topr8 - 10:56 pm on May 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
>>we meaning 50+ somethings
can i take part? i'm 47!
>>They taught penmanship in my school and one teacher actually gave you bad marks in any studies if the penmanship was bad.
you were lucky! in my english prep school (4-13), everything was hand written and in ALL subjects with ALL teachers, you were marked down for bad handwriting or incorrect use of english!
i remember rotary phones very well and was an adult when mobile phones came out, i remember when people had car phones (much more common than a cell phone at the time), they were really big here in the uk, not sure about the usa? i suspect for the next generation, iB is correct and that either by implant or a common device such as glasses (or maybe even something like hair gel) everyone will be connected to the phone/network permanently!
air travel has completely changed ... when i was around 19 i flew to australia, the cost was around £1000 return if i remember rightly ... the price is less today in cash terms let alone inflation over all those years! i can also fly to barcelona (from london) for less than the price of a reasonable restaurant meal. as a child the only foreign travel i had done was sailing to northern france in a yacht (quite a well off and well connected family) ... today i know plenty of kids whose parents are on welfare who have been to spain or greece.
social stuff has changed utterly too ...
as a teenager at my school, every single person in my class was white english and in the whole year there was a smattering of jewish kids, one chineses/asian and one indian/asian boy! my neighbours kid of a similar age has fellow pupils of too many nationalities to list!
as a young adult i could smoke on tube (underground) trains, platforms, bus stations, workplaces, pubs, restaurants and in fact virtually everywhere! that has completely changed!
my mum was born in the second war and is adopted, she was born to an unmarried mother who for whatever reason gave her up at birth, at that time the number of kids given up for adoption was so great that some poor kids spent their childhood in a childrens home because there were not enough people willing to adopt them.
my dad got divorced in the early 60's ... a couple of years later, he was not allowed to remarry (my mum) in a church, and half his family didn't talk to him due to the shame of getting divorced!
... today single parents are commonplace, divorce is so prevalent that a large percentage of kids have a selection of step parents ... and it is almost impossible to adopt kids because the supply is thoroughly outstripped by the demand (so to speak)
professional sport has changed utterly, in my fathers time, football (soccer - the big game here) players were subject to a maximum wage and it wasn't much! when i was a young man they were well paid, but not millionaires. today many of them earn more in a few months than the majority of ordinary people will earn in a lifetime!
... the workplace has changed utterly too, when i was 20, i became 'self employed' ... it was really unusual in those days, nearly everyone worked for a 'firm' or the 'company' ... today freelancers are rife in virtually every field, from plumbers and electricians to all kinds of new professionals and practitioners (including many people here at WebmasterWorld i'm sure)
>>They will still eat BACON - imo
very debatable, given the rise of islam ... certainly in europe!
very OT ... do they teach history any more? i met two young (20 something) american girls today and they didn't even know the date (year) of american independence!