Architect, I. M. Pei, has passed at age 102 Noted for designing such iconic buildings as Roosevelt Field Mall (Garden City, NY), Cathedral Square of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (Providence, RI), the Green Building at MIT, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornel University, Dallas City Hall (Dallas, TX), John F. Kennedy Library (Boston, Massachusetts), Texas Commerce Bank Tower (Houston, TX), Fountain Place (the rocket ship shaped building in Dallas, TX), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX), the Louvre Pyramid (the less said about this one, the better ), Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH), Peoples Republic of China Embassy in Washington, D. C. and the Macau Science Center
What items from your childhood are no longer in use, available; and would probably baffle and befuddle todays kids?
broken records (or even unbroken ones)
the little plastic insert that went into the big hole of a 45 RPM record so that you could play it on your record player without having to hunt down the adapter
S&H Green Stamps (the S&H stood for Sperry and Hutchinson)
no seat belts in cars and NO digital interface on the dash
land line telephones; and, only one per household, located in a niche in the main hallway with an extremely long (25 foot or longer) coiled chord connecting the receiver to the phone
the cashier counting out your change at the check-out stand, instead of handing it to you in one fell swoop with the receipt
driving your automobile into a service station, running over the rubber hose that sounded the alert bell, waiting in your car while the attendant filled up your gas tank, checked your oil and cleaned your windshield
A clearly inebriated woman, stark naked, jumped into a taxi in New York City. The taxi driver, an old Jewish gentleman, opened his eyes wide and stared at the woman, but making an attempt to start the cab.
The woman glared back at him and said: "What's wrong with you honey, have you never seen a naked woman before?"
The old Jewish driver slowly answered with a heavy Jiddish accent: "Let me tell you sumsing, lady, I vasn't staring at you like you tink. Dat vould not be proper."
The woman giggled and responded: "Well if you're not staring at my boobs or my butt, sweetie, what are you doing then?"
He paused a moment, then told her, "vell..... M'am, I am looking, and I am looking, and I am tinking to myself, vair in da hell is dis lady keeping da money to pay for dis ride?"