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Another one of those ‘I’m getting old’ moments
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 11. 2014 9:36AM
I knew that when I turned 50 last September, there were a few “honors” that came with the milestone birthday.

First, my doctor recommended a colonoscopy.

Second, my AARP application arrived in the mail.

They’re subtle hints that I’ve moved on past the “middle age” mark and am heading down the “home stretch,” so to speak.

Last week, I faced another one of those “I’m getting old” moments.

It, too, was a subtle reminder that my life is full swing.

The “I’m getting old” moment happened while I was addressing a group of sophomores during their “Career Day” sessions last week at the local high school. I was telling the young folks about how the newspaper industry has changed since I started in the industry 29 years ago. I typed my stories on a typewriter, later advancing to the computer, where there have been ongoing changes ever since.

From their blank stares I came to the conclusion that most had no knowledge of a typewriter. (I, on the other hand, had shelled out a large share of my high school graduation funds for the electric version. At the time, I equated it to being the next best thing to sliced bread.)

As I talked about the darkroom, developing negatives and printing pictures, it became visibly clear to me that the only darkroom they’re familiar with is when they’re in a room and it’s, well, dark.

I have to admit that I was a bit excited when a young man, who obviously was absorbing all that I had to say, raised his arm to ask a question of me about the industry.

“What’s a negative?” he asked.

I didn’t hear the “a” in his question.

“Well, the negative (of the job) is the hours you will work – nights, holidays and weekends,” I told him.

And that’s when another one of those “I’m getting older” moments popped up.
He wasn’t asking me about the “negatives” of the job, but instead about “negatives” produced from cameras – film cameras, to be exact – in the darkroom.

It was clear to me at this point that this generation of kids have obviously had little “exposure” to film camera era.

After trying to explain that a film negative is without having one to show them, I’m not sure the kids could truly envision them. But I was sure relieved that I wasn’t assigned to talk to the kids about VCRs, cassette tapes and vinyl albums.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock.
Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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