Friday, June 03, 2005

I can't remember what led up to it, but I found myself explaining what mimeographs were to the kids the other night. This led to memories of other long-forgotten classroom devices such as the reel-to-reel projectors that would begin to flicker until you pushed the little lever to put the loop back in the film and the top-loading slide projectors that looked like little cannons. Start the record player and move to the next slide when it beeps...

Singularly appropriate since I've increased in vintage just this day.

Here's a chance for everyone else to disclose their vintage: Who can tell me the first thing everyone did when a teacher passed out mimeographed sheets?


Anonymous said...

Sniffed it. :-)

JCK said...

But not just a gentle sniff. A long, deep sniff. Not to the level of a snort. Very satisfying on some very bizarre level!

Lilly said...

Just increased in vintage? Happy Birthday! I'll have a beer in your honor tonight :-)

If a mimeograph machine is what I think it is, we still had those up until I was in 3rd or 4th grade, and I'm almost 24. And I agree with Anonymous, and jck. I'd always sniff it :-)

GoldFalcon said...


Yep I'd sniff that hi-grade ink till the tip of my little sniffer was purple.

Happy Birthday! I'll have a shot of NyQuil in your honor.

FinnCanuck said...

Greetings Snake Eater !!

Yeah, I was always happy to get a fresh handout. Sniffing it was the best thing.

Happy Birthday !!

I'll hoist a Hammerhead in your honor tonight.

Take care

Janie said...

Took a long sniff!!!!
Went to a Catholic school so we had that "technology" for a long time past the rest of the world!