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Old 03-19-2013, 12:40 AM   #21
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When we moved from Texas to Georgia I notice we had the same milkman. I asked DW about this and she said he had a big route and gave really good service.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:52 AM   #22
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When we moved from Texas to Georgia I notice we had the same milkman. I asked DW about this and she said he had a big route and gave really good service.
Hmmm... Didn't the milk turn sour by the time he reached your place?
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:14 AM   #23
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Hmmm... Didn't the milk turn sour by the time he reached your place?
Hmmm, I dunno......I didn't even drink milk. DW said we needed it for the kids.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:01 AM   #24
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When we moved from Texas to Georgia I notice we had the same milkman. I asked DW about this and she said he had a big route and gave really good service.
Same guy, huh? Must have been great service! How many kids did you say your wife has?
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Not true. A ton of mainframe code - which is still the backbone of many large companies - run it, it works, and the original programmers are retiring at an increasing rate. There is still a demand for the skills. Even to covert it to another language requires understanding how it works.
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I remember learning it at University as part of my finance major. Never used it in the real world.
It was such a pain having to punch holes on the cards, only to have the computer spit out a huge report with all my errors. That put me off computer programming for good
Punch cards may be out but COBOL is still running the world.
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I would beg to differ about the station wagon.... look at the Honda Venza and a few other whatever they are called now.... that is a station wagon if I ever saw one.... just raising it up a bit does not change what it is...
I was kind of surprised myself when we registered our new Toyota Prius V that is classified as a "Station Wagon". Also, if I'm not mistaken, when we owned a Chevy Surburban it was classified a station wagon. Those are still made and wonder how they are classified in todays market. Maybe "large station wagon".
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omni, one or two grocery stores I frequent still ask "paper or plastic"? I would prefer to see plastic grocery bags go by the wayside. Lots of stores are promoting the BYOB (bring your own bag).
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In the town nearest to where DW and I will be retiring, the ONLY theater is of the drive-in type. As long at it is not too cold or rainy, it is actually pretty nice to attend a movie there! It is usually first-run stuff. You can bring your own food and the non-driver can enjoy a refreshing adult beverage.
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Typewriters are still useful for government forms and are in use around the world in 2nd/3rd world countries. Not likely to go out of use for another couple of decades.
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Hey! I use one almost every day. Most craft beers are not twist-off, and my home-brew is bottled in capped bottles (though I'm putting more and more of it in 'mini-kegs' that fit in a standard non-converted fridge).

I even use the pointy end from time to time for some canned things.


edit/add: Separate from above, but I actually hate the word 'obsolete' as it is too broad-brush to be useful, IMO. There are two very different forms of obsolete - one where the item has fallen out of fashion, or has been commonly replaced by something more cost effective or easier or 'modern', but the item itself is still usable. A slide rule still works, if you know how to use it.

The second form is where the item really can no longer be used in any practical sense. An analog cell phone for example - when the systems went digital and switched off the analog network, the analog phone is what I would call truly obsolete - it really cannot be used as a phone anymore.

I wish that two different words were used for these. Why do we have so many synonyms (yet no synonym for the word 'synonym?), and still so many words with multiple meanings? I thought maybe Esperanto would be better at this, since it was designed to have more regular rules, but I was disappointed to learn that the Esperanto word for 'palindrome' was not spelled the same forwards and backwards - that would have made it easier to remember.


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Cursive writing. (It's not being taught in school any more).
This saddens me.

I was looking at my dad's physics notebook from yesterday. It was from 1942. His writing was astoundingly beautiful. I'm ashamed by my terrible cursive. Even in the 70's cursive was going away as home typewriters became reality.

So, when we read old American documents, we chuckle at the "f" shapes used for "long s" ("congrefs").

Your grandchildren won't chuckle at a few minor changes in cursive usage. They will be bewildered and will just see chicken scratch.
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Wood splitting guns. Maybe my dad just liked things that go boom, but it was great entertainment pounding a closed end cylinder packed with black powder and newspaper wadding into the end of a log, joking about the length of fuse to use, and walking to the chosen "safe" spot to wait for the explosion.
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Similar thread from last Fall FWIW... What products/services are already obsolete to you NOW?
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