It's almost Thanksgiving, so let's take a moment to appreciate the little things—specifically, the many frustrations of the 1980s that no longer require your attention. Benjamin Solomon provides a handy reminder of 21 of them, via Vanity Fair. The highlights:
- You no longer have to stick a pencil in the wheel of your cassette to roll the tape back in when your stereo's gone haywire.
- You don't have to rewind anything before taking it back to Blockbuster. In fact, you don't have to go to Blockbuster. Ever.
- No need to fumble desperately with your TV's rabbit ears while trying to catch an important show.
- You don't have to scribble down an address then pull out a map to find a place.
- When it starts to rain, it's not necessary to grab your car window's handle and crank as quickly as possible.
- Forgotten which channel is MTV? You don't need to rapid-fire through the cable box, checking each one for signs of Michael Jackson.
- Never again will you need to worry about overfilling a tiny floppy disk.
- You don't need enough pockets for a Walkman, address book, camera, newspaper, map, and checkbook.
- When calling someone who's not home, you won't hear a message informing you that the person's answering-machine tape is full.
- And you never need to spend another night waiting by the phone, praying that special someone will call.
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