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Old 08-12-2019, 07:44 AM
Location: Tennessee
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I think you find good and bad about any time period.

I grew up in the 1990s. I was kind of on the tail end of kids that didn't have computers (unless you were fairly nerdy/parents encouraged it) or cell phones growing up. People still got outside and played and talked face to face and on the phone. I had a computer in the Windows 3.1 days and was one of the first kids in school with broadband around 2000. I kind of had the best of both worlds.

I met a lot of cool people on message boards and in chat rooms who introduced me to a lot of music and discussed religious ideas that weren't common here back then. I met people from around the world in chat rooms like MSN and Yahoo and some IRC channels that I still talk to occasionally. The internet was much more of a free-for-all back then, and I kind of miss that.

IMO, parents today monitor their children way too much. I don't think there are any more creeps now than twenty or forty years ago, but you hear about it more due to the faster news cycle/being saturated in news. I never fit the "local mold" of Southern Baptist, marry high school sweetheart and pop out several kids. I'd have had an even tougher time growing up here without access to a very open and free internet.

I certainly don't miss some things. I don't miss being limited to the local retail scene. I ordered some specialty South African dried sausage a few months ago. None of that would have been possible a couple decades ago. Religion was much more overbearing back then. This is clearly still a Christian area, but most people are less fundamentalist/pushy about it.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:09 AM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Originally Posted by Larry Caldwell View Post
I relive the past because when I was young I had way more fun than you can have without ending up in jail.
I hear you. I grew up in Fort 'Liquordale' in the Seventies and Eighties, during the height of Spring Break. So I had way more fun than you can have without ending up dead!

Just last week, (at a retirement seminar!), everyone at my table stayed afterwards to hear stories of 'old' Ft Lauderdale. They all said I should write a book!
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:29 AM
Location: Loudon, TN
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Not nostalgic at all. I think my life today is better than it's ever been. I do think back and miss the young taut figure I had back in my 20's and 30's. LOL
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:18 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Aren't we the sum total of all our past experiences?

I appreciate the past and enjoy visiting those memories--especially some of the beautiful places I've been fortunate enough to visit--the ski slopes I've been fortunate enough to ski, trails I've hiked...but I'm also plotting my next adventure while enjoying caring for my flowers and getting together with friends right now...

If we stop having fun and adventure, we grow old...

Past, present--and future--all good!
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Old 08-30-2019, 10:01 AM
Location: New Mexico
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It is human nature to tell stories and make comparisons between different individuals' experiences. We find differences in experience interesting. We find confirmation of our experiences to be reassuring. If you don't want to participate, of if relating past experiences is too painful, don't read or post to those threads.
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Old 08-30-2019, 12:29 PM
Location: Maryland
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I donít have much recollection of my youth, just flashes, some highs and lows that stuck with me so no, not big on nostalgia.
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Old 08-30-2019, 01:06 PM
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I try not to be nostalgic. Fifty years ago I took no enemy prisoners and shot them outright. They gutted and castrated any prisoners they took so I did them a favor. You didn't read that in the New York Times, did you?
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