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Title: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: happyg on April 14, 2014, 07:13:17 PM
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: NavyCanDo on April 15, 2014, 12:14:07 AM
My 12-year old seems so smart right now compared to these kids. He plays my old cassettes all the time on the tape player / recorder I gave him. He especially likes my old time radio shows that he often falls to sleep to.  In fact right now he is in his room playing Edgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy. And he can entertain himself for hours with a blank tape he can record his voice and other things on. 
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: SPQR on April 15, 2014, 12:18:58 AM
My 12-year old seems so smart right now compared to these kids. He plays my old cassettes all the time on the tape player / recorder I gave him. He especially likes my old time radio shows that he often falls to sleep to.  In fact right now he is in his room playing Edgar Bergen Charlie McCarthy. And he can entertain himself for hours with a blank tape he can record his voice and other things on.

Its amazing that Amazon and Best Buy still sells them
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: NavyCanDo on April 15, 2014, 12:27:10 AM

Even funnier is the Kids React episode they did on Rotary Phones.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkuirEweZvM
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: alicewonders on April 15, 2014, 12:42:56 AM
Even funnier is the Kids React episode they did on Rotary Phones.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkuirEweZvM

When we had our antique shop, I would get a big kick out of the kids that would come in with their parents and when they would see an old rotary phone, they would ask, "What is that?"  When they heard it was a phone, they would always ask, "How do you dial it?"

We used to have a beautiful old floor model tube radio from the forties sitting up by the counter.  One day, a teen-aged girl came in and was looking at it - walking all around it, really studying it.  Finally she looked up at me and said, "What is that?"

It really does make you feel old.

Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: happyg on April 15, 2014, 12:47:33 AM
Funny!
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: SPQR on April 15, 2014, 12:56:08 AM
If you feel that you are getting old is using floppy discs. Get them near a magnet and kiss all of your data goodbye!

(http://i59.tinypic.com/2v00kqq.jpg)
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: Oceander on April 15, 2014, 07:46:19 AM
Just wait until you try to explain to them what a stick-shift is when they start taking driving lessons.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: EC on April 15, 2014, 07:53:18 AM
Just wait until you try to explain to them what a stick-shift is when they start taking driving lessons.

Gods, tell me about it. Had automatics for 5 years or so, went back to manual last November. Eldest grandson is old enough to start learning properly - he used to move the cars no problem - we are going to need a new gear box by next week at this rate.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: Oceander on April 15, 2014, 07:57:17 AM
Gods, tell me about it. Had automatics for 5 years or so, went back to manual last November. Eldest grandson is old enough to start learning properly - he used to move the cars no problem - we are going to need a new gear box by next week at this rate.


My two favorite parts:  starting off on a hill (going up; down is easy), and downshifting.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: Relic on April 15, 2014, 09:29:01 AM

My two favorite parts:  starting off on a hill (going up; down is easy), and downshifting.

I have a decent amount of experience with a manual. Downshifting isn't a big deal... starting on a hill when someone has crept up within inches of the back of your car... now that still rattles my nerves.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: Oceander on April 15, 2014, 09:40:15 AM
I have a decent amount of experience with a manual. Downshifting isn't a big deal... starting on a hill when someone has crept up within inches of the back of your car... now that still rattles my nerves.


The "fun" part is teaching someone how to do them.  Once you learn how to do them properly they're not that difficult, although it is a little dodgy when you don't have a lot of room behind you on a hill.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: massadvj on April 15, 2014, 09:42:37 AM
Just wait until you try to explain to them what a stick-shift is when they start taking driving lessons.

My daughter is 34 and she never had to deal with a stick shift until I gave her my old Rav4 last year.  She learned how to drive it and now, like me, she'll probably never drive an automatic again.  It's getting harder and harder to find manuals these days, but many manufacturers make 6-speeds that are great fun to drive.  Right now I'm driving a Mazda3 six speed with a 2.5 liter engine.  All I can say is ZOOM ZOOM.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: Oceander on April 15, 2014, 09:51:30 AM
My daughter is 34 and she never had to deal with a stick shift until I gave her my old Rav4 last year.  She learned how to drive it and now, like me, she'll probably never drive an automatic again.  It's getting harder and harder to find manuals these days, but many manufacturers make 6-speeds that are great fun to drive.  Right now I'm driving a Mazda3 six speed with a 2.5 liter engine.  All I can say is ZOOM ZOOM.

if you can find 'em they're fun.  six speeds are fun too, so long as the individual gears aren't too short (i.e., have too short a range of rpms in which they can be used); otherwise you basically still have a 5 speed but with extra work required to get up to that 5th gear.
Title: Re: Watch Kids Try to Figure Out a Walkman. Prepare to Feel Really, Really Old.
Post by: massadvj on April 15, 2014, 10:31:25 AM
if you can find 'em they're fun.  six speeds are fun too, so long as the individual gears aren't too short (i.e., have too short a range of rpms in which they can be used); otherwise you basically still have a 5 speed but with extra work required to get up to that 5th gear.

The six does take some getting used to.  I usually take corners in 3rd gear whereas I used to shift down to second.  I actually like the shorter ratios because I don't find myself between gears as much.  Fifth gear is a really nice cruising gear for two lane highways at 55 mph.  You can take it down as low as 45 without downshifting and you can accelerate to pass very easily in fifth.   Sixth gear is pretty much just an overdrive freeway gear.