View Poll Results: Was America better off in 1985, or are we better off today in 2015?

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    I was in 5th grade when that happened. They didn't tell us either; they just sent us home with a note that the PTA meeting was cancelled that night due to the day's events. When we asked questions about what happened they didn't tell us anything except that our parents would know what happened. Then of course, some kids asked what if their parents didn't know and the teacher just said they would.

    I'm kind of glad I was so young. I didn't really understand what was happening, but I did have a small bit of fear; though, that was quelled pretty quickly. I didn't get a realization of the horrific nature of what happened that day until a few years ago. It must have been completely terrifying at the time.
    That sounds like the teacher did a good job of not setting off the alarm with the kids. I often think it would have been better if I was so young that I didn't understand what was happening as it was happening. It was horrific to see. I grew up in NJ, not far and due west from lower Manhattan. I remember when they began to build the Towers, and seeing them rise from my bedroom window. It was like watching part of my childhood fall.

    My kids were too young to understand even when we told the oldest two. I think in retrospect that was probably better.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Sorry, I don't have access to a time machine to send you back to 1985 to compare.

    We didn't have smart phones and Xbox in 1985. We didn't have spell check either. I had to type my senior college honors thesis on an IBM Selectric 2 typewriter. It wasn't checking my words usage or my spelling.
    Computers are a definite benefit!!!

    In 1985 I had to type the daily blotter on a selectric. It was great that it had the autocorrect backspace thingy but it didn't do me a lick of good since I was typing on 4 part carbon copies! Somewhere in the rain forest there is a whole bunch of trees thanking their lucky stars that I don't have to type any more.

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    I was in high school in '85. My point was that kids spell just fine... they read books A LOT... they don't waste their days texting... we played video games then just as they do now... the same few that were "losers" or those who couldn't spell back them would be the same percentage now.
    That's good. You must be around perfect kids.

    You must have lived in an interesting place in 1985 considering most houses didn't have home consoles then, and Atari and Sega weren't available in North America until after 1986.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    My parents always said they would never forget where they were when Kennedy was shot. I know I'll never forget where I was on 9/11. I was on a conference call with my boss and a prospective customer. I even remember who that prospect was. The people who worked for me were running around outside of my office. I was pissed because they knew it was an important call. When I was finished I whipped open my door and they were crying.
    My late husband and I were shopping for groceries, and we couldn't figure out why no one was at the registers. The Store Manager made the announcement over the PA system that jet-liners had crashed into buildings in NYC, and people were running for their lives. We put the groceries back, and immediately left for home, where we spent the rest of the day, and many days after that, glued to the TV! Horrible memory!

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Computers are a definite benefit!!!

    In 1985 I had to type the daily blotter on a selectric. It was great that it had the autocorrect backspace thingy but it didn't do me a lick of good since I was typing on 4 part carbon copies! Somewhere in the rain forest there is a whole bunch of trees thanking their lucky stars that I don't have to type any more.
    My honors thesis was on Geoffrey Chaucer. It took me months to research and write it (draft on paper), then I finally had to sit down and start typing it. I couldn't afford the $1 per page that the college secretaries charged, and I didn't want to deplete the remainder of my social money, so I did it myself. While proofreading it I realized I missed a whole damn paragraph on something like page 26 (of 100 plus pages) and I had to go back and retype everything after that. It was a lesson too - I was typing too fast and not being careful about my work. I didn't make that same mistake on another important project for many years. It wasn't until I got access to my first slave computer at work that I wasn't so careful anymore.

    I still have that IBM Selectric 2 in my basement. Old dinosaur.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    My kids' school didn't tell them either. My middle one was in preschool and my eldest was in Kindergarten. The schools felt it was best for the parents to say what happened but my kindergartner told me his teacher came back from lunch and her eyes were red. The youngest had just come out of the hospital and he was home with my husband.

    Yup, for me, nothing happened the rest of the day.
    Is it bad that I slept until two in the afternoon on 9/11?

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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    1985 had some ugly fashions. I wouldn't mind forgetting Peter Pan collars on my work blouses, leggings, football player shoulder pads under my dresses, and feathered hair - on men and women.

    But I did wear a lot of Calvin Klein jeans and jean skirts, and my Frye Boots were awesome.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    1985 had some ugly fashions. I wouldn't mind forgetting Peter Pan collars on my work blouses, leggings, football player shoulder pads under my dresses, and feathered hair - on men and women.

    But I did wear a lot of Calvin Klein jeans and jean skirts, and my Frye Boots were awesome.
    Hey, leggings are awesome!
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    My honors thesis was on Geoffrey Chaucer. It took me months to research and write it (draft on paper), then I finally had to sit down and start typing it. I couldn't afford the $1 per page that the college secretaries charged, and I didn't want to deplete the remainder of my social money, so I did it myself. While proofreading it I realized I missed a whole damn paragraph on something like page 26 (of 100 plus pages) and I had to go back and retype everything after that. It was a lesson too - I was typing too fast and not being careful about my work. I didn't make that same mistake on another important project for many years. It wasn't until I got access to my first slave computer at work that I wasn't so careful anymore.

    I still have that IBM Selectric 2 in my basement. Old dinosaur.
    I'm so glad I'm in school during the age of the internet.
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    Re: 1985 vs 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Hey, leggings are awesome!


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