First I want to preface this by saying that I am a modern gal. I'm not stuck in the 20th century, or out of touch with technology. I have all the Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, Mac Book - and one of my favorite games to play with my family is Rock Band on Wii. (No, I don't knit by the light of a kerosene lamp while listening to Pa play the fiddle or anything like that.)
Yet there are a few things from the past that I still prefer to their modern counterparts. For example, this is in my sewing room:
Yes, I love listening to vinyl records on my vintage 1970s stereo receiver. (I'm in a glam rock phase right now, and I'm getting down with the Sweet and Mott the Hoople.)
And I am a confirmed devotee of the manual transmission. This is the stick-shift in my Honda Civic Si:
Most of all, it is a tactile experience. I feel in control of the machine, and it responds to my manipulations. I can actually feel what I'm doing, there is nothing lost between me and an electronic pad that tells the machine what to do. As for the stereo, that is also tactile device, even if it is an electronic. I like the feel of the vinyl records and even the way they smell. I like the texture of the sound you get from needle on grooves. I like holding the record in my hands and putting it on the turntable. I like tweaking the faders on my tuner.
We used to get up and walk over to the TV and turn a knob to change the channels. (While we were there, we adjusted the antennae and the vertical hold - remember?)
|(This is one I found on eBay)|