It truly was that hard knock life.
Straining your eyes any time you played your Gameboy in the car at night:
Shoutout to streetlights, the real MVP.
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Having to keep all your friends’ or family’s phone numbers on an enormous list (it was either that or memorizing them all):
Usually this piece of paper was older than you were.
And having to look up someone’s number you didn’t have in the phonebook:
Good luck if they have a super common name.
Accidentally leaving an awkward message on your friend’s family’s answering machine and having no option to delete it:
It still hurts after all these years.
Having a family member tape over a video tape you specifically asked them not to use:
Picking up your developed photos and getting somebody else’s photos instead of your own. And, usually, losing your own photos in the mix-up:
Nothing like that weird moment when you opened your photo packets and saw unrecognizable faces staring back at you.
Finding out 90% of your photos are blurry or bad after getting them developed:
- rips up photos immediately *
Having to use a public phone and realizing it’s broken:
Welp, guess I'm stranded.
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Turning on the TV Guide Channel right after the channel’s listing you wanted to see had already scrolled:
I JUST missed Nickelodeon.
Having to open like 45 files before getting to the one you wanted:
The never-ending search.
Having Clippy constantly bug you whenever you were using Microsoft Office:
Honestly, f*ck this guy.
Having to adjust your TV antenna over and over if you were watching television on a TV that didn’t have cable.
“Almost got it…”
Having to pull this move if you wanted privacy while talking on a non-cordless phone:
“DAD, GET OFF THE PHONE.”
Getting kicked off the internet ’cause there was too many people in your neighborhood logged on at the same time:
I'm just trying to log-on.
Finally being able to get online and immediately having to get off ’cause someone needed to use the phone:
Is that phone call to grandma REALLY that important???
Trying to look at a ~suggestive~ pic using a 56k modem and having it take FOREVER to appear:
Come on… COME ON.
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Putting a movie in and realizing it wasn’t rewound:
And having to cover your eyes when rewinding so you don't spoil the movie.
Or worse yet, having your VCR destroy your favorite movie:
Scrambling to try to perfectly tape a song off the radio:
And the first 5 seconds of the song just being a DJ yelling over the beat.
Downloading a fake MP3 off LimeWire or Kazaa:
“I did not have sexual relations…”
Dealing with sending and receiving faxes:
Basically not being able to move whenever you used your portable CD player:
How am I supposed to pretend I'm in a music video now?
Lending a CD to your friends and getting it back all scratched and being forced to buy the album all over again:
This kills the friendship.
Ordering something over the phone and then having no way to track your packages:
“It's been 84 years…”
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Having to wait for the TV to announce whether you had a snow day or not:
“ICHABOD CRANE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ALWAYS GETTING SNOW DAYS!”
Having Internet Explorer crash on you at least 60% of the time you used it:
It's like modern art.
And finally, having your entire computer crash on the reg:
Which, LBH, happened thanks to all those viruses you got from downloading MP3s on LimeWire.