Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Remember When: Progress

Well, I'm sorry to say I won't have any photos today. I can't seem to get them to upload. I started trying yesterday on two different computers so I don't know what's up.

I've heard that possibly my Internet Explorer is arguing over scripts or something is out of date or some other weird thing. I tried running some diagnostics and updates last night and ended up loosing just about all my settings and I had not Internet, no audio, nothing beyond very basic windows. SCARY. So I did a restore and undid whatever I did but I still can't get my photos into blogger.

So, of course, this has me thinking about progress. I was going to share a photo of my dad when he worked in an appliance store and there are ringer washers and stuff all around him. Mom had one of those and it wore her out to do all that. And of course I was warned over and over not to touch it because it would squish my fingers. New washers are certainly an improvement.

I'd hate to go without my microwave but if I'd never had one I wouldn't know to miss it.

I met a lady in Kingman who didn't have a cell phone, no computer, no microwave, no cable . . . but she stressed that she can still make coffee in a power outage.

How do you feel about progress? Do you think some of the things we now take for granted are time savers or time grabbers?

Memoir Prompts:

How did you mother do the laundry? What about your grandmothers?

Have you ever had to live for a couple of days or more without electricity or plumping?

Have you ever gone wilderness camping?

What are five little bits of kindness you could do this week?

How old were you when you got your first cell phone?

Have you ever ridden in a covered wagon or stagecoach?

How often do you read the newspaper? Have your habits changed over time?


  1. I've been without electricity for about five days when a hurricane blew through. No water either since we had our own pump. We had prepared with filling up the bathtub and gallon jugs of water, food we could cook on a gas grill. We also had a propane tank for cooking. But thank goodness for the generator - we could actually run a fan and the tv at the same time! Everything off for sleeping though since the generator was so noisey. Since hurricanes only come through in the summer when it's hot (even the end of the hurricane season is hot in Florida) sleeping was difficult in the heat and humidity. I sure do appreciate electricity!

    It's funny but my husband was the one always wanting to try the new things. He insisted on getting a microwave. I said I don't need that. Now I wouldn't want to live without it!

    Same with a cell phone. He bought one for me so I could have it in an emergency. It was actually several years before I kept the thing on all the time because I would only use it when I was out. And then by "use" I mean have it on. I didn't really receive or make calls on it. Now I'm totally spoiled.

    So we could actually live without a lot of the stuff we have. And I'm sure we'd actually be better off without some of it. Some are time wasters. But the stuff that makes life a little easier is much appreciated.

    1. It's hard to imagine it either way isn't it? I remember when an apartment building lost its elec for a couple of days and one young woman was most upset about her Internet and a shower.
      I can't imagine hurricanes!!!

  2. It's a double edged sword isn't it--love my computer and all the people I have met online, but it does take me away from other things I might be doing. Remember when people were majoring in "leisure activities" (that's not the exact name, but I can't remember it)-but these people were going to help everyone figure out what to do with all their free time, since work was being so reduced from all the time saving innovations--just made people have to work more-from home, in the car etc.

    1. Free time? I sure don't know what that is. I wonder what those grads are doing now?

  3. I do remember how wringer washer and put rubber diapers through that wringer diapers and explodes and I ruined a couple of shirts
    Did you ever get anything caught in a wringer?or ruined a couple of shirts?
    an article of the wash may
    wrap several times around a roller before it is noticed; unwinding such a
    piece is often difficult, sometimes impossible without removing a roller.

  4. We had a wringer washer we used outside when I was young and I remember getting a finger in the wringer once. Ouch. Sometimes I look around at all the 'technology' and feel a little sad for those too young to enjoy some of 'yesterdays extinctions'. Thanks so much for posting these memory prompts. They are so fun.

  5. I would never give up my microwave or my computer or my cell phone. I admit it. I'm hooked. Sigh.


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