“All right, I was exaggerating. If you guys suddenly cooperated with the common sense gun control laws that we propose and we saw a tremendous decrease in gun violence, we would naturally want stricter laws in order to lower even more the remaining gun violence. Eventually, I and most of the others would conclude that no guns at all in civilian hands is the best way to go.”
by Mike Bonomo, writing as 'MikeB302000'


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dating myself

Anyone remember when walkie-talkies were the awesomest thing ever?

Kind of sad that the generation being born now will never experience that…

12 comments to dating myself

  • My kids love playing with their FRS radios.

  • oddball

    I bought some wrist-watch FRS radios a while back just ’cause I could.

  • Absolutely. And I notice the first two commentors are missing the boat. All of us in the neighborhood had 100mW Radio Shack Walkie Talkies that we used for “playing war”.

    Oh yeah, we also used them when we went hiking, fishing or camping.

  • I still think walkie talkies are awesome. We’ll have the last laugh when we need to communicate where/when there is no cellphone service!

  • How about the track order of Albums…or just the idea of “Albums” entirely.

    There’s really no point to actually BUY physical music media anymore. But with that you lose something for all that you gain…

  • I expected something entirely different from the post title.

    Off to scrub my brain until it’s clean.

  • I had some friends with the Radio Shack ones, and I had a set of the Laser Tag ones with the flip top (like a classic Star Trek communicator). They were pretty cool.

    Of course, now I “play” with real ones – and I still think they’re cool. I’m just a geek like that.

  • Oh yeah. the ones with the morse code table on them were the best. And while I’m no technical wizard, that love of walkie talkies propelled me to earn my amateur radio license.

  • I remember the old ones used to pick up CB radio Channel 19. One of the neighbors had a base station and used to talk dirty to truckers in the afternoon. All of the other moms in the neighborhood would be out in their yards with their kids’ walkie talkies listening.

  • Oddball

    TXGunGeek: Oh, no… I didn’t miss the boat. My friends and I had them when I was a kid. I remember begging my parents for a set of walkies built into headsets. I bought the wrist-watch walkies largely because I thought they were damn cool and would have loved them as a kid (same reason I now own a few of the newer NERF guns).

  • @ LibertyNews: Yeah, but those actually work – some of the magic is gone in that :).

    @ oddball: I need to procure some of my own at some point, if only just to have…

    @ TXGunGeek: Hell, I do not even remember what brand mine were… they were black bricks, had an on-off and maybe a channel switch, and then the push-to-talk. Worked when they wanted to, and the antenna invariably broke!

    @ Mike-ENDOtactical: And that is precisely the reason to get the modern versions of them… far too often, for far too common reasons, the “standard” communication infrastructure goes sideways, and sometimes you simply cannot have that.

    @ Weer’d Beard: Hell, I still buy CDs, simply because I want that physical backup should the need ever arise. But I am oldskool like that, baby.

    @ wfgodbold: You just ain’t right in the head, y’know that? 😉

    @ Jake: Bleh. I remember the radios we had on my ships… I trust that standard commercial technology has moved forward more than a few generations by now, though we did have to abide by EMCON requirements.

    @ topofthechain: Yup, mine had that table too… probably my first introduction to that means of communication.

    @ Midwest Chick: *snickers* I always heard about that, but never actually witnessed it… sure to be an educational experience, though :).

  • @topofthechain – thanks for bringing up the memory of the morse code table. I’ll have to do some google image searches for them now. 73.