50+ years. Naturally, I Googled my question and the number one item listed that has not changed in a half century is the flush toilet. Okay, there it is.
The item I came up with in my mind was the pencil. I decided the type of pencil I used in my first years of grade school is the same as the pencils used today. I know there are retractable pencils and other grades of pencils but I am talking about a number 2 yellow lead pencil. I think it might be the same after all these years.
My final observation is very few things have not changed through the years.