Today, I was going to write a very different post, but after watching Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary show and seeing all the old skits, I started to feel kind of nostalgic and a little bit old.
I don't know about you, but I started sneaking around to watch it when I was about ten, which would be 1980. So, except for about the first five years, it's almost always been apart of my life. It's something I take for granted and even though I hadn't watched it in quite awhile, I assumed it would aways be there. Sadly, I got the impression last night that it won't be on much longer.
Anyway, the part that struck me the most was when someone on the show said something about "back when people watched it in real time."
Think about that for a minute.
For you those of you that are in your 20s, it might be hard for you to understand, but I remember as a kid, living in California in the 1970s, when we only had five channels.... ABC, CBS NBC, the Spanish channel and PBS.
Everything was real time.
We didn't have VHS, DVDs, or an internet so that we could pick at random any show we wanted to watch.
We had 'Specials' for things like "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"
"The year Without a Santa Claus".
It was a HUGE deal when shows like those came on. It meant that we got to stay up past 8pm!
We didn't have constant cartoons. They were only on Saturdays.
Our parents didn't have constant news. They had to wait until nighttime or for the morning paper.
We couldn't watch anything past midnight, because this came on:
Those of you that are older than me might remember not having Television at all and listening to radio shows. Maybe you were the first one on your block to get a TV or even the first one in color.
My point is, everything is moving really fast and I remember when life was pretty slow and simple.
And I started thinking.....
I miss it.
I miss that world.
No answering machines.
Etc, etc, etc...
It wasn't really that long ago, was it?
Some days it feels like it.
Do I use any of those things?
Obviously yes, but sometimes I wish I could travel back in time and be back in that place.....
Where you had to call back if the phone was busy or they weren't home.
When parents would have dinner parties and grown up conversations, instead of being on their cellphones.
When people grew their own food, like my grandparents.
When the oldies stations played actual oldies.
When everyone dressed up to go out on the town.
When mom kissed you goodnight, before going out to dinner, and her perfume drifted through the air.
It was a time when the world moved at a slower pace.
That's one of the reasons why I live the way I do.
It's not that I don't live in reality, but when I'm in my own home, I can shut out most of the crazy world we live in and slow down. I'm able walk away from the computer, put on some old music, turn off my phone and the tv and just be.
Living life the way it was.
The way I like it.
Funny how something like a silly tv show can make you think.