Author Topic: I remember when barcodes were new  (Read 686 times)

littleman

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Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2018, 12:31:11 AM »
>I sat on the plane with no computer, a massive file of paper and a knife. Nobody was concerned. Nobody asked me to take off my shoes or my belt. The director of the center met me inside security at the gate as I deplaned (did we even call it that yet?).


My father swears that he and his brother boarded a plane in the early 1960s with hunting rifles and no one cared.

>In 20 minutes, I am about to meet with students who have assembled in Michigan to take the 20th anniversary version of a course I have taught every two years since 1998.


Wow!  What is the topic?

Edit: fixed dyslexic moment
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Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2018, 02:29:33 AM »
My father swears that he and his brother boarded a plain in the early 1960s with hunting rifles and no one cared.

Actually, simplytheresa knows someone who within the last year or so boarded a flight with a loaded handgun in her carry-on baggage. She forgot about it and didn't realize it until she arrived and unpacked her bag.

And I can tell you for an absolute fact that in the 1970s, nobody in Vermont would have cared if a boy brought a hunting rifle to school during deer season. In some rural places, it would be as much the norm as the exception.

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Wow!  What is the topic?

We haven't updated the course description in six years, so it still says I have taught the course seven times, but this gives you the rough idea
https://calvin.edu/centers-institutes/meeter-center/paleography-workshop/

And for the record, they did laugh when I mentioned that when I first taught the course, I flew with a knife. Knives are handy, especially when arriving in a place where you might have no other tools or silverware. I really miss being able to fly with a simle pocket knife. It used to be one of the handiest travel accessories.
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Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2018, 03:22:23 AM »
When I was in second grade every boy who was in Cub Scouts wore their uniform to school on the day we had Scout meetings.  Most of us had the Official Cub Scout pocket knife hanging from our belts. Nobody said a word. Nobody ever got stabbed.

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Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2018, 01:19:49 PM »
I remember when air conditioning was the exception not the rule.   It was hot in the summer and it was hard to escape that heat.  The few small businesses that had AC, it was usually just a hopelessly underpowered window unit stuck in the transom over the door.    Everybody just slowed down during the heat of the day.

I can still see my mother on a blistering hot day, standing in front of a floor fan, steam ironing/starching my dad's dress shirts.  The work had to get done.