Saturday, February 4, 2023

This is how we do it in the 21st century…

Back in December I wrote about a long phone call I had with a former classmate of mine, Diana.  Aside from some blurbs on Facebook several years ago, we hadn’t seen or spoken to each other even once since graduating in 1979.  Yet we chatted on the phone that night like old friends.

I thought it’d be nice if we talked again, and sent Diana an email asking if she was interested.  She said she was, and (seeing how she is still working and a busy member of her community) gave me that night, or several nights next week to choose from.  I chose next Wednesday, February 8 and she said okay.

I sent her the photo above and wrote “I have you on my calendar app for Feb 8 at 7pm.  Diana, it isn’t 1979 and this is how we do things in the 21st century!”

She responded immediately and wrote “I did the same, I keep up with technology too!” and sent the image below.  I don’t know what I like better, the calendar or that rotary telephone sitting below it! 

Well, I hope that kitchen calendar of mine reminds me when it’s time to call—it’s set to chime, but you can’t trust technology these days!

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28 comments:

  1. Dug, I do it the same way... put it on my phone calendar as well on my 2 physical calendars (one in the kitchen and one in the office). My dear friend (who is having trouble with BC) and I text during the week, but talk on Sunday nights. It's on my calendars - although I'm not likely to forget. Enjoy your call!

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  2. I have an online calendar and a physical one too, but I would never write on it, I don't want to spoil it. :D

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    1. Haha--my goodness Joe, well I used to be the same way :^)

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  3. Hi Doug, you know me, no fancy technology here!πŸ˜†πŸ˜† I have a page a day calendar sitting on the kitchen counter. Everything gets written on that and works well if I remember to flip the pages over.
    Have a great chat with Diana!❤️

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    1. Hi Robin--hey I used to have one of those! Thanks my friend, and I hope you're enjoying your brrrrr weekend :^)

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  4. Second attempt...
    I do it the same way in the 21st century, as I did in the 20th. I don’t quite go back to the 19th, but thinking about that I realise that I was born closer to the 19th than the 21st. That’s a bit disturbing.

    I see you have pictures of Arizona – they always make great photos.
    I have (pictures of) paintings by Marc Chagall.
    It looks as if Diana is a DYI-er when it comes to calendars.

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    1. Peter you're very observant--that's an Arizona Highways calendar, the only calendar I've hung in my kitchen for 35 years :^) As for being born closer to the 19th century, you're fortunate to have seen a lot. And yes, I'd say Diana is a real DIY'er. I admire her a lot.

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  5. We have the same kind of calendar you have, BUT I'm really liking that whiteboard calendar of Diana's. I've never seen anything like it. That's wonderful that you have a phone date set up.

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    1. Thanks Kay, but really? You, a teacher all your life never saw a whiteboard calendar? PS I hope your weather doesn't get worse, just saw the storm news in Hawaii..

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  6. I use only my kitchen wall calendar for keeping track of anniversaries and appointments, Doug. Your calendar is a much more deluxe one than what I settled for this year -- a drugstore giveaway. (sigh)

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    1. Florence, now why did I chuckle at that--I admit my calendar's a splurge, I just like it because of the great southwestern photography and it's the perfect size between the door frame and my kitchen cupboard :^) Please don't sigh!

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  7. I have a wall calendar too. But from the dollar tree. I don’t care what pictures it has cause I fold it back, and have it attached to a piece of cardboard I rigged up with magnets hot glued on the back. It’s on the side of my fridge. I’m crafty like that, lol. I hope your call goes well! Joyce

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    1. Joyce I like saving money and being crafty, good for you! I should do something like that for my refrigerator, thanks for the idea--and the good wishes :^)

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  8. I have a Mountain Men of Alaska wall calendar--but I have to remember to look at it! I use Alexa to remind me of various things; she sends me a text too. That's great that you're having another chat with Diana!

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    1. I almost forgot about that racy calendar of yours! Wait, Alexa can send out texts?? Thank you Margaret! πŸ™‚

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  9. I have a wall calendar too. My calendar shows pictures of lighthouses in New England. Enjoy your telephone date with Diana. You both seem to have a lot to talk about and share history from school days.

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    1. Thank you Susan. A lighthouses wall calendar, you are my kind of people. πŸ‘

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  10. I put a desk top calendar on the wall of my kitchen and that IS my calendar. As a working mother of 5, my desktop ruled my life for too many decades (with notes on a pocket calendar in my purse). I can't give it up. "Don't you have a calendar on your phone?" NO

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    1. I am impressed! Thanks for sharing Miss Merry. πŸ™‚

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  11. Yes, paper is good. I can't trust my phone's calendar thingie. Besides, how can you talk on the phone and look at it to enter an event? Too many steps to enter it into the phone. On paper, Circled green is for medical appointments. I like the 5-year calendar that I buy, which shows a month at a time; no photos. I tell my kid that I'm planning to live for at least another 5 years if I buy that calendar! Linda in Kansas

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    1. Linda, thanks for sharing circling stuff like medical in green, what a green I mean great idea! I'm going to too. πŸ’š

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  12. Calendars are something I splurge on. Always a wall calendar with big squares for writing in appointments and birthdays. This year's calendar is a Dr Who, with all twelve Doctors, one for each month. In the past I've had Beaches of Australia, Sugar Skulls (so pretty!) and one with pictures from the TV series of Stargate. I've had Recipe of the Month calendars, Herbs and Spices, Maine Coon Kittens, and one I will always remember "Teddy Bears Gone Bad". I saved those Teddy pictures from 1994 but don't have a clue where they are now.

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    1. River I need to google Sugar Skulls, but Stargate? Doctor Who?? How cool!! πŸŒ πŸ‘πŸ™‚

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  13. Yes, I believe in paper calendars. It's easier than the iPhone.

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    1. I actually use both, but I prefer the paper too Gigi. πŸ™‚

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  14. I only use my phone for calendar stuff. Nothing hanging on the walls. I smiled at the rotary phone, once you pointed it out. :-)

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    1. DJan, I am not a bit surprised :^) Meanwhile, I'm trying to learn how to use my smartphone's camera so I can put my old camera away once and for all.

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