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SoCS: Scotch Tape, 8 Track Tapes, Duct Tape, and My First Airplane Flight with David as Pilot


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tape.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Use it any way you like. Enjoy!

It’s Friday evening at 8:16. Earlier this afternoon, after reading the prompt, I became curious about the history of tape. Seems like it’s a relatively recent invention in the big tapestry of time. Tapestry, by Carol King is one of my favorite albums, by the way. But we will come back to music, if the stream goes that way.

“Scotch” tape was a brand name and a household marvel in the 50s and 60s. It was developed to help make a dividing line between paint colors on cars staring around the 1920s. Before Scotch Tape, there was glue and paste, wrapping things in paper, and string. There was a video I watched not long ago about wrapping presents in cloth – like small blankets or bandanas. Very cool way to save resources and reduce waste.

After Scotch tape became a common household tool, there were tape recorders. Or maybe tape recorders were about the same time or earlier. When my dad was overseas in Vietnam, he sent a recording of himself talking to Mom for her to play on the tape recorder which had two small reels. Later there were 8 track tapes that took the place of vinyl record albums, but not completely. I still have a box of vinyls that held up way better than 8 track tapes. But you could play 8 tracks in your CAR! and that was amazing at the time. When David and I dated in the 70s, he had a case of 8 tracks that he brought with him when we hung out with friends. I’m sure Jethro Tull was one of the tapes. Then there were cassette tapes. Sometimes the tape player would eat the tape. If a whole loop came out without breaking, you could sometimes wind it back in with a pencil and it might still play. Then there were VHS tapes for the TV, another amazing invention at the time – to be able to record a TV show or watch a movie whenever you want was quite a revolution for someone who liked TV.

Oh, remember taping posters on your wall as a teenager? Now, it’s considered tacky, but back then, it was fun.

Tape. So many ways to go with this. Duct tape is pretty versatile. I had a coworker years ago who said he (or someone else) needed duct tape on their mouth to keep from saying something inappropriate in a staff meeting.

I have a picture of duct tape on windows somewhere.

Speaking of windows, I have to be careful next time I fly with David in a small plane to not look out the side windows much. Motion sickness has always been a problem for me. Dramamine has usually helped a lot in big commercial planes and on boats, so I figured two Dramamine would work for my first private plane trip with my husband David as pilot. I didn’t quite throw up but came very close.

The first half of the 30-minute flight was interesting as I made myself think of something other than my fear of heights and that I might die. It was fascinating to look down at the Atlantic Ocean and intracoastal waterway. I took a bunch of pictures which probably didn’t help. After turning around to go back to the airport, I started feeling worse and worse nausea to the point of feeling miserable for the second half of the flight.

Before our next flight, I’m going to research additional motion sickness remedies, including pressure points on top of medication, and I’ll try to minimize looking down over the side…. next time.

David did an excellent job as pilot. I’m proud of him for working hard to accomplish his flying goals. There are not many people I would trust to fly me in such a small plane. I hope next time, I’ll be able to enjoy the flight more.


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

35 thoughts on “SoCS: Scotch Tape, 8 Track Tapes, Duct Tape, and My First Airplane Flight with David as Pilot

  1. Get a Spearmint essential oil roll on, sniff or put some under noise. It works and The Mayo Clinic taught me that during a procedure that did not allow me to move but I was about to chuck! They gave me a sniffing stick, worked superfast. I like essential oil one because they last longer and if your sick in bed, you can roll it over several spots to get more fragrance. Love the plane, my ex was a private pilot. How long has he been flying?

    • So nice to hear from you, Melinda. I was thinking about you a few days ago and meant to drop by but got distracted. Thanks a bunch for the tip! I had not heard this about spearmint oil and I’m glad it worked well for you. I wonder if peppermint oil would work, too and will look it up. David used to fly years ago in Connecticut but had to give it up because it’s expensive. He’s been working on getting recertified for the past couple of years. I’m glad he’s been able to get back in the air.

  2. I’m sorry for your motion sickness. Flying over the coastline in a plane sounds wonderful to me and Kudos to David for getting his pilot license. That is something I always wanted to do, but didn’t act on.

  3. You covered a lot of tape-ground, JoAnna. Tapestry is one of my favorite albums, too. I don’t recall any songs on that album that felt like filler. I love the photos from the air. Sorry about your motion sickness, I hope you find a way to combat that.

  4. You’re right: the modern tape recorder was developed in Germany before WWII and was used worldwide after the war. Scotch tape was invented in about 1930. Pretty close, really…

    Dramamine works for motion sickness, by the way…

  5. An entertaining post, JoAnna, you squeezed a lot in. When I was in senior high school, my boyfriend had a private pilots license and he used to fly us to different places when he could afford to hire a plane. He became a commercial pilot later on. I also get air sick but not in a small plane – strange that.

  6. Congrats to David on achieving his flying goals and to you on joining him up in the air! You’ve covered quite a wide range of tapes. In my mother’s sewing room, there were also several other types of tapes: tape measures as well as various sewing tapes used in dressmaking, such as the bias tape.

    • Thanks, Rosaliene. I remember the importance of measuring tapes in sewing, having taken Home Economics in Jr. High school specifically to learn to make my own clothes. It was a useful skill. I vaguely recall some other types of tapes.

  7. Wow! A pilot. That’s terrific! Those pics were awesome! I hope you feel better on the next flight.

  8. This is a fascinating stream. I hadn’t known the history of Duct tape. But you forgot to go back to this

  9. Thank you for sharing your adventure!!.. where would this world be without tape and bailing wire, one wonders?.. 🙂
    Glad that David were able to follow his dream and you were there with him and all went well.. perhaps with you being nervous of the unknown made the symptoms a bit worse?… 🙂
    Some 60 years ago my brother was excited about getting to fly with a pilot we knew well… he was a crop duster and since that day my brother refuses to get into a plane… 🙂 🙂

    Hope all is well and your path is filled with peace and joy and until we meet again..
    May your spirit only know peace
    May your heart only know love
    May all your dreams come true
    May your life’s journey be filled with happiness
    And life is all that you wish for it to be….
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

    • I’m glad to share my adventure, which it was! I have wondered if my nervousness might have made the symptoms worse, but I was also excited. Thank you for the beautiful blessings!

  10. What a trooper you are, JoAnna! Thanks for sharing the photos. I once went up in a small plane with my father and his flight instructor. Your post brought that memory back!

    • Thanks, Cheryl. I hope your memories did not include nausea and just the excitement. It was pretty amazing when I allowed myself the brief awareness of the size of the cockpit and how high up we were. Vulnerable and exciting at the same time.

  11. I agree with Cheryl, JoAnna, you are a trooper. Kudos to David for achieving his goal and flying. 💗 to you both. xXx

  12. Thanks for sharing this idea. These photos were so amazing
    Hope you are feeling OK. I feel motion sickness on these planes too.

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