“I like the idea of video games, but…”

We had a Nintendo, a Super Nintendo, and then I think my - well, like, they were my brother's, but when he wasn't using them I could pl- like, me and my nephew, my sister's kid, could play the Nintendos, and then I think he had a PlayStation at one point. But it seemed, and I - maybe I'm misremembering this or something, but it seemed like, video game consoles, there was more time in between when the new ones would come out. And I think he even had an Atari or something. But now it's like every single year, there's all of these different ones that come out and they're super expensive. So, it's like, I like the idea of video games, but you'd have to like - and a lot of people just buy the console based on what their friends are doing, instead of which one works for them. So I kind of liked the idea of the Wiis because they have a lot of party games, you know, like - oh, I forget the name of it, but like, you know, you draw something, people guess what you're drawing, and stuff like that. So that sounded really fun, but it's like they just go out so quickly, like, they become obsolete so quickly and people lose interest. So it's like why would I spend hundreds of dollars for a console to play with my friends? You know, to have like a party, a pizza party or something? And then they're not interested in, in it because it's like "Oh, that's a console from two years ago," or something, you know. So it's, you know, I like the idea of video games, but it just seems like they're not what they used to be, you know? Like it used to be, you had multiple controllers, and you could have like two, three, four players, you know, come over and - like my brother's friends and some of my, you know, nephews and stuff at the time and maybe cousins, and you could be in the same room. You know, eating pizza, eating cookies, talking, chatting, socializing, and playing a game and t- you know, even taking turns, it's like, whatever, you know, who cares? And it was like a a social thing. Now it's like they want you to, you know, each person has to pay for like some sort of…

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“Okay, so back in the day… you had the Yellow Pages.”

And then, okay. So something I've been thinking about and instead of thinking about it in my head anymore, I was like, "You know what? I'm gonna record my MI Diary and pose this question to the people that are listening to these." Okay, so back in the day, right? Like just circa, you know, two thousand and five, you know, maybe, I guess? Before the advent of, like, the widespread use of cell phones, you had the Yellow Pages, which also included White Pages that were for residential, like, numbers, right? And it also had people's addresses. It was just like their last name, first name, address, and then dot dot dot dot dot, phone number, right? And I guess I wish I knew better how people, like - Did people only look up the people that they've already known and felt comfortable contacting? Or, like, how did this work in, like, a dating world, I guess? You know, like what was the boundaries? What were, like, the standards for that? Like, let's say you knew a girl in your class, and she never gave you her phone number - Maybe in class is different 'cause you see them every day or something? But then, like - or like, yeah, at church, right? Like maybe you saw somebody at church and you didn't get up the gusto to, like, ask their phone number, but then you looked it up in the phone book. Like is that a thing? Is that like creepy and weird, you know? I don't know 'cause I feel like it is, you know? I feel like that is weird, and I feel like also the modern version - so this is where I'm stuck. I feel like the modern version of that, like, if I want to find someone's phone number, like, I can do that.

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“I feel like I… would have grown up to be somebody who was always up for a hike.”

You know, another activity that I thought would be lifelong, and has not been lifelong, is being outside a lot. And I'm not gonna say I no longer have an interest in it, but I do it so much less than I did as a kid, and that's surprising to me because of the time that I did spend outside growing up. You know, I was in a generation where, you know, there were only so many TV channels, no computers. We had a really big yard. We lived close to the park. There were a lot of kids in my neighborhood. I just spent tons of time outside. And, you know, we would play games or I'd just poke around. I'd be interested in our garden, I liked to collect insects. We had a really cool fish pond I liked to mess around with, I would make mud pies. I mean, I just, I could find so much stuff to do outside. And so when I would go camping with my family, it'd be the same thing, it'd be spending time outside. So when I look back on my childhood, I feel like I'm the kind of person that would've grown up to be somebody who was, like, always up for a hike, you know, always wanting to get outside and get some fresh air, and I'm not. And I'm kind of wondering why that is. I mean... I'm lazy? That might be a big part of it. And I think as I grew up, I got a little bit more grumpy about some of the uncomfortable parts of going outside, like, I don't like to be super cold in the winter. I don't like to sweat a lot in summer. So I guess I like my climate control. I do sometimes push myself to go outside and, you know, find something to do, force the family to go to a park and take a walk. And I always get so much out of it. And I'm like, "Why don't I do more of this?" And yet, you know, I don't really see those habits changing.

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