QOTW – 2011/06/13

A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I used to do a Question of the Week. After about six years of it, participation really dropped off and I decided to give it a rest. But lately, I’ve been wanting to inspire more back-and-forth conversation here… so I think I’ll stick my toes back into the water of the meme-pool.

So the Question of the Week is… What is one modern-day convenience you did not have as a child that was easy to live without?

15 Comments

  1. Well, we had a TV, but it didn’t get many channels. Other than Dr. Who and The Twilight Zone (both on the local PBS station) I really only watched TV over the summer when staying with my grandparents. It was silly easy to live without it. After all, I had books!

    Of course, 30 years ago, we didn’t have cell phones. I can’t imagine why I would have needed one as a child. If your parents couldn’t find you, they yelled out of the house until you came home. And if you didn’t come home when they yelled, you damn well better be dying in a ditch somewhere! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • When we moved to Germany I picked up reading. We lived off base for a year and a half and the German kids didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak German. So there was this level of frustration that we all reached when it was better to just go inside and get a book.

      When we moved on base there were always kids to play with, even if they weren’t my friends. As a kid I loved being outside, climbing trees was my favorite. And I knew, if the street lights came on I had better get home.

      I think I got to be a couch potato when we moved back to the states. I was a grumpy 13-year-old. Alabama was hot. I didn’t like most of the kids my age who lived on my street and all my school friends lived off base. Summers were good because I could check out a ton of books from the library and I would stay up all night long reading and then sleep until noon. Just too hot to go outside until it got dark.

  2. terry

    Whew, I guess you can’t miss what you didn’t have:
    Cable
    Cellphones
    Microwaves
    AC

    Didn’t watch TV since I was sent outside after breakfast, lunch was a peanut butter sandwich and water out of the hose and I didn’t come in till the street lights came on or the neighbors yelled at me to go home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I honestly can’t think of anything. We had cable, so I can’t even cross that out. Well, okay, we didn’t have cable for the four years we lived in Germany. We only had the one American channel and the German channels, so I guess I can say that cable would be the only thing that I could not live without.

    I have been thinking about this a lot lately. How did I handle an emergency without a cell phone? Did I really write letters and pay postage on a weekly basis (being an Army brat, I had a lot of friends around the country)? How did I get on without knowing exactly where everybody was at any given time due to FourSquare or Facebook check in?!

    When I visit my parents and have to deal with their slow, albeit DLS, internet connection I get quite impatient. I need to know what’s going on in the world. I need to know that I am still able to communicate with people who are not directly beside me.

    Funny thing is…I don’t like talking on the phone. I have a hard time hearing people when I talk on cell phones (always have through my crappy free phone to my LG Ally). But I’ll be damned if I don’t “need” it, just in case.

  4. m9m

    Believe it or not, there was a time when humans did not have to “hydrate” every minute of the day and mankind was seen walking around all day without being tethered to a water bottle.
    I also remember the very first mall that was built in Baltimore. We didn’t know we needed one. It was far away so we ignored it.

  5. becca

    I’d say my cell phone and cable tv. I’m still not really much of a phone person (I have the smallest plan and never come near using up all my minutes, I just don’t use it that much). Cable tv? Well, that was probably good that I didn’t have it when I was younger. I don’t watch much tv now, and we don’t have cable. We tend to watch maybe 45 minutes or so of tv a day (Dr. Who on Netflix, right now). Every once in a while I think it would be nice to get cable, but I can’t imagine how my viewing habits might change as a result. I think I’d watch a lot more tv.

  6. Everyone else has said all of my immediate answers! Digging deep down, I’d have to say a car up until the age of 16. My Mom worked and we had a one-car family, so I walked everywhere or took a bus when I got older. To school, to the store, to the mall, to friends houses. In Atlanta.

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