Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cassette Tapes, Answering Machines and Other Old Things

Today my boys were in awe of all of the technology that we were able to live without, way, way, way (wait for it....) back in the 80s.

It all started when the boys got Wii Just Dance this morning from the Easter Bunny. Charlie really thought the new song, "Pump Up the Jam" was awesome. He asked if he could get that CD. Explaining to him that only really rich people had CDs back then and the rest of us just had tapes, proved to be a difficult endeavor. Having never seen a cassette tape, Charlie wasn't quite sure what I was talking about, so I googled it and showed him a picture. Only then did I remember what a huge pain in the butt it was when the tape in the cassette would come out was next to impossible to put back in, rendering the cassette tape useless. Thank God for CDs!
Later today when we were putting in our Easter call to my elderly grandmother in SD, I said, "If the answering machine comes on, just say 'Happy Easter!'" Ryan looked at me like I was crazy and asked me what in the heck is an answering machine. I had to backtrack to our earlier conversation this morning about cassette tapes. From there I explained that each house had a phone and an answering machine. If someone wasn't home, or just didn't want to answer the phone (no caller ID!) you would have to wait for the beep and leave the person a message. Your voice would be recorded on a cassette tape for people to play when they got home. You couldn't just push a button on the phone to hear your messages, you actually had to push the play button on your answering machine to hear your messages. He thought that was weird.

Now, for your viewing and auditory pleasure, please enjoy the following clip.



  1. Beautiful photos. I'm intrigued by photoshop and would love to learn more about it. Do you know of any good programs?

    Have a wonderful evening!


  2. LOL! Yes, those old tapes are "dinosaurs" now :)
    We still have one to play the little read along tapes from the library, but I wonder how long those will be around? Cute post!


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