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Who knew????Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 5:48 PM
Went to pick up a quick something for dinner and spotted the chicken pot pies. Haven't had one of them for years. I spot them every once in awhile, but don't want to heat the oven for the 45 minutes required, but upon closer examination, whatdyaknow…they're now MICROWAVEABLE!! Who knew? Picked up a couple. Four minutes nuking 'em and I'm ready! Top it off with six Skinny Cows and ya got a meal!
These modern conveniences just keep creeping up on me. Things that our grandchildren take for granted and I'm wondering if they'll ever understand the hardships we once endured…like dialing a rotary phone and hooking nylons to garter belts. I'm worn out at the thought of it.
Coffee cans now have a peel off lid! Who knew??? And, why didn't they think of that 25 years ago when I was using a manual can opener that didn't work properly and poking the uncut lid off with a kitchen knife to release it?
They now make "dustless' chalk!!! Dustless chalk!! How is that possible? And do school kids now go outside with the erasers and aimlessly bang erasers together with no purpose?? Who knew?
And did you know that you can buy pudding now that you barely have to stir and leave it alone for a few minutes and it thickens?? The finished product closely resembles something that the neighbor's dog regurgitated in the yard, but hey, it's FAST in this instant gratification world in which we live.
Children are becoming bored with just plain old books, the standards by which we were raised. They now expect pop-ups, music and everything but lunch to be served up opening the cover! Who knew??
Shoes…now there's a subject. They elevate and improve the elevation of ball players (and wannabe players) by housing little tubes of air in the soles! Plus they blink when the child walks. Who knew!
And cell phones…well, there's another world. I recall being very young (that's a task in itself) and the most futuristic concept around was the phone that allowed you to actually SEE the person on the other end. This was during the era of party lines, during which I also recall banging pots and pans together to force a neighbor off the line so I could make a most urgent call. And the whole neighborhood listened to that most urgent call. The type of ring identified if the call was for us for someone else on our "party line." As I recall, there wasn't much of a "party" atmosphere on those lines! Who knew what would develop just a few years (well, ok..a few decades) later.
I was stopped in the grocery store the other day by a couple from out of town looking for a pay phone! A pay phone…hmmmmm. I recall where there once was one, but try as I might, couldn't recall where there might be one today. In this age of cell phones, who needs a pay phone? And if there was one to be found, do they now have dollar slots instead of nickel, dime, or quarter slots?
Everything is relative apparently. I recall my mother talking about the ice man delivering a chunk of ice for their kitchen ice box, so there is much for which to be grateful.
Any other "who knews" of which we may not be aware?
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