There are quite a number of things I am pleased that I was young enough to do or experience that young people now never will.
Type on a typewriter was one, tap, tap, tap, ding, as you reached the end of the line and had to hit the carriage return
Use a mouse that had a tracking ball inside it, and rollers than needing cleaning every so often
Know the sound of a dial up modem
Getting really techie now, using as telephone with a crank handle and speak to an operator who would connect the call and experiencing 'party lines'
Drive a car and truck with manual gears. Who knows how to double de-clutch now?
Never even considering that the Village People or Freddie Mercury could be gay
Reading for hours without any electronic distractions
Become very excited at the prospect of lollies, crisps or soft drink
Fill a paper straw with dry pine needles to smoke
Kick a footy on the football ground at half time on the MCG (ok, I didn't really do this one, but others did)
Not have to worry about HIV
Winding up the alarm clock and knowing that when you hit the off button in the morning, there was no second chance
Staring at the filthy and rusty old chain called a communication cord on a train and wondering how they would know who pulled the cord and so have to pay the £5 misuse fine
Experiencing my first train ride on the modern and sleek new suburban Hitachi train. (Not so modern now)
Getting on a tram or bus and paying my fare to conductor
Knowing the sweet spot for the choke to be set for when starting a car, and where to have it set until the engine warmed up and remembering to turn the it off (no ma'm, it is not there to hang your handbag from)
Pulling apart an audio cassette to fix it when it started jamming and seeing the abandoned ribbons of cassette tape blowing around the streets on Saturday and Sunday morning after the revellers yanked the tangled tape from their car players and chucked it out the window
Cleaning the heads on a vcr and cassette player (actually, that was a bit of a pain)
Tracing the blown bulb which prevented the string of christmas tree lights from working
Not being able to walk away from the toaster or lose concentration when bread was in toasting
Grandma's frantic attempts to catch the toast after I shortened the spring on her pop up toaster
Truck drivers who had to keep a good look out before the disclaimer signs arrived, If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you.
Drivers who started off when the lights turned green, rather than requiring a toot to move their attention from whatever device they are playing with in the car to what is happening in front of them
Feeling sorry for motorists stopped at the side of the road because their car radiators had boiled. Feeling sorry for ourselves when it happened to us
Roads that did not have Japanese, Korean or Euro cars using them
Vacuum operated windscreen wipers. The faster and harder you drove, the slower they would go. While stationary, they operated at a cracking pace.
Cars without power assisted brakes and steering.
Getting stuck behind the Punt Road bus as it climbed the hill from the river, belching out thick diesel fumes.
Being on the Punt Road bus and watching the very wide conductor walk down the aisle at a slight angle.
Remember when the Yellow Pages were the Pink Pages.
And the Green Guide being green, before the addition of staples, now much complained about since their cost cutting removal.
The Herald, an evening newspaper and The Truth, a salacious gossip and exposure weekly paper.
The list of things I can now do far outweighs the list of what I could do years ago. Any of your own to add?