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July 4th, 2012 #14
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Trees in parks were allowed to have low branches for kids to climb and fall out of, or like me, hang by my knees pretending to be a bat. Health & safety has ruined a lot of fun.
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July 4th, 2012 #17
We witnessed firsthand the occasion which would spawn the expression "jumping the shark". We did not so name this event, but I think we all knew on some level, "It was over."
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July 4th, 2012 #18
I remember when:
Cigarettes were $1.50
A cup of coffee was 50 cents
A beer was $1.00
amd I could get clean, fresh water from my tap.
I'm not that old, but I noticed those things change in my lifetime.
On the flipside, for a hundred bucks I can get a phone that plays music and takes pictures.
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July 4th, 2012 #19
I'm only 28. My best claim to fame is i remember an era before internet, cell phones, computers, and Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I vaguely remember a time before fresh prince though. And the computer thing is kind of wishywashy since computers technically existed before i was born. I guess i remember a time before everyone had one.
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July 4th, 2012 #20
@artzealot me too...I was born in '79. I remember us getting our first colour tv and when we got our first VCR player I was the only one who could set the time and I constantly had to show my dad how to record.
Also CD's hadn't been invented yet so we used to push the tape recorder up to the radio and record our favourite songs, and sometimes if we were in the mood, record little DJ segments inbetween.
Oh yeah, could also buy 4/5 chocolate bars for a £1 (now those were the days!)
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July 4th, 2012 #21
I remember when food was a lot cheaper too. Working at a gas station I see it first hand. The look on people's faces when they buy 4 candy bars and it's 10 bucks. Or a pack of cigarettes and a six pack for 12 bucks.
When I worked at a gas station in a poorer area, people cared a lot less about the price because they all paid with food stamps. They would send their kids in to buy $20 worth of junk shit a pop. 44 million americans on food stamps. If I quit my job, my household would make 3500 a month, and we would get 350 a month in food stamps for a family of 3. It almost becomes incentive to not work. And if I fluctuated my income numbers on my app, there would be no recourse. My husband's mother gets $800 a month in food stamps. And she lives by herself. All she buys is take-n-bake pizzas.
Almost 50% of americans are obese. But when the state talk about limiting buying sodas on food stamps, they say it stigmatizes the poor, and you can't define what's nutritional or not. But it already defines what is nutritional or not...for example you can buy red bull on food stamps because it says "nutritional" on the back. But you can't buy rockstar or monster. Probably because some politician wanted to invest in colombia brewing co. Why do we pay sales tax on soda and then take the tax off when people buy it with tax dollars? It just makes no sense to me.
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July 4th, 2012 #22
I remember that I used to love taking floppy disks apart just for fun. The cheapest gas I recall was 1.89$ and the weather has been getting crazier.
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July 4th, 2012 #23
Man I have corns older than some of these stories.
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July 5th, 2012 #26
I remember a time where my parent's generation could get rid of the mortgage for their new house in 4 years, with a car that was paid-for waiting in the driveway (at least in north america). I also noticed the skyrocketing price of flour and basic foodstuff in the last 10 years. I envy the self-entitlement of newer generations of workers.