Discussion in 'Off Topic Abyss' started by Marla 1976, Sep 10, 2019.
VAPING BACK IN MY DAY!
Ah walking to school .. What a memory.. Collecting bottles along side the road.. Cashing them in to buy a candy bar or two or three if you found a big bottle.. Finding porn magazines thrown out of the car window by no other than.. Those guys.. I found a dildo once it had a rubber on it.. WTF.. Why?? I kicked it home and put it in the mailbox of the neighborhood pervert who liked little boy's..
Life was different than it it is now..
We weren't afraid of anything.. Well other than who was going to pick a fight with you at school the next day..
Pay phones were on the corner... everywhere.. Your cars were hot rods.. you could buy one to drive around with a 8 track for meh 500 or less.. They didn't call them ..HOOPTY's.. You took your friends everywhere in them as long as you chipped in for gas.. which was around 25 cents a gallon..
You grew your hair long and also grew sideburns.. you did burn outs at the high school parking lot and nobody gave a shit who was older than you..
You cruised a four mile cruise strip just like in American Graffiti but .. you could underage drink and smoke pot and the cops would just yell out the window.. Don't let me see you doing that when I come back..
You ended up older and watching the world change into a place that was now a reason to understand fear. So you go inside and quietly soulcialize in a comfort zone of invisible friends who you never meet..
It's not so bad.. We could go back 20 years and start all over again but. progress has a hold of us.. And we are just excepting the new world we live in..
The question is, is it better now.
If not then we probably shouldn't just tumble along like a paper in the wind.
But of course we will until crisis. And that never has good results.
The stereotype of the grumpy old person scoffing at the changes in the world is just that.
My grand parents actually did welcome the new world as an improvement as did most of that generation.
My parents and there generation did also but a bit less.
Now people over 50 seem to be even less sure.
It's not about specific things. It's more a seat of the pants experiential type thing.
The arc seems to be going down, not up. Age does give people that sort of perspective. An arc.
It's more just a "you are soaking in it marge" type experience. (the old people might get that one)
It seems like there just is more and more crud and less higher values and honesty etc etc...
Everything seems to be getting progressively more and more shallow and vapid.
A bit scummy.
I've always been socially very liberal as was my family going way back.
But I'm not sure of where it seems to be taking us now.
It feels like it's time for a change of course.
A bit of a return to basic core values.
This coming from a person who has always been socially liberal.
The communists always used to refer to the west as "morally bankrupt".
I just never thought that they just might have a point. But.......
I know i'll be accused of cherry picking (and probably correctly) but it sort of feels like....
Everyday life before...
And welcome to the future
Yep..same this side of the pond..the irish epidemic is going shopping, to the cash machine, school run...in PJ's..think i'll park the bus here..if i unleash my full arsenal of 21st Century dis-taste...could be sin binned...now where the hell is my import of New Riders Of The Purple Sage at??
Bikerdude.. Nai and a few others I enjoyed your educated post very much.. To put it in perspective. “Whether you try too hard to fit in or you try too hard to stand out, it is of equal consequence: you exhaust your significance.”
Sound off then.. Rack it up to being wise because a lifetime of observing is better than a lifetime of following.
Remember the day's when you could discuss things on a metaphysical level?? You were in the deep end while others stayed in the shallow end.. It was a way of life when you knew you were getting older and letting your mind open up to conscious thinking.
It was you against your beliefs and each contributed to something newer in the way of thinking about things pertaining to life.
You couldn't google the topic because it didn't exist.. The internet has made it easy on this new generation to look up a answer to your question.. How profound is that?
What's a book anymore.. Maybe some still read them but how many can claim if they need to look at history or anything they were taught in school, where do they NOW go to find that fingertip answer..
I may be cynical in my way of thinking, but I except that as apart of my generation looking at better day's were happiness was truly not superficial.
I like the way the music was written during the 60's and 70's because these musicians had there finger on the pulse and wanted to tell the world about it..
The anger wasn't there and it was delt with without a whole lot of yelling.
Well I'm off track.. Everyday my power goes out and the paragraph I wrote was lost in the wind..
Because of that.. I need to go take a high blood pressure pill.. JK
I'm with you SC and others...
When I was 16 (1992) I paid £16 in a Virgin Megastore for the Point Break soundtrack, just for this song (there were a couple others on there that were ok too, luckily). Imagine trying to explain that to a 16 year old today! Ratt and Point Break . One of the last songs of a great generation .
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