“Insert Reward Card.”
“Pay here or inside?”
“Debit or credit?”
“Enter zip code.”
Enters zip code.
“Scan your retina and sacrifice a pigeon at the gas pump.”
Okay, so the gas station pump at which I was filling up my car didn’t ask me to lay a sacrifice at its altar.
But it asked me everything else up until then!
Remember when you just used to swipe your credit card at the pump and you were all set? I do. This got me thinking about other things I used to do that are now, or are becoming, obsolete.
- Going shoe shopping at a shoe store. Once upon a time there were these shoe stores. You browsed, picked up a shoe you were interested in, and then a salesperson actually asked you to sit down while she fetched the shoe from the back. Then she would help you try on the shoe. GASP. How different is this from the way shoe shopping is now, rummaging through boxes on a messy shelf looking for your size?
- Listening to CDs. I guess young people don’t buy CDs anymore and Best Buy stores have stopped selling them. I tried to be like them and listen to music on my phone and via Bluetooth in my car. But the set up (for me at least) was cumbersome. I had to know what I wanted to listen to, fire it up on my phone, and then press different buttons to set up my car stereo to Bluetooth all before I started driving. Meanwhile, all I have to do to listen to a CD is press play.
- Flipping through magazines. I love magazines! I love getting them in the mail and relaxing while reading them. If I find something interesting on one of the pages, I rip it out and set it aside. I can’t do that with a digital copy.
- Hanging up the phone. Somehow pressing the red button on my phone is nowhere near as satisfying as putting the phone headset back in its cradle. Remember if you were mad then you could slam it down?! I’m laughing thinking of angry people pushing the End Call button on their phone with fury.
What about you? What do you think is obsolete or going by the wayside that you still like?