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Chutz
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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a question to pose today. It came about from a conversation I was having with a friend of my daughters. We talked about using ultrasound to determine the gender of your unborn child and how accurate it is these days. When I mentioned that there was no such service when I had my kids the friend said, "I can't imagine not knowing! I'd go crazy!" I was a little surprised but then I considered the time when these gals were born and what they are used to having available.

These days there are so many things that are 'everyday' items that when many of us grew up were not either invented or thought of! So my question is to you...what item or service can you not imagine doing without? For many it would be the cell phone. Lots of people just can't imagine life without a computer. Yet some of us consider a TV a luxury since they weren't mass marketed when we were born.

There are very few things that are a "must" for me. But I do have a few that I truly enjoy and they weren't around when I was young. My microwave is surely one! Where it's the best for me is defrosting items for supper. Like today I thawed a beef roast, put it in the oven and it was ready after we finished a long afternoon of outside chores. And the other would likely be air conditioning! No, we don't live in a hot southern state nor in a desert type region but when it gets over 75* I'm down! With the heat pump system on the house I don't worry about overheating. As an aside... I decided to see when heat pumps were invented and put into use and I sure got a surprise! Lord Kelvin (who was the man who came up with absolute zero and hence the Kelvin scale) came up with the theory in 1852. And a gentleman named Peter Ritter von Rittinger built and rant the first one in 1857. Sure took a long time to make it to the housing market. tongue

Back to our question...what modern day service or item can you not imagine living without?
Chutz
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Post Edited (Chutz) : 8/29/2010 11:14:15 PM (GMT-6)


Monty's Mom
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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, I can't pick just one. It is impossible. First is my crock pot. It has 3 different sized crocks for the same base, and I use it constantly. It was the best gift my mother ever gave me, and I think the only one I still own. tongue   Second, air conditioning. We never had that when I was a kid, and I remember when I bought my home I was so happy I had it. Now, I don't think I could be without it either.  Once it is over 78 or the humidity gets going, I wilt if I am out of it too long. Both of our family cars do not have it currently, and I am leaning on the fiance to ditch the ancient truck and get a van with air......Crossing my fingers it works!
Lastly though, I really have to count something my fiance bought me for an early wedding present. Stainless steel cookware and cast iron cookware. He bought me two awesome sets of it, one stainless, one cast iron. The stainless is a waterless cook set, which whistles when it is at the right temp for cooking, and I turn it down, set a timer for 10-30 minutes depending on what it is, and leave it. I can even cook roasts complete with veges, potatoes, and a cake in the dome pot and leave it alone to cook! The cast iron works well for everything, since I have a grill, griddle and pans. I love to cook too, and with these sets it makes it pretty easy, even on bad days.
 
Thanks for asking such a positive question to start off the week!

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   Posted 8/29/2010 11:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, let's see...the very first would probably be indoor plumbing! Then, my microwave (for heating up my neck wrap), followed by my coffee maker!!

As long as I have those three things, I can pretty much manage anything. Good question Chutz!

hugs,
Pam
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grainofsalt
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   Posted 8/30/2010 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I would have to say music playback devices. This would encompass all record turntables, tape players, cd players, and mp3/ipods.

I remember as a kid having a record turn table and a tape player. I remember the record player being mostly used when I was about 5-7 years old, and the tape player being used when I was a little older. I remember finally having my own CD player when I was about 14, so back in 1994 (they had been out for a while, but I don't remember them being common place until the early 90s). Although now days I have CDs through my car, I find it hard to drive sometimes without my Ipod. Its amazing how spoiled I've become, but I remember not to long ago, I did listen to a pink floyd record....and I do mean record, hehe. It was the Final Cut 1983 :)
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Power/Electric...cause 2 yrs ago when the power was out for four day because of hurricane Ike
the heat became unbearable at times...it was 100 degree's before and after Ike hit and in heat like that it's
hard...so power/electric to run the A/C....my choice
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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
what modern day service or item can you not imagine living without?
   Dear Chutz,
 
      When I was little I didnt have vision. My whole life. It never bothered me. The only hard part was I had to keep reminding myself that the people around me, didnt see the way I did.
 
     When I was 21 I was approached by a group of eye surgeons. They wanted to take my "lense" of my eye out and give me a new one. I thought they were crazy. They told me that even though I had permanant nerve damamge and wouldnt be able to see tiny little spots... for the most part could restore my vision. That in fact the technology had been around for decades.
 
     ...after a few months I said yes. I never felt like anything was missing in my life. My vision never bothered me in the slightest. Only hard part all those years was constantly having to remind myself that others didnt see the world as I did.
 
      When the process began they made videos of everything. My office visits, while asking questions about my daily life, how I did things like drawing, and writing. They made copies of my case history except they left out my name. Then they were all set and I was told to go to a surgical center where they video taped my eye surgery. I don't remember any of it. I remember being scared, but that is all.
 
     A week later when I was finally allowed to take the metal protector off for a legenth of time, I could see. I could see better in my "blind eye" than I could with my "good eye".  I was so happy. It was a new world. ..and the new world also made me dizzy and vomit. It would end up taking 2 months before I was used to every day things. I was closely followed through the entire process. Everything was documented, even the embarrassing stuff like stumbling down stairs and struggling to write.
 
     I never had to pay for anything. I just had to agree to let them document everything. Now one of the doctors who helped me when I was 21 is my regular eye surgeon now. I couldnt imagine not having this technology. Though I have lost my vision a few times in both eyes this last year due to "protein build up" & Cells stripping... It is nothing like it was. Even if I loose it tomorrow I will have had nearly 10 years with this wonderful technology. The wonderful thing that let me see details. The shades of green in the trees. How high off the ground I am. The fuzzy hairs on my daughters heads when they wake up. Technology now days is mind boggling. I couldnt imagine being without it.
 
*hugg*
  dani
 
p.s. 2 years ago my eye surgeon met someone just like me. A 28yr old mother in colorado with  3 children. He has only met 2 of "us" his enitre career and he is 52yrs old now. :-)
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JulietteSuzanne
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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Dani-

just...wow! You're story is amazing. You should write a blog about it. Fascinating stuff there!

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   Posted 8/30/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   

 

  ....no I don't think so. It never bothered me or hindered me in my life at all. The only hard part was first 2 months after the surgery. I have had to face really hard challenges in my life and the eye surgery wasnt a challenge at all..

     I was amazed that the technology to make synthetic eye lenses had been around for decades at that point. Even now, my surgeon tells me eye surgery is so advanced it can even fix astigmatism. Come a looong way in a very short amount of time.

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  dani


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White Beard
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   Posted 8/30/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I think I would have to say color TV and AC especially in the car. As a kid growing up we never had AC in the car. Most families only had one car, and most houses only had one bathroom, we got a window Air Conditioner when I was in high shcool it was put in the window in the Kitchen/dining room. My parents got a color TV the year after I went in the service I believe. When I was in high school our family car was a 63 chevy Belair 4 door, and my father let me fix it up a little so I put in rear speakers and an little reverberator unit, ( back then it was cool to have an echo sound with the music) I really wanted to jack up the rear end and take off the muffler and put  on duel exhaust wih glass packs on it, but my parents said no that it was a family car and not a hot rod!  Ah those were the days!
 
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