Internet instant messengers for chatting to friends after school
Printing out directions from Map Quest.
The beginning of the internet viral video, or more specifically, “Numa Numa”.
DVD renting stores?
Tony hawk pro skater
Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Neopets! Which we all know was a secret scientific experiment to breed a generation of children who could teach themselves HTML, in order to create a race of Americans who speak computer languages.
Xanga… man, I posted some embarrassing things on there.
Hey Ya, Mean Girls, Livejournal.
Harry Potter books
SpongeBob, Pirates of the Caribbean, Halo.
5% unemployment rates
Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) I hated playing this game as I cannot dance or jump on squares so quickly but damn was it fun to watch and bet on when drinking.
Mp3 players, Blackberries, flip phones, MySpace
GTA III and Vice City.
myspace. man, I’m getting nostalgic just thinking about it.
Cartoon network <3
the early seasons of the office
The Strokes, White Stripes, Interpol. Low cost airlines. The Lord Of The Rings. (pre smart) Mobile phones. Blogs
Get Low by Lil Jon. That song always reminds me of high school. It still makes me want to dance. I was at a bar last year and they played it and people went nuts.
World Of Warcraft
“I’m Rick James, bitch!”
Halo 2 Multiplayer. The hours! THE HOURS!
Pop-Punk bands. Blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, All American Rejects, etc…
Pokemon. Most young adults can still recite the majority of the original 151
Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, DiCaprio in their prime.
Obviously homestar runner
Frosted tips. 1st gen iPods. Possibly Nu Metal.
How has nobody mentioned Counter-Strike yet?
Super! Smaaaaaaaaaash! Brrrrothers!
When Lindsay Lohan used to be hot.
The OC on Fox (before it got shit)
2 girls 1 cup
Livestrong Bracelets, headbands, popped collars, grills, barack-mania, legos, fedoras shudders, combat boots, chain wallets, v-neck tshirts, flannels, beards, aviators, skinny ties, silly bandz, razor scooters, skinny jeans, dance dance revolution, the iphone/ipod in general ‘the rise of the apple empire’, shrek, family guy, bratz dolls, spongebob, the xbox, crocs, autotune, heelys, halo, uggs, bandanas, yeah.
How awesome Facebook was when you first got it…so many changes that it’s just not as much fun as it once was
Gas under $4.00/gal
Flava/Rock of Love, Bad Girls Club, Bachelor/ette. All those amazing, horrible, entertaining, useless as fuck reality dating shows. And trapped in the closet!
Sitting around at the lunch table making plans. Now everyone can just make plans by texting with their expensive phones they recieve in 6th grade.
Jobs and money.
For me, it was the whole lifestyle. Ah, this takes me back to my high school days, must have been 2001-2. What a great time to be a nerd. Me and a couple of my school buddies were just 16…chilling out in one of our parent’s houses. Playstation 2 and the old N64 both ready to go. Couple of alchopop drinks in a bucket by the door (bacardi breezers or WKDs or some other horrific garbage. Beer tasted bitter!!). One of my mates would have brought a couple of extra PS2 controllers. Another brought some doritos. My dad had a 12kg “state of the art” projector he used for work presentations. I used to love the ritual of setting it all up. We would rig up the PS2 to the projector and even plug the audio into a hi-fi system. The final result would have been a screen size of, say, 34 inches…so gigantic back then. We play a few rounds of Red Faction, SSX, Burnou and even Goldeneye if there was enough demand (even by then it was a pretty old game). Some nights we would drive over to Blockbusters and pick up a DVD. I remember the excitement of driving through the city on a bright evening with my best friends in the world, discussing what films we should rent, anticipating an evening of gaming and films until late/early. Later on I remember we started ordering our DVDs from a company which combined DVDs/Games rentals and Pizza delivery in a single order – guaranteed in 30 mins or it was free! It was as if they had been design specifically for us. (Sadly that company didn’t last long!). I remember the long walks home afterwards…still full of energy, standing around on streets until 3AM talking about what it meant to be human, whether we were alone in the universe… No girlfriends/boyfriends/fiancées/wives/husbands/pets/kids/grandparents to look after, no jobs, no responsibilities, no expectations on us…just a whole weekend of fun laid out before us; a crisp white canvas of possibilities. Ah, those were the days.