Things you miss that don't exist anymore?

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
As an 80's baby a lot has changed in the past 20 years. What are some things you miss that have either been discontinued, antiquated, or just don't exist anymore?

I miss being able to get these with my KFC 8-B

We should also start a thread about the most amazing inventions that don't get enough credit.

"Crap" is a light cuss word, when in fact it comes from Thomas Crapper, one of two men still competing for the invention of the throne.

Then there is "undo". How many times do all of us use this? I must use it 100s of time each day. In fact, even spellcheckers are a kind of undo.

Which leads me to the red lines that tell me when I'm misspelled something - again. I don't think anyone misses white out or tape corrections for typos.
 

smboogie

Semi-Pro
-Sort of an 80's baby but in general -
People guarding their sense of privacy.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
Be respectful even if you don't agree..hell just being respectful.

80's music - before 'sampling' was a thing.
The Ice Cream man during summer. As a kid if you heard the jingle, you dropped everything and start 'bookin' it towards him ;)
I still do this - I wave to everyone in my neighborhood, b/c I was taught to be nice to everyone, even if I don't know them. Usually I get a smile/wave back, sometimes I get a 'look of disgust'.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
-Sort of an 80's baby but in general -
People guarding their sense of privacy.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
Be respectful even if you don't agree..hell just being respectful.


80's music - before 'sampling' was a thing.
The Ice Cream man during summer. As a kid if you heard the jingle, you dropped everything and start 'bookin' it towards him ;)
I still do this - I wave to everyone in my neighborhood, b/c I was taught to be nice to everyone, even if I don't know them. Usually I get a smile/wave back, sometimes I get a 'look of disgust'.
Neighborliness. The sense of community with your neighbors is gone.

Respect for others opinions. Gone.

V-8 engines, burn outs, and learning to drive a stick...soon to be gone.
Facts. Social media, and the mass media have both contributed to this with ridiculous politicization of almost every issue imaginable.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Remember when Hardees had fried chicken? :D


Never had Hardee's on this side of the continent AFAIK. But their "star" logo appears to be the same as the logo used for Carl's Jr. over here. They may have joined forces, or come under the same umbrella, back in the 90s as some point. Rarely ever ate at Carl's Jr so I don't recall if they ever had fried chicken there. From what I've read, the 2 chains have started to diverge in the past two or three years



 

NonP

Hall of Fame
I just knew the OP would have something to do with food when I saw @MichaelNadal started this thread, LOL.

As to the Q, this kind of pining for the good ol' days is really alien to me. Of course I have my moments of nostalgia (as some of you might have noticed in the VG soundtrack thread), but I just don't feel too strongly about anything of yore to wish for it to return. For all our current challenges I do think we're living in the most civilized, peaceful era ever, and while the breakneck pace of our technological developments hasn't always worked to our benefit I say the real challenge lies in how we use this technology, not its very existence.

Never for once did I wish to go back even during the Trump years, and I feel the same way now in the face of this exhausting pandemic that seems unlikely to be contained for years to come. If that means waiting to resume my cultural activities full-time, so be it.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
I just knew the OP would have something to do with food when I saw @MichaelNadal started this thread, LOL.

As to the Q, this kind of pining for the good ol' days is really alien to me. Of course I have my moments of nostalgia (as some of you might have noticed in the VG soundtrack thread), but I just don't feel too strongly about anything of yore to wish for it to return. For all our current challenges I do think we're living in the most civilized, peaceful era ever, and while the breakneck pace of our technological developments hasn't always worked to our benefit I say the real challenge lies in how we use this technology, not its very existence.

Never for once did I wish to go back even during the Trump years, and I feel the same way now in the face of this exhausting pandemic that seems unlikely to be contained for years to come. If that means waiting to resume my cultural activities full-time, so be it.
Hmm, how old are you btw
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
Not worrying about locking doors. We went everywhere on bikes. No locks. No one stole these things. Mostly did not lock our doors in our house.

Freedom to go places without parents worrying about us every second. Our parents didn't even know where we were most of the time. They just didn't worry. Once we got out of school we were almost totally free.

I think this still exists in highly rural places in the US. But long gone in South Florida.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster


Yeah, I hadn't had a packet in a while then you know how it is. You think of something. I headed to the shop to buy some and they were not there. :( The other flavor was not there either so then I started to wonder. This shop sold them both for years.

Then I read this.

24 Sept 2020 — Discontinued. A nation is mourning the loss of the old-time crisp brand Brannigans, a mainstay of pub bar shelves and a corner shop staple.

 

socallefty

Legend
I miss the good weather we used to have near the coast in Southern California. Now, it’s much hotter and way more humid for many months of the year. Also, we used to get enough rain to not have droughts every year - now, we get almost no rain, but much higher humidity for many months. The weather is still better than most other places, but it is not what it used to be and with the lack of rain, wildfires are a much bigger problem in more neighborhoods.
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
I miss dialing into a BBS with a 1200 baud modem. It would take an hour to download a jpg with Kermit or Xmodem, but those were the days. I was the neighborhood David Lightman.
atdt 8675309
Are you forgetting the phone charges for going "on line"?
Back in the '80s one of my friends regularly ran up $400/month phone charges for being connected. 400 bucks was a lot of money for average Joe (Steve actually) in the '80s.

I think we all had Commodore 64s.
 

Rosstour

Legend
Facts. Social media, and the mass media have both contributed to this with ridiculous politicization of almost every issue imaginable.
Eh I think this is a bit overblown. I get to know my neighbors pretty well wherever I live.

Politicization, yes. But it's inevitable. The dominant ideology has become a minority and it is lashing out with everything it has. It's seized the power back; we will see for how long.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
I miss having to leave the computer running overnight to download songs :-D that feeling when you woke up in the am and everything was done :love:
Or when you spent an hour printing off pictures of Anna Kournikova (or whoever your crush was) when your parents were away to stash in your room and you peered out the curtains while the damn picture was loading looking for signs of your parents the same way a fugitive would be looking out for signs of the police...
 

Rattler

Hall of Fame
Marathon bars

the McD LT

the Michael Jordan burger at McDonald’s

the warm Danish McDonald’s used to serve during breakfast

McDonald-land cookies
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
Marathon bars

the McD LT

the Michael Jordan burger at McDonald’s

the warm Danish McDonald’s used to serve during breakfast

McDonald-land cookies
Was actually thinking "Marathon Bars" when I saw the thread title.
"Marathon Bars....they last a goood long time ." , was the line from their commercial.

I actually ordered some carmel bars (Cuddle Wuddle...some silly name) from England a few years back. They were suppose to be exactly the same as Marathon Bars. They were pretty good, but not great like the Marathon Bar was. :cry:
 
Brick and mortar computer stores where you could actually go and see the merchandise, play games, etc. Amazon has destroyed all of this. The most recent and heartwrenching loss was Fry's Electronics. This chain had stores which were gigantic, and each store had a theme (one store was based on Mayan temples, another on Ancient Egypt, another one was based on Tesla, and actually built near a high voltage main line to power a huge Tesla coil, etc)







 
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