I’m beginning to miss some of the things that have been replaced by new technology.
First: VHS tapes
I love DVDs too but you get one fingerprint or smudge or scratch and you might as well make a clock out of them. Contrary to what we first thought when they came out, DVDs can easily be ruined. The last 3 movies we’ve rented to watch have all locked up during important scenes. And unlike analog videotapes, if a DVD hits a bad point you can’t watch it at all.
Saturday night I wanted to listen to the Auburn-Arkansas football game which was not on tv. The portable am-fm radio that I have (which was digital) stopped working. To Wal-Mart and Target I go to purchase what I thought would be a $5 transistor radio. Uhhh….no.
Wal-Mart’s portable radios start at $29.95 for one that wraps around your arm. Every other choice was a radio/cd player. Target had an old-fashioned portable radio/cassette player for $10 (which I bought). The station I wanted to hear was in Forrest City, Arkansas so a digital tuner radio probably wouldn’t have picked it up. I had to tune it just so and then tweak it every now and then when I changed the direction of how I was standing.
So I do sort of miss the old technology of good transistor radios (the kind I snuck into school to listen to daytime NCAA basketball tournaments) and VHS tapes. Maybe they’re not better than what we have today, but maybe they are.