I have decided to talk about the many things I miss about the 70s here and my first topic is.... The Telephone.
I was born in 1965
so when we moved to Memphis
in the 70s, I recall you had to wait for the telephone company to send a man out and install your phone. It usually
came in one of those wonderful 70s colors: orange, green, brown, or yellow. And
these phones were made to last. I even have one today that works like a charm.
No dropped calls, no breakups and always sounds loud and clear. Sure, you have
to stand near where it is plugged in but... is that really a bad thing? It
forces you to focus on the conversation and then get off the phone to do
something else. I don't find multitasking a smart concept or a recipe for accuracy. Things slowly began to change as doctors/attorneys
had beepers and the first huge cell phones. This was a great idea, they had
jobs that required immediate attention and had real emergencies. the rest of
us? not so much. With each new invention, every few months... we run out to buy
what we are told we need. Each new device offers more multitasking. I have
asked myself and wonder if anyone else has asked: Do I really need all this? Somehow, the human connected to the electronic
appendage is always more important than the ones around us. What the hell is
being discussed?? What is so important that we need these things 24/7? My least
favorite head scratcher is being forced to listen to someone talk out loud to
no one! The disrespect of having to hear their opinions, personal business
while I am in line at some public place. I realize the generation growing up
with all these gadgets doesn't think twice about it but where does this end? I
miss a drive in the car where I had silence, time to reflect... listen to the
radio or spend time catching up with another human I might be traveling with. In
the 70s when you were in the car, away from home or the office, you were UNAVAILABLE.
That's what I miss
about the 70s.