I used to laugh to myself as my dad would tell me about walking up hill, in the snow, (both ways) to school.  And how all they had was a tin can and a stick and he and his friends would play for hours.

That got me to thinking about my "back in my day" story.

I thought of this while I was watching my daughter rent a movie from iTunes.  She just browsed through the titles from her phone.  Picked the one she wanted to watched.  A single touch and 3 minutes of buffering and she was watching a brand new release.

Kids today.  They have no idea.

Remember the video store?  Back in my day, if you wanted a movie, you had to get in the car and go to the video store.  Once you got there, you ran directly to the "New Releases" section in hopes that your favorite movie wasn't already checked out.  Nine times out of ten, it had already been rented by a third shifter that dropped by on their way home from work in the morning.  They always got the best movies.

You could always try option #2:  Follow the store employee around while they put the returns back on the shelves.  Remember how you'd follow them closely, anxiously waiting for them to put that new copy of The Last Starfighter back on the shelf?  But you didn't want to look desperate so you'd pickup boxes within eyeshot and pretend that you weren't following them.  (I used to work at a video store.  We knew what you were doing.)

When you finally got your movie, after paying your late fees and the $2.00 rewind charge from the last movie you rented and forgot to return, you could finally drive back home and watch the movie.  After you rewound it, that is.

This video from Buzzfeed Yellow does a pretty good job of summing it all up.

What kind of "back in my day" stories will you be sharing with your grandkids?

  • How about calling a girls house and having to talk to her parents before you could talk to her?
  • Or using a map on a road trip.
  • How about dial-up internet.  It was soooo slow and some companies charged you by the minute!

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