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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 3, 2011 #101 of 129
    Rich

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    But most mattresses only come with "one side". I just bought three of them and you can't flip them over. What happened?

    By the way, I bought them at Sleepy's, the most obvious bait and switch stores I've ever seen. How do they continually get away with that?

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  2. Apr 3, 2011 #102 of 129
    armophob

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    Speaking of mattresses, I will throw in the replacement of the waterbed with airbeds. That was a huge step up. I thought I could never live without my waterbed, but after getting this adjustable bed from the Bionic Woman, I have been in sleep heaven for years.
     
  3. Apr 3, 2011 #103 of 129
    Rich

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    I had a waterbed too. Not sorry to see them gone. There were a few stores in my area devoted solely to waterbeds. Gone.

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  4. Apr 3, 2011 #104 of 129
    dirtyblueshirt

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    Aside from the cost savings, most mattresses these days are top-bottom asymmetrical, with varying layers of pillow tops making a double-sided mattress impractical and exceedingly expensive.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2011 #105 of 129
    Nick

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    Sorry to tell you, Rich, but if you bought one-sided mattresses, you were hoodwinked. Check to see if you are still within the store's return period.

    A so-called 'one-sided' mattress is cheaper to manufacture, but no cheaper to buy. That short-coming is marketed to the consumer as an advantage in that you don't have to flip it. The truth: you can't flip it and, because of that, the mattress won't last as long.

    I don't buy cheaply-made, one-sided mattresses, preferring to flip and rotate a well-made two-sided mattress on a regular basis.

    ...and don't believe for a minute the tv ads that claim an 8-year old mattress has accumulated its own weight in dust (dead-skin) mites. That is just another scam perpetuated by sleazy retail mattress sellers to get you to buy a new mattress more often than you need to, which in the case of a one-sided mattress, you'll probably have to do anyway.

    It's just my opinion, but I think mattress sellers are about as ethical as used car sellers.
     
  6. Apr 3, 2011 #106 of 129
    spartanstew

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    I had a water bed in college that was just a big bag of water. Not good.

    Bought a water bed 10 years ago that was wonderful. It was the kind with several tubes that went inside a pillow top "shell". It was wonderful. You couldn't even tell it was a water bed by laying on it, but it was extremely comfortable.

    It did start to lose it's shape after 10 years, however, so we got rid of it and bought a standard mattress last year. It's OK, but not quite as comfortable as that waterbed was.
     
  7. Apr 3, 2011 #107 of 129
    Rich

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    The mattress that I bought for my bed isn't pillow topped. I don't like them. I would have happily paid more for a good old double sided mattress.

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  8. Apr 3, 2011 #108 of 129
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    I never realized it until I had it home and had used it for a while. To return a mattress to Sleepys costs almost $300. Yet another thing the salesman didn't tell me. They are sleazier than car salesmen, I think.

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  9. Apr 3, 2011 #109 of 129
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    They did improve the technology for waterbeds, but I guess they just didn't sell. I was on a gelbed in NYC once and it was really comfortable.

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  10. Apr 3, 2011 #110 of 129
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    I spent $5K on this air bed in '05 and I cannot express how nice it is.
    My old waterbed had baffles, but not many. Had a freind sit down on the corner of it with keys in his pocket one day. I did not notice the leak for 2 days because the liner was holding the escaped water. I leaned on the edge and 20 gallons hit the carpet.
     
  11. Apr 3, 2011 #111 of 129
    Nick

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    I spent $79 on an air bed for the guest room. Every one who has slept on it says it is very comfortable.
     
  12. Apr 3, 2011 #112 of 129
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    How long has the longest guest stayed?
     
  13. Apr 4, 2011 #113 of 129
    wilbur_the_goose

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    What's better than 30 years ago?
    - Car safety
    - Racial equality (not there yet, but certainly better)
    - Communications
    - Computers
    - No more VHS
    - GPS
    - Energy efficient homes
    - Golf course conditioning
    - NHL hockey skill
    - NFL stadiums
    - MLB stadiums (no more Riverfront type ballparks)
    - Sneakers
    - Air quality
    - Water quality
     
  14. Apr 4, 2011 #114 of 129
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    I got my waterbed back in the early '80s. Never got a leak, but I did have a bad heater and my girlfriend and I woke up with hypothermia. Had to empty the bed to put the new heater in place.

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  15. Apr 4, 2011 #115 of 129
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    We've been using them for years when we travel. Handy buggers.

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  16. Apr 4, 2011 #116 of 129
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    What's better in 1981?

    Music? That's just TOO subjective... I *will* say that I think the music industry burns out more performers now than they used to. I mean, I enjoy some of the music my 18-year-old daughter plays but NONE of the groups that she didn't "inherit from me" have put out more than a couple of CDs. By the same token, my favorite group put out 5 albums in 3 years (69-72) and followed that up with a triple-album live set and double-album studio release in 1973. The musicians just 'made music' and concert tours weren't PROFIT CENTERS for the record companies, they were considered ADVERTISING. The companies used to be ECSTATIC if a tour 'broke even'.

    Home video? I had a VHS VCR with a wired remote hooked to a 19" TV on a 12-channel cable system and 2/4/6-hour tapes cost over $10 each. Now I have 2 HD DVRs on a thousand-channel satellite system, a house wired with Gigabit ethernet to stream video from my 10TB server to any PC in the house or my choice of 47", 30" or 22" HDTVs.

    Phones? I went from 2 outlets on a landline to 3 cell phones on my account and Vonage for my landline. Last year I was sitting in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles in France and called my daughter in Philadelphia while she was out running errands.

    Cars? I had a 78 Caprice Classic that constantly broke down while getting 15mpg. Today I have a 2002 Camry get drinks half the gas, accelerates twice as fast and has, at the moment, 178K miles on it (the Caprice couldn't dream of that). Said Chevy had an under-dash casette player with an in-dash AM/FM. My Camry has an in-dash touch screen GPS with AM/FM, XM, my iPod and I could even hook up a rear-camera to it. Heck, tires, brakes, transmissions, etc - they all last at least twice as long as they used to. A 3 year old car was 'old' back then - not now.

    Programming? Well, depends on what you like. I mean, we were watching re-runs of Buck Rogers and Battelstar Galactica from 1978 back then, if you were a SF fan. Everyone was trying to copy the success of Star Wars. Now, new Star Wars stuff (specifically the prequels) is derided as awful and the reimaging of Battlestar Galactica was called groundbreaking!

    Women? Well this, too, is subjective. I *will* say I'm better off now than I was in '81.

    Homes? I was in an apartment in '81 so my house is DEFINITELY an upgrade. HOWEVER - "self storage", as an industry, had barely started back then. Now it's huge. We've become a nation of hoarders.

    Travel? Say what you will but the same $500 plane ticket that took my friend to New Orleans in 1982 now gets me cross country. And he paid with 1982 dollars while I pay with 2011 dollars. Heck, I did ROUND TRIP from Boston to Europe last year for $575.

    Tech? In 1981 my VCR was the pinnacle of home high-tech with the occasional loaner PC from the office.
     
  17. Apr 4, 2011 #117 of 129
    Herdfan

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    Bought one of these for my daughter when we moved into our new house. The sales puke explained than since I was not using a box spring (her bed was designed for mattress only), that I needed to get one of these one-sided mattresses. The time crunch of moving in meant I didn't really have time to investigate this further. End of story, it was junk. Fine for a 40# kid, but uncomfortable for a teenager.

    So she ended up with a Tempur-pedic that we got a deal on when we purchased one for ourselves. Sweet beds.
     
  18. Apr 4, 2011 #118 of 129
    Herdfan

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    And the albums they came on were a "story" themselves.
     
  19. Apr 4, 2011 #119 of 129
    Herdfan

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    OMG! We used to set firecrackers under him and send him off. And them watch him get exploded off his bike. :lol:

    Worked great until we started using M-80's (the real ones back then). He and the cycle didn't last too long after that. :eek2:
     
  20. Apr 4, 2011 #120 of 129
    Herdfan

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    So is their knowledge of that to do with that hotness. :heybaby:
     

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