Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 13th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 13th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on January 13, 2018.

A Look Back at Static


How many of you are old enough to remember seeing static on your television screen? That is often what you saw if you turned on the TV after the stations had signed off for the night or before they signed on in the morning. (Yes, kiddies, there was a time many, many years ago when TV channels weren’t 24×7.)

Or, seeing static on your TV screen meant that you needed to get your ass up and out of your easy chair or off the sofa, walk over to the TV, and fiddle with the rabbit ears until a viewable image appeared.

Remember rabbit ears?


And then there were those times when you were at home or in your car trying to tune into your favorite AM radio station and all you could get was static, no matter how frantically you turned the knob in search of some familiar music.


Of course, this reminds me of the Steely Dan song “FM (No Static At All).”

And finally, how many times were you on the phone and heard crackling or hissing noises and had to say to the person on the other end of the line, “Let me call you back. There’s too much static.”

And that, my friends, is all I have to say about static today.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “static.”

19 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — January 13th

  1. Maria Michaela January 13, 2023 / 3:26 am

    Static on the TV or the one with the rainbow colors. Some channels have the signed off labeled. Also, I miss the rotary phone. I loved dialing on that

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  2. newepicauthor January 13, 2023 / 7:32 am

    I recognized Steely Dan song, but I never knew what the name of it was.

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  3. Mason Bushell January 13, 2023 / 7:56 am

    I never saw rabbit ears on TV but I remember well the static.

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  4. bushboy January 13, 2023 / 11:57 am

    Thankfully no rabbit ears at our place. Just finished reading about Steely Dan. A great duo who came along at the right time with amazing music 🙂

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong January 13, 2023 / 3:07 pm

    Now, things just “happen” and we don’t know why AND we can’t fix them. I know we get better pictures and sound now, but we are also always more than a little confused.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam January 13, 2023 / 11:01 pm

    Do you remember when you’d get a crossed line? It was always hysterical

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      • Nope, Not Pam January 15, 2023 / 2:03 am

        I don’t know about that. My mother trying to get them to hang up with her posh ultra polite voice was pretty funny


  7. leigha66 January 29, 2023 / 7:14 pm

    And the static on AM radio was always awful during a thunderstorm.

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