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    Quote Originally Posted by JFierce View Post
    I'm not even old, rather young. But even I remember when Gas was less than a dollar and in our ridiculously poor household growing up we could live off far less income.
    Ha, same! When I first started driving at 17, gas was at 89 cents a gallon, and it was at that same price for a very long time as well. When the gas price escalation happened, I was amazed at how much the price would fluctuate from one day to the next.


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    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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    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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    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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    @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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    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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    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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    Man I have corns older than some of these stories.

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    Back then...I was only born 1980 so...Fruit Roll-Ups had fruit in them (and seeds), Saturday mornings had at least five channels with cartoons worth watching, and...everything just LOOKED neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
    I was only born 1980 so...Fruit Roll-Ups had fruit in them (and seeds)
    Wait, what now?

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    Wherever you are, don't get too attached to it.
    Stoat, this is so freaking depressing... I dread a major shift in a close future and have always been paranoïd of the whole white picket fence thing.


    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.

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    Not so different from now, not as much as people make it out to be.
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    Given that I was born in 1944, I must have something to contribute to this discussion! Yeah, yeah, gas was pennies a gallon, and a pack of smokes was 40 cents. Our first house was about 20 grand, etc, etc. Sixty years of continuous inflation will do that to you. What gets mentioned less often is that the average salary was around $6,000 per YEAR. I can tell you that a house was just as difficult to buy then as now. Mortgage rules were a lot tougher, and interest rates ranged from 9 to 15%. Still, folks got by, just as they get by now.

    Let me tell you what the big change is between then and now. In 1950, the world population was 2.5 billion. Today is is 7 billion, nearly THREE time what it was in 1950. There are a lot more people around today than there was when I was young. A lot more people, development and pollution, and a lot less of everything else, including nature, wildlife and privacy. Enough so that I notice the change.

    Of course, we have more iPads now, so I guess it's OK.
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