Thread: The places we can never go back to.

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    • 11 years 8 months ago
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    Well There are some places that I can't go back to, but thankfully I still live in the same house I grew up in. The neighborehood has changed, but me and my folks are still here.

    Sure, this happens all the time. My dad says that houses and neighborehoods go through this all the time. Its been that way since the republic was founded 200 years ago. After some people live in the same neighborehood for 30 years, they move on to other things and the lower class takes over the property.

    Kinda sad it works like that, but that's how it always works.

    And speaking of memories, I think this classic clip from Seasme Street done in 1983 really illustrates it. Its where Big Bird has to deal with Mr. Hoopers Death and all he has is the memories, and for him its crushing.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=YZTvDZHRFrU
    • 11 years 8 months ago
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    I'd like to go back to Best Buy circa 1995, when they used to have a great display of Sonic and Mario and had this Gameboy hooked up to another screen. I remember playing Donkey Kong Land on that Gameboy. I also remember a big screen television showing demos of Donkey Kong Country 2, which had recently come out for the Super Nintendo.
    • 11 years 8 months ago
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    I went to a private Catholic grade school from grades 1 through 8 (the lowest highest grades that school educated). 2 years ago the school closed it's doors at the end of the school year permanently. They will no longer be educating kids anymore. That was one of the saddest things for me to hear, I had tons of great memories there, met tons of friends and the place meant a lot to me, my brother and sister as well. It's tough seeing the old neighborhood change into something you have no association with anymore. I moved away my senior year in high school but moved back into the neighborhood with 2 of my friends, now roommates earlier this year. It's been about 6 years and it's weird being back, many things are very different and worst of all the local economy is terrible and most of my childhood venues have closed up.
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    • 11 years 8 months ago
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    Great thread! If I had to go back to one place I would definitely go back to my aunt’s house in hollywood that my family would always frequent for parties and stuff. It was cool because it was in a type of complex with 2 houses and 1 small house in the back where my parents first lived and my other uncle occupied the second house. I remember when an event or party came around that whole complex would be bustling and live. Cars would be parked all the way up the drive way and the street would be packed. Everyone would be at my aunt’s house talking, eating, and drinking, while us kids ran around and played I n the backyard or garden. It was really cool, all the families would come out and so would my cousins. I just wish that sometimes we had a place like that where we could all gather like that again. Holidays would always be there and every year up until she moved out and rented both lots we would have at least a couple parties. Nowadays I always catch myself driving by and imagining the good old days being that my girlfriend lives nearby. The property is in a great location and is still under my aunt’s name (she’s renting it out). One day I hope to buy it back and relive those days with my brothers and family again.
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    • 11 years 8 months ago
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    Growing up in the 80's only the rich folks had pools LOL So we would go down to the local swimming hole that was called Hatfield Pond.It was a huge deep pond that the owners had worked on with chlorine and pool chemicals to make it into a huge swimming pool.

    It's where I learned to swim,spent many a hot summer days with my cousins having pinics under the shade trees after swimming.

    It closed down after a huge swimming park with a wave pool and slides moved in.Not a summer goes by that I don't think about that place.
    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    I'd like to go back in time to a time period spanning from about 2000-2003. This is when I had a neighbor living across the street from me who literally became my "little buddy." We were 5 years apart, specifically, I was 12-15, and he was 7-10 when he lived across the street. We hung out all the time because I was homeschooled back then. We found all kinds of things to do, from playing videogames to the occasional wrestling match (which I usually won. He was a skinny kid, no more than 40-60 pounds back then.) I was playing football at the time, so I was about 100 pounds heavier than him, thus all the squash matches. I remember teaching him how to do a headscissor takedown. I used him as a human weight at times, launching him on his bed after a gorilla press. I remember one time when we were playing football, and I picked him up and ran back to the endzone, setting him down for a safety. His mom ran a daycare, so I helped out there from time to time and actually befriended a couple of the kids that were his age. They were both girls, go figure, huh? I'd like to catch up with some of these kids and see how they turned out.

    Edit: I have a younger brother, but this kid was like another "little" brother to me. For those of you wondering, the family moved in 2003, and I've only seen him a few times since.
    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    i would love to go back to the neighbourhood i grew up in..its still there, but everything has changed..the alley i used to rollerskate around at high speed has been closed and built on, and the house that the "crazy old lady" used to live in has been knocked down....whenever i visit my folks who still live in the neighbourhood, i just stand outside their house in disbelief..so much has changed and not for the better.
    another thing i miss is the local cinema (theatre) which closed in '95 and was called the gaiety..it was a classic little cinema with only one screen..but i saw all my childhood faves there..popcorn cost 80p a box and tickets were around £2 all week.
    it closed due to competition from greedy multiplexes and is now a old persons retirement home..its so true you can never go "home" again..~*sighs*
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    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    My grandmothers house. My father will be moving into it on the 1st of September, ending my tenure in the house. I remember whenever it snowed, the smell of my grandmother's cigarettes,the heating oil, and the oven created this awesome winter smell. She also had a flexible flyer sled, and she would let me go, by myself up to Deadhorse Valley to go sledding. I also remember picking strawberries in her garden. Her yard in the snow looks magical, and as my mother would have called it: a winter wonderland. The last time we had 7"+ was in 2005, and the yard was full of snow people. I had to go out and shovel the yard out to make a path along the flagstones. My father and I rebuilt her fence in 2005, and the new fence just doesn't do justice. The original fence, was the stockade type, with the boards pointed at the tip. The kitchen, before the 1998 fire was a small dark kitchen. Now, its open. The TV room used to be accessed via a door, now it too is open. Then, you'd walk down the hall to the front door. At the front door, you'd have a choice; go upstairs, or into the front room. The front room, is where we'd all gather for christmases. At the top of the stairs, if you went left, you'd enter my grandmothers room. The bathroom was also to the left, at the end of the hall. On the other side, was a day bed, and then my room, to the right.

    Back downstairs, there is a sun porch. All of my weather instruments were there.

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    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    Speaking of old neighbourhoods and old friends I used to have a friend who lived across the street from me and we where out all the time. I moved from there 5 years ago and I have only seen him once or twice since, and that was around a year after I moved.
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    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    I used to go swimming at this cool old-fashioned swimming pool called Chaney Pool, but awhile ago the pool was renovated with new signs, a new slide, and new attractions, and it's never been the same since.

    My neighborhood has changed also - more Mexicans and African-Americans are moving in (which I have no problem with). I live in the same house I did while growing up. Walgreens has almost always been across the street from my house, but I learned it is closing and a new Walgreens is being built up the block where an old strip mall used to be. I remember shopping at a Personally Yours gift shop and a used book shop at that strip mall. I also remember getting ice cream from the Baskin Robbins there a couple of times, and visiting my aunt who worked at Remco Medical store there.

    My friend and I used to go to a discount movie cinema at the mall - well guess what, that's being renovated to include stadium seating and higher prices. We'll miss it because there we saw The Simpsons Movie for $1 and The Bee Movie for $1.

    As for my schools - they are still there but they have been so renovated and changed I hardly recognize them anymore- especially my elementary school. My high school is almost the same except additions have been built on it and AC is finally being put in.
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    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    One place I'd like to go back to was our town's local pizza joint.Our family ate there all the time and it's where me and my friends lived at while in high school.

    Sadly the lease ran out and much to everyone's shock the building's owner wouldn't give them a new one.So he closed them down and made it into a giant car lot.

    The pizza joint found a new place to move to down the road and is still open but it's not the same as the old place I grew up in.
    • 11 years 6 months ago
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    In my town:

    - Lovely's Pizza
    - The Arcade next to Subway
    - Kool Scoops Ice Cream Parlor
    - My dad's old office

    - Journey Into Imagination-The old one. The old Image Works housed some of my favorite childhood memories.
    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    My grandparents used to own a lake house near Bull Shoals Lake in North-Central Arkansas. My family would go there every summer in the 90s. However, in 2000, my grandfather passed away, and my step grandmother sold the property in 2001...*sigh*..I remember being there, waking up, smelling fresh pancakes and farm fresh eggs, going down to the lake, being in a sled being pulled by a 4-wheeler going across the yard...how I yearn for those days....and I'm almost certain I will never see that house or lake ever again...
    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    I'd like to go back to Constantinople, but I can't.

    Because it's Istanbul.

    So take me back to Constantinople
    No, you can't go back to Constantinople
    Been a long time gone, Constantinople
    Why did Constantinople get the works?
    That's nobody's business but the Turks
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    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    Interesting post topic! There're a few places I'd like to go back to. One being my old apartment in VA, where I'd lived for about eight months. The single life was great! It was literally an eight-month party there; my school roommates lived right down the street in the school-sponsored housing next to my complex. Also I wouldn't mind going back to my condo in Germantown where I finished growing up at 16 and 17...some of my favorite memories are in that place!
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    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    Oh, and Little Tavern, a little hamburger joint that used to reside in Wheaton, MD--I got some warm memories of hangin' out there as well.
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    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    1. The Hardee's in Pinconning, Michigan, where we would ALWAYS stop on our way down to Bay City or Flint. This Hardee's was in a very dead town with more stores open than closed. It closed in 1994 and is STILL vacant 14 years later.

    2. K-B Toys at Alpena Mall. This was the largest K-B I'd ever been to. It closed in the first round in 2004, and the mall has been downhill since. f.y.e. is gone, as are Fashion Bug, Regis Hair Salon, Hallmark, etc. etc. At least the world's smallest Waldenbooks is still safe.

    3. Camp Kinawind, the summer camp up at Boyne Falls. I think they closed it.
    • 11 years 3 months ago
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    First time posting on the forum, but here's a few places of the past I remember...

    One of them would have to be Woolworth's at my local mall (Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, CA). My aunt worked there and every friday, I'd get some Ninja Turtle toy when we picked her up (she didn't drive) and would eat at their attached restaurant, Harvest House. By 1994/95 they were history. I miss that place. We would always buy NES games there as well. One of the other memories I had visiting that place was looking at the fish & birds they sold there as well. Seemed so random, yet they carried them. But the fondest memory of all was the Harvest House...their food was awesome! Now, this place doesn't even exist...the area's been rebuilt and filled in with an Old Navy. The rest of the mall is just pretty much corridors with an occasional store, consisting of mostly stuff for the Ghetto demographic.

    Inside that mall was my favorite place to check out as well, KB toys. I remember walking in watching myself walk on the ceiling due to their mirrored ceilings. I'd occasionally get a toy there if we had time to ream the mall.

    Lastly, in the past days of that mall, we would trick-or-treat throughout the whole mall as stores would hand out candies and/or free goodies. I remember a Radio Shack giving me some batteries for whatever toy I needed it for. After coming out with an almost full pumpkin basket of stuff, I'd be off for the normal trick-or-treating. But that's a thing of the past. And sadly, that mall's gone downhill.

    Anyone remember a showroom store named "Best"? I remember getting their huge catalogs (almost as thick as a standard sized Bible) and looking at all their toys. Going into the store, they had a bunch of stuff on display and you'd grab your ticket. They had an electronics area (where I first ever saw a SNES running with Super Mario World) and a decent toy area towards the rear corner. Heading to the other end of the store (the exit side) was where you gave the people your ticket(s) for display items and you'd see 'em come rolling down the conveyor. I can still hear the sound of the stuff sliding down and the motors humming now. It's now replaced with a 99 cent store...(lol!) I remember 1 Christmas season I couldn't go in, had to wait in the car as my parents were shopping for me. I had no gameboy at the time (they were probably getting it in there, as well as my Steel Tec toys) so I had only my cousins and sister to chill with in the van we had, and we'd either tell ghost stories or talk about random stuff...or just sleep. I believe that was probably the last time I had even seen that store.

    Lastly, another showroom-type store was Service Merchandise. Pretty much a competitor for Best with the same type of thing. I believe they are now filled in with a Spirit every halloween...otherwise, it's an empty store.
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