Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Things I'm Not Too Young to Remember


I'm 26 years old, which means I was born in 1990. It always amuses me when people find it surprising that I know about certain things, or that I even had them when I was younger. I'm always thinking "I'm not that young" but what can you do?

Here is a list of things that I'm Not Too Young to Remember:

1. Cassette Tapes - my sister is three years older than me and she had a cassette player and tapes when I was younger.

2. C.D.'s - this might seem like a weird thing to add on here, but I swear some people look at some younger people and think they have no idea what life was like with c.d.'s since they are always downloading music. First off, not everyone just uses iTunes and the like. Second, c.d.'s are still easily available and come out all the time. Honestly, I'd rather have a physical C.D. most of the time.

3. Card Catalogs - All through elementary school, my library had a card catalog. This is how we looked up the books we wanted and when you checked out a book, we used the little card in the back of the book that needed to be stamped. I find it funny when people are shocked I know what card catalogs are, and I just kindly say "I had them growing up too."

4. Certain TV Shows - I had someone not terribly long ago that talked as if I didn't know shows like I Love Lucy. I know they came out years before I was born, but there have been reruns of these shows for years. I grew up watching these shows on TV. I loved them - The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, I Love Lucy. My sister and I used to watch these all the time before going to bed at night.

5. VHS Tapes- I only had VHS tapes for awhile, until DVD's came around and got more popular. Regardless, I have a lot of movies that are still in VHS form and one of my DVD players now is a DVD/VHS player and I'll still watch movies via VHS.

Now it's your turn-  what are things that people find surprising that you remember?

13 comments:

A Canadian Girl said...

I was born in 1990 too so of course I remember all this stuff (except for the TV shows you mentioned since I haven't watched any of those). I get the opposite reaction though because I'm usually interacting with younger kids so they have no idea how much technology has changed since we were little.

Joyous Reads said...

Card catalogs are the ones that I miss the most. Although, vinyl is making a comeback, I still wish I didn't scoff at the very idea of keeping what I had all those years.

Kindlemom said...

What a fun post! It is strange how some people remember these things and some don't. I remember a lot more than my time for things as well, mostly because I spent a lot of time with grandparents that would show me things and still had a lot of really old cool stuff lying around, plus my mom at one point was a huge antique collector so that helped broaden my horizons as well. ;)

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

I was born in '79, so yup, I remember all of these. My son and I were just talking about VHS tapes today. He's 19 and was saying how none of his teammates knew what thy were. Sheesh. I remember roller skating all over when I was younger.

Jennifer Humphries said...

My kids have no idea what a card catalog is. I remember every year taking the little class at the school library. No longer, huh?

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

LoL I'm pretty sure I still have a few VHS's in a box in my garage somewhere. I feel like you're old when you say "Remember when Carson Daily was the host on MTV's TRL... you know, when they actually played music videos all day long?!"

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

LOL on the TV shows. I'm an 80s baby but know all of them, too. Reruns still run for them so not sure why that's such a surprise to people. lol Heck I still watch some of them, myself!

Tanya Atkinson said...

LOL What a fun post! :) I remember cassette tapes very well since that's what was available when I was in jr high and high school. All that fast forwarding and rewinding... ugh! LOL But making mix tapes was the best. My wedding video is on VHS... and I still haven't had it converted to DVD! And I remember the card catalogs and those little cards in the backs of library books so well. I miss that. :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Yes to all of these! I even remember life before the Internet, ha ha.

Shannon/ It Starts at Midnight said...

Ohhh well, ALL of these, but I am extra old sooo... ;) I also was like a little old lady who tried to refuse technology when I was younger too. Like, when CDs came out I refused to switch from my cassette tapes... until it was getting ridiculous. Same with DVDs, I wanted my VHS FOREVER. Which in hindsight, was stupid bwhahah. But I CRAVED the internet. I wanted ALL the information on ALL the things. Like I wanted Wikipedia before it was invented. I remember when my very first friend got the internet and it was HUGE. Like, we didn't even have instant messenger or email or anything because she was the ONLY ONE with it at that point. Ah, good times. How about Napster? I was illegally downloading music before anyone said it was illegal ;) This post is SO fun!

Aylee said...

Lol love this. I also remember discmans and having to carry around loads of CDs to play them X) Overall, I'm okay leaving most of these things behind in the dust - especially VHS tapes. Remember how awful it was to rent a VHS tape only to find out that the person who had it before didn't rewind it so you would have to spend forever doing so and ruining the movie in the process?? haha

Leslie A said...

Oh, man. I could go on and on about things that aren't around anymore that were when I was young. (Everything you posted, plus so much more!) Sometimes I think about how my grandkids are probably going to refer to me being born 'last century', as though that was such a long time ago. Thanks for sharing such a fun post!

Karen Alderman said...

Oh God! I think it's so funny when I read these posts and y'all feel old. I was born in 1965 before CD's - we had cassette's, vinyl and 8 tracks lol

And I've talked to people about shows I watched as a kid - even some early SNL stuff and no one knows what I'm talking about.

Karen @For What It's Worth