The good old days also had pitfalls

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The above quotes have been circulating around the internet recently and honestly I am offended. I’m old too, so those things probably go hand in hand.

Look, I remember 1980. I was just a child, but I was definitely AWARE of 1980. I know at the time, if you had asked me about 1939, I would have thought it was at least 1 million years earlier, give or take .

I mean 1939? Before World War II? It’s not a time that actually exists except in black and white images, is it? People who try to say that 1980 to last year is the same number of years are just … nasty. Who needs this kind of negativity?

I know that the last few years have been a lot to take – just a lot really. We’ve all been through it. I think it’s safe to say that ‘the good old days’ can now more than ever be seen as basically any period of time before March 2020. A worldwide pandemic will do that to you.

Retro

For those of you who follow fashion, home decor and general trends, let me assure you that the 1980s is back baby! Young adults who spring their first nests have a lot of nostalgia for a decade none of them were born in.

Dusty pastels, brass, modular and molded furniture and yes, even those country geese with the string motifs that were on EVERYTHING see a new emergence. They join their modern brothers from the middle of the century, dark wood and lots of texture.

Everything, from the 1960s to the 1980s, is simply seen as better than today. I was there, and I can say that it was all pretty good – given that I was a child so most of the disadvantages did not affect me personally.

But before we wax rhapsodically on “ahead of time”, I think it is crucial for those of us who remember some of the “good old days” to also become real about some of the pitfalls.

Trials

I do not know if children nowadays really understand the trials we survived. Phones were attached to the wall. We could only make or receive calls from that point. Do they even know what a busy signal is?

Call waiting has been around since before they were born. In fact, if the truth is to be told, most of them will not even answer the phone. They usually just text.

In the past, we had no streaming movies or TV. There was no VCR to record programs (unless your family was quite rich in the early 80’s), if you missed your favorite program you simply missed it.

There were limited channels (UHF anyone?). If you had a VHS player, video stores charged memberships (remember them?), And you had to go to the store, try to find one in stock behind all the empty boxes, pick up a “tape” and then come home and explain everyone else what the movie was about because the box it came in was usually plain white.

Microwave ovens were as big as a small car. My mom had to give up an entire corner of her kitchen for her first microwave.

Trip

The trip was also uncertain at best. Today we can plan and pay for almost any trip from the previously mentioned “mobile phone”.

Going somewhere in 1980? Better go down to AAA and order your “Trip-Bitch.” Hope you can scroll through the pages quickly if anything changes on the route.

Gas stations were not able to pay at the pump. You yourself would go into that station and get stuck behind someone playing 100 tickets.

Once on the road, there was no streaming music or podcasts. You listened to the radio stations you got in your area and liked it – or not. No signal? No problem. Play “slug bug” or license plate bingo.

The past has many amazing things to offer – mainly memories. Living in the “future” also has many benefits.

It pays to remember that when we travel along the road of remembrance, in the “good old days” we would have had to do it without GPS, and to be honest, payphones were also quite rough.

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