“Daddy, when you are you going to be done talking to your computer?” – this was what my daughter asked me last night when I hosted a meeting with people in Singapore, Sydney, and Hong Kong while I sat in our home in Seattle. And I did this by talking into an invisible microphone somewhere inside my computer. This seems normal enough to me, cuz I do it regularly, but I paused for a minute this morning to think about that. Guess it’s gotta seem kinda funny to my 4 year old.
I remember the first “electronic message” I sent in like 1993 to a girl I liked. It was super-amazing! (though I think the written notes at school were more fun – I wonder if kids do that anymore…doubt it) It was a few years later before the term “e-mail” showed up. Today I spend most of my day sending and receiving e-mails (or so it seems) – it’s significantly less fun now than it was in 1993. I actually asked the Mrs. HTF out on our 2nd official date via e-mail when we kept missing each other on the telephone – nobody had cell phones back then (though I think people had “car phones,” which is a funny term now. Can you imagine a phone that only worked in your car?!). She teases me about that now, though I’m guessing that there are roughly 4 million dates set up every day now with text messaging. I think sending an e-mail back then showed a lot of dedication because it was at least a 10 minute proposition to “log-on” to the dial-up network that made that awesome modem noise, and then each screen took at least a decade to load.
My kids won’t get any of this fun. Of course the list of technology fun they’ll never get to have is really long. My wife showed me an 80s photo of a friend of hers on FB last night where she had a HUGE Walkman strapped to her belt and big foam earphones on her head. People used to JOG like that and listen to 10-12 whole songs WITHOUT SKIPPING. Ouch. Anyway, I think I’ll revisit this topic, cuz I think it’s fun. But I’d love to hear your reminiscing as well – maybe even some fodder for the usually empty HTF mailbag…
As for me I need to get back to talking to the voices in my computer.