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Remember (if you’re old enough) when there were printed encyclopedias, and tube televisions,
rolodexes and film that went into cameras. If you do remember these things you probably have more aches and pains than you used to
have, your hair has turned gray or many of your follicles have bid Aloha to your scalp. In short, you’re getting really old.
The editors of the AARP magazine have listed some (formerly) every day fixtures that are becoming remnants of our past.
There was a day when schools taught children how to write cursive. Now Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Hawaii have dropped handwriting
as an educational requirement. You can thank smart phones and computers for this one.
those of you who are a bit younger and used to these things, pretty soon you’ll be seeing the last of CD’s, DVD’s, BluRays, thumb
drives, video game discs and their players will be played directly from the Internet.
the way of the dodo and the Studebaker will be land-line home phones. Soon everyone will be talking on mini-computers the size of
cell-phones and your regular telephone will be history. As millions already are.
change will be the elimination (excuse the expression) of toilet paper. Bidets will wash and dry at the touch of a button, eliminating
paper waste, improving sanitation. Pardon my “woosh.”
We still find those five pound
phone books on our front steps once a year, but shortly they will be gone. More trees being saved as our computers take over for printed
books. You remember printed books, don’t you?
Snail mail is rapidly being replaced by electronic
correspondence. The Postal Service will have to retire zillions of those little trucks that deliver mail six days a week to our homes
and businesses. For how to cut back, Google “Pony Express.”
Remember when the glove box
in your car contained all those printed maps. That’s how we got from one place to another. Now a map app gives us directions, drive-time
estimates and tell us exactly were to turn to get to the nearest Starbucks.
Who would have
thought that business desks would soon be gone. More and more companies have eliminated desks, replaced by laptop computers. All the
computer power we need will fit onto our phones.
And with apologies to Thomas Edison, someday
soon the incandescent light bulb will go the way of the 5 cent postage stamp or the 15 cent McDonald’s hamburger.
By the time we reach the year 2020 only 10% of all monetary transactions will be in cash. About 25 percent of the world’s circulating
cash is used for illegal activities. There must be a lot of crooks out there, with cash-choked thick wallets and purses.
And so, old-timer, hold on, there are many changes that you are about to face. You can start getting ready for them right now. Go
to your den and clean out that space where the Encyclopedia Britannica used to be. Gather up all those wires and your land line telephones
and dump them. Get a sparkling new smart phone and join the crowds walking around staring at the screen, tripping over your own feet,
hopeful that you’ll get a text message and officially become a member of the new day. The new day is here right now.