August 4, 2022 0 comments

By Brian Lockhart

I was watching a DVD movie the other day in 2008.

Not so long ago. In the film, the character walks into a restaurant and asks if he can borrow a copy of their “Yellow Pages”. The guy behind the counter handed him a real book made out of real paper, and yes, it had a yellow cover.

When was the last time you saw a yellow pages book, unless you have a leftover from over ten years ago?

I used to have different versions of the Yellow Pages thrown on my porch every year, but I haven’t seen one in a long time. Why waste paper when everything is online?

There are many things and professions that have simply disappeared over the years. They go away quietly and you don’t think about them until something or someone jogs your memory.

At one time there were advertisements in magazines saying “You can be a TV repairman!”

Being a TV repairman used to be a stable and lucrative job at one time. Solid state technology made this profession obsolete almost overnight.

With LED TVs now the norm, I don’t think anyone knows how to fix one. If your TV is having problems and starting to give you a wavy picture, it’s easier and cheaper to buy a new one.

I have quite a large collection of movies on DVD, and yes, I’ve received considerable reviews for it. “Get Netflix!” people tell me. However, Netflix doesn’t have the special features, interviews, deleted scenes, or clips that I like to watch. Plus, I just love the fact that I have an actual copy of The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca on my shelf.

I went to a corner store, I won’t say which one, but it rhymes with Walmart, to peek into the $5 bins, where I’ve found some pretty good and rare DVDs over the years year.

Rows and rows of DVDs were now down to half a row, and it was mostly TV shows per season.

I asked the saleswoman, and she told me that they no longer have a DVD video section because no one buys them.

I guess Netflix won the battle.

Have you tried printing photos recently? It becomes difficult to find a place to print a simple photograph. The shop I dealt with for years suddenly pulled the plug and pulled out all of their printing machines.

“Not enough business,” they told me.

I’ve said it in the past, there will be a whole generation of people who don’t have childhood or family photos. If you keep everything online, all it takes is one glitch on your computer to erase everything. On top of that, people forget and only realize years later that the old computer they dropped off at the recycling point also had most of the photos on the hard drive.

When was the last time you saw a motorist parked on the side of the road with a map spread over the steering wheel as they tried to work out their route?

About five years ago, I was traveling to a town on Lake Huron to film an Internet commercial for a local business. I thought I had drawn the route in my head, but somewhere along the line and a V in the road, I ended up in Listowell, and I had no idea how to get to that other town.

Do they even make road maps anyone? I was wondering. I went to a gas station convenience store and asked the clerk if they had any maps. He was excited to take me to the store’s card shelf.

Judging by his eagerness, I was probably the first person to buy a real paper map in several years.

I bought a GPS next week.

When was the last time you used a payphone? They’re still out there, there’s one in my local mall, but I rarely see anyone using it, and when I do, I wonder why?

The most recent data I could find, from 2015, indicated that Bell Canada had 636 payphones that hadn’t been used for over a year and 10,501 payphones that were paying less than 0.50 cents per day. It is a losing investment.

In our current germaphobic society, I would be surprised if anyone wanted to use a device that a complete stranger had just handled and breathed.

Many things have disappeared in recent years.

I wonder what’s next?