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Genre: Historical Friction
Word Count: 100
“Isn’t it beautiful?” Jan showed off his latest acquisition from Radio Shack.
I fumed. “Our electric typewriter works just fine. A computer will end up being another dust collector like your precious Polaroid SX-70.”
“How was I supposed to know the film would cost a fortune?”
Several years have passed since that day. I’ve acquired my own desktop, scanner-printer combo, a laptop for travel and Jan takes sharp pictures with his iPad.
He reads the screen over my shoulder and says with a sly smile, “Lemme get you a rag.”
“You’ve been at it for hours. You’re collecting dust.”
*Note: Radio Shack’s computer was actually named TRS 80 but became widely known as Trash 80. From there we went to the Commodore 64 and Jan had a Kaypro, a portable computer that I refer to as the Commodore in a Can. All cutting edge technology in the latter part of the 20th Century.