Disappearing! Gone! Kaput!

Remember (if you’re old enough) when there were printed encyclopedias, and tube televisions, rolodexes and film that went into cameras. If you do remember these things you probably have more aches and pains than you used to have, your hair has turned gray or many of your follicles have bid Aloha to your scalp. In short, you’re getting really old.
The editors of the AARP magazine have listed some (formerly) every day fixtures that are becoming remnants of our past.
There was a day when schools taught children how to write cursive. Now Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Hawaii have dropped handwriting as an educational requirement. You can thank smart phones and computers for this one.
For those of you who are a bit younger and used to these things, pretty soon you’ll be seeing the last of CD’s, DVD’s, BluRays, thumb drives, video game discs and their players will be played directly from the Internet.
Going the way of the dodo and the Studebaker will be land-line home phones. Soon everyone will be talking on mini-computers the size of cell-phones and your regular telephone will be history. As millions already are.
A controversial change will be the elimination (excuse the expression) of toilet paper. Bidets will wash and dry at the touch of a button, eliminating paper waste, improving sanitation. Pardon my “woosh.”
We still find those five pound phone books on our front steps once a year, but shortly they will be gone. More trees being saved as our computers take over for printed books. You remember printed books, don’t you?
Snail mail is rapidly being replaced by electronic correspondence. The Postal Service will have to retire zillions of those little trucks that deliver mail six days a week to our homes and businesses. For how to cut back, Google “Pony Express.”
Remember when the glove box in your car contained all those printed maps. That’s how we got from one place to another. Now a map app gives us directions, drive-time estimates and tell us exactly were to turn to get to the nearest Starbucks.
Who would have thought that business desks would soon be gone. More and more companies have eliminated desks, replaced by laptop computers. All the computer power we need will fit onto our phones.
And with apologies to Thomas Edison, someday soon the incandescent light bulb will go the way of the 5 cent postage stamp or the 15 cent McDonald’s hamburger.
By the time we reach the year 2020 only 10% of all monetary transactions will be in cash. About 25 percent of the world’s circulating cash is used for illegal activities. There must be a lot of crooks out there, with cash-choked thick wallets and purses.
And so, Boomer, hold on, there are many changes that you are about to face. You can start getting ready for them right now. Go to your den and clean out that space where the Encyclopedia Britannica used to be. Gather up all those wires and your land line telephones and dump them. Get a sparkling new smart phone and join the crowds walking around staring at the screen, tripping over your own feet, hopeful that you’ll get a text message and officially become a member of the new day. The new day is here right now.
Ron Cruger
Ron was born in the Bronx, New York. He was raised in Southern California and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii for three decades. He attended Inglewood High School and U.C.L.A.. His youthful goal was to become a major league baseball player. In Hawaii Ron played on a series of championship softball teams. He is an active tennis player. Ron’s career began at the Inglewood Daily News where as a youngster was enrolled in a publisher training program. He served as an advertising salesman, circulation manager, writer and layout and design staffer. He has been a newspaper publisher at the Oregon City Oregon Enterprise Courier, the Beloit Wisconsin Daily News, the Elizabeth, New Jersey Daily Journal and This Week Magazines (Hawaii). Ron lives with his wife, Marilyn, in San Diego, California. His two children, Douglas and Diane also live in the San Diego area. Ron’s interests range far and wide and are reflected in his columns diverse topics.
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