Slice of Life Challenge: 23 of 31

Things No Longer Used, Outdated, or Antiquated

Tomorrow, I am attending a poetry workshop with Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate.  She asked that we do two things before arriving:

1) Recall—from childhood, or from a young or younger-than-you-are-now age—something you happened upon, something unexpected, something for which you weren’t searching, weren’t prepared for, something you encountered after a turned corner, an opened door, an opened lid or cover or drawer, something that surprised or startled or stunned or moved you.

2) Make a short list of outdated equipment, of old-fashioned devices, such as a reel (hand-push) lawn mower.

Number 1 is challenging.  I have been thinking all week.  When I go home tonight, I will pour over my journals to add to my list.  I found my college field biology notebook/journal which held some surprises there.

Number 2.  Here’s my list so far:

Wooden library card catalog
Manual typewriter
Movie projector
16 mm movies
Potato ricer
Vinyl records
Laundry wringer
Cast iron Dutch ovens
Wooden wheels
Glass milk bottles
Hand cranks
Shoe polish stand
Slide ruler

It’s going to be great fun.

More SOLSC slices HERE.


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2 Responses to Slice of Life Challenge: 23 of 31

  1. MaryHelen says:

    Your list is rather fun and brings back memories. Vinyl records have memories for me. Have fun tomorrow. It will be neat to see what you learn.

  2. elsie says:

    You should have an interesting slice come out of this experience, plus some wonderful poems. I think I would have a very hard time with that first requirement. Nice list of old things, makes me feel old since most of them were in use in my childhood.

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