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2022-06-26 1:19:22 AM  
Well dang, there goes my lifelong dream of working at the Cursive Factory.
 
2022-06-26 1:52:09 AM  
For one, the use of cell phones - with their accompanying emojis and acronyms - has shortened many people's written communication style.

I ain't no Boomer, but I still want to make you a deal:

You can IDK, YMMV, BFF, and IMTOU all you want, so long as you stop referring to these things as "acronyms" unless they are actually fusking acronyms.

Deal?
 
2022-06-26 1:52:31 AM  
I know how to do most of those things, I choose not to.
 
2022-06-26 1:55:37 AM  
Spending It When You're Dead strangely absent.
 
2022-06-26 2:25:54 AM  
Is masturbating to porn magazines on the list?
 
2022-06-26 4:03:40 AM  
How about using a strobe light to advance  the spark, and eliminate the engine knock?
 
2022-06-26 4:32:58 AM  
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2022-06-26 4:40:12 AM  
Boomer skills that are becoming obsolete

Inheriting a prosperous country and destroying it?
 
2022-06-26 5:11:19 AM  
Reading a map is still a required skill for what if shiat goes wrong. There will be times you have no connection to cell service. You should always keep a state map with local maps in your car. Only a complete moron would say map reading is never again required, especially when its still something every military in the world teaches
 
2022-06-26 5:21:12 AM  
With a couple of exceptions, these skill take 15 minutes to learn. And you of course become better with time, and don't need to reorient yourself.
 
2022-06-26 5:21:35 AM  

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Millennial here. Learned to drive stick at 13/14 - in the 90s.
 
2022-06-26 5:39:30 AM  
Oh great, click bait.
 
2022-06-26 5:50:59 AM  

bostonguy: Boomer skills that are becoming obsolete

Inheriting a prosperous country and destroying it?


Yup...Boomers where all up in Nixon's butt.
Yeah...a bunch of "boomers' right here.
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2022-06-26 5:56:50 AM  

optikeye: Yup...Boomers where all up in Nixon's butt.


I'd argue that Nixon's "silent majority" were the actual majority.
 
2022-06-26 6:09:45 AM  
You can take my manual shift levers when you pry them from my cold dead fingers.
 
2022-06-26 6:18:02 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Reading a map is still a required skill for what if shiat goes wrong. There will be times you have no connection to cell service. You should always keep a state map with local maps in your car. Only a complete moron would say map reading is never again required, especially when its still something every military in the world teaches


And whether it's on paper or on your phone it's still a map and you still need to know how to read a map.
 
2022-06-26 6:24:47 AM  
The first and last are using a map and compass? Link now feels old.
 
2022-06-26 6:26:33 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Reading a map is still a required skill for what if shiat goes wrong. There will be times you have no connection to cell service. You should always keep a state map with local maps in your car. Only a complete moron would say map reading is never again required, especially when its still something every military in the world teaches


Meh, I use the Dirk Gently zen method of navigation (find someone who looks like they know where they're going and follow them). And quite clearly, it works; I am currently in my own home.
 
2022-06-26 6:31:30 AM  
Most of these skill are useful.

1. Reading a map - I can, but young kids apparently can't see CSB below. Still a useful skill.

2. Driving a stick shift - Oddly enough, I know how to, and have. (See #14.) Again, a useful skill.

3. Writing in cursive - I can, but it is even less readable than my printing. Useless skill.

4. Traditional grammar - I'm all over that. People think I'm a dick about it. Very useful lest people think you're a slack-jawed moron.

5. Sewing - By hand or machine, I can do both well. Most of my slacks have need to be re-hemmed at one time or another. WFH means no more slacks, but I'm still going with useful. One never knows when a funerial is coming up.

6. Using a landline - Don't own a cellphone, so it's all I use. I even own an old heavy ass rotary phone, but don't use it because the bell is too loud. Not really useful because most people don't remember phone numbers anymore.

7. Using the card catalog - It's alphabetical, just like using most reference material. You still need to know the correct concise subject. Useless since most libraries have computers now.

8. Balancing a checkbook - I can do basic arithmetic, but I rely on a spreadsheet so I know my CU isn't making a mistake. Useful. Besides, it's math 1 + 1 will always equal 2 for all practical applications.

9. Changing your oil - Never owned a car (see #14) but I've helped a friend do it. Useful, if only to save a few bucks. This depends on what you need to spend to dispose of the old oil.

10. Finding dates in person - Since I'm married, I don't need this skill, but useful.

11. Ironing - Do it every few years when I need to drag out a suit or tie that's been hanging in a closet for years. Useful.

12. Writing letters - They're printed (not cursive) but I do it for occasional notes in thank you cards and birthdays. Useful if you care about certain people in your life.

13. Maintaining a resume - Just updated mine after getting a new cert. Useful.

14. Driving a car, period. - I know HOW, I've seen every episode of The Dukes of Hazzard at least twice, but I haven't driven a car since Driver's Ed. in the 1980s. I've never had a license. Useful but not necessary.

15. Using a dictionary - See #7. Same thing, except it's not easy to find a word you're unable to spell. Useless unless you're reading a book by an author with an obscure vocabulary, but context usually works.

16. Using a compass - Not difficult - arrow points north. Using it for orienteering is a little more advanced, but goes with #1. Which brings me to:

CSB:
Next door neighbor's grandson (early 20s) was visiting last week. Grandson's phone died. He had no idea how to get to the highway from a house he's visited multiple times a year for his entire life. It's about a mile away. Grandpa drew him a map. Grandson used map and somehow got on the highway going north instead of south.
 
2022-06-26 6:42:23 AM  

Dr.Fey: For one, the use of cell phones - with their accompanying emojis and acronyms - has shortened many people's written communication style.

I ain't no Boomer, but I still want to make you a deal:

You can IDK, YMMV, BFF, and IMTOU all you want, so long as you stop referring to these things as "acronyms" unless they are actually fusking acronyms.

Deal?


Here's Penn and Teller to add emphasis to your point

Penn & Teller Bullsh!t - The difference between Acronyms and Initialisms
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2022-06-26 6:46:21 AM  
I treasure my obsolete Generation X skills.

Like knowing how to load this
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into this
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using this
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Or how to set the clock and record time on this
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Or how to remedy this with patience and a pencil.
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Or how to style my hair like this
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Or how to function despite the ever-present credible threat from this
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Or having the courage to play on one of these without hesitation while knowing fully well that only the strong will survive.
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2022-06-26 6:54:31 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I treasure my obsolete Generation X skills.

Like knowing how to load this
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into this
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using this
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Or how to set the clock and record time on this
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Or how to remedy this with patience and a pencil.
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Or how to style my hair like this
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Or how to function despite the ever-present credible threat from this
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Or having the courage to play on one of these without hesitation while knowing fully well that only the strong will survive.
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The threat of the mushroom cloud never became obsolete.

It was fascinating to see the millennials skip right over that existential threat as if it were meaningless.
 
2022-06-26 6:57:21 AM  
Only morons who get lost separate using a map and using a compass.
 
2022-06-26 7:14:44 AM  
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Using a landline is a skill? Oh for shame, boomers...For. Shame.

/If you consider those as skills that set you apart? HAHAHAHAHAHA, that's pretty sad
//just to spite the article writer, my lazy gen x/gen y ass (depends who you ask, I like "Generation Oregon Trail" myself) has a 16-year old who can do all of those things to an at least passable extent
///and even I know to use three virgules
 
2022-06-26 7:23:41 AM  
Some of these kids can't even read maps in video games.  I have been watching twitch streams here in there past couple months (never mind why) and a lamentably high number of steamers will get lost in the game, and not even think to look at the map.  They'd just wander around until stumbling onto the right place, or someone in the chat told them what to do.

Me?  I have a GPS built into my car that I've never turned on.  If I get lost (and yes I do once in awhile) I'll look at the map on my phone.
 
2022-06-26 7:28:10 AM  
Oh, and while changing the oil isnt too hard to do on your own for most cars, a lot of people prefer to let the mechanics do it because they will top off all your other fluids for free and have a far better knowledge on when something does not look right that you wouldnt even recognize as a possible bad thing
 
2022-06-26 8:03:24 AM  
I agree with many of these, but balancing my bank accounts with a ledger has prevented me from so many overdraft fees. Doing it with a "checkbook" app makes it a breeze, and worth it.
 
2022-06-26 8:05:12 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Oh, and while changing the oil isnt too hard to do on your own for most cars, a lot of people prefer to let the mechanics do it because they will top off all your other fluids for free and have a far better knowledge on when something does not look right that you wouldnt even recognize as a possible bad thing


Which is one reason I change my own oil. Coworker of mine had a kwikie lube place put power steering fluid in his brake reservoir. Shot the whole thing. He took them to court and lost. Lesson learned.
 
2022-06-26 8:07:30 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: Writing in cursive - I can, but it is even less readable than my printing. Useless skill.


I'm finally going through my Mom's scrapbooks and found my first driver's license from the late 70's. My cursive signature was fantastic. Every letter well rendered and readable. My cursive signature looks like chicken scratch now.
 
2022-06-26 8:11:58 AM  
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2022-06-26 8:12:33 AM  
I could give a shiat about most of those. But navigation apps are making people re(dacted). Half the people out there can't get anywhere without a robot telling them where to farking turn.
 
2022-06-26 8:17:28 AM  
I recently spent several minutes looking for the dipstick to check the oil in my Volvo. Finally looked in the electronic manual; turns out there's a sensor you can check via the touchscreen.
 
2022-06-26 8:19:05 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I treasure my obsolete Generation X skills.

Like knowing how to load this
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into this
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using this
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Or how to set the clock and record time on this
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Or how to remedy this with patience and a pencil.
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Or how to style my hair like this
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Or how to function despite the ever-present credible threat from this
[Fark user image image 850x566]

Or having the courage to play on one of these without hesitation while knowing fully well that only the strong will survive.
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There's a park near my house with a metal spinner thing (no idea what those are called).

When I was a kid we had one in the water at the local lake/beach. It was held down with all sorts of chains and whatnot. The whole place was Action Park small town Ohio. I only had one classmate die there (sadly true story).
 
2022-06-26 8:22:24 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: 3. Writing in cursive - I can, but it is even less readable than my printing. Useless skill.


Like any skill, you have to practice it once in a while to get better at it.
 
2022-06-26 8:22:31 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Oh, and while changing the oil isnt too hard to do on your own for most cars, a lot of people prefer to let the mechanics do it because they will top off all your other fluids for free and have a far better knowledge on when something does not look right that you wouldnt even recognize as a possible bad thing


As someone who worked in a drive thru oil change place years ago and is not super mechanically inclined....be wary. Most of the people working with me barely had a clue what they were doing. The entire "training" was a video and a couple of days shadowing someone who has probably been there for a few months.
 
2022-06-26 8:22:32 AM  
Hope you don't plan on traveling outside the US and renting a car because from my experience, manual transmissions are pretty much all that are available.
 
2022-06-26 8:29:09 AM  

Concrete Donkey: You should always keep a offline download state map with local maps in your car

phone.

With updates for when you know "local" is going to be far from home during a trip.
 
2022-06-26 8:29:12 AM  
8. Balancing a checkbook

Most kids can add and subtract by grade 1 and those are all the skills necessary for balancing a checkbook. And it's not a particularly difficult or counterintuitive exercise so if you need to be walked through it to figure it out the problem is you.

Checks themselves are becoming obsolete because PAPs, POS purchases, and etransfers are replacing them. And as much as I love picking on Boomers most of them caught on ot PAPs and POS sales three decades ago and they're doing all right on adapting to etransfers too.
 
2022-06-26 8:32:25 AM  

holdmybones: Concrete Donkey: Oh, and while changing the oil isnt too hard to do on your own for most cars, a lot of people prefer to let the mechanics do it because they will top off all your other fluids for free and have a far better knowledge on when something does not look right that you wouldnt even recognize as a possible bad thing

As someone who worked in a drive thru oil change place years ago and is not super mechanically inclined....be wary. Most of the people working with me barely had a clue what they were doing. The entire "training" was a video and a couple of days shadowing someone who has probably been there for a few months.


Its actually sad that people automatically assume that non dealer mechanic shops dont exist these days, and only think of dealer shops or jiffy lube type places
 
2022-06-26 8:38:39 AM  
Isn't a digital map essentially the same as a paper map, only on a different physical medium & with extra features on the digital version? Or do they mean the difference between "here's point A, there's point B you figure it out" and "step 1, proceed 5 miles, then turn left... step 37, go 500 feet in the right lane and take the exit ..."?
 
2022-06-26 8:42:01 AM  

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Last week I was taking my mom to a pre-op doctor appointment and left the car with the valet to park because she has Alzheimer's and I didn't want to leave her alone while I parked. As I'm wheeling her in the chair to the doc's office, the parking valet kid says "This car has a stick shift!"

Me: I am aware of that. I drive it every day.
Kid: I can't drive a stick.
Me: Then you'll have to watch my mother while I park it.
Kid: Uh...I guess I'll just pull it forward out of the way. I can drive OK in first.
Me: [thinking if you can drive OK in first, then you can drive in a parking lot] Sounds good!
 
2022-06-26 8:51:50 AM  

Slaxl: Concrete Donkey: Reading a map is still a required skill for what if shiat goes wrong. There will be times you have no connection to cell service. You should always keep a state map with local maps in your car. Only a complete moron would say map reading is never again required, especially when its still something every military in the world teaches

And whether it's on paper or on your phone it's still a map and you still need to know how to read a map.


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2022-06-26 9:00:45 AM  
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2022-06-26 9:00:47 AM  

yohohogreengiant: Gordon Bennett: I treasure my obsolete Generation X skills.

Like knowing how to load this
[Fark user image image 850x850]

into this
[Fark user image image 850x637]

using this
[Fark user image image 850x566]

Or how to set the clock and record time on this
[Fark user image image 850x478]

Or how to remedy this with patience and a pencil.
[Fark user image image 800x533]

Or how to style my hair like this
[Fark user image image 539x800]

Or how to function despite the ever-present credible threat from this
[Fark user image image 850x566]

Or having the courage to play on one of these without hesitation while knowing fully well that only the strong will survive.
[Fark user image image 800x532]

The threat of the mushroom cloud never became obsolete.

It was fascinating to see the millennials skip right over that existential threat as if it were meaningless.


The USSR is gone! The Cold War is over, and America won!
 
2022-06-26 9:05:09 AM  

Concrete Donkey: holdmybones: Concrete Donkey: Oh, and while changing the oil isnt too hard to do on your own for most cars, a lot of people prefer to let the mechanics do it because they will top off all your other fluids for free and have a far better knowledge on when something does not look right that you wouldnt even recognize as a possible bad thing

As someone who worked in a drive thru oil change place years ago and is not super mechanically inclined....be wary. Most of the people working with me barely had a clue what they were doing. The entire "training" was a video and a couple of days shadowing someone who has probably been there for a few months.

Its actually sad that people automatically assume that non dealer mechanic shops dont exist these days, and only think of dealer shops or jiffy lube type places


Did I assume that? Or did I make a comment about the location where the majority of drivers get their oil changed?
 
2022-06-26 9:09:41 AM  

Tyrosine: 8. Balancing a checkbook

Most kids can add and subtract by grade 1 and those are all the skills necessary for balancing a checkbook. And it's not a particularly difficult or counterintuitive exercise so if you need to be walked through it to figure it out the problem is you.

Checks themselves are becoming obsolete because PAPs, POS purchases, and etransfers are replacing them. And as much as I love picking on Boomers most of them caught on ot PAPs and POS sales three decades ago and they're doing all right on adapting to etransfers too.


The reason it doesn't happen as much is because online sites do it for you with limited delay, maybe 48 hours at most, but I get lots of charges in the pending section in minutes.  Very different from only getting account info once a month in the snail mail.
 
2022-06-26 9:13:43 AM  
I guess ass whopping a whining child with a belt or a stick they picked themselves should make a comeback.
 
2022-06-26 9:20:36 AM  

Gordon Bennett: I treasure my obsolete Generation X skills.

Like knowing how to load this
[Fark user image 850x850]

into this
[Fark user image 850x637]

using this
[Fark user image 850x566]

Or how to set the clock and record time on this
[Fark user image 850x478]

Or how to remedy this with patience and a pencil.
[Fark user image 800x533]

Or how to style my hair like this
[Fark user image 539x800]

Or how to function despite the ever-present credible threat from this
[Fark user image 850x566]

Or having the courage to play on one of these without hesitation while knowing fully well that only the strong will survive.
[Fark user image 800x532]


Still remember my old TRS-80 and later TI-94/A with its cassette recorder. I also once owned a Coleco ADAM that had an upscale cassette recorder that seek and load automatically like a much slower floppy drive.
 
2022-06-26 9:23:25 AM  

Concrete Donkey: Reading a map is still a required skill for what if shiat goes wrong. There will be times you have no connection to cell service. You should always keep a state map with local maps in your car. Only a complete moron would say map reading is never again required, especially when its still something every military in the world teaches


Apparently the US navy doesn't teach someone how to read a map.
I was at a training facility in Cleveland looking at a mercator projection map of the world and I former US seaman says to me, " I didn't know that Greenland was so big."
I had to explain to him that it was just the projection and if you look at the chart in the corner of the map it explains  the distortion in size.
 
2022-06-26 9:26:54 AM  

bostonguy: Boomer skills that are becoming obsolete

Inheriting a prosperous country and destroying it?


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Boomer Motto: Take everything you can while giving nothing in return.
 
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