What Do You Miss?(A Nostalgia Thread)

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Please bear with me....feeling a bit nostalgic this evening. What do I miss from my early childhood? For one, I miss going shopping with my mother in the big downtown department stores. I can still remember her and I getting on a streetcar (we lived along one of the last few lines operating in Baltimore) and riding downtown. The department stores seemed bigger than life to a pre-schooler. This Youtube video from Japan reminds me so much of the stores we would go in, with women who worked as operators and elevator announcer/coordinators back before the days of automated elevators. Only difference is they didn't do any bowing over here.:D

YouTube - Crazy Japanese Jobs

I also miss the toys I had as a young child - tonka toys, tricycle, wagon, along with other toys. I've bought replacements on ebay for a couple of them like my wagon and toy accordian, and have constantly looked for other replacements as well. I always took very good care of my toys, keeping them in near mint condition. I plan on restoring the toys I've replaced them with to near new condition - just the way mine would still have been if I still had them.

Too, I miss neighborhood grocery shopping with my mom, riding up the street in my stroller (still have vague memories of it) and enjoying the rhymic bump-bump sound of the wheels over the sidewalk joints and cracks. The old A&P grocery store down the street was housed in the basement of two adjoining buildings. Up the other way on our street was an Acme supermarket. Nice thing about the Acme trip was where the street crossed over the Western Maryland RR and I'd always hoped we'd see a train going underneath.

Finally, I miss settling down in bed in the front bedroom of our house, being lulled to sleep by the singing wires as the streetcars rumbled by in the night, with light shadows from the windows moving around the room from the head lights. As I mentioned in the "Would You Like To Be a Baby Again" thread, I would love to relive a few of those pre-school age days all over again.

Unfortunately, my early home went down hill, becoming one of the most crime and drug infested neighborhoods on the westside of town. Last time I rode through there on company business (1983) it was hardly recognizable. Stores where we shopped had their windows all bricked up with little peep holes for windows now, or else they were boarded up completely. The houses where we lived were falling apart, looking nothing like the way they do in old photos we have. It was very depressing for me to see my early childhood home all but destroyed. Even the streetcars that I rode and fell asleep by were long gone, being replaced by busses in late 1963. :frown: Depressing indeed.
Then I see streetcar videos, like this one from Philadelphia, and it brings back such a flood of tram riding memories since we had these same PCC trolleys in Baltimore, though a slightly different version.

YouTube - Septa PCC II's

Yeah, I have a problem living in the past sometimes.:frown: Is there anything you really miss about your early childhood you'd like to share?

~Pramrider
 

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The T.V shows the awsome shows that were nickelodeon & Cartoon Network.

Have you seen these new shows? They are trippy.
 
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I miss the old cartoons... There is this show here called Saturday Disney and it was the only show that'd play all the great, awesome cartoons that I liked. Every Saturday I made a special effort to get up out of bed early and watch it.

Then after a while they started replacing the shows with one's I didn't like... eventually getting to the point where I couldn't stand it. Now they play those crappy CGI, 3D kids shows which I think just look stupid. Also, the show used to just be cartoons with small "filler" segments in between, as well as a mail bag and drawings and I think they had a short cooking segment. Now it's all this interviews, gags and other boring stuff to fill in the gaps.

*sighs* Such good memories from that show... I don't watch it now though because I like to keep those memories intact.
 

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The T.V shows the awsome shows that were nickelodeon & Cartoon Network.

Have you seen these new shows? They are trippy.
Seconded. I don't remember any specific examples right now, but the new shows now are just not as good. XD;
 

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Seconded. I don't remember any specific examples right now, but the new shows now are just not as good. XD;
Hey Arnold , All That ( this show was the reason i wanted to do theatre), Catdog , Johnny Bravo , Powerpuff Girls , Captin Planet , The Big Comfy Couch , ugh there are more but i cant remeber those were my fav.
 

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Weeble wobbles, Invader Zim...That's all I can think of at the moment
 
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had these same PCC trolleys in Baltimore,
Yeah parts of Baltimore have really gone to hell havent they. other parts are rising up though.
 
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I've always wished that I could relive a week with my parents 10 years younger than they are now (now my mom is 50, dad is 46). It's sad for me to watch them age and become less energetic with more health problems over the years. What I also miss from 10 years ago is the same town I live in now. My town was basically in the middle of nowhere with tons of farm land back in the day, now there's tons of traffic and shit. It was so peaceful back then.

I miss commercials from the 90s, they had a charm that can't be matched with all the special effects and crap that are in commercials today. Nickelodeon was also at it's prime, and all the "good" shows that they show now jumped the shark a couple years ago.

I miss my friend that lived next door to me. I met him when I was 4 and we would play imagination games in his backyard and feed ants to huge ass spiders. Those were the days :smile: Believe it or not, my friend next door was the one who got me into being a DL (if you want the story PM me)

And last but not least, I miss the dreams and nightmares I had as a little kid. They were so weird and creative, it just blows my mind thinking about how cool they really were. My dreams have sucked ever since I hit puberty.
 
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*sigh* Even nostalgia isn't what it used to be. Most of you people aren't old enough to be nostalgic yet.

I miss Lincoln Logs made out of wood.
Rushing home from school to hopefully catch the end of the Cubs game, WGN televised almost the games, and all the home games were day games.
Going on vacations that involved driving all of the country.
Being able as a kid to run around the neighborhood all day long, until the streetlights came on and not worrying about who was out there.
The time before video games, VCRs, DVDs, DVRs, PC's, etc. When playing meant running around, or making up thing up.
 

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Then I see streetcar videos, like this one from Philadelphia, and it brings back such a flood of tram riding memories since we had these same PCC trolleys in Baltimore, though a slightly different version.

YouTube - Septa PCC II's

Yeah, I have a problem living in the past sometimes.:frown: Is there anything you really miss about your early childhood you'd like to share?
Well, now you have Light Rail:

YouTube - Baltimore Light Rail - Part 1

If they hadn't completely scrapped the old streetcar system but gradually updated it, it would probably still look like today's light rail system. That's what happened all over Europe too.

Ever been to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum? I have - they should still have old Baltimore PCCs left.

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The days before network TV created those asinine reality shows. SHUDDER. I hate those.

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Actually, I am fully capable of being nostalgic - irrespective of age. Until I was about 8 the only computer I had was an Acorn Archimedes and some of my favourite games of all time are still from when I was using that. I have tried to find an emulator but haven't been able to find one that works with Vista. Until I do that I don't think there is a chance I'll ever experience these brilliant games ever again:

Elite
Populous (the original)
SimCity (the original)
 

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Well what I remember was when I was about 11 I'd stay up at night and wait until adult swim was on and I'd watch anime all night long. This was up until adult swim started putting on crappy shows like family guy, and metal-whatever. I do feel nostalga whenever I come across some of the animes I watched when I was 11.
 

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Good Saturday morning cartoons... I used to get up at like 6am (when I was 8 or 9..) and watch cartoons until like noon. Every channel had cartoons on it too (4,6,8,12 and 13...the VCR used to have pushbuttons for each channel :p). Nowadays I've noticed networks don't have cartoons on Saturday mornings, I guess because of all the cable networks :(

I also missing spending an entire day of summer vacation playing the original Doom in the air conditioned basement of my parents' house...ahh the days when I could 'waste' a whole summer :D
 

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I have more...When Pokemon first came out...Recording shows that were on "too late" for me and watching them the next day...Playing really old computer games on our old computer, playing outside with friends until we were called in by our parents...Making lemonade stands...Actually sitting and eating/watching TV with my parents...
 

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Well, now you have Light Rail:

YouTube - Baltimore Light Rail - Part 1

If they hadn't completely scrapped the old streetcar system but gradually updated it, it would probably still look like today's light rail system. That's what happened all over Europe too.

Ever been to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum? I have - they should still have old Baltimore PCCs left.

Peachy
Small world, Peachy! You've been to my old home town and visited places I've been myself. :smile: It's been many years since I've been to the BSM. Haven't been to Baltimore itself in several years, but that's another story as to why. Last time I went to the museum they were just making plans for installing a track loop at the northern end under the 28th St. overpass, which I see is now in service. They reclaimed the loop tracks from city streets where they were paved over. In fact, much of the original city trackwork is still there, just buried under a couple layers of asphalt. Only places track has been completely pulled up is where the whole street was dug up for subway and other construction, or the tracks were on private right-of-ways and not in pavement. I saw where they now have more PCCs, but only one from Baltimore. This is the color scheme streetcars were painted when I remembered them. I know exactly where this photo was taken on the westside of town: http://www.btco.net/Vehicles/PCC/7088_8.jpg

This is the original delivered color scheme: http://www.btco.net/Vehicles/PCC/7111_29.jpg

Here's the Baltimore Streetcar Museum PCC cars:

This one was the last to operate on Nov. 3, 1963, restored to it's original colors: http://www.baltimorestreetcar.org/images/baltpcc1.jpg

The yellow one on this page came from El Paso, TX. Baltimore had some of this particular model, but none survived: Track Update - June, 2005

Sounds like they also have a Philly PCC in their collection now, too.

It would have been interesting to see how the original streetcar system would have evolved, had it been retained. You see, Baltimore used a wide gauge (5'-4 1/2") for the tracks. The new light rail system uses standard railroad gauge (4'-8 1/2") partly due to utilizing existing rail lines north and south of the city, where tracks are shared with freight trains. They would either have had to do a mass conversion to standard gauge over the whole system, keep the wide gauge and lay dual gauge track where shared with freight traffic, or have some equipment dedicated to the old wide gauge for city streets, and some for standard gauge to work the lines used by light rail today. My guess is, the cheapest way would have been to use dual gauge track where necessary with train traffic and have all the new equipment built for the original wide gauge.

Ahhh....nostalgia...:eek:

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What I miss from when I was younger was just the feeling of security and love. Something that I tend to have with my mommy now which is a wonderful feeling.

I miss getting up early and actually having the energy to want to climb out of bed - this ironically changed when I hit 11. I used to stay in bed all day til 5pm and then go back to bed at 6! To do myself justice this was also the time that my ear infections had been going on for 4 years so I was probably that tired and when I was 12 I had to have the tubes removed as I had golden staff infection.

I liked watching Where's Wally, care bears, but it was more that I could talk about these things in public and nobody looked at me funny. They just smiled and asked me if my mommy was looking after me well. :) I miss that. The acceptance that you get as a kid and never quite get again in your life unless your really really lucky but as you grow older you learn not everyone will accept you.

ah the innocence of a child. that's what I miss. when the world looked like a wonderful place my parents were the best people on the planet and I had friends to play with. I miss those times.
 

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What I miss is not things like tv programmes or computer games *rolls eyes...we didn't even have computers when I was a kid*

What I miss most from my childhood...

  • Playing on the warm sands of the beach with my friends
  • Rolling in hayfields 'n not being worried about anything
  • Watching baby kittens open their eyes for the first time in the hayloft of my best friend's family's barn
  • Eating fresh-baked bread liberally spread with fresh-churned butter and sprinkled with sugar...mmmmmmmm yummmmm
  • Stealing baby carrots and peas from the garden to eat in secret (usually in the hayloft!
  • Tobogganning from breakfast 'til lunch time 'n going back for more 'til it got almost too dark to see!

*sighs*
 
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cartoons like the old Sonic shows and when videogames where new and being with my friends is something. I love thinking back on those times! hearing the old videogame tunes or cartoon opening themes make me think back on the times! :)
 
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