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what's something or a situation from your youth that the younger generations of today would go..."seriously dude?"

...we had a tv that had no would make me change channels by pressing buttons or turning knobs on tv
...i know how to write cursively
...i didn't own a cell phone until my 30s
...i knew what "be kind and rewind" meant on a sticker on a vhs cassette...let alone beta
...i played video games on an atari console...before that pong 🤣
.... classics like "all in the family"... 'welcome back kotter" and "charlies angels" were quality programs....
.............. the list is endless..
TheShanachie · 61-69, M
Party phone line (get off this phone or I’m coming over to knock you out!) record changer turning the antenna manually up on the roof cereal boxes had plastic flimsy records on the back sometimes milk truck delivered milk in glass jugs returning pop bottles for deposit and reuse.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@TheShanachie When I was a teen we had an 8-party line. All it took was one family with a chatty adult (usually a woman) or with teen girls to hog up the phone line for everyone. We had a neighbor who married a very nutty woman who would either stay on the line all day line calling various people when she couldn’t for some reason go into to town and run around bothering people all day. So many friends and relatives would call us later in the evening saying that they had tried all day long to call us to tell us something. My great-uncle made a surprise bus trip and called about a dozen times, always got a busy signal. He wanted us to go to town and pick him up at the bus station. Finally sent a telegram to us telling us that. They didn’t deliver it. They tried several more times to call us on the phone and finally got ahold of us and we got him earlier in the evening. The woman’s husband had come home and probably told her to get off the phone.
TheShanachie · 61-69, M
@cherokeepatti wow!! I think we had 6 and my grandparents had at least 8, it was nearly impossible to call them.
exexec · 61-69, C
Riding bikes to the creek and playing in it, despite snakes and pollution. Building small forts for toy soldiers and blowing them up with fireworks. Drinking from the garden hose. Watching no TV all day during the summer. Playing sports and getting no trophy even for winning the championship.
ffony · M
@exexec I remember putting a tin can over a lighted squib (firecracker) and being astonished how high & far the explosion threw it.
exexec · 61-69, C
@ffony Yes, that was a fun thing to do. Actually, we got in trouble because the can came down on top of my Dad's car.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@ffony we lived in a rural area and that was one of our favorite activities with fireworks.
Newborn me went home from the hospital with mom sitting in the passenger seat holding me in her arms. She probably wasn’t even wearing a seatbelt.
ffony · M
@OlderSometimesWiser Seatbelts were for pilots & racing drivers. No one else had them.
Picnicking with friends …
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
Before there was caller ID’s we would call up people and tell stupid jokes. Like ask a store owner if he sold Prince Albert Tobacco in a can. When he replied “Yes”…we would tell the owner to let him out. 🤪 silly stuff like that. My cousins came from Missouri to visit one week in the summer and we were bored and one cousin mentioned putting egg white on our faces for a facial. So we did that but it was icky and she said it would work as it dried. So we turned on the fan to dry our faces off and then started talking into the fan to change our voices. We also went on walks in the rural area and met up with my friend down the road and my cousin had a hoot about me and her talking and our Okie accents.
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exexec · 61-69, C
@cherokeepatti My friend would call and say, "your goat is in my garden." Of course, they would say they didn't have a goat. So he would answer, "I know, he's in my garden."
ffony · M
@cherokeepatti Phoning the grocer, asking if they had any leeks and recommending a plumber.
CrazyMusicLover · 31-35
Getting up very early on Saturday to watch morning cartoons.

Taking turns with your sibling at the computer.

Searching for скачать buttom on shady Russian websites so you could download low quality mp3s of your favorite songs. 🤭 Also, not from home because you didn't have the internet at home.

That immense joy when you found midi ringtones of your favorite songs. And genuine hate for crazy frog tune.

When you were 14-15 and adults in online forums talked to you like to a respected human being instead of instantly blocking you out of fear of being accused of being a pedo.
CrazyMusicLover · 31-35
@Elessar Blue is cool because it was probably at its peak before my time. 😆
CrazyMusicLover · 31-35
@Elessar Hey, that is a gem 😆
Elessar · 26-30, M
@CrazyMusicLover They both had a *very* long lifespan. Like, in the 2010s you'd likely hear both at parties, clubs, beach and such. 😅

Him, Gigi d'Agostino and GALA are the triumvirate of 90s songs
ffony · M
When people went on holiday (or just into town!) you could have no knowledge of them until they returned - except maybe a mid-vacation postcard "Wish you were here (a lie)".
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
@ffony That is definitely an old habit worth revisiting . .
Sapio · 51-55, M
Using a landline and asking permission of the father to speak with his daughter.
@Sapio This was the phone I received for my 16th birthday. My classmates thought I was a rockstar. 😅
Sapio · 51-55, M
@bijouxbroussard do you still have it?
@Sapio Yes ! And it still works, too. 😊
- We had to dial numbers on corded phones.
- We played some games called Chinese Garter and Jack Stones.
- Our generation and not theirs started playing with the first skateboards (smaller and sleeker shaped)
- People smoked everywhere, one's office desk, elevators, trains, cabs, and airplanes( so glad that has changed)
- We had cell phones as big as walkie talkies(brick sized lol) then transitioned to super tiny ones with flip top that you had to squint to see the tiny screen lol
grandpa using a church key to punch 2 holes in a 46oz can of Hawaiian punch
iamnikki · 31-35, F
Having to go to the store to borrow a movie.
Having to go outside and play.
Not having a cell phone until I was 16, which I bought and paid the bill on.
ffony · M
@iamnikki There were no movie 'stores'. Movies were shown at the cinema. No cell phones; damn few phones, actually.
iamnikki · 31-35, F
@ffony I'm aware of history
ffony · M
@iamnikki That's good. (I'm only aware of some of it 😊)
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
I remember going to the local bar with a buddy and consuming way too many beers. We staggered out to his truck and I noticed the doors were unlocked the keys were in the ignition behind the seat was a 30.06 rifle and on the seat was a box of 30.06 shells. I know they all were in working condition because as we drove home we saw some jack rabbits which we shot with the rifle. It was after midnight and no one reported hearing rifle shots to the police. How many laws or bad practices did we break or commit?
Going out without your parents having a satellite tracking device on you.
wildbill83 · 36-40, M
doing actual work before you were 18...
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
Listening to tapes on a walkman . . standing in the middle of the room with a TV aerial trying to get a signal . . Neighbours as primetime viewing . . Spice Girls . . using a fax machine to communicate with my parents . . wearing gym knickers in PE.
carpediem · 61-69, M
As kids we would follow the mosquito spraying truck on our bikes and get surrounded by the cloud it was spraying. Turns out it was DDT.

It did kill mosquitos though. Also everything else that flew.
ffony · M
KDRF - Knock (or kick) door, run fast - trying to time it so your pal got caught running past as it opened.
Jarffff · 46-50
The "cool" kids were into New Kids On The Block
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@Jarffff How girls and women screamed for Elvis Presley when he was performing, later the Beatles.
Jarffff · 46-50
@cherokeepatti Before my time but i've seen archive material to back that up!! :)
Iwillwait · M
All those things coupled with no seatbelts, smoking in airplanes & restaurants.
Lilymoon · F
Crank calls 🤭
@Lilymoon too....looking in the phone book 6 inches thick and picking out a "victim" dialing on a rotary phone (push button in better times) ....we were sooooo cruel 🤣
Lilymoon · F
@beermeplease oh yeah good times 😆
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JustDJ76 · 46-50, M
Been there and done all of those.
Remote ? The tv for us kids had a broken knob, so there was a set of pliers for turning channels.
And it was a black & white set, the color tv was in the living room.

I also know how to write cursively, occasionally I’ll leave a note with my niece just to mess with her. I know how to read Roman numerals, too. I don’t know if that’s taught anymore. I bought my first cell when I was about 37. I traded in my pager. My father built me a computer for my 40th birthday.
@bijouxbroussard that's so cool 🤗 are the sister i wish i had
NinaTina · 26-30, F
I wear a bra and no thongs
ffony · M
@NinaTina I can understand why people wear a bra, but thongs - why does anyone wear those? Unless you mean sandals 😆.
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Workerbee · 31-35, M
Easy; the most recent presidential debate 😂
I almost forgot, being sent with a note by grandma to get a carton of Virginia Slims menthols, a case of long necks, to the corner store, with only a tenner, and having enough left over for a slush puppy and candy.
daydeeo · 61-69, M
@NativePortlander1970 Salted pumpkin seeds in the red box with an Indian on it. Root beer barrels or lemon drops, two for a penny, and on and on....
Wax lips ! Lol! Little wax bottles filled with 1/4 ounce of God knows what sweet liquid.
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@daydeeo Bubble gum cigars and candy cigarettes
Riding our bikes without helmets and jumping over a line of other kids while onlookers of our peers cheered us on.

Puke a go round, seeing how fast we could spun them, first up chucker paid for the sodas from the corner store.

Jart Chicken, throwing lawn darts at each other's feet, first flincher got a knuckle duster punch on their shoulder.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
@NativePortlander1970 Riding bikes to the nearest firework stand, or several in an unincorporated area on the edge of the town. Looking at the selection and ending up with smoking monkeys, smoke b*mbs, small strings of Black Cats, pinwheels, pop bottle rockets, sparklers, pinwheels and some chasers. Seeing how creative we could be with them once we got home. Daytime activities included sticking firecrackers in the loose bark of elm trees to blow the bugs out out, removing the gunpowder from the firecrackers and collecting it to put on red ant nests down in the hole and lighting them up, lighting the black snakes and smoke bombs. Bigger fireworks in the evening after dark.

Going for long walks in the rural areas around my grandpa’s village. We’d walk for miles sometimes in the afternoons. No a/c at home and only a couple tv channels that were in black & white so no reason to stay indoors. See what we could find on the walk, snacks like berries or wild cherries for example or wildflowers to collect in a bouquet. As hot as it was we didn’t carry water with us and did good to go to my grandpa’s well behind his house and pump some ice cold water to drink when we got back to the village. Also since his well didn’t ever go dry (he lived near a river) we were at liberty to play under the gushing ice cold water to our heart’s content. Even going into his shed-bath house by the house and getting his round bathtub and filling it up and sitting down in it.

We had to be home by dinner time so we kept an eye on the sun to watch how low it was going before heading back to the house.

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