I'm sitting here, at my computer wondering 'What the hell happened to me?'
A long time ago, there was a thing called a "Video Home System" cassette. On this cassette, there was a movie of whatever sort the product description described there was on said cassette. These devices would go into a videocassette recorder, or, as it is better known, a VCR. You'd press play and watch your movie, when it was all over, if you wanted to watch it again, you'd have to reverse, or, rewind the tape to the beginning.
Does anyone out there remember the slogan 'Be kind, rewind?' You are not alone.
I remember, long ago, sitting in front of my TV for hours, watching movies like 'The Brave Little Toaster,' and 'All Dogs Go To Heaven.' When the movie was over, I'd have my Dad come in the family room and rewind the movies so I could watch them again and again. Eventually I learned how to use the VCR, and by then, I was watching big kids' movies like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and my favorite 'The Super Mario Bros Movie."
"Coming to home VIDEO on (insert date here)." Remember that?
But Video Home System cassettes and videocassette recorders are not all that made the 1990s great, not by a long shot. They are just a drop in the water to the greatness that the 90s held. For instance, TV was much more entertaining in the 1990s, channels like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon were actually fun to watch, because they aired funny cartoons. I'm talking about cartoons like (for Cartoon Network) Bugs Bunny and all the Loony Tunes and (for Nickelodeon) shows like "Rocco's Modern Life" and "Doug." Yeah! Remember Doug? He was the kid who everybody could relate to. What happened to Doug when the year 2000 hit? He disappeared. Shows like "Tiny Toon Adventures," and "Muppet Babies!" Sure, most days they were just reruns, but we watched them anyway, because that's the way we were. Back in the 90s, music only came on CD for the upper class people who had a lot of money, most people, myself included had to listen to music on a Walk Man, which played an audio cassette, and if you wanted to hear the same song you just heard, you had to rewind it to just the right point. If you didn't, you either came in halfway through the song, or towards the end of the other song before the one you wanted to listen to. But that's okay! That's the way we liked it! Many stores and businesses hadn't gone out of business yet, does anyone around here remember a little place called 'Hess's?' I'll give you a hint, it's called "The Bon-Ton" now. The awesome thing about Hess's was that it served as something more than just women's clothing. Hess's had electronics, they had tools and do it yourself repair equipment and they even had a whole restaurant in the one I grew up near! There was a little place called 'The Wall," which sold music, videos and more, it's now known as 'F.Y.E.' Heck still remember a little place called 'Kids R' Us,' there sure as heck aren't any more of those anywhere. The 90s also was home to the grunge generation - Generation X, even though I'm Generation Y, I can still appreciate Generation X, for being different and sticking out in a crowd, saying "I am my own person, and if you try and take that away from me we're gonna fight."
The 90s were the time I felt the most alive. I was a kid yet, full of energy and potential.
Now, I just sit here, working a dead end job, coming home and reading blogs, wondering:
Where does all the time go?