02/08/2012 12:01 pm ET Updated Apr 09, 2012

I Was a Retro Teenager

Looking back at my childhood and teen years I realize that things have certainly changed and today's kids and teens may not even know what I'm talking about. Let me tell you about some of the aspects of my colorful childhood and teen years that parents may relate to but may be totally foreign to the younger set. It will be a good history lesson.

1.You see, I listened to records. I even had a cute little blue record case that I was so proud of. And, I had an extensive album collection. Yes, it included Cream, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. Of course, I had a record player and was very proud of it.

2. I typed my college papers on a typewriter. Any teen know what a typewriter is?

3. When I was young I made my phone calls on a rotary phone. It wasn't until several years later that I got my very own pink push-button phone and I was so happy about it. I felt like I had just won the lottery.

4. I had a pager in my late teen years. Cell phones hadn't yet replaced them. When it beeped I felt very special -- like someone needed me immediately because I was so important.

5. And yes people did send congratulatory telegrams. Hey, it was a fast form of communication back then.

6. I wore bell bottoms and even had elephant bells-very wide on the bottom of the leg. And then I was one of the first on my block to get straight leg jeans. We used to love when they would wear out and get holes. When they got holes we would put patches on them. The more patches the cooler they were. And, I'll let you in on a secret. Sometimes, we would rub on our "dungarees" with an eraser so that they would get holes more quickly.

7. Straight hair was in then and was long and parted in the middle. Since we didn't have flatirons we would put our hair in a ponytail on the top of our heads and then roll it around a -get this-a coffee can. We'd sleep with the coffee can on top of our heads. Uncomfortable --no problem -- we just wanted straight hair.

8. We had glow-in-the-dark psychedelic posters. They were a sign of being uber-cool.

I'm thinking about what will become outdated in the future and my guess is that home phones will be a thing of the past.

Any other ideas about what will become outdated?