December Week 3 prompt What Changes Have I Witnessed WOW
As you look back, what are the three most incredible changes you have witnessed? Legacy Story Prompt December Week 3 OK ; I’m not as old as some of you but I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked on copying machines most of my life so I will stick to that subject for now.When I first started working on copiers there was still a few of them around that used pink and white paper that you had to make a copy on one of the papers then transfer onto the other paper. Luckily my boss is the one that took care of those. I took care of the ones that used roll paper and liquid toner. They had a knife that would act like a scissor action at a set length to cut the paper at what every length you had set it at. And it had a squeegee roller that would squeegee the liquid toner off of the paper. Or it was supposed to squeegee it off. Sometimes it would wrap the paper around it instead. That’s when I came into play.Then they got modern and went to dry toner. That was a miracle. No more spills on the carpet while working on the copiers. You just had to vacuum it up instead. These machines was sometimes the size of good sized desk top or larger. They didn’t reduce or enlarge the original’s ; they just made copies ( if you were lucky) By the time I quit working on copiers about eight years ago just before the digital age the copying machines were at least ten times faster ; ten times smaller ; ten times lighter ; they could reduce and enlarge an original and most of them had a zoom capability from 50% to 200% and some of them even went to 400% enlargement. And I believe they was probably as cheap if not cheaper than they were way back when. If you really wanted a fancy copier you could get a copier with a sorter to sort your pages out and staple them together for you. You could even get one that would do color copies too if you had the money for it. Talk about technology. The second thing I have experienced in my life is the legal system. I don’t know if I just notice it more or what , but it seems like the police and the law enforcement officers go in circles catching people just to have judges let them loose again or let them out on parole or out early. Then the cycle starts all over again. I always said if they would make a person that was convicted of a crime do the full length of their punishment and build the necessary jails to house them whether it be fifty years or twenty years or whatever then in fifty or so years we wouldn’t need the jails any more and we could sell them off. That may a little to the extreme but so is crime. I guess the third and most important thing I’ve noticed since I’ve been around is the easy access to porn and obscenity in the world. You can get on the internet or on your cell phone. If you’re poor and all you have is a television you can get it on that. If you’re super poor you can go down the street and get off of a bill board on the side of a street. Advertisements for women’s underwear or men’s underwear . Is it boxers or briefs? Hane’s or Victoria’s Secret ? Leopard Skin or Hot Red with White Lace ? All in the imagination. In the magazines at the grocery store at the check out lane who is have an affair with whom or who got caught with their pants down . I guess it’s called good old freedom of speech. What ever happened to the woodshed out back . My Daddy never had a woodshed out back but my Daddy worked on the oil field pipelines and he had arms like tree trunks. And when swung his size 48 inch belt you knew it .You felt it real good. I think we need to get back to some of the good old days basics
Great stuff Charles. My Dad never needed a woodshed. If we were deserving it he'd make it happen right there in front of the others so everyone knew the consequences of a bad deed. You have a really cool sense of the world and I enjoy your perspective every time. Marry Christmas to you and your wonderful family.
Oh those old copiers! I told various repairmen at different times that "Someday they're going to invent a copy machine that works more than a few days without breaking down." Of course teachers may be the worst abusers of copiers in the world - when you have a lot of different people using the same copier it doesn't get treated very kindly. The legal system has changed radically in my lifetime. Not only what you described about criminals but also the tremendous increase in "personal injury" lawsuits.