Do people even use water beds anymore? I thought that was largely an ’80s thing.
What channel is that? Here, it would be the Comcast Community Access channel. Originally, it was used only for announcements of local events. It’s been nothing but a test pattern for at least 5-6 years, and they’ve never removed it or put something else in its place.
And I think, that is why, in part, retro TV networks are growing, while traditional (esp. the kids’ channels) are shrinking and rapidly losing viewership. Most often, streaming gets blamed, and you can’t ignore it, but it’s not just that.
These days, someone has to take offense over something, no matter how vague the reference is. Thus, humor is almost a no-go. Secondly, most of the writers of a lot of the better stuff from the 1990s and earlier either passed away, retired, or went on to write shows aimed at other audiences. A lot of the guys who wrote Rocko’s Modern Life, early Spongebob, Fairly OddParents, etc. also did a lot of work on adult animated comedies.
A lot of older cars do. The ’83 Dodge D-300 my Grandad used as a farm truck did, and the center seatbelt on my ’98 Ram 1500 does as well. Nowadays, most are auto-tensioning.
I moved to streaming services specifically due to ads, especially campaign ads and PACs. However, I will not recommend Pluto. They seem to air more ads from PACs than I find on cable. The problem is they have acquired the rights to a number of older TV shows (especially from the 1990s), and thus you won’t find the shows elsewhere.
Ads used to be quite funny, or did a great job selling the product. Now, I think they do neither. Even Super Bowl ads aren’t what they used to be.
I know a lot of people love game shows, but I don’t. I’ve never understood why they even have a 24/7 game show network.
I ain’t kidding—I once saw chicken feet at a Walmart once; put on the foam tray and shrink-wrapped as a for-sale item. I thought those parts of a chicken were illegal to sell.
Even as someone who has been a major critic of smartphones, they have one advantage over landlines. There are plenty of apps that can stop robocalls for good. My folks have a landline that supposedly has spam blocking capabilities, but it only works if you block that number. The charitable organizations, PACs, survey companies, “Medicare Advantage” scammers, and everything else change their numbers every time.
I’m 23, and still have a rotary phone (it’s a late production GTE rotary from 1982, and I thought most places went to push-button dial phones by the ’70s). But, most people my age would probably act that way.
These phones work when the power’s out, as they draw their power off the phone line. But, I have to use my cell to report the outage to Appalachian Power as these old phones don’t support the systems a lot of companies use, as they are dependent on dial tones.
Having just had a heck of a time clearing a ball of dog (and cat) hair out of a cheap Bissell, it’s definitely possible.