It was their favourite gift and they still love them, and use them every day.
Recently they've got into playing 'spy games' so last weekend I handed over all our other old gadgets for their toy boxes.
They now enhance their games with my old Motorola Razr flip-phone, Y's tiny silver Nokia, a hand-held voice recorder and my high school scientific calculator (which is still a good calculator!).
|"What is this, a phone for ants?"|
|Hello, old friend|
|State of the art!|
|Circa 1986. Note my restraint not making|
it say HELLO or BOOBS
Oh, and Y's first mobile phone, the massive and heavy Philips Fizz.
|Ha ha ha ha ha!|
The phones are their favourites, and they were mystified by the voice recorder and the portable tape deck. The voice recorder was purchased years ago while I was doing a teaching course, to record interviews and record myself teaching classes.
"How does it work?" asked the kids as I handed it to them.
"Easy," I said. You open it here, see, and load in a blank cassette..."
"What's a cassette?"
"Uh... you know, those plastic things that they used in the old days to play music?" They looked at me blankly and I realised they've probably never seen one. "Never mind."
So I went on the hunt for some blank cassettes, so they could record things.
Not too long ago (I think), you could still get them at supermarkets. No longer. JB Hi Fi don't seem to have them. An online search brings up a few online stores that sell them, but nothing else. Then the other day, I dropped into our local Quickie Mart for milk and found some very dusty TDK 90 minute cassettes on the hardware shelf. Who would have guessed twenty years ago, that you would eventually be able to buy the coveted TDK 90-minute cassette tapes for $2.90 each?
Do you still use any of these old gadgets?