A Longing for the Things of Old
By Zane Suttmore
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After a long reprieve, I’m back, baby! What are things of old? Things of old, of course! Older things were better. Games, movies, TV shows, board games... everything was better!
First of all, TV shows. For example, “That 70s Show” or “Quincey” or even “The A Team.” How great were they? “That 70s Show” was a realistic (though a little exaggerated) comedy TV show designed to recreate the 70s culture and persona. It had good humor; classy, sarcastic, sexual, and puns too. Not pun after pun after pun blah dah blah, blah dah blah and not corny stuff like you see in some TV stations *cough cough* Disney *cough cough*. Another good show, Friends. It was like “That 70s Show,” but with older friends and just before the turn of the 21st century. It was classy and smart.
Next, “Quincey,” the “House” of the 20th century. It was a show about a medical examiner that helped police officers arrest people based on wounds and remains, a career called pathology. It was so good! It wasn’t like in “House” where there was a straight-forward sickness, Doctor House said it wasn’t, the patient appeared to get better, the patient got worse, nobody knew what was going on and then, in literally the last seven minutes of the show, some irrelevant and never mentioned piece of information would be brought up and everything would be okay. However, “Quincey” would get closer and closer to the truth as he investigated further and used his skills or forensic pathology and then, BAM! Everything comes together perfectly.
Next, “The A Team.” Now, while I know little about The A Team, I know it had action! There is no action in TV today that isn’t a movie or an investigation show like “CSI.” Just four ex-military guys helping people in a bad-@$$ manner. Now it’s all about a mystery or some stupid stuff like that. There is hardly any action in TV anymore.
What else was awesome, you ask? Why, video games! While I have nothing against today’s games, let’s look at past games. One in particular, “Super Smash Brothers Melee!” This game was so freaking good, I had a mind-gasm every time I freaking played it! What game has a bunch of characters from on gaming company battling each other? None!!! You don’t see Master Chief and Altair facing off! Not only could four people battle each other at once using their favorite Nintendo character, one person could do challenges and a mini campaign thing and unlock new characters, like the pokemon Mewtwo!!! This game is so freaking amazing for not having 2012 graphics and only four players.
Ah, antiques and vintage items. Things once treasured, now hidden among the iPods of today. Antiques, are so cool. Finding something old, a piece of time and history, and holding onto it and just looking at it, whether it be a gun from the American Revolution, an old Atari video game, or even something like a small gold coin from Greece or even an old, old penny, antiques are great. But in this day and age, the beauty of the ancients are forgotten for Jersey Shore.
One last thing that has been forgotten that used to be so great is the appreciation for more things in life. Knowledge was revered, food was tasted, not wolfed down. Nature was beautiful and observed, even depicted in art. Inventions, innovations, and life itself was not taken for granted and appreciated greatly. Today, life, food, water; many things are taken for granted and much less is appreciated.
Let’s not forget stick-ball and playing outside and bikes! What do we have now? Xbox, TV, and cars. Back in the day, I’m sure if you have a rope and four friends you could have tug-o-war, pretend the rope was a ball and chain, play Indiana Jones, and even more cool stuff! God...I want a rope now!
Now, the crowning jewel. Where’s Waldo? Yup. The greatest thing in the whole wide world in my eyes. Not only can you find Waldo in two pages, chock full of stuff to confuse you and keep you from finding him, but you can find a wizard, a dog, a girl, a scroll, a dog, a bone, and other such items. It. Was. Awesome.
Truly, life has changed. Things have down-graded and life has become boring and less appreciated. But maybe the arts and greatness of the past will come back one day. Who knows?