We live in a time when we have so much available to us. Electronic devices, all the television, and movies one could want — access to just about any information 24 hours a day.
We don't even have to make a trip to the fast-food restaurant.
Dial a phone number place your order, and your food is at your door before you know it. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Texting and email have replaced phone calls. Google has replaced encyclopedias. Another example of never having to leave your home. Homework no longer requires hours at the library.
And we certainly enjoy all the advantages of today's world.
But do you ever find yourself thinking, 'remember when'?
I know every now, and then I find myself thinking just that.
So, I started making a list of those 'remember when' moments.
Remember when: The Good Old Days
Remember when guys wore tight jeans. Those were the good old days. None of those damn sagging pants on guys. Does anyone find the sight of a guy's pants hanging halfway down his ass showing his boxers one bit attractive?
Remember when you had to get up and turn the channel on the television — life before remotes.
Remember when we only had about three television stations. It was much easier to choose something to watch. And I honestly believe we had much better television shows.
Remember when we pretty much knew what we were going to be watching on television every night. We had our favorite shows, and we watched them as a family.
Remember when kids played outside.
Remember when Kelloggs Corn Pops was called Sugar Pops?
Remember when you stayed outside until the street lights came on.
Remember, when people carried on conversations without checking their phones every few minutes.
Remember when gas was 23 cents a gallon.
Remember when riding your bike on the sidewalk didn't require wearing a helmet.
Remember when you could walk to the corner store and get penny candy.
Remember wearing bell-bottom jeans.
Remember when you couldn't wait to be an adult because life was going to be so easy and fun.
Remember when long hair was the big thing for men. And not once did anyone put it in a bun on top of their head. Thank God!
Remember when neighbors stood and talked over the fence.
Remember when milkmen delivered milk to our homes? Now, you can get your complete grocery order delivered. Progress?
Remember when we had excellent daytime talk shows — hosted by people like Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin.
Remember the remarkable nighttime Variety shows — lots of great entertainment — great hosts like Dean Martin, Ed Sullivan, Sonny & Cher, and Andy Williams.
Remember going to the drive-in movies.
Remember when we had typing and auto-shop classes.
Remember only having a home phone. If you were lucky, it had a long, long cord on it.
Remember 45 records. I actually kind of miss them.
Remember using your cassette recorder to record your favorite songs from the radio. Yeah, kind of hard to believe in this day and age.
When I think about back to the so-called good days, I have to admit that those days were some of my best. Happier, less stressful, and just plain fun.
Sure we have a lot of great, more sophisticated things today. Things that make our life easier. I guess it all depends on your definition of what easy means.
I think I had it pretty good in my younger years. No complaints. Everyone I knew seemed happy. Life was much more straightforward. It was just a more simple existence. I don't recall having much stress in my life. Raising our family was our biggest priority.
Sadly, I don't think we appreciated just how great the good old days were.