Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tidbit Tuesday

Just throwing out some random thoughts for a Tidbit Tuesday post.

Well I remember when air was free. ;)
I bought my husband an air compressor for a gift a few years back, because I'm romantic like that... Yesterday I saw my tire was low and instead of coming home to use the air compressor, I stopped at the gas station and paid $1.00. I deserved to have to pay that dollar (for being lazy).  Anyone remember when air was free?

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My son's teacher said they're not teaching cursive in the school system anymore. What?!?  My kids all agreed it's pointless (except the youngest who had no opinion) and my husband did too.  Again, I say, What??!?! I guess I'm the only one in my family who appreciates cursive handwriting. Well, and my mom...she always uses it, so maybe I got it from her.

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Anyone remember utilizing card catalogs to find things, and looking in the back of a book to see who checked it out before you did? I remember it being very cool if you knew someone listed on that card.

Self-Checkout at the Library
No more cards now, but you can check your own books out electronically, if you want to, and my son thinks that's cool.

No clue who this guy is, but he's got a free file share on Wikimedia. Thanks guy. :)
And my last tidbit of the day...the YMCA.  For some reason I haven't utilized the one we have in the next town over.  Alissa from Planet of the Apels sometimes talks about hers, so when our local T-Ball team was filled up (we were on a waiting list forever), I decided to call the Y. Sure enough, they had a team open and we signed up. The coaches are awesome, and the kids are learning a lot.

I was so happy I drove back to town and signed my little one up for swimming lessons (he's way overdue to learn). Big thanks to Alissa for the heads up on the greatness of the 'Y.'

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  1. Oh Dear, when we go off the grid, do you mean we can't even get a book from the library? I think air is still free around here, although I haven't exactly looked for any lately.

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    1. You can get books, they just let you check them out yourself. I wonder if there won't be libraries one day though. That would be awful. I still see tons of people in even our very small branch, so maybe that will never be (or at least not for a long time) an issue.

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  2. Totally remember when air was free and now sadly everything costs. Still can't believe we pay for water, but I guess that is a whole other issue!! Crazy, but true :)

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    1. I laughed because my bottle of water is sitting next to me. We have a softener but the well water still tastes ick to me, so I just drink the kind you buy.

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  3. I remember using card catalogs.
    I don't miss cursive though. My handwriting is bad enough.
    Last time I looked, air was a quarter. Whoa...

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    1. Finding four quarters is hard too, because we hardly ever carry cash anymore.

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  4. Air has never been free here. Well, not in my 20 (ish) years of driving. My hubby and I get each other romantic gifts like that, too ;)

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    1. Practical beats romantic in our house every single time. ;)

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  5. I remember those cards too, air is only 50 cents here, take that lol Cursive can go the way of the dodo all it likes, with computers and such it is never used anymore, learn to scribble ones name in it and that is all you need.

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  6. Yes Rosey, things sure are changing around here. I used to love the library card holder in the back of the book too! Well I guess we have to go with the flow! Have a good day.
    Julie

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  7. Card catalogs and seeing who read the book before me...I loved it. The action of checking the book out, the librarian stamping the "Due by" date, and going back to the classroom---that was essential part of life.
    My gr-daughters will learn cursive; I will make sure of that.

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  8. I have always hated putting air in my tires. Just hate it. I can never seem to get it right. When I first started driving air was mostly free. However, there were some places that had started charging for it. A quarter, I think. Now, I don't know how much it is, but I suspect that is probably what it runs. :(

    I can't believe that they aren't teaching cursive any longer in school. I don't write strictly using cursive. My handwriting is more of a blend of cursive and printing. Printing takes so long. I remember practicing cursive as a kid and really working for it to be pretty. It was a point of pride for me. My mother writes beautifully in cursive. Sadly, mine doesn't come close... And young people will lose the skill altogether. What a shame.

    The days of the library card. I always read the card to see who checked out the book before me. It was a real kick if you knew someone on that list. Everything is electronic now. No more card catalog. No more cards in the books. We have self check-out at our library, too. There has been talk here of closing some of the branches. That makes me sad. Our library is very often full to the brim. What a shame that will be... Yeah, I am already accepting that it will happen sooner or later.

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  9. Times change, don't they ? Gone are the days when all gas stations were called service stations because that's what they provided. A cheerful attendant would come to your car and ask what you wanted. Perhaps all you requested was 2 or 3 gallons of gasoline but it came complete with the attendant cleaning the car's windows, checking the oil in the engine, and the air pressure in the tires. Of course I don't recall credit cards back then, it was mostly cash so the attendant would hand you your change, along with a handful of S&H green stamps.

    Sad to hear that cursive is no longer being taught. I found that taking notes in cursive was much faster than trying to print them - the pencil or pen doesn't have to leave the paper the way it does when one prints. But then maybe students don't have to take notes in class any more either?

    Ah well, change is inevitable and like time and tides, change waits for no one.

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  10. I'm 62 years old and can remember all of these things. I can remember my father saying that water and air will always be free. We are charged for both now. Bugger.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  11. My boys can't read my cursive handwriting! Looks like it's a dying art. Isn't that sad? My dad has the most beautiful manuscript handwriting.

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  12. Yeah I've always wondered whats up with selling air? Its crazy, but everyone has ideas to make money. And I remember the library card system for sure, spent a lot of time there.
    Have a great day!!
    Karren@Oh My Heartsie Girl

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  13. I love tidbit posts!
    You know what I said when my son told me about the No-Cursive thing...How will you learn to sign your name with a signature, then?
    We might not NEED cursive for lots of things in today's tech world, but we do (and should) know how to write in cursive (and read it too).

    I also think that air for tires should still be free. It's AIR!!! Plus, it's a safety issue!!! Gggrrrr....

    Hope you're having a great week. =0)

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  14. OMG The card catalog! I would squeal in delight if I get to borrow a book at the library that has not been borrowed by anybody else! I get a kick out of seeing my name first on the list!
    I may be wrong but I think air for tires is free in our city. I hope it stays that way!

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  15. YES.. what's up w the not teaching cursive... heck.. my oldest 25 yr old... a few years back did not know how to address an envelope! Not kidding.. Too much time spent on these standardized tests.

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  16. Love your post, - I loved the card catalogs! =)

    Have a great week!

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  17. Air is still free at QT - it's the only place I refill my tires. If you ask at NTB, they will pump you for free, too!

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  18. We're Y members - you'll never run out of things to do if you join up!

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  19. Air is still free here. Thankfully.
    I volunteered with the YMCA for donkey's years. Thanks for the reminder. And of the checked out books card...

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  20. I get free air from QT as well.

    I'm not sure if they will have the boys learn cursive at school, or not. I know many schools are fazing it out. Mica wants to learn, so I'm getting him a few workbooks on cursive writing. What he doesn't get from school, he'll get from us.

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  21. My daughter recently found a library card pocket in her book and asked me what it was- I felt ancient!

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  22. Yesterday my oldest daughter started learning cursive writing in school. Thank goodness they are still teaching it in schools where we live. How the heck when these kids get older sign stuff if they're not taught?

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  23. My hubby refuses to pay for air so we go all the way downtown this morn to put air in my tire that's free. We still have one gas station around here that gives free air. Woo Hoo Also I still use cursive writing myself. In fact, it's called the Palmer method. If I didn't have that it would be chicken scratch I'm sure. Just like all men and doctors. hehehehe... I couldn't believe when my granddaughter told me she didn't know what cursive writing was, and she didn't know how to write her letters like me & wanted me to show her. I MEAN DANG! What is wrong with schools nowadays? And what is this new core business... totally weird. End of the days where parents help their kids with their school homework. Who can figure that stuff out. Oh my gosh, don't get me started. LOL Thanks for stopping by, and what a good subject to put in a forum huh? To get everyone's opinion. Sheesh! Thanks Rosey girl! Hugzzzz

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  24. Goodness, don't get me started on or educational system. How are our kids supposed to read cursive if they haven't been taught it. I will take that on myself. What the heck are they thinking. As for the Y, you discovered a treasure. There are many opportunities there.

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  25. I used to love reading those cards in the back of books!

    My son is in third grade and part of their end of the year evals is that they have to be able to take a given printed paragraph and write it in cursive.

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  26. I remember my teacher teaching me how to write in cursive! I'm glad they're still teaching it!

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  27. I wish we had a YMCA here that was worth a crap. But we don't. And it sucks. And I agree on the cursive. I don't get it. How are they going to form a signature of their own?!

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  28. I'm shocked they don't teach cursive... How do you learn to sign your name? I homeschool and the kids look forward to learning cursive, not just because it's fun, but because they want to be able to read the cards and letters their great-grandma sends to them. Sad to me that most kids won't know how to write in cursive. Not sure why, but I am. lol
    Our library is exclusively self-check out, but we don't have the fun wand. There is a sticker in the back of each book with all of the info, so you merely place it on the counter near the computer and it reads the info from the sticker and you're good to go! Crazy!!

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  29. Air is still free here, my state is pretty old school :) They don't teach cursive here, but I'm teaching my oldest through an app on his tablet. He likes it plus now he will know how to sign his name!

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  30. I thought it was bad when air was 25 cents! Cursive will be like a secret code soon. And I remember those library cards, too.

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  31. Gosh, I remember having to learn the Dewey Decimal system as part of reading/library at school. My kids now ask me what that is. And yes, why do we suddenly have to pay for air. It used to be free at gas stations!

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  32. I have horrid handwriting but I love cursive! It's just so lovely! I think they still teach it in our schools here

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  33. I remember when air was free. I don't expect it to be free these days, but I think $1.00 is over-priced.

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  34. I'm a little sad about them not teaching cursive anymore. I know it isn't NEEDED, but I sure do love the art of penmanship.

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  35. I still think it's kind of ridiculous that you have to pay for AIR! I just did this the other day and was asking myself why the heck it costs a darn dollar.

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  36. I remember when air was free (I think it still is at some of the stations near my house.) And I will teach my son cursive writing. It's so important!

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  37. I totally looked at the cards to see who checked the books out before me! I actually find that a bit sad about the cursive. How the heck are kids going to know how to sign their name on documents?!

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  38. Man, I feel so old reading through this! Amazing what we used to have back then. I don't do our YMCA here. It is located in the wrong part of town and the folks I have seen going in and coming out look less than desirable to hang around. On top of that, they are expensive here!

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  39. Wow, a $1 for air??? That's insanity!

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  40. They're charging for air now? Seriously?!

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  41. Lol. That's a fun list. I remember all of these things actually. Cursive is a dying art form

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  42. I so remember when air was free! It is kinda odd that kids won't learn cursive. So weird that it will just be over.

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  43. Oh we still get free air, $1 isn't much but still! We jst got a new library all decked out tech wise very cool! Cursive is pointless these days but yeah I'm with you will no one ever write cards in the future?

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  44. Why?! I love cursive writings! And well.. checking out books electrically is more fun anyway :-)

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  45. I love how romantic you are! LOL! My husband recently bought a air compressor. I can't hardly buy him anything. Considering that he took back the first air compressor he bought and exchanged it for another should tell you something. Anyway I do remember when air was free. I also got to experience a full service gas as a DRIVER. It was funny. I was driving out of town, needed gas and it was a country little gas station. I was about to get out and someone rushed over. I was confused. So anyway I can say I experienced having my gas pumped. On another note Christopher is learning cursive. I was really excited about that. It might be just their name but that makes sense to me - you know a cursive signature. He had Christopher on one line and the Chris on the rest of the lines. He said Christopher was too hard. LOL.

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    1. And he's got neat penmanship too.

      As for the romance, I get a pass, my husband once bought me Borax and wrapped it as a gift. ;) On his behalf, we were new to well water and trying to find ways to combat it's yukky effects, but still... Borax as a gift is the least romantic present of all time, ever. :)

      Chicago had a full-service gas station that we drove into a few years back. That was nice. Man, I wish that'd be a trend to return. I'd pay a little extra to sit in my car when it was negative degrees outside!

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  46. I remember when air was free AND gas was under a dollar. Crazy how we miss some things but don't miss others. Life goes on right?!?!

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  47. i liked borrowing a book only to find out I had borrowed it before. Those card catalog drawers are a hot commodity these days

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  48. This is such a neat post. I loved reading it! I also find it weird they charge for air!

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  49. Not teaching cursive?!?! That totally stinks for the next generation - writing in cursive is so elegant. I remember feeling "grown up" when I learned - it was the way my mom wrote!

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  50. I remember the days when using the air machine was free! Now if you don't have change you might not be getting any air for your tires!

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  51. Check yourself out library? There are already check yourself out grocery registers. What's next! - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

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  52. Things are changing! I wonder what I will be surprised at in the next few years.

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  53. Luckily, air is still free here where I live. But I love the easy checkout at the library, the kids think it's so cool!

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  54. Our school chose to teach a bit of cursive, which I think is important. Think how many documents have been written in cursive. It's not important for the future, but it is important for the past. My Oldest took it upon herself to learn and asked for a book on cursive. I think this summer I'll have her start to really practice as I was just thinking about what I am going to have the kids learn this summer. I am the meanest mom who doesn't let them just have summer fun. We have summer school. BWAHAHAHA

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  55. I remember free air... and library card catalogs... and learning cursive in school. It's amazing how much things have changed over the past ten years, let alone twenty. Goodness.

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  56. I also heard that cursive handwriting is done. I still use it though especially when I write checks so someone needs to remember to read it!! haha

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  57. we love our Y too. I'm there 3-4 days a week working out with my girlfriends. My 5th grader has never written in cursive. I can't believe it.

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  58. I was just talking about this the other day! I went to fill up my tire and there was a credit card spot on the air machine. I felt so silly having to swipe my card for air!

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    1. That is ridiculous, BUT it's better than needing air, having no change, and having no credit card swipe. :) I've seen the swipe on parking meters and laughed too.

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  59. Ha I do remember those library cards! I do wish there were CC card machines more places, I rarely carry cash LOL

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  60. I thought air was always free :)
    Now I"m reminded of that movie the Lorax

    Yes they are phasing out the cursive, but my daughter saw me wrote like that at age 5 and was so delighted she wanted to write like me.
    So I had her practice her cursive.
    She is still learning but now she writes in cursive and you cant understand all, but she is over the moon for it and she is now 7.

    I'll continue to teach them.

    I do remember the library catalog. They might still use this in my country :)

    Ah fun! Enjoy the team.
    I should check out what our Y has too...or if they are now open to older kids.
    They were quite limited last time we checked.

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    1. I'm going to teach my son cursive too. It's too close of a generation past for him not to know it, I think. Things will come up where he needs it, I'm sure of it.

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  61. I'm also glad that they're phasing out cursive. I have never used it outside of school. It's better to leave that learning time open for useful subjects.

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  62. I can remember when air was free. lol. I'm glad my daughters school is bringing cursive back.

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  63. What gets me about schools these days is this new common core math, I don't get it. I remember getting textbooks at the beginning of the year and checking to see who had the years before, some people put good notes in the books :)

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    1. I keep hearing about it. My youngest is in K, so we haven't been affected yet (w/the common core). I've got to say, I'm very curious about the controversy that surrounds it.

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  64. We have always joked about people selling air. What the heck?

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  65. It just seems wrong to have to pay for air. Reminds me of the Lorax.

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  66. I just have to say that I am thankful they are no longer teaching cursive. I suffered through that mess!

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  67. i am in agreement with you on all of the post....
    i thought the card in the back was neat to see who else had checked it out... and how they signed their name.
    i love technology, but i don't like that other things die because of it...
    and the y- i would LOVE to go to one, but the closest one is like 40 minutes from us... so- NOPE

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  68. I love your tidbits! This totally just reminded me that I need to take my munchkin to the library.

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  69. ohmygoodness, i can't believe they're not teaching cursive anymore!! that makes me kinda sad! i love cursive handwriting and usually choose to use it, rather than printing.
    i love that you got your husband an air compressor. i bet he loved it!!
    xoxox

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  70. 1. What a great gift idea! I would have been angry about that dollar. Ha ha ha!!

    2. I've been sad about cursive for awhile now. However I taught both my babies cursive. I think it's an art that shouldn't be lost.

    3. I remember those days. I used to love to see some of the history of the books and i also liked to be the first to sign in a new book or on a fresh new card. I also liked to be the last as well.

    4. Congratulations on your son finding a team.

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