When you get older you just don’t expect to experience things for the first time.

Life has a way of falling into a routine. You get up, turn on the computer or television, have a cup of coffee, check the news, pet the dog, shower, go to work, come home, eat, watch TV and fall asleep. You know — the regular routine.

When something new happens, it can be quite exciting.

This new year, I had a first-time experience that was so subtle that it took me 23 days to even realize it.

At the turn of the new year, for most of 57 years, someone, if not dozens of people, have offered calendars to me.

I usually didn’t take the free calendars like what the bank hands out. I normally like to go to the pop-up calendar stores in the mall and purchase one of those ultra-cool specialty calendars.

As a photographer, I usually bought one of the Ansel Adams or Winston Link calendars.

There were years when I had to get one of those great Far Side calendars or something that might add a little happiness to my day.

But this year everything is different.

Not a single person or company offered or sent me a new calendar. I didn’t go out to buy one either.

In fact, I only remember seeing calendars for sale once when I was at the “big box store” a few weeks ago.

It is really OK that no one offered me a calendar — I just don’t use them anymore.

The only calendar I need is already in my computer and my phone. I use them all the time, but I no longer need or desire something that hangs on my wall.

I never really thought that someday the normal hum-drum calendar would go by the wayside.

It got me thinking about what has changed during my 57 years on this planet.

I never imagined I would be driving a half-electric/half-gas-powered hybrid car that gets 50 miles per gallon, but I do.

I love that car and it even has great performance. The only problem is that you have a range of more than 600 miles with a full tank of gas and you have to change the oil every five to six times that you fill up.

One of the largest leaps in my life has been film to digital photography. I’ve been a professional photographer and camera collector all my adult life.

I know photography so well that I even developed color and black and white films back in the day.

I felt blessed when digital photography blossomed and I embraced it as I knew it would save a lot of money compared to film.

Digital is also environmentally more friendly.

Many of my friends are still shooting film, but I’ve tried and digital is just so much easier to do. I always hated developing film because after a while all you are is a professional sink technician.

Developing film was actually my profession several years before I became a journalist.

I tip my hat to all of you old-timers out there, like myself, who have learned to cope with the technological changes that have come to our lives.

Some of the technology we love.

Resistance is futile! Technology changes and so should we.

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Justice reporter Jim Headley can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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