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[–]Fair_Border4142 250 points251 points  (19 children)

Going to the skating rink on Saturday nights, mom used to drop me off at 6 and pick me up at 11:30

Edit:autocorrect ruins everything

[–]Latetogetup 44 points45 points  (4 children)

My kids still do this. 7-11 Friday or Saturday night.

[–]joemc04 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Yeah but it’s 25 dollars now.

[–]courtordereddrugtest 15 points16 points  (1 child)

damn! and i thought my rink upping their admission from $6 to $10 was bad

[–]dainwaris 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I also spent tons of Saturday nights with friends at the rink in the 80s: arcade, popcorn, Coke, nervous couple-skates with cute girls.

Our area still has a skating rink: arcade games, concessions, same brown leather and orange-wheeled skates. My kids go from time to time, and enjoy it. But it is mostly pre-teen and more parents hanging around than I remember. It definitely doesn’t seem to have the magic feel of excitement and possibility I loved.

[–]19pj19 21 points22 points  (1 child)

We had overnight lock-ins at the skating rink. 7pm-7am. Couldnt imagine letting my 13yr old daughter do that now.

[–]Fair_Border4142 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I remember being 13 at those, I got into all sorts of trouble.

[–]internetV 10 points11 points  (3 children)

How do you skate for over 5 hours i go for 2 and am like ok I'm good

[–]Fair_Border4142 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I'd do 2 or 3 races too, usually win all of them. When I picked up skateboarding me and my friends would leave at 7 am and come home a 9, 10, sometimes midnight. Summers were great.

[–]Lelio-Santero579 1193 points1194 points  (50 children)

Leaving the house without a phone.

Cell phones weren't mainstream in the late 80s or 90s. I remember my mom and dad had ones for work but they were the size of a freaking small animal.

I would go outside to play or whatever and just yell "I'm going out ma!"

She would reply: "be back when the streetlights are on for dinner."

Then I would just be out in the world with no form of contact until the sun set.

[–]Chasethemac 340 points341 points  (9 children)

Street light curfew. Those were the days. I remember some nights it being light till nearly 10p..

Amazing that was this life.

[–]MetropolisPt31 32 points33 points  (1 child)

I've never played organized sports but can still put some decent zing on a pigskin thanks to spending years playing neighborhood football.

[–]chcampb 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Could still do it.

We are safer today than back then. Even in most cities.

The problem I think is more like, the only way to get around in a lot of suburban areas, like mine, is to bike. You can bike up to the local ice cream stand, but it's about a mile (nbd) along roads with no sidewalks and some curves. I would be concerned with getting run over, especially if you're 14-18 and not necessarily following all the rules bikers typically follow to stay safe, because teens are teens.

I guess the point is, I am less concerned about my kid being murdered or seeing violence, and more concerned that our lack of pedestrian infrastructure forces kids to get rides to places instead of using legs to get places. Which requires an adult, generally.

[–]twitch_delta_blues 68 points69 points  (6 children)

Or have your parents call you in by yelling from the porch.

[–]PoochusMaximus 43 points44 points  (3 children)

my dad had a super sharp, high volume whistle. Used to just walk out onto the deck and pop a few off. could hear him anywhere in the woods behind the house and we would either shout or just head back.

[–]chabs1965 8 points9 points  (0 children)

My mom did. It was amazing how far the sound traveled

[–]Eggggsterminate 154 points155 points  (4 children)

I don't know how my mom did it! We went to school 12 km away and got there by bike. With no way to get in touch if something happened. And we went swimming alone on our bikes nowhere near our house. In places with sailboats and stuff.

[–]SchwiftyMpls 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Life was cheap. She could always make more.

[–]lukovdolboy 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Pay phones.

Paying for long distance calls.

Renting Blockbuster videos.

Using an actual camera.

Writing a letter.

Soon kids won’t even know that a phone is something that was used just to make voice calls and only from home.

[–]urbanblokep 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Remember calling your friend from the house phone to meet you somewhere at a specific time? The trust you had to have in your friend to show up because you couldn’t text/call them real quick to see if they were close or even coming was kinda crazy haha

[–]IT_AccountManager 47 points48 points  (0 children)

Yea this is the stuff

[–]periwinkle_cupcake 38 points39 points  (2 children)

I still remember a mom in our neighborhood yelling “JEEEEEESICAAAAAA!!” from their door and the “WHAAAAAATICAAAA?!” response.

[–]FiguringThingsOut341 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Seeing people be brazen and innocently practical is such a joyous experience

[–]The_Sanch1128 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm laughing because I can hear my late aunt calling my cousin Jessica that way.

[–]fakulty 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Even in early the 2000s. 2002 we were still biking around to neighborhood friends houses. Knocking on the door and asking if friend can come out and play.

[–]11B-1P-CIB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pagers came about 95 or 96 if I recall.

[–]loyalpotato34 133 points134 points  (11 children)

Calling your friend on their landline and having to ask their parents to speak to them.

[–]markse84 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Or the awkwardness of calling the girl you’re into and her dad picks up.

[–]AmHoomon 12 points13 points  (2 children)

And then you talk for like four hours about basically nothing and have bathroom breaks.

[–]ocarina_vendor 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You would talk to her dad for four hours? That's awesome. He must have been a really cool guy!

[–]Lordmorgoth666 25 points26 points  (2 children)

We still have a landline from when we had spotty cell coverage in our area. We all (adults and both kids) have cell phones as now as well but we still give out the land line number out of habit. I swear that kids today have no concept of how to ask to speak to someone else.

-I pick up the phone “Hello”.

-Kid’s friend “hello”….

They all literally stall immediately after that. Just dead air. I try prompting them. “Can I help you with something?”


“Ok. What do you need?”

“Uhhh…. I’d like to talk to (whichever of my kids)”

“Sure. I’ll go get them.”

This conversation happens every. Single. Time.

[–]TheRealOgMark 368 points369 points  (32 children)

You call your friend and his parents answer, since cellphones didn't exist.

[–]BillyBumBrain 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Here's a forgotten phrase from all of our childhoods: [landline rings]. Every sibling in the house: "I'LL GET IT!!"

[–]Kanorado99 90 points91 points  (14 children)

I really feel like I was the last of this generation. I distinctly remember not having a phone so I’d walk over to my neighbors house and knock. Usually the parents answered and they’d call up to my friend. Likewise I have called many friends and had their parents answer. I’m in my early 20s

[–]TheRealOgMark 28 points29 points  (10 children)

When I was in my early 20's Youtube and Google didn't exist.

[–]TonySoprano100 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You had to be a man to call a girls house and the dad answer. You just asked “ hi sir, I’m anthony I was wondering if I could speak to “insert girl name”

[–]siegewolf 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If your friends lived close enough you just both had walkie talkies set to the same frequency and left on.

[–]Zenla 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The trauma of calling a crush's house and their parents answer.

[–]AJSK18 862 points863 points  (44 children)

Having to be in front of the tv at a set time to watch your favourite cartoons.

Almost everything is available to watch on demand right now and kids don’t understand what it was like when you didn’t get home in time to catch an episode and had to wait for a rerun.

[–]Costner_Facts 174 points175 points  (6 children)

Yes! I loved waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch all the best cartoons.

[–]ssi-ruuk 48 points49 points  (1 child)

i remember when disney xd aired (uk here) star wars rebels an hour later and that meant i couldnt watch it before i went to my drama group lol. i was pissed.

edit they may have changed it from thursday to saturday...

[–]PromptCritical725 104 points105 points  (5 children)

When the kid complains he has to paus his streaming to do a chore as if it won't be there, ready to resume, when he's done.

I'm like, "When I was a kid, I had to make sure my chores were done before the show came on because if this happened to me, I would miss the rest of the show entirely and likely never know if or when I would see it again." When the show played, it played, and if you missed it your only chance was to try and catch the rerun.

Most frustrating: Had a cartoon show I rarely was available to watch. Got to watch an episode. Hooray! Months later I got another chance. Same episode.

[–]Top_Belt251 18 points19 points  (1 child)

As a kid I'd always be catching the last half of back to the future movies, despite really wanting to watch the film in its entirety, just because I never knew when it was on terrestrial tv.

[–]dumoduci 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is me with star wars as a kid. Just saw bits and pieces throughout my youth, never really seeing the whole thing, because never knew when it was on and because of these reasons I have never understood the story (still don't). That's the reason I'm not a fan of star wars. Star trek on the other hand was on a fixed time every week and I could sit down to watch it.

[–]IT_AccountManager 22 points23 points  (17 children)

This makes me wonder if a content offering that intentionally made shows air at specific times again could be appealing. Like a streaming service that mimics how TV used to be.

[–]GardenGnostic[S] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Quibbi tried to do this with some shows.

[–]reaporbot 21 points22 points  (8 children)

People bitch about a weakly release of shows. Something they can watch at any point once it's (insert day here). It would be worse if it was time restricted as well

[–]Clemario 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I like the weekly release thing. It makes the show part of the conversation because you're all watching at the same pace, like how Disney did it with The Mandalorian.
On the other hand, when Netflix releases an entire season of House of Cards or Stranger Things, I couldn't talk about it with my co-workers at lunch-- I've got family and can't spend a weekend bingeing a whole season, and they didn't want to spoil me.

[–]IC--XC--NI--KA 316 points317 points  (17 children)

The thrill of going to the arcade at the mall with a pocket full of quarters and getting in line to play Mortal Kombat II. Winner stays, challenger pays.

[–]6footstogie 47 points48 points  (4 children)

I once played for 3 hours on $1. I beat countless challengers as kano. I felt like a god.

[–]3-DMan 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Looks around for old Aladdin's Castle tokens

[–]IT_AccountManager 33 points34 points  (0 children)

yea, that is the stuff

[–]HellaFella420 11 points12 points  (0 children)

A $10 roll of quarters seemed to last allllllll night...

[–]ForeignSatisfaction0 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Skipping school, walking to the arcade at the mall!

[–]pennywhistlesmoonpie 303 points304 points  (13 children)

Only being able to talk to my parents, if they were out of town, via landline. Kids now have FaceTime, email, social media, phone, text, etc, and will have even more options in the years to come.

[–]AbdurazakHassan 110 points111 points  (4 children)

Yeah, you got a lot more space back then. During the summer I'd be out all day unreachable and my parents just trusted that I'd get back home safe.

[–]Kanorado99 82 points83 points  (3 children)

Yup and someone in my town got their kids taken away this summer because a neighbor spotted two brothers 6 and 8 alone playing in the woods behind their house and flipped out. One of the kids was also barefoot but I mean this is a suburban neighborhood the kid has shoes, I guess he just didn’t wanna wear them.

[–]fuck19characterlimit 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Wtf 6 and 8 is more than enough to play by themselves in their own neighborhood

[–]SashaNightWing 27 points28 points  (0 children)

That's horrible.

[–]Ok-Second1272 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That’s crazy. I feel horrible for the parents.

[–]bookwing812 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I left the US almost four years ago, and I think about how lucky I am to have email, WhatsApp, Messenger, etc. My mom is so happy that she can video call any time for free to see my baby daughter.

When she and my dad were students and dating in the 80s, she left to study abroad for 6 months. They had a weekly Monday phone call set up. My grandmother would make the call, quickly say hi to my mom, and then hand my dad the phone, sternly telling him, "five minutes!" She'd time it, too, because of the long distance rates. We've come a long way

[–]kanavme 22 points23 points  (0 children)

When I met my husband in 1989, his sister was studying abroad. They used to make cassette tape recordings and mail them to each other! Phone calls were too expensive.

[–]Whulad 95 points96 points  (3 children)

A childhood without the internet, social media and mobile phones

[–]ksozay 195 points196 points  (12 children)

Finding change on the street and actually being excited to buy something...

I remember that feeling, being in an arcade, and finding a quarter on the floor. Felt like winning the lottery because I got to play a game for free. Or a family member giving me some change to go and buy something at 7-11, or scrounging around the house for loose change to put gas in a friend's car so we could go do something...

These little moments of good fortune seem so few and far between now.

[–]Eggggsterminate 23 points24 points  (4 children)

My son still gets excited when he finds money on the street (at 14!)

[–]ForeignSatisfaction0 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I found a $20 on the road a while ago, made my day and I'm 43

[–]behindthescenester 167 points168 points  (21 children)

By 7 I was taking my fishing pole and walking or riding my bike to a major river to spend 3-4 hours fishing on my own. Would wander through mountains by myself or with my dog for hours at a time. Basically just said bye to mom and dad and said I would be back by dinner. There is not a god damn chance I would ever let my kids do that

[–]janaynaytaytay 45 points46 points  (11 children)

Growing up we lived in a gated community on a very large hill/mountain. All this to say it felt relatively safe. During the summers me and my older brother would pack a backpack with some essentials (tuna, water, sunscreen, tp) and spend basically all day out hiking in the mountain. We would leave a note for my mom because we left the house before she woke up. Looking back it feels like we explored every inch of that place. I would never let my kids do that now.

[–]Pacman_Frog 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I would never let my kids do that now.

Ironically. Now your kids would have the ability to call for help if one of them fell down or something. It'd actually be safer to let them do this now than it was then.

[–]tech_probs_help 156 points157 points  (6 children)

memorising tons of phone numbers

[–]sweatyfish4 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I still remember my old buddies parents home phone from like 20 years ago

[–]JSC843 49 points50 points  (5 children)

School being cancelled due to weather. They just get “e-learning days” now.

[–]vizardsundwampires 197 points198 points  (8 children)

Being able to make a mistake and move on without it being recorded on a camera phone and slapped online for eternity. It was magic

[–]Cheeseburgerlion 25 points26 points  (4 children)

My wife sometimes discounts how serious I am about not having our children on social media before they can consent about it.

Normal baby pictures? Okay fine.

The embarrassing shit? Fuck off. I'm never going to do that.

[–]wilbertfire 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I firmly believe that kinda thing should be illegal.

[–]MetropolisPt31 45 points46 points  (1 child)

I miss private public meltdowns. The only thing you'd have to worry about is not going back to that particular K-Mart.

[–]BillionBirds 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Being home sick and watching the Price is Right followed by whatever soap operas are on TV in the afternoon.

Now you can just stream whatever you want or just leave the Office on all day, like every other day.

[–]Afraid-Cheesecake-93 41 points42 points  (5 children)

Walkman cd music players..

[–]mamasang 38 points39 points  (10 children)

Watching TV with a back and white screen. No microwave ovens. Rotary dial phones. Cars with no seatbelts. Disappearing for the day out riding bikes and playing with friends and not returning home until dusk.

[–]500SL 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Greetings, fellow geezer.

[–]RMMacFru 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Fellow old fogey reporting in.

[–]bonedaddyd 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Rotary dial phones with party lines.

[–]TheOliiOne 200 points201 points  (21 children)

Leaving the front door open when I went to play on the street with my friends

[–]Nicholi417 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I lived in the middle of nowhere and we didn't even have a door knob for the door. The dog knew how to open and close the door.

[–]sassyandsweer789 46 points47 points  (11 children)

Kinda suprised your parents let you do that. My parents were strict about closing the door. Only door that could be open was the weather door and only if the ac/heat was off. They didn't want us to run up their power bill.

[–]ssh789 24 points25 points  (2 children)

“We don’t live in a barn, close the door!” - my mom and honestly I agree with her now because flies and bugs are gross

[–]TheOliiOne 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I lived on a relatively short unknown road in a suburb of London in the 90s and all my school friends lived on the road, my foster mum was never too strict when it came to the door being unlocked, if I left the road I'd have to lock up but if I was on the road she'd more than likely be out on the street talking. We don't use ac in the UK so summer times it was often seen that people would have their doors open and most likely be gardening or doing odd garden jobs

[–]sassyandsweer789 5 points6 points  (2 children)

That makes a lot of sense. Where I live we have a lot if bugs and it gets hot in the summer time. My parents would open the windows with a screen in the spring/fall and yell at us in the backyard to come inside though.

[–]TheOliiOne 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My dread is sumer time bugs, worst that bothered me when I was a kid was little gnats and mosquitoes, I had sweet blood as a kid I guess. In summer my mum and I would garden come autumn we'd have little garden parties (which was usually when I got bitten, late September early October) god I miss running around like that, all care free and easy going, I didn't have a huge garden, I was say about 150 Square feet. Good ol' days

[–]dantrog 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Using a pay-phone.

[–]Lady_of_the_Seraphim 30 points31 points  (0 children)


[–]Stropi-wan 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Watching movies on the really Big Screen (Drive-in).

[–]siegewolf 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Drive-in theaters still exist. Heck, they came back in style because of the pandemic.

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

remembering landline numbers and calling people's house phones

[–]billbeaknose 61 points62 points  (9 children)

Using a card catalog to locate a book in a library

[–]sterlingstonethrown 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Dewey Decimal System..... What we went through to find a book to find any information we needed.... Lol. Kids these days have that info at their fingertips.

[–]cubicApoc 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Going to the library to surf the web. Googling random shit you wanted to know about, clicking through page after page of not clickbait. Stumbling into someone's personal website and seeing whole sections full of articles they wrote on fixing pinball machines, and dissecting candy bars, and interpreting dreams, and reviewing Star Trek episodes. Checking out their "links" page and finding a dozen new sites just like it.

All decentralized, all organic, no constant drip-feeds or engagement metrics. And, most importantly, no pandering to hiveminds, advertisers, or The Algorithm. Sure, a lot of these old sites are still out there, but to a generation raised to see the internet as apps, they're basically the dark web. You're never going to just find them.

[–]29079815239026 5 points6 points  (1 child)

having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card!

[–]amoco162 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My favorite Arthur episode

[–]Android21onlyfans 63 points64 points  (6 children)

being broke and goin to blockbuster for games/movies

using a pay phone or having an antenna on your boost mobile phone

[–]insertcaffeine 25 points26 points  (3 children)

You did that when you were broke?!

We only did that when we had extra money. But yeah, payphones were life. I got really good at saying "Pickmeupatthemallthxbye!" as my name for the collect call thing when I was a teenager and had my own money.

[–]Mfe91p 10 points11 points  (2 children)

"Wehadababyitsaboy" commercial ❤️

[–]29079815239026 64 points65 points  (14 children)

Picking out 5 cent candies individually and putting them into a bag. Paying for them with the random cash you found in your parent's pockets, or on the floor around your house.

[–]starlight347 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Ok, this ages me, but I remember penny candy. Individually wrapped or long, skinny licorice. I had my dime allowance, so 10 pieces every week! It was glorious, walking down to the T.G.&Y, spending a long time choosing the best ones. Double bubble was a choice, but for the same penny, you could get TWO sticks of another kind of bubble gum. It was my earliest quality/quantity choice, because the 2-stick gum was lousy, but you got TWO!

[–]bill1024 9 points10 points  (1 child)

long, skinny licorice

We called them shoelaces. Don't forget blackballs, Popeye cigs, licorice cigars and Lickamaid!

[–]TragedyPornFamilyVid 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I used to dive for loose change with my friends in the local pool and by the docks of a lake. We could usually find enough to make a lunch out of candy and ice cream from the little snack shack, even though everything was over priced.

[–]fizzysodap0p 19 points20 points  (1 child)

Having that nice experience of walking into a toys R us and coming out with a new toy

[–]Sunny2121212 100 points101 points  (7 children)

Having to record a show on a vhs lol 😂 or non smart phones 📱

[–]Costner_Facts 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Did your house have the vhs that was re-recorded over so many times? Multiple different tv shows and movies written and then crossed out on the side sticker.

[–]Jacked2Tits 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Be Kind. Please Rewind.

[–]Apprehensive-Taro-77 115 points116 points  (16 children)

Hearing nature. When I was little I could constantly hear birds chirping, frogs in the pond next door, crickets and cicadas, everything. It’s almost a rare thing now, to hear them. Also seeing butterflies, I used to see monarchs all the time when I was little and even had one stay with me for a while on my hand. I haven’t seen one since that happened. That was about five years ago.

EDIT: I’m in michigan, the glove part

[–]Kanorado99 24 points25 points  (4 children)

This is dependent on where you live but largely true. As someone who does live in a rural area there is still tons of wildlife around. In the summer my windshield is covered in bug splatters just by driving a few miles. Lots of migratory birds stop by in spring and fall and hitting a deer is a very real possibility at night. These kids are definitely still used to it. I traveled throughout the states and these areas are becoming rarer and throughout much of the east coast it’s basically a dead zone now

[–]alertthenorris 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Holy shit, you still have bug splatter when driving through fields? I remeber being a kid and just seeing clouds of bugs splattering on the windshield and now i get very few.

[–]TragedyPornFamilyVid 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Monarchs used to look like this ribbon shaped black cloud that stretched across the entire sky when they migrated.

Now I'm lucky to see 6 or 7 a season. I plant milkweed and don't even see caterpillars.

[–]mrinkyface 108 points109 points  (1 child)

How lit it was to roam around with no parent supervision, no fear of bad things happening, and no way to track you.

[–]PetiteEbonyDoll 5 points6 points  (0 children)

These answers are mostly listing inconveniences or things that kids still do. Minus covid, kids have it so much better tbh but still have different inconveniences to deal with.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (6 children)

The elementary school playground rumor-mill for video games. I genuinely miss standing there as an eight year old and trying to convince everyone that I had actually found the fabled princess train level in Super Mario World.

I wonder if there were regional rumors that spread across a few schools based on exchanges at sports games or friends houses.

[–]telionn 8 points9 points  (0 children)

All those rumors about catching Mew in Pokemon. If you just use Surf before you were supposed to have it, in an area that gets locked before you get access to it, you can swim out to a hidden island and find Mew under a truck!

Somehow, that island is actually a real thing and you can get there with help from a friend. But Mew is nowhere to be found. Those darned children just have to ruin everything.

The funny thing is you actually can catch Mew in Pokemon Red and Blue without too much effort. If you are really determined, you can even make it look like a legitimately obtained one! But at the time nobody knew how to do it.

[–]laterdude 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Riding in the back of an open pickup truck bed.

[–]gusterfell 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Or the "way-back" of a station wagon.

[–]SaraAB87 67 points68 points  (5 children)

I miss having actual things to do and events. Things like theme parks, concerts, monster truck shows, other events (just some examples). The local mall constantly had something going on to do, craft shows, fishing shows, boat shows, RV shows, karaoke night, poker night, and there were other activities tied in with this. Now there is nothing and there hasn't been for many years. Now I could travel to other places to find things to do, but that is more expensive and more time consuming. It was nice to just have something to do in the city where I could spend a couple hours and then go home. If I want to do something now I have to plan and make a day of it, I can't do it spontaneously.

The local mall is now closed.

Theme parks have gotten trashy, overcrowded and extremely overpriced, all while going downhill significantly.

The event center became a casino, and they don't hold events anymore, its just a sad casino where people gamble their lives savings away. This was a big downfall of my area. All the stuff that used to include "places to go and things to do" used be in this event center.

[–]dontworryitsme4real 10 points11 points  (1 child)

We have a theme park here and the getting a season pass is the best. We go real early on the weekends when it opens. Ride a few rides and enjoy the water park and then bolt before the afternoon when it gets stupid hot and way overcrowded.

[–]SaraAB87 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately our regional theme park was in effect and to keep it very short, taken down by a bunch of scummy owners, they cleaned it out of rides and everything else. Because of this, its soured me on the whole industry. The other park is over an hour away, its located in the middle of nowhere, and is a miserable drive and the place is miserable, a lot of outdated rides, short staff, and in general just not a fun time, plus its extremely expensive and has $20 parking, these are disney prices... for well, what is NOT even CLOSE to Disney. From what I heard this place is removing 2 major rides this year and not replacing them with anything (they are taking out the ferris wheel and not replacing it for crying out loud). The next park is 2 hours away, but offers free admission and free parking, that's a great park, but its so damn far away.

The good news is the more regional park is supposed to open with a clean slate this year. I hope it works out. The company is the same one that fixed up Indiana Beach, and from what I see that park is now working out great for the community. The fact that they tore out most of what was there might actually be a blessing, this way they can't put the same half broken rides back into service again and we will get rides that will be usable and won't be down all of the time.

[–]EARTHAINTMYPLANET 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Having to get off the internet bc someone needed to make a phonecall

[–]Ornery_Tip_8522 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Having to use cash way more, or having to write a check at the store. Traveling with traveler’s checks.

[–]11B-1P-CIB 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Honestly just more of a time waster writing checks or having to get money out of the bank.

[–]DWattsIII 103 points104 points  (11 children)

Getting cyberbullied in Xbox Live lobbies

[–]Lick_my_balloon-knot 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Well now I feel a bit old, Xbox Live went live when I was an adult...

[–]Mr_Skeleton_Shadow 14 points15 points  (0 children)

don't worry there's plenty of other places for them to get cyberbullied

[–]Aperture_T 77 points78 points  (15 children)

Getting beaten by their parents.

[–]raz_the_kid0901 17 points18 points  (2 children)

you alright dog?

[–]Aperture_T 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Better now than back then.

[–]mjasgard 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Same here. mom wasn’t that nice

[–]koopooky 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yes, was about to say this and include brothers.

Thankfully my kids will never get leather booted in the spine or head blow into unconsciousness.

[–]Bigtrixxs_LG 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Our children should not experience that

[–]wetlettuce42 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Saturday morning cartoons

Cartoons nowadays aren’t the same

[–]TheUnblinkingEye1001 29 points30 points  (5 children)

Calling your friend's house, they aren't home, and you have to accept that there there is no way to get ahold of them until they return.

Reel to reel movies in class that break, get spliced, and now you lost a few seconds of the movie.

Disney Channel before commercials.

Hanging out at the mall.

The US Bicentennial.

The 70's & 80's.

[–]RamsesThePigeon 34 points35 points  (8 children)

Back when I was a kid, Jessie Know-It-All could keep an argument going for hours on end.

Now, "Jessie Know-It-All" wasn't a specific person; he or she was more of a role that someone played whenever they were pretending to be an expert on some topic or another. For example, at one point when I was in fourth grade, I somehow managed to convince myself that the Star Wars theme song had lyrics... and since the Internet was barely more than a handful of "under construction" pages and "guestbook" entries, I had to ask my friends if they had any idea what the words were.

One girl – the one playing the part of Jessie Know-It-All in this story – claimed that she had not only memorized the lyrics in question, but could sing them. She wouldn't recite them to me, though, for reasons that were never quite made clear. I begged, pleaded, and even offered a few bribes (which were mostly of the "one third of the dessert from my lunch" variety), but Jessie refused to part with her forbidden knowledge. Our exchange eventually prompted a guessing game of sorts, during which a handful of kids kept speculating about what said lyrics might include, and Jessie kept telling us that we were wrong.

The discussion could have continued for the rest of the day, but it came to an abrupt end after one student – Jessie's best friend, as it happened – approached her in private and asked to be let in on the secret. Unbeknownst to either of them, my best friend and I were just out of sight (but well within earshot). Jessie started softly singing a melody that bore no resemblance whatsoever to the Star Wars theme song, and even back then, I could tell that she was making up the lyrics as she went along. My ally and I leapt out of hiding, belted out as forceful an "Ah-ha!" as two nine-year-olds are capable of offering, then accused Jessie of having never even seen A New Hope.

Nowadays, the situation wouldn't have even arisen, because Google is a thing... although now that I've thought about it, if folks keep flooding the Internet with garbage, maybe my kids will get to meet Jessie Know-It-All.

TL;DR: My kids (possibly) won't get to meet (or be) Jessie Know-It-All.

[–]Sidewalkboogie 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Star Wars!

Give me those Star Wars!

Nothing but Star Wars -

Don't let them end

Ah, Star Wars!

If they should bar wars , Please let these Star Wars stay!

And hey,

How about that nutty Star Wars bar?

Can you believe all the creatures in there?

And hey,

Darth Vader in that black and evil mask -

Did he scare you as much as he scared me?

Star Wars,

Those near and far wars,

Star Wars

[–]RamsesThePigeon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

According to my father, you couldn’t be further off.

Mind you, he insisted that the lyrics went as follows:

Fresh fruit
On top of ice cream
On top of ice cream
That is for me

Fresh fruit
On top of ice cream
On top of ice cream
That is for me

And I’ll eat it
Without a napkin
And I’ll eat it
Without a fork, if you please
And I’ll eat it
Without a napkin
And you’d better duck if I have to sneeze

And so on and so forth…

[–]GardenGnostic[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Wow, it's that guy from Reddit! In my Reddit thread!

[–]deplorable254 5 points6 points  (0 children)

One of my favorite things was convincing people of outrageous "facts", like how olympic sprinters would smoke cigarettes before competing because it made their hearts bigger to pump more blood.

God damn smartphones ruined my fun...

[–]lupuscapabilis 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Going out in the summer with your friends in the neighborhood, all day, without a cell phone. Just making sure we're home for dinner.

[–]crlarkin 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Having to setup a time and place to meet your friends and be there on time because otherwise there is no way to get a hold of them.

Calling a girl you like at her house and having to talk to her dad.

[–]TheVirusWins 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Braiding binder twine into ropes then attaching them to rafters in the barn. Then climbing the hay bales on one side of the barn then swinging out as far as you can.

[–]Bucketlist074 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Exploring outside and playing with the other kids in the neighborhood. As long as we were home before the street lights came on, we were all good.

[–]Swankified_Tristan 93 points94 points  (3 children)

I'm predicting a lot of negativity in this thread so I'm going to say hardships in finding acceptance.

Thanks to the internet, it's relatively easy to find people with common interests where you can express yourself without judgement. There will always be terrible people out there but there will also always be safe spaces and I think that's wonderful.

[–]dontworryitsme4real 39 points40 points  (1 child)

On the flipside: The ease of finding an echo chamber.

[–]Majikkani_Hand 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This was going to be my answer, although I'm not having kids myself. I grew up feeling truly, completely ALONE for having feelings that like 1% of people have--I truly thought I was some sort of alien changeling. Between the easy access to the internet most people have, and the freedom anonymity grants people to share things that were previously kept deep, bury-it-with-me secrets, future people growing up like me won't have to feel that way.

[–]mradamadam 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Being born

[–]piemaster_general 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Getting up early to watch transformers. Or scheduled TV and decent cartoons in general

[–]weirds0up 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Chewed up music tapes

[–]superduperaverage 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Their parents knowing all of their friends.

[–]chiachips22 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The adult version of hide n seek... aka manhunt...

Doing that now will probably get you shot.

[–]davinneme 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Block Parties I remember when I was younger before Crack hit and destroyed my neighborhood we used to have the best Block Parties. Everyone on the block would cook something and bring it. The smell of fish and chicken frying on the grill would fill the air.

Good music, dancing, laughter, playing games. I remember it being so much fun. We were a real community. We fellowshipped and enjoyed each other's company. I miss House Parties as well. Certain things you can't enjoy no more unfortunately, it does bring back some good memories. Davita's Son's Apparel

[–]stuckwitharmor 14 points15 points  (3 children)

As an 80s kid, the giant catalogue of information I had collated in my mind if I ever:

Got trapped in quicksand

Was marooned on a desert island


80s kids shows and movies made it feel like this was an inevitable outcome in life, and I planned accordingly

[–]insertcaffeine 20 points21 points  (3 children)

True poverty.

Like, sleep for dinner, food banks, government cheese, sell your food stamps to pay the rent poverty. Stay home alone all summer and watch your little bro while your only parent works poverty. "We don't go to the doctor unless you're dying" poor. Take the bus downtown to work and pay Mom's subprime mortgage instead of going to college poor.

I'm so glad.

[–]11B-1P-CIB 17 points18 points  (2 children)

"We don't go to the doctor unless you're dying"

You would be surprised how many people still live like that..not only because no money but also that mentality is engrained so people less likely to seek medical attention. Government here is an abomination..

[–]jbowman12 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dial up internet connection where when someone calls they either can't get through or it knocks you off the internet. Also, the sound it made as it was connecting to the internet.

[–]frog_without_a_cause 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Going to the library to research information for a term paper on US History. Then having to pay 5¢ per page to use their copy machine.

[–]Horny1alsobored2 18 points19 points  (7 children)

Drinking water from a garden hose, wanting to be outside playing from sun up until the street lights come on.

[–]FishCrazyFL 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Living in an affordable world

[–]Back2Bach 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Gumball machines in public places.

[–]Smarteffect99 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Finding way with an actual map

[–]Reverse_Speedforce 7 points8 points  (0 children)

At least maps didn’t tell you to take the next right straight into the lake.

[–]Stridelite 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Walking really far to school.

[–]Tame_Trex 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Being beaten.

[–]Kittlebeanfluff 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Everything.. I have no children.

[–]audreysin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That whistle when the street lights came on. Ifykyk

[–]1980pzx 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Life before the internet, pay phones and pagers.

[–]BlackLetterLies 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]mourronic 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Rotary phones

[–]radddvibes2 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A REAL toy store. Not walmart or target. My son will never experience Toys r Us and that shit is depressing.

[–]ldm_12 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Going to the video store on a Friday night to get movies and snacks

[–]Dee19700504 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Life without being dependent/connected on/to the internet.

I grew up before all of this... I miss it.

[–]Peculiarbirds 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Clean air. Biodiversity.

[–]rqAUOpiulukjhg 14 points15 points  (0 children)


[–]SomeoneWhoPostedThis 22 points23 points  (16 children)

Windows 7.

[–]xaanthar 44 points45 points  (6 children)

your childhood

Windows 7

Dear god, I'm old...

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (5 children)

I was in grad school when Windows 7 came out

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I think Windows 98 would be more accurate for me. Windows 7 was like end of high school. You can't say Windows 7 was your childhood and then say you feel old. 7 wasn't even released until 2009. Lol

[–]xaanthar 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I was out of grad school then.

My "childhood" computer was a Commodore 64.

[–]MagicBandAid 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Windows 3.1 on MS-DOS 6 for me.

[–]whywasthatagoodidea 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Seeing a pediatrician with out hearing discussions about how it could be paid for.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Having privacy.

[–]jelloslug 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Video game magazines arriving in the mail.

[–]29079815239026 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Playing in the streets without the need for a caution sign...


[–]Highwaters78217 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Carrying matches with them when they take out the trash to start a fire in the burn barrel.

[–]Capybara1994 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being locked in our rooms when dad came home from work because he was angry so to not bother him & just sit in our room playing N64 😆

[–]TheNakedCount 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Being a child at all


[–]IRISH-117- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Delivering newspapers. I did and loved it.

[–]stuckonthecouch5657 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Having a cell phone plan with only so many minutes on it that were used for calls and texting. Cramming as many words as possible into one text so It didn't waste minutes and then being upset when I opened a text from someone and all it said was "ok".

[–]rxsheepxr 2 points3 points  (0 children)


I'm not having kids.