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Things you DON'T miss

Calling people's homes on landline telephones. Fuck that shit.

by Anonymousreply 13408/01/2020

I do this far more often during covid than I did before

by Anonymousreply 107/28/2020

The mediocre network television of the late '80s and 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 207/28/2020

r2, I do miss Homicide: Life on the Street, I'll Fly Away, and A Year in the Life.

by Anonymousreply 307/28/2020

What do you mean, OP?

by Anonymousreply 407/28/2020

Dial-up internet speed

Poor internet video quality

Boring, Ottoman conformist fashion i.e. Hollister, Aeropostale, American Eagle

Peasant skirts


scenesterXcore and the era of MySpace

Bama bangs



The Occupy Movement


by Anonymousreply 507/28/2020

Malls- it blows my mind that people piss and whine about the death of malls. Good riddance!

by Anonymousreply 607/28/2020

The inexplicable popularity of trashy daytime talk shows.

by Anonymousreply 707/28/2020

Painfully slow dial up internet.

DOS and BASIC prompts.

VHS tapes and betamax cassettes.

music tapes/cassetes, reel to reel recordings, and 8 tracks.

What about androgynous sensitive emo kids R5?

What are zendiks? What is scenester Xcore?

by Anonymousreply 807/28/2020

Shapeless, baggy clothes on guys.

by Anonymousreply 907/28/2020

I do miss calling people on landlines. I loathe hearing someone answer on a cell phone.

by Anonymousreply 1007/28/2020

R8, scenesterXcore was scene kids, which ARE the sensitive, androgynous emo kids you're referring to.

Their music was awful, the absolute worst, in fact.

by Anonymousreply 1107/28/2020

R10 Ewww. I had a secret BF in high school and his mother would always pick up. She was such a cunt

by Anonymousreply 1207/28/2020

Early 00s rock. What crap.

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by Anonymousreply 1307/28/2020

Goth BO.

by Anonymousreply 1407/28/2020

Landlines were better than mobile phones infecting every public place with queers toggling between whore apps and ignoring table mates, karens endlessly checking on the kids, loudmouths arguing with customer service in the middle of a restaurant, etc.

The idea of "I talk to you when I'm home and ready" is immensely more satisfying than any alternative.

by Anonymousreply 1507/28/2020

The eyesore that was Trinity Broadcasting Network along The 405 in Costa Mesa. Buh-bye bitch!

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by Anonymousreply 1607/28/2020

R15 without the distractions of phones, extroverts were even louder and more annoyingly boisterous back then, carrying on with their insipid chitchat everywhere

by Anonymousreply 1707/28/2020

Waiting for hours for my favorite music videos to play on MTV. I also don't miss the lack of internet shopping.

by Anonymousreply 1807/28/2020

[quote] The mediocre network television of the late '80s and 1990s.

Which was replaced by the absolutely awful network television of the last 25 years.

by Anonymousreply 1907/28/2020


But reel to reel has the most phenomenal sound provided you have the money and time to implement it. I don't but I went to an audiophile's house and it was a knock out. The best reproduced sound in a person's house I've heard.

by Anonymousreply 2007/28/2020


r5, you should visit an MFA creative writing program if you think hipsters are a thing of the past

by Anonymousreply 2107/28/2020

R19, that's why I haven't watched network TV since 2000. Cable and streaming services provide much better content these days.

by Anonymousreply 2207/28/2020

My cellphone d died the other day, OP. Thankfully I have a landline.

by Anonymousreply 2307/28/2020

Fax machines

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by Anonymousreply 2607/28/2020

I don't miss my teaching career.

by Anonymousreply 2707/28/2020

I don't miss having to walk half a mile to a call box down a creepy highway in the middle of the night if you were unlucky enough to have a car breakdown in the middle of nowhere. Worse was if a stranger stopped and asked if you needed help. You could never be sure if they were a good Samaritan or a serial killer sizing you up.

by Anonymousreply 2807/28/2020

8-track tapes.

by Anonymousreply 2907/28/2020

Having to plan out every drive to a place you’ve never been by looking at road maps or asking for detailed directions. You always wind up lost anyway. GPS is amazing.

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by Anonymousreply 3107/28/2020

r17 must live somewhere I haven't been before—some other planet, perhaps. Assholescence has never been so extreme or as omnipresent as it has become since the smartphone takeover, at least not where I live.

by Anonymousreply 3207/28/2020

R32 Hell was listening to loud fraus and asses carry on loud conversations everywhere on the bus and in lines, as if whatever they were talking about was even remotely interesting. That was way more common before the distraction of cellphones

by Anonymousreply 3307/28/2020

Hipsters have not disappeared by a long shot, but many are being called out on their lazy self-indulgent, privileged shit by younger people who are more politically engaged and more motivated to address racial and class divides.

To simplify: some millennials/GenXers are getting owned by the even-youngers.

If it comes down to artisanal beer and Etsy vs "woke," give me "woke" every time, thanks.

by Anonymousreply 3407/28/2020

Going to the bank to deposit checks/cash, get cash, etc. Paying bills by mailing checks to companies/utilities.

by Anonymousreply 3507/28/2020

Isn't that something, r33. Except for the clicking of gum and other mouth noise, I hardly noticed the voicings of other people in public before smartphones. There's something about digital noise that makes me wish I could make people disappear (to put it nicely). And those digital beeping things they give their sproggen to annoy people with? It should not be a crime to put a bullet through any of their heads.

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by Anonymousreply 3707/28/2020

R36 You must have grown up in the 1950s I guess when people had all of these manners.

by Anonymousreply 3807/28/2020

Prank phone calls!

by Anonymousreply 3907/28/2020

Sally Struthers' Christian Children's Fund commercials.

by Anonymousreply 4007/28/2020

TV commercials

Standing in a bar looking for men to take home

Public transportation (in the U.S.) - I don't mind using in any European country

Olivia de Havilland (too soon?)

by Anonymousreply 4107/28/2020

Thomas Guides.

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by Anonymousreply 4307/28/2020

Having to hide your VHS porn collection (two very worn out tapes)

by Anonymousreply 4407/28/2020

Pagers and flip phones

Film cameras

Blockbuster Video

Smoking and ashtrays everywhere

Phone books

by Anonymousreply 4507/28/2020

r12, Let it go, child. Let it go.

by Anonymousreply 4607/28/2020

Library card catalogs.

by Anonymousreply 4707/28/2020

Jesse Helms

by Anonymousreply 4807/28/2020

I still have a landline. Cell phone service is shitty and unreliable where I live, so I still keep a landline.

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by Anonymousreply 5007/28/2020

[quote]scenesterXcore was scene kids, which ARE the sensitive, androgynous emo kids you're referring to.

With floppy hair

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Cars with low gas mileage

No farmers markets in suburbs


Mens hair and fashion styles from the 90s

by Anonymousreply 5307/28/2020

Paula Abdul's face.

by Anonymousreply 5407/28/2020

R42, I sort of miss Thomas Guides. They're still handy in no-reception zones.

by Anonymousreply 5507/28/2020

Having to buy the whole damn CD when you only kinda sorta like one song.

by Anonymousreply 5607/28/2020

Rainier Grimaldi

by Anonymousreply 5707/28/2020

Woody Allen appearing on screen in one of his movies.

by Anonymousreply 5807/28/2020

Boil-in-bag meals.

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by Anonymousreply 5907/28/2020

R7 has never seen Attitudes and should be doxxed by ISIS.

by Anonymousreply 6007/28/2020

R59 Hopefully its overrated, obnoxious little sister Sous vide is on the way out.

by Anonymousreply 6107/28/2020

AOL Chat Rooms

My Space

Junk Mail

by Anonymousreply 6207/28/2020

Bad coffee pre-1990s (and pre-Starbucks)

by Anonymousreply 6307/28/2020

Wonder Bread. It was shit.

by Anonymousreply 6407/28/2020

Having to buy or steal porn.

by Anonymousreply 6507/28/2020

The slew of bad gay movies that appeared in the 90s

by Anonymousreply 6607/28/2020

smartphone, TV, car, coffee machine

bulletin boards and UNIX commands

Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Zoom, LinkedIn, SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok

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by Anonymousreply 6807/28/2020

[quote] The slew of bad gay movies that appeared in the 90s

Even the bad ones were not and are not worse than the tr-ns propaganda we are subjected to now.

by Anonymousreply 6907/28/2020

Having to tape record shows

by Anonymousreply 7007/29/2020

I still have a landline. Seldom gets any use. I was awakened last night at 11:45 by an elderly woman, who was appropriately apologetic when she realized she had called the wrong number. Afterwards, I thought I should’ve said that I hoped this was an emergency, since what kind of old person just happens to call someone at that late hour?!

by Anonymousreply 7107/29/2020

[quote] Having to tape record shows

I am glad I did because some of the ones I taped are still not on DVD or streaming.

by Anonymousreply 7207/29/2020

Unpopular opinion, and I'm only chiming in because someone mentioned AOL chat rooms; but I dearly miss early '00s-era AOL internet. Their radio stations were similar to Pandora but MUCH better. I absolutely loved their classic punk and grunge radio even though I'm an electronica, r&b and rap/hip-hop fan.

AOL chats were legit too, but full of complete dickhead elitists. I met some absolutely great people in those chats nevertheless and there were a lot of diverse alternative lifestyle chat rooms available through AOL's platform. AOL Instant Messenger was also a staple of my childhood, teenage years and very early adulthood.

I genuinely miss that era. The internet is heartless and soulless now, even though it's much bigger since back then (1998-2005).

by Anonymousreply 7307/29/2020

Thanks R11, I remember the fashion as I saw how lots of teens and then young adult men and women dressed that way and I never listened to any of the music. At first I thought they were goths or something but then someone said how they were emo/indie kids.

I sort of miss IRC #s but I would go onto ones about phish and other bands.

I do not miss having to go to adult bookstores to buy porn on VHS, in magazines, later DVDs, and to buy sex toys there.

True R21 the art schools and MFA programs are full of them.

by Anonymousreply 7407/29/2020

Physical music media, like CDs or Cassettes. For one, it’s less clutter, and 2, mixing and shuffling songs and playlists is a breeze.

by Anonymousreply 7507/29/2020

I don’t miss prank callers, but I DO miss prank calling!

by Anonymousreply 7607/29/2020

Having to make an effort, get dressed, and physically go to the gay bar just to get laid.

by Anonymousreply 7707/29/2020

R76 I miss prank calling as well.

I don't miss smoking in all public places, in pubs, most people's homes, etc.

by Anonymousreply 7807/29/2020

Aggressive tanning.

Aggressive flat ironing of hair.

by Anonymousreply 7907/29/2020

long johns and flannel

by Anonymousreply 8007/29/2020

Avril Lavigne

by Anonymousreply 8107/29/2020

The Reagans.

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by Anonymousreply 8307/29/2020

Having to buy porn on VHS or in magazines just to see naked men, women, couples, or people having sex.

by Anonymousreply 8407/29/2020

R78 it’s weird, as much as I hated it at the time, I do miss people casually lighting up at home and in bars.

by Anonymousreply 8507/29/2020

Getting home from a night at the bars and clubs and smelling like an ashtray.

by Anonymousreply 8607/29/2020

Spending serious MONEY on pornography, even (especially!) in the early days of the internet.

Remember AdultPass and crap like that? Just for some nudies.

by Anonymousreply 8707/29/2020

Landline telephones were the best. The usually had excellent sound, they obliged a person to sit or stand and talk and not treat the whole fucking world like her own personal telephone booth to shout in, and came in wonderful Princess pink or Trimline orange.

I don't miss smoking and smokers.

by Anonymousreply 8807/29/2020

Five television networks and that was all you had to choose from.

(Though, now I feel like there's too much to choose from and I feel overwhelmed by all the options.)

by Anonymousreply 8907/29/2020

Dial up internet that'd cut you offline if someone in your house picked up the phone

Having to drive to another video store across town to find a particular movie. Now, you can just hop onto Amazon or eBay and find pretty much any movie ever made.

Wondering what would happen if you broke down and couldn't find a payphone or didn't have any money for one.

by Anonymousreply 9007/29/2020

I miss video rental store but not the late fees if you didn’t get it back on a certain day.

I don’t miss ipods, CD players, giant laptops, dialup internet, cars without power locks and windows you had to manually roll up, phone books, vhs, nokia phones and buying minutes.

by Anonymousreply 9107/29/2020

Otherwise attractive guys/men with long hair -- blech

by Anonymousreply 9207/29/2020

Going to an airline ticket office to book a flight. Exchanging foreign currency after a trip abroad. AMEX Traveler's Checks. Filthy phone booths. Digital rectal exams. Cigarettes (although I miss cigars and pipes).

by Anonymousreply 9307/29/2020

There are quite.a few lazy people in here. Listen to what you’re complaining about. Walking, using a map, getting dressed up to go out, going to a real farmers market downtown. I’m sure it’s the same people who can’t be bothered to answer the phone. And when you ask them what it is that they are doing that is so important? Crickets.

In fact, I would think the landline would be perfect for these always on the go, busy, busy people. Why should they be bothered with the rude distraction of these people on the cell phone interrupting them while the are out there being active, rock climbing and riding bicycles with their herpes infections?

In the end, your just a generation of lazy fucks who don’t answer the phone because you are terrified of communicating in a way that you can’t craft your bullshit before you spout it. And yes, I know some Of the phone haters are old as dirt. But they legitimately don’t give a fuck. They don’t just say it and then demand attention and validation from everyone else.

by Anonymousreply 9407/29/2020

D&D 3.5

by Anonymousreply 9507/29/2020

R94 You sound insufferable.

[quote] In the end, your just a generation of lazy fucks

And you're a stupid fuck.

by Anonymousreply 9607/29/2020

Victrolas, sock garters, automobile hand cranks, chaperoned dates, Prohibition, typhoid

by Anonymousreply 9707/29/2020

Highway callboxes.

by Anonymousreply 9807/29/2020

[quote] Eldergay, still haunted by the huge pause and "clunk" in Wings over America

Who can forget the fade out and clunk right smack in the middle of the solo guitar for "Money" by Pink Floyd.

by Anonymousreply 9907/29/2020

What’s the difference between calling someone on a landline ir calling them on a cell / mobile phone?

by Anonymousreply 10007/29/2020

How cool people with beepers thought they were

by Anonymousreply 10107/29/2020

You're an idiot R94. There's nothing lazy about being grateful for having access to decent produce in my town instead of having to drive 30 mins in traffic and heat and paying parking fees to get to one downtown. EVERY town in America should have farmers markets you elitist prick

by Anonymousreply 10207/29/2020

R94 It's incredible how upset some of the Olds like you get when anybody criticizes anything from their era

by Anonymousreply 10307/29/2020

CRT monitors

Dot matrix printers and mimeographs

by Anonymousreply 10407/29/2020



Landlines & pre-caller ID phones

Physical media music

Cash and, even less, checks

Mailing things, buying stamps

Having to juggle pesky questions of fact in my head until I meet the right expert or am in the right reference library

Spending years looking for some odd thing that can now be found and ordered in seconds

Nostalgia of almost any sort

Living in the U.S.

by Anonymousreply 10507/30/2020

the closet

by Anonymousreply 10607/30/2020

Barbara Stanwyck

by Anonymousreply 10707/30/2020

Tuneless dorky boy bands

JNCOs, though I miss old school raves

The rise of reality tv. I wish it would die and fry in hell for all eternity.

by Anonymousreply 10807/30/2020

Sweats and PF Flyers.

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That goddamn fuckin' bitch!

by Anonymousreply 11007/30/2020

R67 is bitter isn’t she?

by Anonymousreply 11107/30/2020

[quote]Spending serious MONEY on pornography, even (especially!) in the early days of the internet.

[quote]Remember AdultPass and crap like that? Just for some nudies.

I remember ManCheck for gay sites. Also, websites and Usenet groups with bootleg ManCheck IDs. I finally got an AEBN account around 2000.

by Anonymousreply 11207/30/2020

I don't miss the mountains of AOL discs that came as junk mail.

by Anonymousreply 11307/31/2020

I miss the sheer notion that a CD could give us the internet.

by Anonymousreply 11407/31/2020

Cool Water Cologne by Davidoff.

by Anonymousreply 11507/31/2020

My wee-wee.

by Anonymousreply 11607/31/2020

Pink, blue, yellow toilet paper. Gave so many anal cancer.

by Anonymousreply 11707/31/2020

Telephone answering machines

by Anonymousreply 11807/31/2020

R2 I LOVE "I'll Fly Away" & "Homicide: Life On The Street"! I haven't seen either in years. Now I'll have to find them streaming or online somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 11907/31/2020

Leona Helmsley, & Anita Bryant! Cunts, both of them!

I know Bryant is still alive, but at 80, it won't be long.

by Anonymousreply 12008/01/2020

[quote]I hardly noticed the voicings of other people in public before smartphones.


[quote]There's something about digital noise that makes me wish I could make people disappear (to put it nicely). And those digital beeping things they give their sproggen to annoy people with? It should not be a crime to put a bullet through any of their heads.

I get that there are a lot of unhappy, broken people on Datalounge who think talking like this makes them sound like an internet badass, but let's be clear: if you really are going around fantasizing about shooting young children in the head or murdering adults who use an app with a start-up sound, you need professional help. I'm not joking. This is not normal behavior.

by Anonymousreply 12108/01/2020

Ha R115 I don’t miss it either. The gay boys were splashing it everywhere! I still have that scent in my mouth...

by Anonymousreply 12208/01/2020

The 80s and the 00s.

by Anonymousreply 12308/01/2020

Being on hold for eternity. Most places by now they can call you back, and it’s usually a pretty close to exact estimate of what time, so you can just have your phone ready.

by Anonymousreply 12408/01/2020

Exchanging paper cards for every holiday. Of course some people still like them - nothing wrong with a handwritten Christmas card or thank you note, but I hated giving and receiving them most of the time. Just pointless clutter and waste.

by Anonymousreply 12508/01/2020

Bring forced to watch network or cable TV.

Not having control of the entertainment I want to consume and being controlled by film studios and tv production/network schedules. Now we consume what we want and when we want to.

Waiting weeks to watch a music video if I was lucky and it was played when I was watching.

Having to go to malls to buy clothes and other things. Online shopping rocks.

Going into banks. Online banking also rocks.

Not being able to get gay porn anywhere. Now I download whatever I want.

Not knowing something and having to spend a long time locating information/speaking to someone. Now we Google.

But there are also a lot of things I do miss.

by Anonymousreply 12608/01/2020

r123 Good call. I do miss the 90s though.

by Anonymousreply 12708/01/2020

r122 How did it get in your mouth, girl? 🤭

by Anonymousreply 12808/01/2020

Speaking of the Dewey decimal system and card catalogs......

I’m sure we have a few Party Girl fans on here. The movie with Parker posey. IIRC they did a little side story about doing research in a library at that time because of her job. It briefly mentioned how the internet existed before the World Wide Web. Finger, Gopher, Archie and the like.

I actually miss the days when you had to put a little effort into digging up information and doing research. You would eventually find yourself going through various books and periodicals, pulling microfiche, maybe coming across audio and photo archives.

Two different people could be doing the research and end up with different data sets. Today, if you research online, you end up with one or two homogenized conclusions. The difference is that the person who worked to pull their own data would have a more intimate knowledge of the subject matter and was capable of drawing their own conclusions.

The internet had such promise when everyone was freely sharing their expertise just because they could. Once the tech bro capitalist mentality took over and profitability became king, that promise was trampled. Lost with it was the diversity of thought and the marketplace of ideas.

And of course the by-product of all this is the dumbing down of information that lets the extremes on both sides of the spectrum use online data from their source of choice to bolster their positions.

by Anonymousreply 12908/01/2020

Tony fucking Danza and Kirk fucking Cameron stinking up Tuesday nights.

by Anonymousreply 13008/01/2020

In that same vein, a rapist having the #1 show on TV while shows that have aged better were marginalized and/or ignored at the time they were aired.

by Anonymousreply 13108/01/2020

Curly Perms

by Anonymousreply 13208/01/2020

Chicken pox.

by Anonymousreply 13308/01/2020

Bravo, r129. I agree wholeheartedly.

by Anonymousreply 13408/01/2020
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