Today my mom and I decided to get soda and fries from a 1950’s looking restaurant. It’s funny how an environment and music can take you to a time that you were never a part of. “Mr. Lee” by The Bobbettes was playing as we dipped our fries in ketchup (not catsup…) and we thought, wouldn’t it be great to live in the 50’s?
I think if I could choose any decade to live in I would choose the 50’s. It just seems like such an innocent time. I mean, yeah, there was war and stuff (Can you believe I’m a Historian? “war and stuff” wtf) but there seemed to be a kindness in the world that doesn’t exist anymore. For example, take the show Happy Days, the show was supposed to take place in the 50’s and was called HAPPY DAYS. Proof that life was better then. Also, you were bound to have friends with names like Potsie, Chachi, Joanie, and Ralph. No one is named Ralph anymore!
Also, what about Grease? Everyone was cool in that movie. Except Eugene. Wait, Eugene was cool at the end when he threw the pie in the gym teacher’s face at the carnival. Why do I remember that? Also, they had a diner that everyone met at, just like Happy Days! No one meets at cute diners anymore. Now we just go to Chili’s and eat our feelings.
Possibly the best representation of the 50’s is in my favorite movie, Stand By Me. I wish I was friends with those boys. I wish I could tell Gordie that he was a good writer, and tell Chris that he wasn’t worthless. By the way, if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re dead to me. Loving Stand By Me shouldn’t be the reasoning behind me wanting to live in the 50’s, but it is.
Other decades just seem sub par. I mean, anything before the 1800’s was the worst because “Greensleeves” was probably played on repeat and more importantly, toiletpaper didn’t exist. I mean, it would be fine if you were royalty, but even then, there would be too much pressure. Not a fun-filled time.
The 60’s seemed pretty groovy, music started to get better, women could finally feel okay about wearing pants, and people were almost not racist. The 70’s would probably be my second choice. It was the best decade for movies, and most people could afford a colored television by then. Music was awesome, and people had lava lamps! Besides my birth, the 80’s seem boring. Everyone in the 80’s seemed like they were trying so hard to be cool. Same with the 90’s. And now everyone is just obsessed with themselves. Isn’t that why people have facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, pinterest, etc? The answer is yes. Only yes.
Which time period would you want to live in?