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[#] Wed Apr 27 2022 17:17:59 EDT from Nurb432

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lol



[#] Sun Jun 12 2022 20:54:19 EDT from Nurb432

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Needed a dose of trees and farm, so stopped by where i grew up.

Hard to explain, but was out in the country between 2 towns.  One had a stop sign and a general store.   Boarded up about 20 years ago. Building still there, brings back memories.

Other town, pretty much was in ruins since the early 1900s. Not much to start with, but the only thing really left intact was a church and the bank. Which in the 50s or 60's had its 2nd story collapse.   used to have a bridge across the river. It started breaking up, never bothered to repair.  Was a place to hangout for us kids. Some 20 years later they just blew it up and let it fall in.  I guess used to be a huge grain mill there too in the 1900s, since it was on the river. Long gone before we moved there in the late 70s. 

2009 or so pretty much everything was washed away and it seems that it was all torn down and made into a huge park.  Went today, hard to believe its the same place.  No houses, nothing. ( now if you get back into the back country where i was, its not changed a bit.. which is nice. We didnt live in town, thankfully )

And.. there was a major state road that connected us to civilization.  The last couple of years they have been converting it to an interstate like thing, destroying everything in its path  ( expanding to like 8 lanes ).. very frustrating to people like me.   But, along with that they are removing all the access roads to these little towns ( the ones they didnt flat out remove at least.. ).     Going to be sad to watch the rest of them die.   Many date back to the late 1800s.. 

I guess only consolation is no one is going to build developments if you cant get there. So the farmland and trees are safe.

Went to see my dads grave too. Its out there near the house.  

 

Too much destruction around here.  But im rambling now. ill stop. 

 



[#] Mon Jun 13 2022 00:04:36 EDT from test2

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what? no pictures?



[#] Mon Jun 13 2022 10:50:01 EDT from Nurb432

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I could but i know pictures slow things down for people, and its not Facebook :)



[#] Mon Jun 13 2022 18:52:15 EDT from Nurb432

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( i guess this could fall under being a rant as well.. )

 

So, when i was a kid, i used to get toys in my cereal boxes. Early on, metal,,, then later plastic but still a 'thing' i got to pull out and keep. They served as extra incentive to buy their crap.. "free stuff.ooooo" . Even tho im as old as dirt i still eat cereal. Tonight I happened to look at the back of the box im eating out of, and its basically an advertisement to buy minecoins...  



[#] Tue Jun 14 2022 20:30:48 EDT from zelgomer

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Lol I don't know what a minecoin is, but the best toy I remember getting from a cereal box was a pair of spy sunglasses that had reflective parts on the periphery so you could see behind you. Man, those were cool. Now I want a pair in adult size.

[#] Wed Jun 15 2022 16:55:51 EDT from Nurb432

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In game crypto so you can buy stuff.



[#] Mon Jun 27 2022 11:14:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yeah, now they just put a QR code on the box so that you can have the extended multi-universe breakfast cereal experience!



[#] Thu Sep 22 2022 11:02:43 EDT from Greg Nesbitt

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You know what I really miss? Matchbox cars. I had a whole box of them, trucks and planes and camping trailers, that I just gave away like a moron about 10 years ago. Probably 200 of them, maybe 150 in decent shape and the others... well, they had been sandboxed haha
I have the money to hit up eBay and refresh my collection, but something keeps me from doing that.

[#] Mon Sep 26 2022 09:10:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Strictly Matchbox, or Hot Wheels too? :) I had them when I was little but they were toys rather than a collection. They paired well with the Fisher-Price "little people" parking garage, the one with the elevator and ramp.

[#] Mon Sep 26 2022 09:33:24 EDT from Nurb432

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I had many. Never played with. Or if they were, you couldn't tell as i was that kind of kid. 

 

All stolen during a move from southern Florida to the mid-west.  Along with a bunch of original 60's GI-Joe. AND all my 'creations' from early years that were in the same box. ( kindergarten, etc ). We used a moving company. Oh, and they also left behind a plant that had been in the family for 3 generations.  By the time we got north and found it missing, it had been tossed in the garbage. ( we were in a temporary apartment down there, as our house sold before we had a new one lined up )



[#] Wed Sep 28 2022 19:31:02 EDT from Greg Nesbitt

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I was exclusively Matchbox. Didn't like Hot Wheels. Although for trucks I wasn't as picky -- for a while Matchbox didn't make trucks, and so I went with names like Big Rigs and ummm... I can't remmeber the others. By far my biggest obsession was with trailers and cars with hitches on them. I went through at least 3 of the yellow caravan trailer from the TP-4 set, kept losing them or ruining them on the carpet. There was also a white trailer with orange door that wasn't in the TP collections, it was solo, loved that one. Had like 3 of them. I went on eBay looking for TP (stands for twin pack) sets and they want like $50-$60 for them! Unboxed! Unbelievable.

[#] Fri Sep 30 2022 12:32:34 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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Every time I see a post in "Wistful Nostalgia" I always wanna flip it to "Nostful Wistalgia".  If you follow me on the twitters, you might have seen me do these word flips on other things.

 

I had and enjoyed both Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  Vroom vroom.



[#] Fri Sep 30 2022 21:30:36 EDT from zelgomer

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2022-09-30 16:32 from LadySerenaKitty <ladyserenakitty@uncensored.citadel.org>

Every time I see a post in "Wistful Nostalgia" I always wanna flip it
to "Nostful Wistalgia".  If you follow me on the twitters, you might
have seen me do these word flips on other things.

 

I had and enjoyed both Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  Vroom vroom.


How about Matchbox Wheels or Hot cars?

[#] Sat Oct 01 2022 02:41:55 EDT from LadySerenaKitty

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Fri Sep 30 2022 21:30:36 EDT from zelgomer
2022-09-30 16:32 from LadySerenaKitty <ladyserenakitty@uncensored.citadel.org>

Every time I see a post in "Wistful Nostalgia" I always wanna flip it
to "Nostful Wistalgia".  If you follow me on the twitters, you might
have seen me do these word flips on other things.

 

I had and enjoyed both Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  Vroom vroom.


How about Matchbox Wheels or Hot cars?

Matchwheel or Hot Box?



[#] Sat Oct 01 2022 14:41:50 EDT from Nurb432

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Wasn't there a 3rd option back in the 70s, for the poor kids?



[#] Mon Oct 03 2022 13:35:36 EDT from Greg Nesbitt

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Wasn't there a 3rd option back in the 70s, for the poor kids?

There were various brands I encountered in the drug store where I bought my Big Rigs trucks. I think Ertl had some less expensive miniature cars.
There were also some all plastic jobs but I don't recall the manufacturer.
For 99c a pop I could usually earn enough in chores to afford the Matchbox, though sometimes Dad had to chip in the tax.

[#] Mon Oct 03 2022 16:48:42 EDT from Nurb432

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I remember Ertl, but that wasn't it.  Damned if i can remember. 



[#] Tue Oct 04 2022 12:19:39 EDT from Greg Nesbitt

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Ran across an interesting post yesterday on everything2.com from back in April 2001, under the node 'The rise and fall of online community'. It is the second post on that node, by author whizkid. It challenges the conventional wisdom that the decline of the BBS in the late 90s was directly attributable to the proliferation of cheap dialup internet access around the same period.
The author postulates that the decline of the BBS actually began much earlier, with the wide availability of Fidonet echomail around 1989-1990. Prior to this period, most BBS's were focused on one particular niche, community, or theme. For example, a small area might have a D&D-focused BBS, another focused on electronics, another supporting specifically Atari-based systems, etc.
Once echomail became widespread, rather than having to ring up a number of different BBS's to converse about these various topics, people tended to pick one or two BBS's and read the echoes on all of these topics there, since many of the same echoes were available on multiple systems.
The BBS became a conduit to reach the echo communities, rather than a community itself. This decline was further propagated by the widespread availability of offline readers by the mid 90s. The BBS became a place to connect, dump replies, pick up the latest echomail, disconnect, often in an automated way.
From there it was but a small jump for the communities to reside on the internet, rather than Fidonet/WWIVNet/RIME/whatever, and be reachable by an essentially common carrier ISP.
Turns out whizkid is George Stanislav, who was well known within the OPUS BBS community for his creation of the AVATAR screen control protocol and many other enhancements to OPUS. He's local to Pittsburgh and I knew him within our local Fidonet net.
Think I might have met him when I was about 15.
I'm not sure whether I agree with his conclusion or not, and maybe I'm not in a good position to figure that out, as I left BBS's behind for good in the fall of 1993 when I started at RIT and had free and unfettered access to the internet. I missed the final chapter, as it were.

[#] Tue Oct 04 2022 12:30:15 EDT from Nurb432

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I could be wrong, but i saw a shift of the BBS communities to IRC ( myself included ).  In the beginning it was very similar in community feel with the same people, just now real time for everyone, since not many of us could afford multiple lines into the house.

Then something happened in the early mid 90s, and it all fell apart, never to recover. ( at least at scale, as sure there are little pockets of it, like here, but not mainstream )



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