Monday, November 8, 2010

The Good Ol' Days

A friend of mine recently posted an article on Facebook, about 30 Things That Need to Stage a Comeback, Pronto!

It's really more of a photo essay, but I found several intriguing things. I love hats on men, very classy. And I'm not talking about baseball caps, either. Another thing I liked was crudité platters. I liked this because I actually found to seemingly brand-new crudité plates at a thrift store (both branded William Sonoma). So, they can't be THAT out of style, could they? I also liked the mention of pocket watches (because now I own one, even if it is a costume prop, it does actually function). Discreet voices is also another good one. And, I also loved the game night and discussion societies. And, who doesn't love a handwritten thank you note? However, I personally could take or leave white tennis clothes and a record player (one, not that interested in tennis, and two, even the record player was being phased out when I was a child).

But the one that made me the most sad was ... manners. Do manners REALLY need to stage a comeback? But, when you're out and about you can start to see this as apparent. And that just makes me want to cry! Is it so hard to say "please" and "thank you" and "excuse/pardon me?" Is it so hard to open/hold open a door for someone?

I think that many of the things talked about in this article have been deleted from our society because of the advent of technology. Sure, it's nice to have the mobile phones, but do we HAVE to talk on them loudly about things that should remain private? And, those long dinners with immediate and extended family almost done away with because someone has to go plop down in front of the TV or something. And, those societies to discuss ... whatever you want? Now it's all done somewhat anonymously online (although, there is something to be said for finding people that share similar, esoteric interests).

Oh, don't get me wrong. I love technology. But sometimes it seems to take over, or it leaves our lives with time that we feel we must inundate with other things (activities for kids, for us, etc.).

I wish we lived in a place that did have nearby areas where it would be interesting to just unplug, leave things at home and take a walk with nature -- oh, but I HAVE to bring my camera along!

Anyway, anything you wish would make a comeback? (Either mentioned in the article, or your own thoughts?)

2 comments:

Brian November 8, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

80's Saturday Morning Cartoons. I miss my toons & cereal mornings!

Christine November 8, 2010 at 7:47 PM  

Manners is definitely my number one. I like Brian's suggestion, too!

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