With all the texting and the cell phones these days, kids are huddled under their desks all class long. But they will never know the thrill of getting a note from three people over (the teamwork involved!), opening it and agonizing over the all-important "Do you like me?" question. Of course, the answer was always to make a third box labeled "Maybe ;)" and check it.
Whether you were still on the cassette tape train in the '90s or you were super cool and had moved on to CDs, you poured your heart and soul and sweat and tears into those mixes. Whether you were declaring your love for Cody the football captain or collecting the perfect jams for a long car ride, the CD mix was the thing in which you put the most effort. Playlists just aren't the same.
The downside to playing your favorite CDs over and over was that they inevitably got scratched and started to skip in certain places. But then you just started singing those skips! It got weird when you heard that song in another setting and it didn't skip over the second word in the third verse.
Remember when one of the biggest '90s problems was that when the '90s ended, so would THE WORLD?!?!?! Y2K was the source of much panic (What would the computers do when the dates reset? Everything will crash! The world will burn!) but it proved to be totally unfounded. Although today, Donald Trump is running for president and the Backstreet Boys made a zombie western movie. Maybe the world really did end with the new millennium.
MJ and Scottie Pippen and the rest of the guys made the whole country Chicago Bulls fans in the '90s. I'm from New York, and while I loved me some Patrick Ewing, my sports jersey number was always, and still is, 23.
A scientific study that doesn't exist found that approximately WAY TOO MUCH of your life was consumed with waiting for your channels to roll around again on the TV Guide station. We could have learned a new language! Or picked up a new hobby! Instead, we just had to find out if Legends of the Hidden Temple started at 4 or 4:30.
Television used to be an EVENT. There was no "On Demand." TVs weren't "smart." You and the family sat down on Friday night and watched the TGIF lineup front to back. Sometimes, you even took the phone off the hook so as not to miss any crucial episode information.
Back in the '90s, we never thought we'd get to a point where our phones would just tell us where to go. But thank goodness they do, because otherwise I think I would still be lost trying to get to Six Flags.
13. Take Film to the Store to Get Photos Developed
I like to think the death of film is all thanks to the creepy movie, One Hour Photo, but I know that's not the case. Although I was definitely always suspicious that the photo people at CVS were looking through my family's photos...
After dropping off your pictures to be developed, you could always swing by the video store to rent a movie! What a time to be alive. You may have had a Blockbuster nearby, OR maybe you had a small mom 'n' pop shop. Mine happened to be Captain Video, and as a young movie buff, I got to know the Cap'n quite well.
Life may not have been as convenient in the 1990s as it is now, but man oh man, was that economy lookin' goooooooood. It was so good that our politicians went on TV and played the saxophone. When will we get to that point again? #IMissThe90s