Back In MY Day…

For all of my life there has always been an older person around to tell me how things were so much different and much harder back in their day, meaning back when they were my age. Even still there are those older folks, those “senior citizens” who instantly have a brighter day just to be able to tell you that when they went to school they had to walk 10 miles, uphill both ways, with no shoes, in snow and broken glass…

Recently (as in just before writing this) I read an article on Cracked where jokes were made such as, “Oh — for our younger readers — a record store is a place where, as a teen, I failed repeatedly to find chicks willing to have sex with me.”

This joke was repeated a couple of times in that article when talking about CD’s and Blockbuster Video, and what it says is, there is a generation of people alive in this world today who do not know of these things. Sure CD’s are still out there and every now and then you’ll find a store that still sells music. We have one left here in Cincinnati and it’s awesome to go into. From what I understand there’s actually TWO record stores, but I didn’t believe the man who told me (my dad) and I stoned him with rocks until he took back his terrible lies.

Thinking about it, I realized that my generation is a unique generation in that we remember a time when all of the popular stuff out today didn’t exist, and it happened to be not that long ago. Technology is moving at an alarming rate. So fast that we can’t keep up with it. The “joke” is absolutely true about how if you buy a brand new computer today, it’ll be outdated within a year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Consider this… depending on who you ask an “antique car” is one that ranges anywhere from 15 to 25 years old. So, those of you who are as old as I am are clearly old enough to remember your parents car when you were a kid, and that car now would be an antique. Never mind that, do you see a Ford Taurus as an antique car? If you base it off of the 15 to 25 year ranking system a Dodge Neon would be antique. That car was just out a few years ago, right? Yet there are kids today who would read that and say “What’s a Neon?”

Seen at every major cruise-in around the country.

Seen at every major cruise-in around the country.

Holy shit, I never thought I’d feel THIS old at 33. I was around before home video game systems. Sure there was Pong in the 1970s but home video game systems really didn’t take off until the mid 1980s with the first Nintendo and Atari. Those of you who are my age, remember when Nintendo came out? Stores couldn’t keep them on the shelves. People waited in long lines, took raffle tickets and spent entire paychecks just to have one.

Back then, not everybody had a PC in their home. AMAZING! What the hell did we do for fun? We went *gasp* OUTSIDE to play. We used our imaginations. Holy fuckbeans, that wasn’t THAT LONG AGO.

We didn’t have cell phones. We didn’t know what an mp3 was because they hadn’t been invented yet. We had to use Walkmans to have our music portable, and even then you could still catch someone walking down the street with a fucking boom box on their shoulder, blasting the hell out of one eardrum at a time listening to N.W.A. or Kenny Rogers.

"'Islands In The Stream' is the SHIT yo!"

“‘Islands In The Stream’ is the SHIT yo!”

And the worst part? I’m totally turning into one of those people who hates modern stuff. Music and some fashion styles in particular, but seriously, I hate that I’m becoming that person and I’m only 33 years old! What the fuck?!

When I was a teen I honestly thought I was hipper, or cooler than my parents. I wasn’t going to become one of those people who bitched about how things were better back in my day and how everything today sucks, but I’ve totally become that person and much quicker than I ever thought possible. Because technology, and everything else for that matter, is progressing so much faster than it ever had before now.

Musically speaking, think about this. We went from the late 70s where, granted we were probably too young to remember the music then, straight into the 80s where the fashion and the music spoke directly about that decade. Let me pause here and say the NINETEEN eighties. Before all of the computers and electronics crashed and burned when the year 2000 struck us.

I don’t think any other decade is that recognizable just based off of the music and fashion alone. Sure the 60s and the 70s had their own stuff, but even the kids of today can see the bright neon colored mismatched clothing and hear a Simple Minds tune and instantly know it was from the 80s because quite frankly, no other decade wanted to be a part of that shit.

Ahh, the 80s, when women wanted to be as pretty as the guys.

Ahh, the 80s, when women wanted to be as pretty as the guys.

And then we hit the 90s and music completely swung another way, as well as the clothing. And then the 2000s hit and holy shit, another fucking huge change in everything. Even now in the 2010s we’re still basically where we were in the 2000s, so maybe things are slowing down a bit. I guess at least as far as music and clothing are concerned, but technology is skyrocketing into the future every day, and I’m actually scared to see what’s going to be available to the everyday consumer in the next 10 years.

So is that when it happens for every generation? Was our grandparents hitting their mid-30s and thinking that everything of the day sucked balls? And everything only continued to get worse? Will I be 50 and wishing there was a plug to be pulled to end my misery of dealing with the shit that is popular then? Oh man, I hope not. I hope at some point I can enjoy what’s out because otherwise, what will there be to look forward to?

My current PC, the one I’m writing this up on right now, is over 10 years old. It’s ancient by today’s standards. I have to crank it to get it started. I’m sure I won’t have it in another 10 years, but who knows, I might. Maybe by then I’ll be using it as a hard drive to store all of my favorite TV shows and movies, or I’ll be using it as a DVR. By then I’m sure DVR’s will be replaced with something else entirely, but I’ll have one, because I like to stay behind the curve by about 20 years. That’s what keeps me young.

Speaking of staying behind 20 years, anybody hear that new Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? It rocks. They have a long and promising future ahead of them. I hope nothing happens to alter that.

14 responses to “Back In MY Day…

  1. gothhicgoddess

    I got my first home comp in 2001. I had a pager my senior year in high school (1997). And Nirvana is still the shit, no matter what anyone says.

    • 2001? I think that’s when I got my first computer. I met you shortly after… I also had a pager, WOW, totally forgot about those! Yeah, I still crank Nirvana every now and again. Rob might have some other things to say about them though lol.

      • Id have finished high school first off. lol.

        Nirvana…AAARRRGGGHHH. Ok look, heres my thing: EVERYGODDAMNPERSON I knew was into them, back when they were around. Them and that whole “college music” thing just drove me nuts. While I was perfectly happy jamming out to the Misfits and Venom, and Corrosion Of Conformity..everybody had to come around with these scores of crap bands that sounded like every damn thing else on the radio. On top that I kept hearing that Kurt directly stole just about everything he did that made him big…it just drove me batty. (yes, just like everyone else does, I know, I know..)
        One song. Thats it. Thats all I like from them. Ill listen to the other stuff, but..yea. You get my point. Nirvana sucks. lol

      • Yeah, finishing high school would be a good way to go. I’m still convinced I only graduated because my principal didn’t want me there anymore.

        You don’t have to like them. There is no act out there that everyone likes. Not everybody liked The Beatles. It’s all good. And honestly as far as Nirvana goes, I really wasn’t a big fan of theirs until after Kurt was killed. I used to sleep with my radio on and one day I woke up to “Come As You Are” and I said to myself “I must own everything they ever put out.” That’s when I got into them. It was just the right song at the right time and it hit me. I still don’t own everything they put out, but that was when I went out and bought my first Nirvana CD. I like them more than I don’t, but I’m not a die hard fan of theirs.

      • gothhicgoddess

        I met you within 2 weeks of getting my comp. 🙂

      • Wow, that was about the time I had my computer before meeting you. *cue eerie music*

  2. I had an old TRS-80 that ran off cassette tapes back when I was 14 (’88) but didnt get a “modern” computer till about 5 or 6 years ago. Im now on my third computer since..and probably wont get another unless I build it myself. 😛 The only thing that really bothers me about “modern society” is the strange attachment to cell phones. I consider it bad form..no,just plain rude to mess with my cell when I have company. And “gaming” on a cellphone just goes up my ass sideways. ….Tapping and “swiping” a screen isnt gaming. Its morse fucking code.

    But wtf ever. Besides all that, I welcome our new robot overlords (mostly because of things like true 7.1 surround sound sound lol.) I hear ya though. Times have changed, and fast. I got kind of slapped in the face with that when I moved out in the country (1128 days ago…) Here everything is around ten years behind where I came from. Everything from music to fashion to tech. And attitudes.
    And Im not sure how much you remember of the 80s but I still think of the 90s as like..yesterday (what I can remember anyway. 93-97 is a bit fuzzy lol). In my 20s, partying, getting to know the world at large..a lot of good music came out of then..and a lot of bad drugs 😉

    I forget my point exactly, but yea. I hear ya. Everything changes. And way too fast.

    • Extremely way too fast. Back in high school I had one good friend who was a year older than me. When I was about to graduate I asked him what life was like not being in school for a year and he told me it went by too fast. Now I know. If I could go back and do it all over again, man oh man.

  3. If we had the ability to go back and do everything over again, we’d never stop doing just that because those were the golden times to enjoy life without too much technology to – ahem- brainwash us. Amazing post as always, babe.

  4. I enjoyed these comments. I love the Beatles, Nirvana annnd I drove a Neon from 1997-2005. I miss it still, rust spots and all.
    We had a Commodore 64, then we had a PC with floppy disks, then I went to college and refused a PC, sayin if I couldn’t have a Mac, I’d settle for a word processor. My word processor used disks, but they weren’t floppy…and after graduation, I quickly realized only “rich” people had computers…and I wasn’t rich enough to have one for another two years.
    I love technology. I don’t understand it, but I love it. Like God. LOL

  5. Lol, Atari and Intellivison…my crx would have been 26 years old. I saw one at a classic car show and wanted to ask what the fuck? You are still young.

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