Good day, Kittens and Dawgs! Thanks for dropping by this morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s mid-week and I know most of y’all are here looking for my “not-so Wordless Wednesday” contribution. It went live earlier HERE at 12am. After you join my linky party be sure to come back to this post! 😉
In today’s WBW edition, let’s flashback to the year…
I got to thinking about communications on the go this week, since we’re planning to get new iPhones with ours on the unpredictable side due to age. Although, Motorola introduced the first mobile handset in the early 70s. Very few folks had them. In the 80s the handsets became smaller and in 1983, Motorola debuted the first portable units.
Portable phone technology has changed a lot since its introduction but if Apple and Android companies keep it up they’ll soon have phones nearly this big again. LOL When I think of portable, I think of small. Whatever happened to the days when you could slip your mobile phone in your pants’ pocket? I struggle to get my iPhone5s in mine and there’s no way the newest generation iPhone will fit! *smack forehead*
I graduated technical school with an A.S. in Business Data Processing in the spring of this year. I studied programming but didn’t land a job as a programmer. My first job was in computer sales. I wore a gray wool dress suit for my interview – jacket, skirt, and blouse. It looks similar to the first photo except it had two small jacket pockets and the skirt had a slip on the backside. I also recall wearing the other fashions pictured below.
I wore classic pumps and sandel heels. I had a pair of black dress boots, too. Gee, I wish I had those boots today! Anyhwo, I don’t know how you feel but I think women dressed better 30+ years ago than they do today in the workforce and on the go, what do you think?
In keeping with the idea of “portable” technology because we love our computers small and in 1983 this was small.
Look at that hefty price! Today we have faster, smaller computing in the palm of our hands with smartphones and other mobile devices than we had in a portable computers 34 years ago. Can you image having to store data on floppy drives? We would totally freak out! On the upside, we’d have some nice biceps toting this heavy booger around. 😀
If you want to chock a bit on a price tag, Apple (formerly Macintosh) released “Lisa” a desktop computer (pictured below) in ’83. Are you ready for the price? You may want to set down for this… are you sitting? If you’re not, then don’t say I didn’t warn you. The sticker price….$10,000!
Needless to say at $10k this was worse than a fatal computer error as sales flopped due to the high cost of the unit.
The first compact disc player invention announced this year but it didn’t reach the pubic until the following year but Sony one of the front-runners of music on the go kept making Walkman technology more compact.
Speaking of music, how about listening to a few top hits while you read my hodgepodge responses. 😉
Did you have one of the first portable phones, computers, or mewsic player? What did you wear mostly, dresses or slacks? What songs do you remember from 1983?
Next, I’m visiting Joyce for her mid-week Q&A to give you a little insight of the workings of my brain and others. Feel free to play along! 😉
1. What’s something you’d rate a 10/10? Tell us why.
I think I shall give DH a “10”. He’s the best husband in the world! I don’t know why God gave me such a wonderful man but He did and I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world. I know what you’re thinking, she’s dreaming. If I am then don’t wake me up! This 38 year coma is pretty darn nice. 😀
2. What job would you be terrible at? What makes you think so?
Hmm, the list is impossibly long with this question because there are so many jobs requiring a particular set of skills that I am not trained to do or interest me to do or maybe not smart enough to tackle. Somedays, I feel I fail at my job as a mother but then I know every mother feels this way on occasion which needs no explanation. This is one of those days, too. Please keep me in your prayers.
3. When did you last take a fall? What’s something you’re falling for (in a good way) these days?
I think the last time I fell down was in 2013 while unloading the car. Grocery shopping is always a big job and getting everything inside to put away is another big job. I’m like a crazy woman with a mission. I’ll grab some bags race up the few steps leading to our porch then in the house I go. I do this repeatedly until it’s done but on this occasion my toe caught the edge of the step and down I went. Luckily, I caught myself as I fell with my arms bent and my back straight. I could’ve cracked my forehead on the steps but God had His hands upon this idiot. I did feel a bit stiff, so I took it easy after that so to not do it again.
I can’t think of anything I’m falling for other than the first day of fall. This is my favorite season. I love everything fall! So, I’ll be falling for lots of tasty treats and cooler temps!
4. According to the Travel Channel here are some of America’s best fall festivals- National Apple Harvest Festival (near Arendtsville PA, close to Gettysburg), Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus Ohio), Wellfleet Oyster Fest (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe NM). Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed? Which one appeals to you most? Does your hometown have any sort of fall celebration, and if so will you make it a point to attend?
I have not been to any of the festivals listed. I think the Harvest on the Harbor festival most interests me simply because it’s in New England and I’d revisit coastal Maine again.
Knoxville hosts a state fair early September and businesses’ sponsor the Autumnfest and Oktoberfest but these are things we usually do not attend. I don’t like being in a crowd because people will are rude and impatient. They will plow over top you if you let them, so I just try to stay out of situations like that because it’s too stressful.
5. What is your goodbye message to summer?
Dear Days of summer,
Although, you’re not my favorite season. I do feel a little sad by your going away. I tried my best for the first time to not wish my days away while you were around because I’ve come to realize juse how short life is and while living in the moment I still found it hard to not look forward to fall. The things I will miss the most is your seemingly long days and beautiful cotton candy sunset skies and things I won’t miss is your heat and humidity. So, until next time we meet, God willing…farewell!
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Blogging makes me happy for the most part but since my return I think I’m taking things too fast and it’s causing me to rethinking (again) how often I should post. I find I can’t keep up with the comments and return visits like I want while doing other important things. Maybe, it’s just the way this year has spirled with DH’s eye health, kid-related situations, and more. I’m feeling a bit down today and I don’t like it one bit. In God’s hands I send these issues and with Him I place my trust. He is my strength and guide. I will lean on His understanding in all things! I’m sorry for the glum. I’ll be okay…I promise! 😉
That’s all for now. At this time I’m unsure how often I will bring these posts to you but I experimenting with my schedule and trying to find my way back to my older style of blogging. I encourage you to keep from missing a single post to subscribe by email to get notifications of the latest mews from Curious as a Cathy. It was such a pleasure to have your visit and I hope to see you for some Friday fun with skyviews, giggles, and more! X💋X💋, Cathy