The other day, we were all upstairs when the phone rang. I sent Max to my room to answer it. Evidently, for the first time ever. I heard him say "Hello? Hello?" and then hang up.
The phone rang again but this time I came into the room to see what was up. Max was standing holding the phone with a bewildered look on his face.
"It's not working! I don't know what button to push!!!"
Turns out, he'd just hung up on my friend because he was trying to find the "Talk" button and didn't know what to push. Whoops! It reminded me once again that my kids are growing up in a totally different world from the one of my childhood.
See, I still remember the first time I learned about the Internet. I had heard about it before, but it wasn't until after my Freshman year in college that my brother the computer geek (and malicious blog hacker) explained it to me. We were standing in my Mom's kitchen in Carlsbad. He said, "You'll be able to read things and see pictures and movies from people all over the world." It seemed so...unimaginable. I couldn't quite wrap my brain around it. (Still can't, actually.)
I remember the first time I heard about a "video phone". We were still living on Camino, so I must have been 11 or 12. I was in the kitchen (next to the phone with the REALLY LONG cord) while my dad talked about this implausible invention from the future. I remember picturing someone calling and seeing me in my underwear because I'd inadvertently answered the phone not knowing THEY had a video phone. (I was obviously a little fuzzy on the details.) Now I sit in front of my computer every single day and use the Internet to talk to people face to face. Some right here in Japan, some on the other side of the world.
Sometimes I'm in my underwear and have to leave the video off.
The McQuinn family were the first (and only for quite a few years) people I knew with a car phone. It was large, and clunky, and extraordinarily expensive to make a call on it. Like, way more than regular long distance. (Which then was extraordinarily expensive and paid for by-the-minute.) The lucky car bestowed with such an awe-inspiring status symbol? A white convertible with faux-wood panelling.
Brandon the geek also introduced me to another new-fangled invention. He told me he had a program called "GPS" on his (awesome!) new Palm Pilot that could tell me where, exactly, I was in the world. Incredulously, I pushed a button on the screen and a window opened that said "You are here!" followed by a big, black X. Very funny, computer geeks of the world. (GPS wasn't available to the general public at the time.)
In elementary school, we used our in-class computers solely for playing "Oregon Trail". (rocked that game.)
In middle school, I listened to mix tapes on my Walk-man but listened to my collection of 5 C.D.'s on my very bulky new "Two Tape Decks plus C.D. Player" at home.
In High School; I upgraded to a Disc-Man, took "keyboarding" and learned to type on a fancy electric type writer, and used our home computer to play "Mine Sweeper".
I didn't get my first e-mail account until my Freshman year of college (ahh, Emzer@Juno.com! I thought "forwards" were so funny and clever back then!) and didn't get my first little Nokia cell phone until two years after that. (It had that Snake game on it where you tried not to run into your ever-lengthening tail. Used to play it on the bus ride back to Provo from UVSC.)
I started my blog shortly after having a couple of teenagers at church explain to me what a blog was. That was in 2005. One of the girls, Connie, had a shirt that said "I'm blogging this." I want that shirt.
Those were the days! So tell me: What are your fondest technology memories? Leave a comment or do this Meme on your blog and then comment with the link!
What kind of phone did you grow up with in your house?
What is your first memory of the Internet?
--What was one of the first sites you remember visiting?
Do you remember the first time you heard about cell phones/car phones/or "video" phones?
Have you ever owned a tape deck? Boom Box?
Did you own a Walk-Man?
What was the first C.D. you owned or purchased?
--What did you play it on?
How old were you when you got your first cell phone?
How old were you when you got your first e-mail account?
Do you blog? If so, how old were you when you started?
Do you Skype?
--Ever called anyone in Japan???
What's your craziest technology related memory?