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Things that you know that kids now will probably never understand

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by j, Mar 27, 2006.

  1. Augusto86

    Augusto86 Senior member

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    Man spoken like a grumpy hipster with no kids. I spent the better part of last Christmas surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of lego pieces putting together an fucking awsome rolling lego attack vehicle. I don't know why but every body bitches about moddern Lego and limiting creativity, you have so many more options and ways to mix and match.

    Anyhow I'll add checking the pay phone slot for lost change, innocent playground fisticuffs, and delayed gratification.


    My kid sister's friend got pissed the other day because she'd left her cell at home and couldn't call her mother for a ride. My sister points out that she can just use a school phone, and the friend goes "Where?Who has a phone I can borrow?"

    It's the payphone. NEXT TO HER LOCKER.
     
  2. Hombre Secreto

    Hombre Secreto Senior member

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    -Wrestling involving people who did not look like gay porn stars, wore colours other than red and black, and had interesting gimmicks
    -Actually being a kid and doing creative things
    -Aunt Peg
    -Caring about music
    -Caring about the future
    -Having role models
    -Well produced television that isn't LOUD AND IN YOUR FACE BAM BAM BAM all of the time
     
  4. TheIdler

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    Having to wait for a bank to open to get cash
    Balancing a checkbook
    The joy of finding your friend's dad's Playboy stash
    Monochrome computer monitors
    Electronic typewriters
    Understanding what 'cc' stands for & means on an email
    'Corrasable Bond' and other types of erasable paper
    Getting a mix tape from a girl you like (maybe this is still done in some other format, but I can't imagine an iTunes playlist has the same effect)
    Writing the names of the bands & songs on the cassette cover
    Rewinding your cassettes with a pencil to save the batteries in your Walkman (might've been just me)
    The sound a can makes when you open it with a pull tab
    The tastes of Crystal Pepsi, Rondo, Surge, and the Arch Deluxe. I would add Orbitz to this list, but I never actually tasted one.
     
  5. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    Rewinding your cassettes with a pencil to save the batteries in your Walkman (might've been just me)
    Ha! Yes. Not just you. The real, original Coke. Imagining what your favorite actress would look like nekkid. Mail-in film processing (anyone ever use Clark Color Labs?) 110 and 126 format cameras
     
  6. Jelly or Syrup

    Jelly or Syrup Senior member

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    putting a coke can behind your back bike tire so it could like a exhaust
     
  7. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Senior member

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    Many of these have likely been covered in the 11+ pages of posts, but...

    - the "WHIRRR-TIC-TIC-TIC-TIC" one hears when dialling a rotary dial phone

    - the "BRRRRINNNNNGGGGG" of a ringing rotary telephone (the ring tones that imitate them just don't sound right, to me)

    - the smell of mimeographed paper in school (anyone else remember the old blue and white?)

    - while we're on the topic of schools, the strap. I was never on the receiving end (though I still remember the sound of a classmate getting it), but the idea of corporal punishment in school is definitely a thing of the past

    - well-dressed teachers (I recall all of mine wore dresses, and the only make teacher I had always wore a tie and sport coat)

    - gas pumps with the numbers on reels (i.e., not digital) - they also had those funny little balls that danced around in a little glass globe on the side of the pump, too

    - leaded gas, for that matter

    - cassette tapes (still have all of mine) and walkmans (ditto - still functional, too) - sad story: a young co-worker saw my walkman in my office and asked me why my MP3 player was so big!!

    - a 9-world solar system, with Pluto as a planet

    - going out to play for several hours, and coming home after dark

    - sticking a baseball card in the back wheel of your bike to make a motor noise

    - overhead projectors (I did my time as slide-turner when I started working)

    - VHS vs. Beta; VCRs in general, too

    - break dancing (very specific time period, I know, but I was into it in school)

    Thanks for the memories, now I feel old....

    Geoff
     
  8. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Senior member

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    I think this is a reference to young women's affection for shaving their nether regions bald these days. Some young'uns see bush and their eyes widen in horror: "what... is... THAT?!?!?".

    WTF?!?!?!?
     
  9. the neon fruit supermaket

    the neon fruit supermaket Active Member

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  10. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    Many of these have likely been covered in the 11+ pages of posts, but... - the "WHIRRR-TIC-TIC-TIC-TIC" one hears when dialling a rotary dial phone - the "BRRRRINNNNNGGGGG" of a ringing rotary telephone (the ring tones that imitate them just don't sound right, to me) - the smell of mimeographed paper in school (anyone else remember the old blue and white?) - while we're on the topic of schools, the strap. I was never on the receiving end (though I still remember the sound of a classmate getting it), but the idea of corporal punishment in school is definitely a thing of the past - well-dressed teachers (I recall all of mine wore dresses, and the only make teacher I had always wore a tie and sport coat) - gas pumps with the numbers on reels (i.e., not digital) - they also had those funny little balls that danced around in a little glass globe on the side of the pump, too - leaded gas, for that matter - cassette tapes (still have all of mine) and walkmans (ditto - still functional, too) - sad story: a young co-worker saw my walkman in my office and asked me why my MP3 player was so big!! - a 9-world solar system, with Pluto as a planet - going out to play for several hours, and coming home after dark - sticking a baseball card in the back wheel of your bike to make a motor noise - overhead projectors (I did my time as slide-turner when I started working) - VHS vs. Beta; VCRs in general, too - break dancing (very specific time period, I know, but I was into it in school) Thanks for the memories, now I feel old.... Geoff
    great list! i'm 22 and already feel old for remembering everything here. except my teachers in taiwan used rulers or bamboo instead of the strap...
     
  11. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    Physically wearing out your favorite music by playing and rewinding a song over and over, or playing the vinyl record until it gets worn out.

    Xmodem, Zmodem, Ymodem, Kermit, and the other 3 or so I can't remember right now.

    Waiting for an open line so you could dial in and see how your Tradewars game was going.

    Txt files and their arcane and dangerous knowledge.
     
  12. redcaimen

    redcaimen Senior member

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    Halloween used to be a huge deal for kids and other than handing out candy adults stayed the hell out of it.

    Park playgrounds used to have fun (i.e. not 100% safe, homogenized and dreadfully boring) equipment to play on before the lawyers got involved.

    Going weeks as a kid without having any money and not feeling the slightest bit deprived.
     
  13. bbaquiran

    bbaquiran Senior member

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    Xmodem, Zmodem, Ymodem, Kermit, and the other 3 or so I can't remember right now.
    SLIP and PPP Dial-up BBSes MUD/MUCK/MOO/MUSH Newsgroups (UUCP) gopher and archie
     
  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Hockey cards with the crappy stick of gum in it.

    Plastic army sets that you had to use your imagination with.

    A long distance phone call, after 11:00 of course to save on the rates, being a big event.

    A commercial airline flight being an event you a) dressed up for and b) were on your best behavior for.
     
  15. Jenaimarr

    Jenaimarr Senior member

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    - encyclopedias

    - cassette singles with awesome b-sides.

    - tape players... no not the tape player built into the ghettoblaster, but that rinky-dink stand alone player with an integrated speaker/mic. Then taking that said tape player and holding it next to the radio when "Rock Me Amedeus" came on to record it onto a tape for future (static-y) listening pleasure... what drove a 5 year old to listen to Falco I'll never know.

    - pre-internet era, ditching school to line up at tower records to buy concert tickets (while simultaneously dialing the ticketmaster number on the Zach Morris backpack phone you borrowed from your dad).

    - actually thinking drugs were bad when mcgruff the crime dog came to your elementary school for an assembly. man those assemblies were awesome because it meant an hour out from class, sitting on the bare gym floor while feeling awkward when you happened to sit next to your 2nd grade crush.

    - that lemonade stand game for the apple II

    - taking a 5.25" floppy disk and looking up at the sun during a solar eclipse and ultimately thinking "that's it?!". whoop dee doo.

    - the massive logistics of downloading porn on BBS's at 2400 baud: disabling call waiting so as not to screw up your porn downloading. yelling at your mom for picking up the phone to dial out while waiting to download said porn image (you said you were on the computer doing homework). ultimately let down after 2 hours of downloading a .jpg of some weird 70's porn that was too hirsute for your teenage tastes.... then upon further examination, the slow-motion startling realization that "wait, something looks off... that's not the right hole!"
     

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