At the library at the girls' school.
One of my volunteer jobs is helping their librarian each week. Most of the time she has me shelving books, which I don't mind at all (kinda relaxing to me) but it can become monotonous after awhile. I must say though that after 4 years of working weekly in the library, I have become a whiz at the Dewey decimal system. Need to find a book? Ask ME!
Instead of shelving today we were processing new books. And I got to type the spine labels for all of them on the gigantic electric typewriter.
That was a blast from my past.
My kids don't know how easy they have it.
When I was in high school (Class of '88, thankyouverymuch) I typed ALL of my papers on a typewriter, using lots and lots of white out and correction tape. My parents gave me a word processor when I graduated from high school and that's what I typed most of my college papers on. By my last year of college (let's just say it took me a few more years than four) John and I had purchased a second-hand computer from our friends. It was a smallish machine and the (even smaller) monitor was black and amber. We absolutely didn't have 20-inch full color monitors back then. I remember saving my papers in WordPerfect on a floppy disk (the kind that you had to format before you could use them, and the kind that actually flopped) and printing them on the dot matrix printer that had that weird perforated paper. CRAZY.
Sarah was finishing up a research project last weekend for her tech class. She brought her paper home on her fancy flash drive (we probably have as many of those in our junk drawer as we do pencils) and she was able to add pics from the internet and configure her footnotes in Word with just a few keystrokes. You guys remember typing footnotes on a typewriter? I remember being so exasperated trying to finish up a page and not saving enough room for those stupid footnotes at the bottom and having to re-type the page completely over. (Even thinking about that is just painful!)
Oh, and anyone else remember when the card catalog was a collection of paper cards in a box? Uh-huh. We're dating ourselves, I'm quite sure.
So thankful for technology. We've sure come a long way.
Know what else I think is funny to think back on?
My cool car phone (early 90s) that was in a bag!!!
What makes you laugh when you think about how un-advanced we were back in the day?