Thread Rating:

billryan
billryan
Joined: Nov 2, 2009
  • Threads: 172
  • Posts: 9616
August 8th, 2020 at 9:58:31 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

♪ ♫........................ ♦ ♥ ♠ ♣



Polaroid instant cameras
print the picture out in a few seconds
these babies really rocked the world of amateur photography
my Dad was jumping up and down with joy when he got one of these




Christmas 1965, or possibly 1966. My Dad had this German camera that you had to make multiple adjustments for each picture. I wanted a camera I could actually use. Santa comes and my wish came true. I get a Kodak camera, complete with flash cubes and a case.
In my mind, I'm the man of the hour , getting everyone to pose for pictures and such. Then, my Uncle shows up and gives my sister a Polaroid Swinger. Instead of waiting a week or two to see the photos you take, they come out instantly. I went from hero to zero in a flash as the near-instant photos are the hit of the party.
EvenBob
EvenBob
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
  • Threads: 424
  • Posts: 24199
August 8th, 2020 at 10:56:26 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

[then, my Uncle shows up and gives my sister a Polaroid Swinger.



We had one. Instant pics, but
the quality sucked. A year
later all the color was gone.
But it was instant..
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
AxelWolf
AxelWolf
Joined: Oct 10, 2012
  • Threads: 146
  • Posts: 18249
August 8th, 2020 at 11:27:20 AM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

I definitely was trying to watch the scrambled porn late at night when I was a kid.

Yeah, that's what I was doing. If you flipped the channel back and fourth real quick you could catch a slightly better glimpse of something.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
AxelWolf
AxelWolf
Joined: Oct 10, 2012
  • Threads: 146
  • Posts: 18249
August 8th, 2020 at 11:40:05 AM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

There used to be a Family Video store near me. I could rent DVD's or Blu-Rays for 50 cents or $1. They even had a porn section. They had a video game section too, but that was for gamers who had money. With 20 years of cable TV, I've never rented one movie; but I've rented a couple on iTunes this year.

I'm wondering if the cable companies are gonna go poof when tens of millions of customers cut the cord imminently. What do we watch when the cable company says "no more TV, and internet is going to $200 a month."?

My cable company sucks. Cox has me by the balls because they are the only ones that have super fast internet in my area. They 'force' me to get a cable package since they offer package deals. If you just want internet, it's only a slightly lower price. Last time I checked their competition only offered 10 mbps. They never seem to lower the price they just make the speeds faster and offer more crap like VIOP (not sure who uses that crap nowadays, I have it included but I told them not to bother setting it up)and charge the same price or more.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
EvenBob
EvenBob
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
  • Threads: 424
  • Posts: 24199
August 8th, 2020 at 1:13:14 PM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

There used to be a Family Video store near me. I could rent DVD's or Blu-Rays for 50 cents or $1. They even had a porn section.



Renting porn before the internet
had it. FamVid had a huge selection
and it was always crowded. I
was surprised by the number
of women who rented porn.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
TomG
TomG
Joined: Sep 26, 2010
  • Threads: 13
  • Posts: 2077
August 8th, 2020 at 2:09:22 PM permalink
I loved the old cable box for the TVs without remotes :

ChumpChange
ChumpChange
Joined: Jun 15, 2018
  • Threads: 31
  • Posts: 1278
August 8th, 2020 at 5:45:57 PM permalink
My '80's cable box only had buttons for extra channels above channel 13, and there was probably only a dozen, not 3 dozen. There'd be MTV, Cinemax, and others I forgot or were scrambled. We still had the rotating antenna on the roof, but maybe local cable channels between 2-13 were on the TV remote. With the roof antenna we could pick up Syracuse fine, but Rochester was harder to get; with the cable they both probably came in fine. Now Syracuse comes in on cable in SD still and Rochester comes in in HD. So yes, I was all about Syracuse stations in the 1970's & 1980's. Seems like Sting wrote a song about a TV news anchor in Syracuse in the mid-80's, but nobody outside of the Syracuse viewing area would get that. Still waiting for my Money For Nothing too.

On TV right now: Unemployment Agencies are using mainframes using tapes, and 5" floppies, technologies from the '80s & '90's and they are entirely ill-equipped to handle this Coronavirus depression. Not to mention the call centers are hiring newbies and it takes more than 6 months to learn unemployment law to even comment on these cases over the phone. Need a UBI stat! Illinois had 78 million phone calls to the Unemployment offices, and less than 1% of the calls were even answered! These offices are entirely broken.
Last edited by: ChumpChange on Aug 8, 2020
lilredrooster
lilredrooster
Joined: May 8, 2015
  • Threads: 155
  • Posts: 2982
August 9th, 2020 at 12:39:28 AM permalink
Doctors made house calls

they always carried that little black bag
inside was a stethoscope, a blood pressure device, tongue depressors, a thermometer, and probably some Penicillin and some pain killers

a lot of them drove Buicks - that was the Doctor's car - Cadillacs were too flashy
the top of the line Buick was basically the same as a Caddy - without the flash





🇮 🇰🇳🇪🇼 🇦 🇬🇮🇷🇱 🇫🇷🇴🇲 🇪🇳🇬🇱🇦🇳🇩 🇼🇭🇴 🇨🇦🇱🇱🇪🇩 🇹🇭🇴🇸🇪 🇧🇺🇮🇨🇰🇸 🇦🇳🇩 🇨🇦🇷🇸 🇱🇮🇰🇪 🇮🇹 𝙮𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙠𝙨
Last edited by: lilredrooster on Aug 9, 2020
𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘵: 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵............. ᴍᴀʀᴋ ᴛᴡᴀɪɴ
EvenBob
EvenBob
Joined: Jul 18, 2010
  • Threads: 424
  • Posts: 24199
August 9th, 2020 at 9:42:41 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

Doctors made house calls



In the 50's our doctor always
came to the house. Saw him
many times. It stopped in the
60's and my dad was furious
that he had to go, sick as a
dog, to the doc to get script.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
billryan
billryan
Joined: Nov 2, 2009
  • Threads: 172
  • Posts: 9616
August 9th, 2020 at 3:31:29 PM permalink
This isn't really a remember when story, but it's worth telling and this seems the best place to tell it.
It's 1960ish, and my Father is a Senior NCO in a unit that gets transferred en masse to Japan. He'd get up every morning around 530, supervise his guys doing PT, come home for an hour or so and then head off to "the office".
My Moms Brother was a priest and by coincidence was assigned to an Air Force base pretty close to Camp Zama. Several times a week, he would clear some time in his schedule and come to lunch with my Mom.
Some months go by and my Mom notices her neighbors are getting a bit cold with her and she seems to be on the outs.
My Dad was assigned to a different unit than the neighbors so he wasn't particularly close to them either.
One of my older sisters classmates had a part and everyone was invited except her.
So Mom is not very happy and seeing her unhappy causes my Uncle to try and come over more often. He'd come for lunch, spend the afternoon but would always leave before my father would get home, so the family could have dinner together. My Dad spent a lot of time away from us so it was very important we ate together whenever possible.
So one day he gets called into his Commanding Officers office and to his surprise, two of our neighbors are there. The CO looks at my Dad and says these men just told me something very interesting and I want you to hear it from them. They look at him nervously and explain how they don't want to start any problems but they felt it was their duty to report that my Mom seemed to be having an inappropriate relationship with an Air Force Officer. How the Officer would come over while my Father was at work and would always leave before he would get home. My father simply thanked them and said he would handle it.
It was one of my Fathers favorite stories and he would share it often enough that each of us kids could recite by heart.

  • Jump to: