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1983: Mobile Phones, Fashions,Technology, & #Music #wbw

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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

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1974: Gym Uniforms, Striped Socks, Suede Sneakers, & Bellbottoms #wbw

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Are you looking for my “not-so Wordless Wednesday” post or are you a fellow shutter bug like me, if so then you’ll find it here. 😉 Otherwise, welcome to the newest edition of Way Back Wednesdays.

Memories shared in this weekly segment are generally random. Sometimes I haven’t a clue where it came from other than out of the blue I’m reminded of something, so I roll with the idea in creating a post built around the content swirling in my head and that’s where I find myself today. Let’s flashback to…

This is the year I turned 13. I was in grade 7. I remember owning suede sneakers like these…

and wearing old school striped top tube socks. Did you?

Also, these were the days when the junior high assigned girls official attire for gym class. Ours were blue and white, though. Naturally, we HATED this horrible, totally uncool outfit.

Plus, it didn’t fit right and this was the day of short shorts!

 

This commerical came out a few years later but Nair’s “short shorts” jingle ran through the 70s until the mid-80s (and maybe longer). Ya gotta love those short shorts and pretty legs!

 

I wore low-rise, floppy bellbottom pants that dragged the ground with my daddy’s t-shirts. He never could find a t-shirt when he wanted it and got a bit miffed.  I’m sure my mother considered me a rebel but isn’t that the job of a mother? I know my dress code was not “adult approved”.  I was way too sloppy and nothing at all like the by-gone era of the late 50 and early 60s when my folks went to school.

 

How many of y’all remember getting Sears catalogs? I betcha most of you do, right? I poured hours over it flipping through pages wishing for this and that. What fun!

All of stuff above I remember in passing but the mewsic has a way of staying with me hiding in the recesses of my mind. Sometimes I’ll hear a song from the past sucking back in time and others just pop in uninvited.  Regardless of how the tune gets stirred its always a pleasure. I pulled together a playlist of mewsic that instantly took me way back to 1974. I hope you enjoy!

 

What songs do you remember most from this year? Do you have specific memories tied to these or the ones I shared?

 

 

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. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate. I think a picture tells a open-ended story that can reflect different moods and meanings.  I think that’s what this quote is getting at more than anything. 

2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?  No, I haven’t been along the Pacific coast but I’d love to make that trip and this is on my wish list for someday.  I don’t do “bucket” lists because that implies I don’t have much time.  Tomorrow’s promised to no one,  so it’s important to live in the moment but it’s okay to dream about doing things in the near or distant future.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you? As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward? Which season-season transition bothers you most? Why do you suppose that is?  I think the seasons do change me a bit. I look forward especially to fall after the hot, humid summers and the awaking of the earth after slumbering all winter with the kiss of the sun on my skin. These seasons are refreshing to the soul. I try to find the joy in winter but the short days made shorter by the gray can be hard some times and this is the one thing I love most about summer — the extended daylight with the beautiful cotton candy sunsets.  I think for many it’s a mind-set. No one likes change but I every season is beautiful in its own right, it’s just trying to remember to embrace the moments because one minute it’s here and the next it’s gone!

4. It’s your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having? Do you ever lie about your age? Well…if it’s my birthday then I’d probably ask for Mexican food. I can eat it any day of the week!  I’d go for Burrito Fajitas, Charro Beans, and Green Chile rice from Chuy’s menu.  Mmm, good! Nah, I don’t think I’ve ever lied about my age. I don’t care to tell it.  Maybe, there will come a day when I’ll fudge on it but I feel very good being 55. I do more than most for my age and I tell my oldest daughter who’s 29 that 55 is the new 35 and she’s gaining on me. lol

5. What’s a life lesson you’ve learned recently? That it’s best to pull back when someone doesn’t want to include you in their life.  It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to wring my hands, almost begging “Please let me in your world” when it’s that’s not going happen right now. I never thought this sort of thing possible with my children but I’m living it now and all I can do is trust God to move hearts. I’m here ready for them anytime.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  This is a hectic week. I’ve been busy researching optical centers in town who can get Hoya lenses. I have an eye appointment soon. I currently have Verilux lenses but they aren’t as good as the Hoya lenses. My script from five years I got Hoya and loved them. I hope they didn’t screw them up some how. That’s generally how companies do things that we like and this is an expensive deal. We can’t afford mess ups!  *cross fingers* On top of figuring this out, I found a compromise made on my CC account last week. I immediately canceled the card but during the process two small transactions went through.  Naturally I followed up on these charges but then we got to thinking maybe our information fell prey to that big hack a few months ago, so I spent all day yesterday changing email address and passwords. I still have my work cutout but I have a good start on it.  How has this week been going for you?

 

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 this Friday for the return of Battle of the Bands in the Total Eclipse of the Heart showdown!  X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

 

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Wayback Wednesday Returns!

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Hello again, Kittens & Dawgs! I’m finding my way back to a new bloggy me, so If you’re looking for “not-so Wordless Wednesday“, then here’s where you need to be!

Years ago, I hosted Wayback Wednesday with another blogger. She used this spot to feature a song from a particular year and you know how much I love mewsic, so this was great fun. I incorporated other stuff like This Day in History or other fun trivia. This is one of those posts that sorta fell by the way when I got involved more with photography but I like the idea of sharing things from the past (short or long past) and miss doing this segment, so I’m kicking it off again while kneading in other memes I once participated in regularly.

Let’s go back, waayback to 1971!

When I was little, I remember buying soda from a vending machine such as this vintage dispenser. It wasn’t quite as cheap as this but I do recall when Pepsi and Coke was a quarter. Man, were those drinks cold! I mean icy cold! Did you ever buy soda out of a vending machine like this?

 

 

However by the time I was in the 5th grade (1971), schools had pop (aka soda pop) in cans as seen here. I was more of a Pepsi drinker than a Coke drinker, though. It seems my school had both products side by side. We also could get fountain sodas from a vending machine.

 

You inserted your coins in the slot, a paper cup dropped through the machine filling it with a syrupy mix and carbonation. Sometimes the cup would turn sideways and you had to be quick to fix it or your drink went everywhere! That’s about as scary as it got in my school days, too. 😀 I don’t remember if there was a brand on the vending machine at my school but I nearly always got a cherry soda. I don’t think it was cherry cola,  it was just cherry flavored soda. If I’m remembering correctly, it seemed the vending machine also served hot chocolate and it was steaming hot. We didn’t need any warning to be careful with it, we knew that danger from experience and guess what? No lawsuits filed. 🙂

Here is a playlist of 10 songs from 1971. Feel free to share some of your favorite tunes from this year in comments. Perhaps, I’ll grow my playlist by borrowing from your suggestions. 😉

 

ATTENTION EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS! Did my video playlist show and play in your email?  I’m working on trying to get this to work and welcome suggestions on how to do it.

 

Moving right along, I thought I’d make an honest attempt to rejoin Joyce in her mid-week fun of Q&A and you’re welcome tag along!

1. When you think about your future what do you fear most? Hope for the most?  This sounds silly but I think about growing old and not having anyone to take care of me or my husband. Part of this has to do with realizing the difficulties my father-in-law. Three years ago, my mother-in-law died. We saw a man once motivated by his passions to fix things up slide drastically as a multiple of health problems cropped up.  I never thought about him being old but it’s clear that age has caught up with him and requires a constant live-in caregiver since none of us are close enough to check on him daily.  It’s sad to see our parents revert to being the ones who need caring for when they did so much for us and others. My hopes naturally are for good health as we grow older and for all those I love but more importantly that those I cherish the most have their hearts right with God. Life here is temporary but life after is everlasting.

2. September is National Chicken Month. How often is chicken on the menu at your house? What’s a favorite dish made with chicken? What’s something you’re a ‘chicken’ about doing or trying?  We like chicken but I haven’t made chicken in a long time. One of my favorite ways to prepare chicken is to make chicken tenders. I use chicken breasts, cutting stripes, dredging in flour, and frying lightly.  They reheat excellently in the oven.  Another dish I like to make which was one of our favorites, a spicy cheesy chicken casserole, and it’s been many years since we’ve had it, too. Both of these entrees are high calories so that’s why I haven’t made either in such a long time but I think I shall make of these this fall. I’m a big chicken when it comes to extreme sports. You’d never catch me bungee jumping or sky diving or parasailing or rock climbing.

3. What are three things you don’t own but wish you did? Three things I don’t own. A good, reliable second car for me.  We’ve been a one car family for years. It’s really difficult to run our errands after DH gets off work or on the weekends. A larger house with a nice big yard. This house we long outgrew and with 38 years of marriage under our belts then we have lots of stuff with little place to put it.  I’m thankful we have a house but a bigger one would make life easier. It’s hard to organize when you don’t have any place to put anything. The last thing I’d like to have is a swimming pool. Why not? If we have a bigger house with a bigger yard then a pool would be purrfect! It’s a great way to unwind in the water, plus, its great exercise and easy on the joints.

4. Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Elaborate. If you answered one, which one? A jack of all trades.  My father-in-law is like this and there isn’t anything that he can’t fix or can’t build.  He’s a real thinker. In his younger years, he would study on something and before you know it he knew how to solve the problem.  When he was a boy, I think younger than 10, he wanted a scooter but his parents couldn’t afford to buy one. He grew up in the Depression era.  Anyhow, he built one out of stuff he found around their home or along the road or where ever.  In recent years, he showed us a small wooden tool box that he built when he was a boy. He was very inventive. It takes someone with a good deal of smarts to engineer and construct something practically out of nothing.

5. Ketchup or mustard? On what? Ketchup for my fries and mustard for my hot dog please.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  The hurricane season is cooling temps off here which I really like but I feel for the folks in Houston and now for those in Florida facing one of the strongest hurricanes in years as Irma approaches.  According to the projectile, this latest threat will move across east Tennessee. I’m praying for the relief efforts in Texas and saying prayers that Irma isn’t the big, bad storm that’s predicted. Be prepared. Be safe.

 

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. I hope to see you this Friday with Nikon memories of the US National Cycling Championship here in Knoxville.

XOXO, Cathy

 

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Busy as a bee

iPhone4 capture

The change in season signals this little guy to make ready for winter. Lately, I’m busy as a bee. Mainly it’s because I’m getting ready to spend time with DH in our annual staycation. That means you won’t see me around Blogosphere but I know you won’t mind and maybe you are wishing you can do the same thing. No, not spend time with my DH but with your significant other.

For more WW connections, scroll to the top of my Home page and click on Daily Blog Hops.

I don’t mind being busy and I don’t mind working because I am very happy doing it. You might even find me singing …

 

I had the privilege of doing a product review and I would like to share it with you, here. If you’re in the market for a mini-tablet, then please read this post. Oh yes,  be a dearie and leave a comment. Thanks!

Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining another edition of Wayback Wednesdays. To participate in this no-rule blog hop, simply link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below and have fun visiting anyone or everyone who joins the party!

Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you make it a repeat visit each week to share in my musical memories (new or old) and my photo ops. Wanna make me or someone else happy? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to your little niche in Blogosphere soon!

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Wings of an eagle

iPhone4 capture, Befunky online photo editor. Applied matt edge & copyright.

It’s wonderful to have you be a part of my (not-so) Wordless Wednesday post. While running errands last Sunday, we happened upon this eagle statue at an office complex. I couldn’t resist snapping a shot to share with you. I love it when I just happen upon a photo opportunity.

A different shot with a little photo editing to add drama to my this presentation.

iPhone4 capture. Befunky online photo editor, applied vignette edge & copyright.

Scroll to the top of my Home page for Daily Blog Hops for a list of WW communities.

My photo-art inspired this week’s music expressions with this song.

 

Mommy Time Out and I would like to thank you for joining us for another edition of  Wayback Wednesdays.  To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you’ll make repeat visits to share in my musical memories (new or old) and my photo ops each week. Next stop, your place.

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