What's something from the Good Ole Days that wasn't really so good?

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  1. Mike Eskimo

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    The “good ole days” is a trope and a dog whistle and red meat for certain cohorts.

    It means nothing good.

    Make right now the good ole days for others.
     
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    You'd need to bring cash with you that was printed prior to 1959 (which could be hard to find), or nobody would sell you the guitar.

    I know. Nerdy reply.
     
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    In the 1980s my family moved to Southern Oregon, and these were pretty common there. In fact, the whole antiquated phone system up there is the subject of another story I could tell.
     
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    Drinking and driving, basically, was acceptable.
    Even if you killed someone, you could pretty much walk away and get on with your life.
    My grandmother was killed by a drunk driver.
    He may have been given a summons or something for running a red light, but there were no lawsuits or criminal charges or anything.
     
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    back in the day all we had in our city was three network TV stations & NO public television.
    We had one phone company, and none of this instant 'social media' crap that allows anyone & everyone to instantly crap all over everyone else, at will.
    The contempt for your fellow America in that time was a lot more subtle than it is demonstrated now days, even by those at the top levels of power in the nation. Oh my, how far we have sunk ............
     
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    IMO there's been a lot of give and take.

    Cars have gotten more efficient, but they are hideous and tiny.

    People used to sit and listen to music rather than have it be an afterthought that is mostly ignored.

    People used to listen to records rather than one song.

    Industry has moved overseas, so almost everything is cheaper, but the US middle class is decimated, quality is non-existent, and most things are disposable.

    The draft is gone, but now most folks have no idea what the military does and the skills folks used to learn in the military have vanished in the civilian world.

    Computers and phones have become tiny and portable, but now we can take our work with us everywhere we go.

    We don't drink booze at work all day anymore, but now we're sober all day.

    Now that I think about it, things have mostly gotten worse.
     
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    Typhoid fever wasnt so great.
    Nor Polio

    In my life?
    Yeah, many things on the list.

    Radio reception.
    Telephone party lines.
    When a 27 inch television was as big as one could imagine dreaming of.
    A Zenith with vice grips in place of a channel dial.
    3 fuzzy channels.
    Adding an antenna rotator to make it four channels, two of them slightly less fuzzy.
    Bias ply tires
    Manual brakes
    Drum front brakes
    Ignition points

    Long, long list.
     
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    ide rather die and have a cool car
     
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    OMG I only have a land line, too. I thought I was the last one.
     
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    Things have NOT gotten mostly worse. Things are mostly better- We're just inundated with the bad because that gets ratings! And, they want us at odds with each other, because that's how they keep power. If we are together, then we have the power. Look at life expectancy for instance, compared to 50 years ago. Some of the things you mentioned are worse, but many more Americans own their own home now than in our grandparents generation. Healthcare is much better, although far too expensive. I agree in some part about the military. I worked in Silicon Valley for most of my life, and almost all the best engineers I knew were trained by the Navy.
     
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    Quite a few that I thought of have already been mentioned, but nevertheless, I had a great, fortunate and lucky childhood, so I can't complain much.

    Probably one that has changed a lot is cancer research and treatment. Loss of friends and relatives was pretty high back then that would most likely be survivors today.
     
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    one of my first jobs was at a fish place, cutting filets.. the owner takes me in the back, shows me how he wants 6 oz. filets cut, how to rack them in trays and he says, 'you get to eat every time you work and you can have as much soda as you want to drink... but, I can't afford to pay you 1.35.'

    I used to take home 4 full bags of fried icelandic cod every shift, we poured the malt vinegar on it and the whole family chowed down.

    You gotta compensate. He had a lincoln continental... often he would have me clean it out. He and his family were pigs... Ken was his name. They had a crushed ice machine, man, the coke there was SOOOOO cold, it was awesome. After about a year, he paid me minimum wage. I still took home 4 bags of fish AND shrimp. His car was always pretty clean if I was working.

    The old days... like today, you kind of decide... we used to have 'poor people' who would come in and want the 'cracklings' (the fried breading that fell off the fish)... I'd bag it up and (whoops) usually a couple of pieces of fish and some fries too... Ken said just give it to them.
     
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    I beg to differ- Moxie made with cane sugar really was better than the stuff they're making now with high fructose corn syrup.

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    Yeah, I guess it faded on the market due to pressure from other brands that were profiteering off lower cost ingredients ... or maybe not. :rolleyes:

    Sorry, but I don't like my soft drinks to taste like medicine. But to each their own ... :)
     
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    Sorry, but I disagree.

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