If you follow my blog from time to time, you know that my son has a curious mind. Sometimes these questions are a bit on the unusual side.
Recently, he had a question that kind of took me back. And made me feel my age.
“Dad,” he asked, “back in the old days, was YouTube only in black and white?”
Ummmmmmmm . . .
I’m not sure which part to answer first.
First of all, the “old days” were waaaaaaaaay back before I was born. The old days to me are back when people rode their dinosaurs to work – you know, back in the 1950’s.
Second of all, I guess it’s safe to say that, Yes, all videos on Youtube were in black and white, at least as far back as the medieval period.
Also, there are a few other things you might not realize. Back in the old days, smart phones had a rotary dial on them.
Also, about the only app you could download for your smartphone was Pong.
GPS was basically printed on paper (I’ll explain what paper is another time) and was supplemented with the phrase similar to “I know where I’m going.”
It often took longer than a minute to cook something in the microwave.
Before laptops, we saddled with resorting to using a device called a “desktop computer.”
It often took longer than five minutes to get “fast food.”
Before we could download or watch whatever we wanted on tv, we had visit a place called a Video Store and actually RENT the movie we wanted to watch. Then, to add insult to injury, we had to REWIND the movie we had just paid to watch.
Before Wal-Mart Supercenters, we had to make do with shopping at a place called Wal-Mart.
Talk about the Dark Ages . . .
And there’s more I’d like to tell him. But one other things is there used to only be PG and R ratings. So before I can reveal some of the really grisly details of growing up in the “old times,” I’ll have to wait until he can at least be allowed to watch a PG-13 movie on his own.