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This will be a fun way to see when each of us grew up.
I'll start. I'm nostalgic for emperors.
I'm nostalgic for home-cooked meals.
I'm nostalgic for those too.
When cars were still relatively boxy.
Not boxy like the Nissan Cube, but boxy like they had an 80's-esque aesthetic.
I'm nostalgic for THE LION KING AND TOONAMI. The cartoons on Boomerang too.
Pushing a wooden hoop down the street with a stick.
-resists urge to be nostalgic for things from ancient Europe-
BOULDER DASH ON THE COMMODORE 64.
Elementary school, as odd as that may sound. Something about the environment—I dunno, I didn't like it when I was there, but now, I wish I could be there again.
Ancient, ancient version of Space Invaders I used to play on my first computer.
Windows 3.1. I blame this video.
The worst kind of nostalgia is nostalgia for things you can't ever experience again.
When I was in Kindergarten, there was a Kroger store on Robinwood Avenue in Whitehall. It was an old, like, 1950s-era store, and sometimes I would hang out with this other kid from school in the front part of the store while our parents shopped.
A few years after we moved, they tore it down and built a new Kroger on East Broad Street. There's a Target now where the old one used to be.
For some reason, I also remember there being an empty store next door with a Rite Aid labelscar. (It's weird how my mind retains such pointless details.)
They used to have a store called Desert Valley or something like that here in AZ, but they were apparently bought out.
I'm also nostalgic for '80's boxy cars.
Mmmmm, GM G-body - Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass Supreme, Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevy Monte Carlo. Aerodynamics were for crap, but they had actual chassis still and were gold old fashioned rear-wheel drive. Ah, gone are those days.
Oh, and those old, boxy Mercedes-Benz cars.
...Why am I imagining Charlie as baby? And why is that image is Sinistar with diapers?
I miss recess and hanging out after school.
I miss the days when you could sleep in the back of your parent's car, knowing that when they were driving it, you were absolutely safe and had nothing to fear.
I miss the days when you only had to shower once a week, and mud and dirt were fun, and not to be feared.
I miss the endless summer days, filled with running and getting dirty.
I miss the Zany Brainy stores...
I miss the blue-and-grey British rail of the 80s, imperfect though it was. It's the trains I grew up with.
I miss this really cool bookstore in St. Louis that a kids section shaped like a castle with a little funhouse mirror room for some reason. And the travel section was built like a train station, and it had the coolest cafe ever. And even when it was turned into a Borders it still kept all the cool, funky elements. And then my senior year of high school they changed locations and it turned into a carbon copy of every other goddamn Borders out there.
I miss the children's section at the main library in Downtown Columbus. They had it set up like a playground, almost, but with places for you to sit and read. It was fun just to go and climb around while Mother plucked books off the shelf.
(Incidentally, I'm probably among the oldest group of people who can be nostalgic for this, as it only opened in 1990, the year I was born.)
Oh man, there was this library that had these cool cushioned bathtubs in the kids section, I thought it was just the coolest thing ever.
I am also nostalgic for the 70s nostalgia of the 90s.
My first kindergarten classroom had a cushioned bathtub. And that's really all I remember about that classroom.
No, wait, there was a toy cash register, too. And when we would play "store", this one girl was always the cashier, and she would refuse to ring me out because I was "fat" or something.
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