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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?
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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
As a kid I remember my mom doing laundry with a ringer washer. She had no
dryer and all the clothes were hung to dry. I remember her excitement when she
got an automatic washer and dryer.

I remember when there were only 3 TV channels. TV was black and white. As a kid,
I remember watching test patterns on TV waiting for programming to begin. We
had an atenna that was on top of the TV and we had to adjust the "rabitt ears" to
get a decent picture.

Today, I would be lost without my is my encyclopedia, my resource
for just about any info I'm looking for and of course my link to my fibro family.

Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 8/30/2010 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Laproscopic surgery. I've had four surgeries, all lap, and while I'm not too thrilled having 15 scars, they are a whole lot better than what I would have been stuck with in the olden days. I keep requesting that they just install a zipper but I haven't found a taker yet.

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   Posted 8/30/2010 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Boy...some of us are real dinosuars, aren't we...LOL!  I was trying to explain 'party lines' on telephones when I was a kid to one of my sons and he was slack jawed.  You mean you had to wait for some stranger to hang up before you could talk for three hours to someone you just saw ten minutes ago on the school bus?  Oh, don't get me started on 'phones'.  My DIL can sit here and have a conversation with me while texting a hundred words a minute without even looking at her cell phone.

Anyway...I gotta go microwave.  I pulled the door open, the handle flew across the room and I had the hubby in the car to buy a new one before he knew what hit him.  I remember my first was a Litton.  It weighed about a thousand pounds and took up an entire counter top.  It  traveled to a dorm room for four years with one of my sons, then to his first apartment...I think it died about 12 years later.(the latch on the door broke)  Don't even get me started on how long appliances last these days....when my mom died a few years ago she had a fridge in her garage that was purchased when I was in junior high school and it was still running...

'The times, they are a changin'!



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   Posted 8/30/2010 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Running water. I never got it until I was 16 and never took a hot shower until I got married. Man, that is one thing
I can't do without. Even if I have to baby the well in the summer I take one every night. When I was a kid we had
to use a wagon in the summer and a tobaggon in the winter to go to my neighbors house to fill up the old milk
cans with water and then bring them home to use. We also "caught" rainwater to bathe with. Almost forgot.....
toilets!!!!! The outhouse got mighty cold in the winter. yeah

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   Posted 8/30/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeh, I remember party lines on the phone, wringer wash machines, hanging clothes out to dry, black and white t.v. and also days when you could play all day outside and be safe.

Cell phones, I love them. My husband travels, but I never miss a call. My kids live away, but I never miss a call. I wear pants with those little pockets on the leg so my phone is with me where ever I go.


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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Nana Monster I am so with you on the flushable toilets and bathtubs and showers. I think that is probably the main things I could no longer live without. Central Air would be another one and I do love my computer. LOL
Sometimes it really is great to be in the modern age isnt it.
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Dagger, forgive me, but I almost had to laugh when I read your post. I too have had 4 laps (along with some other "minimally invasive" surgeries), and while I initially wouldn't have thought of it as a convenience, your post made me realize what an incredible advance/blessing a lap is. So, I agree!! yeah

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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Robin, it would have to be the computer. I don't like to think of myself as an addict :) but it's a great resource.
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/30/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Boy, this thread is really making me feel old. I remember having a tonsillectomy
in 1957 and a cloth and ether was used as an anesthetic. yeah
Hugs, Robin

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   Posted 8/30/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Me too! Mine would have been in about 1960! And I remember waiting for the tv to "come to life" in the morning, too.

...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed

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   Posted 8/30/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I loved reading everyones responses.  I guess one of mine would be an automatic dishwasher.  I couldn't live without mine.  I hate washing dishes.
Another thing that came to mind was disposable diapers.  My first son was born in 1974 and they were just becoming popular but we could never have been able to afford them back in the 70's.
My husband's cousin worked at a factory called Kendall and when the diapers came off the line without a tab they were rejects so he could bring them home by the cases and I'm talking about a hundred at a time.  My second son came along in 1976 and once again he came through for us.  I never had to buy one disposable diaper but I did have to put a safety pin through them because one tab was always missing.
Once again I counted my blessings!
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   Posted 8/30/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was driving out of the drs. office this afternoon and looking at the traffic, I wondered what we would do without cars. We wouldn't be able to get anywhere. The drs. office was only about 5 or 6 miles from my house, but without a car I couldn't have come close to going there. Diane
Fibromyalgia since 1984, Sjogren's, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Auto-immune eczema, GERD, osteoarthritis, IBS, RLS, sleep apnea

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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My name is Denise and I am an addict, a computer addict that is. Hate when I can't check in on my sites.

checking my checking accounts online is a lifesaver or should I say a money saver, note to self "take away the business debit card from hubby"
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
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 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
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