Back When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth


Take away all the pre-packaged convenience foods out of your pantry.

I don’t know what the preacher was talking about yesterday because I was in a zone, as usual, fantasizing about designs. I’ve been helping my sister with ideas for her new photoblog which she’ll be using to showcase the jewelry, soaps and other body products she makes and sells, and also pondering new ideas for my own site. FYI–lots of cool designs here. But this caught my attention. What, no chips???

In fact, take away everything but some dried beans and flour. Then take away the refrigerator. Take away the dishwasher, the microwave and the oven, too. Take away the television and DVD player and the computers. Get rid of everything but your oldest dress. Forget about your vacuum cleaner and your hair dryer, and move the nearest hospital twenty miles further away and put a midwife in it instead of a doctor. In fact, just take away your cars and your house, too, and put whatever you’ve got left in a cabin you built yourself.

I don’t know what he said after all of this either, but it made me think of how inconvenienced I feel at the moment because my husband’s car is in the shop for a few days and we are sharing a car. He has to come home early from work today to pick up the kids from school since I don’t have a car. I get irritated when my cable goes out for a few minutes!

Whenever I talk to my children about my childhood, they are STUNNED that we only had about five TV channels and no internet! Not even a computer *without* internet! No computer at all! (Horrors!) We didn’t even have a VCR and tapes. All the things we have now are just amazing. It’s also amazing how easy it is to FORGET we have all these things! (Until someone takes your car away!) And no wonder my children ask me sometimes if we even HAD television when I was a kid! My childhood sounds so primitive to them. Like I must have lived in a cave and ridden a dinosaur to school.

Makes me wonder what we’ll have in the next twenty years…… If I had to pick one invention that I’d like to see, it would be a magic weight loss pill! And hey, it could happen! We have internet now and if you’d told me about that twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to imagine it. What would be tops on your list?


  1. mary beth says:

    I wonder where he was going with that sermon. Hmmm.
    The magic weight loss pill would be awesome. So would a teleporter. Say you were going to Austin from Wichita Falls on a Friday afternoon. With a teleporter, the five hour trip would not become a 6.5 hour trip due to massive bumper to bumper traffic on I-35.

  2. Jill says:

    I could get behind the magic weight loss pill!

  3. Caro says:

    I think the magic weight loss pill will be the top on most people’s list — though I’d like a way to send a hologram off to the office so I could stay home and write. πŸ˜€

    And you’re right about not being able to imagine the internet twenty years ago — thirty years ago, my dad, who was a programmer, brought home this ugly box which was one of the first “home computers” and informed us that this was ‘not a toy’, but a tool that would be very important and useful to people. He then set about programming a game.
    I did not realize I was witnessing the birth of a revolution.

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who spends the homily zoning off into another place. I often try to solve plot problems during ours.

  4. Cheyenne McCray says:

    LOL. We only had 4 channels–ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS! And didn’t have a microwave, either. Who could live without that, either? πŸ™‚

  5. Mary says:

    I have a magic weight loss pill. It’s called stress.

  6. Emily says:

    Oh yeah! Sign me up for the magic weight loss pill!

  7. Amy K. says:

    How about a magic motivation pill?

  8. Jordan says:

    I want a spaceship so I can leave the planet. LOL! πŸ˜€

  9. Anna Lucia says:

    I’d vote for the magic never-have-another-period-pain pill right now. πŸ™

    I read that excerpt, though, and thought, “I’m supposed to have a dress?”


    Having said that, the first year we were married, we only managed to heat the house and have hot water because DH was doing some cash-in-hand work for the owner of a local wood, and she let him take logs home for the stove if he cut them himself.

    We cooked on that stove, dried clothes on it. We had one TV with five channels, and no cable. No computer. That first Christmas we made decorations out of cardboard.

    It was wonderful.

  10. Tammy says:

    I would love the weight loss pill! To me exercise is a curse word. :mrgreen: I would also like to see a house cleaning robot!

  11. Michelle says:

    How about a self-cleaning house? I’d go for that one!! :mrgreen:

  12. Cheryl says:

    My kids have a hard time believing that we only had cartoons on Saturday mornings. I use that one when I want them to know how good they’ve got it compared to the “old days” when their mother was a kid.:grin:

  13. Margee says:

    I liked to tell my kids that I had to walk to school ten miles a day, up hill each way, through 2 feet of snow. Being in Texas, I had a hard time selling the snow.

  14. Robyn says:

    We had 2 channels, no dishwasher(except
    human), no clothes dryer(except outside
    clothes line) until I was 18 and the last
    baby was born. No need to go on… everyone understands.

  15. Sasha says:

    I think you hit it on the head with the weight loss pill. I’d like a few of those. πŸ˜‰

  16. Trace says:

    Hell, when I lived alone after my divorce I didn’t even have a T.V. I did have a computer with Internet on it, though πŸ™‚

  17. Jennifer says:

    Well, it’s not an actual invention, but I want part-time work and full-time pay. A four hour work day would be sufficient and the wealth could be distributed more evenly. It could work if properly planned.

  18. Vicki says:

    I want a teleporter, too. If I could teleport to anywhere in the world, that would be so cool!

    I could go for the magic weight loss pill, too.

    But (on a serious note) I’d settle for a cure for diabetes.