An Oldie But A Goodie

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

I am a Googler. I use the search engine countless times a day, both at work and at home. Whether I’m looking for a correct spelling, song title, random fact, how-to instructions or information I’m just generally curious about, Google is my go-to. I’ve used it so much that I like to think I can usually find just about anything I’m looking for. For instance, I’ve learned that sometimes you need to be creative in how you word things, especially if you’re searching for something specific. This, of course, has led to some interesting search phrases and even more interesting results. Needless to say, if someone were to browse my search history they’d probably think I was nuts...

(Bear with me; I promise I’m going somewhere with this.)

Just a few weeks ago, I was doing some image Googling for a project here at the office. I don’t remember what I typed in the search bar — or what I was even hoping to find, for that matter — but an image popped up that caught my eye. Among the random collection of search results was a clock radio, the same clock radio that I own. Big deal, right? Well, I was impressed because my clock radio is so old; it’s the last of my possessions that I’d expect to see anywhere outside my house or a thrift shop. With my curiosity piqued, I clicked on the image to see where the photo was posted. There, included in several Flickr albums, was my clock radio, grouped with other ancient items under the titles of “Old Stuff,” “The Forgotten,” “Vanishing America” and “Vintage Electronics.”

Most of the information I found dates this clock radio to the early 1980s. I can’t remember the exact year I received mine, but if I had to guess I’d go with the early ‘90s. Santa left it under our tree for me and it has been going strong ever since. In fact, it’s the only alarm clock I’ve ever had! Actually, I take that back — I bought a new one when I started college. It was a radio and a CD player that had a multitude of fancy features. It didn’t last, though. I could never figure out the settings and the alarm was nowhere near loud enough to wake me for my early classes. When I returned for my second year of school, the new clock stayed home and the old GE made the trip back with me.

Anyway, stumbling across my “vintage” treasure during my search got me thinking: my clock radio is probably the oldest item I own and still use on a daily basis. For argument’s sake, we’ll say the clock is 20 years old. Sure, I have some keepsakes that are that old, if not older, but nothing that is put to use each and every day. And even with two decades under its belt, my clock radio is in pretty great condition!

What’s the oldest item you own and continue to use on a regular basis? Let me know below or swing by the SNPJ Facebook page and leave us a comment on our wall.

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