Well, not quite to the level of stone tablet and chisel but:
2. (Soon) hand writing and paper
I copy that, Darwin. Hope this doesn't happen to you:
I was in Barnes & Noble not too long ago. For some odd reason, I didn't have a credit card on me - but I did have my checkbook in my jacket pocket. I wrote out a check in standard schoolboy cursive script and handed it to the young cashier who seemed almost shocked to see something that anachronistic being handed to her.
She looked at my check blankly for a minute and then asked, "Is this written in some sort of foreign language?"
I told her no, it was English. She looked over her shoulder at another equally young cashier who came up behind and proceeded to ask her
if she had ever seen writing like mine. The other young lady exclaimed "Oh, yeah. Wow! My mother writes like that sometimes. She had a name for it, but I don't remember what it was"
I told her it was usually called longhand
. "Yeah, that was it," she agreed.
The first cashier had by now gotten an approval from her cash register and bagged my three O'Reilly titles.
As she handed the bag to me, she smiled and said, "Longhand huh? Is that anything like shorthand?"
I nodded and said "a little bit," before I smiled back, thanked her, and walked away.
Back out in the car I just sat there for a minute.
For the very first time in my life I really did feel OLD