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    what was it even like back then?

    I just finished a general economics class where my professor liked to tell stories like "when I finished college, I bought a car and gas back then was 30 cents!" or "At my first job they paid me $2/ per hour".

    I realize that there is inflation, but even so, 31 cents today is 2 dollars ish a gallon. Most of his stories made me go asdfasfasf regarding our economic situation in the US. But I also liked the ones just about how life was back then.

    So, those of your who are way older than me, what was life and work like when you were younger?

    And for people who are younger than me, I don't even know what it's like to be you either. I hear a lot of people my age say things like "grumble grumble, wahh, kids nowadays!!! Back in the old days...." Even though we're not even that old lawls (I am 22).

    Well this topic is not only for those from the US, if you are from other countries, feel free to share your stories too.
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    Well , i am from the state , that was ruled by communists back then . I was only a little child , when their rule ha ended , but i've listened to the stories of people , that have lived most of their lives then. There was censorship and lack of everything needed , but state took almost all responsibilities for preservation of it's citizens . Education(even higher) and healthcare , though modest, were absolutely free, there was low crime rate ( with exception of corruption ) and people could travel all around the state relatively freely. But the stability of communist rule drove people mad by it's sheer boredom and absence of need for personal responsibility has corrupted their souls . Now my state is capitalistic authoritarian third world nation with huge prospects of eventual extinction of most of the populace and loss of independence .Everything it has is because of these deeds , made in the past.
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    Well, it was WAY easier to get jobs in the early nineties... And up to the mid-nineties, people were absolutely throwing money at new media. That was a great time to be doing anything remotely related to anything digital.

    Rent was probably half what it is now, too... Especially before the stupid luxury condo building spree. (The huge half-empty luxury condos that nobody can actually afford to live in...)

    But the hell with "way back when", I've noticed a sharp increase in the cost of basic items like food in the past decade alone. And since the recent downward spiral of the economy, perfectly intelligent, educated, motivated people have trouble finding so much as a burger-flipping job. And not for lack of trying. Something is wrong with this picture.

    Also I swear the overall weather gets hotter and weirder each year. Not good. 80 degree weather in March at this latitude is messed up, yo.
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    I turned 18 in 1978. The late Seventies was a world of suck. Stagflation, anyone?

    My husband is a decade older than me and British. His earliest memories are rationing and hard times. To this day, we have a room full of toilet paper...just in case.

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    I used to get pissed watching the news and listening to "experts" talk about the bad economy and how everything was getting worse, etc, around 2007-8.

    I came to the realization that I didn't have a clue what was going on. I didn't understand basic economics. I didn't understand inflation, and why it sucks. Not because prices go up, but the damage it does to the economy. I didn't understand central banking and fractional reserve banking. I didn't understand what is the point of an interest rate. I'd be surprised if one in a hundred people in the United States know the purpose of an interest rate*.

    I realized I was completely oblivious and the talking heads all over the television didn't make any sense. Adjusting percentages and moving this ratio around. It all sounds like gibberish.

    Then I discovered Austrian Economics.

    I used to get pissed because I didn't understand. Now I get pissed because I understand.

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    Untill you realize they had it almost exactly the same 100 years ago... and 200 years ago... and 300 years ago.
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    I'm not among the old people yet, but it fascinates me when my parents tell me of their old times. Not that they were in the US back then, but when they were young, a whole roasted chicken was a really special treat--like, birthday cake special. (At least, that's the impression I got.) Oh, and apples--they had to be shipped from overseas and were coveted enough that my mom's family kept saving it until it was not-so-fresh.

    On the upside, they also talked about cooking meat and yams in a stone mound, left under the full blast of the sun to be baked. That sounds cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGMonkey View Post
    Untill you realize they had it almost exactly the same 100 years ago... and 200 years ago... and 300 years ago.
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    We have yet to solve ignorance.
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    Well being born in 1960 i grew up with lot icons of the time cheap gas low pay that you could still pay bill and buy food with. Time changed and thing went up but i still think it was better .. as a Kid I could walk allover and I live in the LA area.. no one was trolling for me as kid or anyone my age at that time. We watch TV at night got up early and went out to play.. Our parents worked well my father did. He work hard got paid bought things for us .. scream when gas was at $035 a gallon when it was just $0.25 the day before.. time change money slowed and the rich got richer and the poor just got well.. I was happy to pay $369 a gallon the other day.. that show say it all.. I think my father would have yell "get me rope I need to hang fat cat in DC.." Yes life was simple and fun back then.. Yes we had our worries but pay, food, bills all cheaper.. but it had something else too and i am not sure how to say it with out ticking people off but we had Values more of knowing what is right from wrong .. and to how and what we want people to treat us and other .. Being kind wasn't pushed for it happen more often then it didn't . We did has a better time of it .. but now It's just so far gone.. i don't see how we could go back to something that distance now..

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    I remember shoveling a lot of dinosaur shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarman View Post
    I remember shoveling a lot of dinosaur shit.
    Dinosaurs? They didn't have Dinosaurs till I was in high School. People think its tough now but that first mass extinction when I was a kid, that was tough , all we ate for years were trilobites. To this day I can't stand trilobite soup.
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    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.
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