Remembering The Good Old Days
There are many things I used to do that I no longer do. Some things I no longer do are because they are stupid things to do. Other things I don’t do because I just can’t actually do them anymore (is break-dancing still happening somewhere?)
I keep thinking about the things that I just can’t do anymore because the world has changed. Anyway I felt like bitchin about it.
I can remember…..
Going to a concert to see 7 bands for $7 Bucks. Maybe they were not very good, but what a deal. That is pretty much free music and a good time to be had by all.
Fast Forward to today, – and some robot buys all the tickets in the first 1.6 seconds after they go on sale. Then you are directed to a third party resale site where you pay twice the face value. You’re not done yet, because the third party (F@#$ YOU Ticketmaster) gets a ???SERVICE FEE??? for hooking you up with one of the robot’s tickets. Now you paid $75 dollars to see 2 bands.
Going to a movie theater and paying for your overpriced ticket. (I’m not that old, it was still fairly expensive even when I was young) However, you better bet I was sneaking candy from the five and dime in with me. I will not pay a lot for these Goobers!
Then after that movie, calmly walking into the next theater over and catching a second movie, now each one is half price!
Fast Forward to today, – I can’t get my family of 4 in and out of the AMC Corporate HellHole for less than $60 bucks and that’s with me not getting anything to eat, just sitting there stewing as I listen to my kids spill their $9 dollar popcorn onto the floor.
You know what ….
When I was a teenager we ‘hung out’, maybe at the mall. You know what that costs? Nothing. Maybe some quarters for the arcade. (That was this whole place set aside for playing video games because we didn’t just have all of them at our house.) Maybe some cash for the food court. You saw your friends, actually saw them in the same place you were. You tried to find members of the opposite sex that were from totally different schools. This hardly ever worked, but trying was enough to get us to repeat this adventure every weekend.
Fast Forward to today, – Kids don’t even want to get their driver’s license when they turn 16. There is no Mall to go to. They spend time “with each other” on the internet. Hanging out is not a thing and dating involves swiping left on those damn phones they are attached to.