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What's Better Than It Was 30 Years Ago?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Rich, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Apr 1, 2011 #41 of 129
    texasmoose

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    Porn is definitely better! @ least the video is, the acting still BLOWS, pardon the pun:D
     
  2. Apr 1, 2011 #42 of 129
    BobaBird

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    Microwave ovens and the frozen dinners we put in them.
     
  3. Apr 1, 2011 #43 of 129
    spartanstew

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    18 - 25 year old chicks are much hotter than their counterparts were 30 years ago.
     
  4. Apr 1, 2011 #44 of 129
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    Since it is possible to take two "tin cans," connect them to each end of a string, pull the string tight and talk to someone a distance from you on the other end, I get a little confused. Is a land line phone just a technological improvement on the tin cans and a cell phone is a further improvement. Or was the telephone and is the cell phone essentially something new?

    Because for me, an automobile is not just a better horse & buggy. And a smart phone is not just a better telephone.

    There is very little in the categories of machinery and electronics that aren't "better" than 30 years ago. And there is much that didn't exist.

    In 1981 we had four Tandy Model II computers on which we were doing word processing, spreadsheets, data bases and accounting. They weren't just better than what was available in 1951. They represented completely new technology. On the other hand, the computer I'm typing this on is better than those 1981 computers.

    Day-to-day living is different from 1981. Technology generally has made my life better. But I don't think that every aspect of American social, cultural, political, and economic structure has been improved by technology, particularly because of the "instant gratification" element in so much of our lives today.

    Hence, it gets confusing for me when I read this post:
    In 1981 had a bose system that received outstanding music sound through the FM radio system and played vinyl records that "delivered" sound that cannot be matched, IMHO, by any MP3 track.

    Yes, this morning I could download Sara Ramírez' outstanding tracks from last night's "Grey's Anatomy" before breakfast and well before any local "record store" would have been open in 1981.

    But I know that to hear that voice from vinyl on my old bose system would have been almost as good as hearing her live. The MP3 tracks are almost as good a hearing it from vinyl. They are both better than any retail tape recordings, but that isn't saying much.

    I guess regarding day-to-day life there is much that is better, more that is different, and some elements have become god-awful.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2011 #45 of 129
    dennisj00

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    18-25 year old chicks aren't always 18-25 year old chicks!!!!!
     
  6. Apr 1, 2011 #46 of 129
    Hutchinshouse

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    18 to 25 year old chicks are neat.
     
  7. Apr 1, 2011 #47 of 129
    Nick

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    You cannot be more than [not then] +1, or in your case, +0001. ;)
     
  8. Apr 1, 2011 #48 of 129
    hdtvfan0001

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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Sure I can..one for each candle on my cake. ;):D
     
  9. Apr 2, 2011 #49 of 129
    cj9788

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    Hell yeah! I just did not realize it at the time.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2011 #50 of 129
    Nick

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    Yes, I whole-heartedly agree. I well remember getting a warm fuzzy feeling listening to the meaningful lyrics of the sha-na-nas and doo-wop, doo-wops back in the day of the golden age of popular music.

    :sure:
     
  11. Apr 2, 2011 #51 of 129
    AntAltMike

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    - the meaningful lyrics of, "My Friend the Witchdoctor."
     
  12. Apr 2, 2011 #52 of 129
    Rich

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    Married three of them. I thought as I got older my taste in women would change, but...

    Rich
     
  13. Apr 2, 2011 #53 of 129
    hdtvfan0001

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    I think I saw you on HBO.... :D
     
  14. Apr 2, 2011 #54 of 129
    barryb

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    Me.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2011 #55 of 129
    hdtvfan0001

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    Funny you said that...some others were thinking the same thing. :D

    Another contribution - dental care (except for the British :lol:).
     
  16. Apr 2, 2011 #56 of 129
    barryb

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    LOTS of things are much better.

    Whomever posted "music".... yeah, I have to disagree big time.
     
  17. Apr 2, 2011 #57 of 129
    cj9788

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    Hey folks keep in mind that 30 years ago was only 1981. So Do wap and Sh Na Na Was hardly the music of the time. Music of the time would be Eddie Rabbit, Kenny Rogers,Sylvia,Juice Newon,men at work, AC/DC Queen Adam & The Ants Pink Floyd, And many many more also that new thingy called rap. My friend the witch doctor and songs like Charlie brom were mostly sold on K-Tel records as blasts from the past at the Time.

    Madonna came out in 82, The police The rolling Stones, Asia, Def Leppard, Olivia Newon John were at the top of the charts in the early 80's

    I miss Amercas top 40 wih Kasey Kasem.
     
  18. Apr 2, 2011 #58 of 129
    sigma1914

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    Here's the top songs of 1981 :lol:

    1. Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
    2. Endless Love, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
    3. Lady, Kenny Rogers
    4. (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon
    5. Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield
    6. Celebration, Kool and The Gang
    7. Kiss On My List, Daryl Hall and John Oates
    8. I Love a Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbitt
    9. 9 to 5, Dolly Parton
    10. Keep On Loving You, REO Speedwagon

    http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1981.htm
     
  19. Apr 2, 2011 #59 of 129
    Hutchinshouse

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    You got me by 2. :lol: Still with #1 ;)
     
  20. Apr 2, 2011 #60 of 129
    Rich

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    Should have added, I lived with a great girl for five years. She was 25 when she gave up on me ever marrying her. Long story, sad ending. Still bothers me from time to time and that was 30 years ago.

    Rich
     

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