Boy, the times have surely changed!

Yesterday, I found myself reminiscing. I was thinking about and appreciating my childhood, old friends and every experience good or bad. I remember going outside to play with my friends. We all had Nintendo and Sega Genesis systems, but those were only played when we had company come over who didn't have their own systems...or we had to be indoors. It wasn't as addictive as games seem to be now (using my husband and other grown men I've come across' love for PS3 as a reference). Usually, as long as no one was on punishment and it was a nice day outside, running around and having a good time outdoors with friends was how we had fun!

I remember the countless slumber parties, birthday parties and hangouts we hosted. It was so much fun!!! Every few houses had kids so it was easy to make friends (I wish my current neighborhood had lots of kids living on it, so my kids could have playmates). Back then, not being able to see my friends was the way to hurt me! Nowadays, punishment would be taking away the electronics!

I remember asking my parents for money and how I would blow right through every cent on candy and other nonsense...then after the sugar rush wore off, I'd regret not having anything to show for it. I remember how drastically my wasteful spending stopped after I got my first job. That's when I reeeealy noticed how hard it was to make a $1, geez! I really enjoyed that job since it was a great place for teens like me, but the pay checks seemed very light (who the hell is FICA and why is this chick taking a cut of my money?). When I got my first paycheck, my mother took me to a department store so I can buy myself something to remember that day. I bought a diamond ring that I still wear today!

At 18 years old I became a real cheapskate. I clearly remember borrowing my mom's car to drive myself, a few friends and my cousin to a night club in Manhattan. I was able to fill up the 18 gallon tank of the car with just $22. 19 flippin dollars is what I usually spent since the car was never completely empty!!! Sometimes we'd go in on gas together with everyone chipping in $5...nowadays if someone gave you $5 to put towards gas, you'd say thank you of course, but probably think "cheap ass" in your head!

I remember complaining about spending $19 to fill up a tank, not knowing that in less than 10 years it would cost 3 to 4 times that much! How the heck does the price of everything go up, but most pay remain the same? Ay Dios Mio!!!

Oh, the good old days!

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