Confession time: I still own, and wear, a watch.
Did you clutch your pearls? According to this list of Things That Are Now Obsolete from HuffPo, I am practically stuck in the dark ages, since I still check my wrist, rather than the digital communication thingamajobby permanently grafted onto my hand, to learn the time.
Of course, I also still own and/or use a VCR, paper maps, some encyclopedias, CDs, an address book, and I love bookstores, browsing catalogs, and handwritten letters. I’m a fucking cave-harpy, I guess, but you cannot have my cast iron skillet for all the non-stick/anodized/Teflon cookware in the world.
The watch thing is weird to me, particularly. I’d never thought about it, but last semester several of my students complained that our classroom didn’t have a clock in it, and they couldn’t check their phones (I have rules about phones in class) so they never knew what time it was. I ignored the vaguely insulting idea that they were champing at the bit to get the hell out of our class and asked them why they wouldn’t simply check their watches, and learned that out of 20 students, none of them wore a watch on a regular basis. NONE!
Weird. But whatever. I’m an Old, and I’ll wear my watch and send proper thank-you notes and buy musicals on CD and be happy about it. And the dude will hang on to our VCR and his film camera, and we’ll both cling to the separation of our personal lives from our work lives. TO THE DEATH.
So today’s FFT is a chance for you to proudly claim your Luddite status. Do you abjure synthetic thermal fabrics in favor of wool and silk long undies? Are you a lover of fountain pens? Do you have a collection of cassingles that you love to play on your boombox? Do you, like me, use a yearly planner that is made of, for the love of tiny baby monkeys, paper?
We might be going the way of the dodo, my friends, but we go proudly. What old-tymey gadgets or “technologies” do you prefer?