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Apr 14, 2018 22:03 |  #91

This thread is making me feel old. So many of these things are familiar to me, although lots of them were from very early in my life.

The static strap on cars - they are still available. Definitely not used for lightning. The Faraday cage effect of the car's structure is what protects the occupants. Any static buildup in modern vehicles is from the interior fabric.


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Apr 14, 2018 22:18 |  #92

texkam wrote in post #18605900 (external link)
Adjusting the vertical hold.

I remember taking all the tubes out of the TV and testing them at the drug store.




  
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Apr 14, 2018 22:41 |  #93

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I remember taking all the tubes out of the TV and testing them at the drug store.

Oh for sure, I remember doing that!


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Apr 15, 2018 11:11 |  #94

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18607053 (external link)
Oh for sure, I remember doing that!

So do I.




  
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Apr 15, 2018 12:02 as a reply to  @ Jill-of-all-Trades's post |  #95

I was surprised to hear you can get static straps still. So I looked them up on Amazon...

https://www.amazon.com …66&ref=pd_sl_3t​9g8vk6sh_b (external link)


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Apr 16, 2018 18:49 |  #96

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I was surprised to hear you can get static straps still. So I looked them up on Amazon...

https://www.amazon.com …66&ref=pd_sl_3t​9g8vk6sh_b (external link)

All I need are straps & curb feelers and I'm all set! :-)


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Apr 16, 2018 19:09 |  #97

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All I need are straps & curb feelers and I'm all set! :-)

Don't forget the fuzzy dice. :mrgreen:


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Apr 16, 2018 19:25 |  #98

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All I need are straps & curb feelers and I'm all set! :-)

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Apr 16, 2018 19:26 |  #99

Incredible that they are still manufactured :eek:




  
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Apr 16, 2018 19:47 |  #100

Folks restoring old cars still buy those things.

Would be hilarious to see one on a modern car, although lots of people certainly need them!


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Apr 17, 2018 13:29 |  #101

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Folks restoring old cars still buy those things.

Would be hilarious to see one on a modern car, although lots of people certainly need them!

Like me :-(


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Apr 17, 2018 13:49 |  #102

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Like me :-(

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Apr 17, 2018 13:59 |  #103

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Don't forget the fuzzy dice. :mrgreen:

And the necker's knob...

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Apr 17, 2018 14:01 |  #104

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18605723 (external link)
Ok, let's see how many here are old enough to do these tasks...;-)a

I think that young people are capable of doing most of these tasks. . Just because one is not used to doing something does not mean that one would be incapable of doing it.

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Changing the ribbon on a typewriter.

At the office where I work on Thursdays and Fridays, we still had to do that up until 2014. . And back in 2014, the 20 year old "kid" that we had working for us even had to do it when he was using the typewriter!


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Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18605723 (external link)
Paying with a check inside a retail store.

I hate it when people do that! . It is so inconsiderate. . Here where I live, there are still quite a few people who pay with checks at the store. . I mean, like, at least 2 out of every 5 people here still pay with checks.

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Sending a handwritten letter.

I still send, and receive, quite a few handwritten letters. . These days, I probably receive an average of 3 per month and send out an average of 1.5 per month.

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Manually using the choke on your car.

We do that on my Dad's Jeep, which is a 1946 model. . We also use the manual choke on one of the trucks at work.

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Reading a print newspaper.

Practically everybody here in my community still reads a print newspaper, as there is no corresponding online version.

And just this week, two friends from back in Philadelphia texted me photos of articles in their print newspapers that they wanted to share with me. . They actually photographed the newspaper with their cell phone cameras and then attached the resultant photo to a text message. . So even back in the "big city", people are still reading print newspapers.

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Stopping at the gas station to buy a map.

I still do that when road-tripping. It pains me to pay $5 for a state roadmap when there are ways to get them for free, but I don't always remember to email the states I'll be traveling through 3 weeks prior to my trip, so that I can receive a map in the mail. . I try to do this, but sometimes I change my route "on the fly", and end up in states that I hadn't prepared to be in ...... hence the need to pay for a map.

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Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18605723 (external link)
Get full service at a gas station (gas pumped, air & water checked, windshield cleaned).

This still happens. . At least it does in Oregon and New Jersey, two states in which I frequently travel. . But they don't usually check the water because it is too hot to open the cap. . They do, however, usually offer to check the oil, which you didn't mention.

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=Perfectly Frank;18605723Boy, have times changed! I confess, I remember how to do all of these (except the darkroom).
Just for fun, any other obsolete task you can think of?

Times have changed, but not so much as some people seem to think.

Many of the tasks on this list are not "obsolete" because many people still do them regularly.


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Apr 17, 2018 14:10 |  #105

Chet wrote in post #18608633 (external link)
Throw away the polyester leisure suit man.

No, don’t do it! I’ll probably come back into fashion soon.




  
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