r/OldSchoolCool Dec 01 '22 Wholesome (Pro) 1 Silver 4 Gold 1 LOVE! 1 Masterpiece 1 Glow Up 1 Timeless Beauty 1 Big Brain Time 1 Wholesome 4 All-Seeing Upvote 3 Ally 1 Rocket Like 1 Crab Rave 1 Wholesome Seal of Approval 4

Freshman year in the dorms at UNLV '97-'98

It was a fun year!

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u/wildadragon Dec 01 '22

Looking like a show on MTV

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

I could see these ladies as animated Daria characters haha

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u/Debbiesatramp Dec 01 '22

I came here to post Daria lyrics!

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u/insultant_ Dec 01 '22

You’re standing on my neck…

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u/Heroscrape Dec 01 '22

Splendora is the band. released one album. Pretty fuckin great, especially if you like early Veruca Salt!

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u/Debbiesatramp Dec 01 '22

Next … on Sick Sad World!

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u/fugu_me Dec 01 '22

He's back from the grave, and he still won't pay child support!

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u/Late-Butterscotch551 Dec 01 '22

I read that in the narrator's voice. XD

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u/AngryGamer432 Dec 01 '22

Change name of Mystic Spyral to Something Something Explosion

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u/RaidensReturn Dec 01 '22

Why does picture 4 look like L.L.???

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u/BobaOlive Dec 01 '22

It's the hat.

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u/seriousment Dec 01 '22

100% LL

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u/electronicdream Dec 01 '22

No that's not Lindsay Lohan

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u/throwstuffok Dec 01 '22

I didn't read the title and thought that was LL as well. Also one of the white dudes in this looks like every lead singer of every band at that time.

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u/RedStarNova2 Dec 01 '22

Yo is that ll cool j ???

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u/mickjaggled Dec 01 '22

I've looked at that photo several times asking myself that same question.

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u/RedStarNova2 Dec 01 '22

Bro it's like maybe just maybe.

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u/umyninja Dec 01 '22

Was in college at UNC at the same time. My pictures have the exact same lighting and coloring.

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u/quiznatoddbidness Dec 01 '22

These were definitely from a disposable camera.

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u/dc_builder Dec 01 '22

I was at WVU…exactly the same…embarrassed to admit I looked almost exactly like the dude in the Cowboys shirt.

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u/CroatianSensation79 Dec 01 '22

I was at Temple U. at that time. I commuted so it wasn’t this type of college experience. I bet it was fun!

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u/Fartrell-Clugguns Dec 01 '22

Made me think of the show Undeclared

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u/RubyJuneRocket Dec 01 '22

Love it, you are sporty spice and a few years too early to be the girl from Steal My Sunshine.

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u/Mary_Pick_A_Ford Dec 01 '22

I went through a Gwen Stefani "Return of Saturn" phase that was basically tank tops and baggy pants with spike belts.

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u/AirMittens Dec 02 '22

I used to dream of the day that I could wear a baby blue fur bikini top with baggy pants like her lol

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u/Gazebo_Warrior Dec 01 '22

I loved this album and Tragic Kingdom so much! I used to go to the pub every Saturday night wearing a bindi like Gwen.

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u/smacksaw Dec 01 '22

Len.

I was at their showcase in Hollywood with some industry friends.

They were, frankly, awful.

We were on the balcony at the Troubadour and talking to each other how bad the show was and that we should leave. In the middle, they go "and we wanna thank our families who came all the way here from Toronto" and they lit up the balcony.

We talked shit on Len in front of their entire family.

I stole their sunshine.

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u/RicrosPegason Dec 02 '22

I bought the CD in high school and the entire rest of the songs were the worst garbage rap/dance crap I ever heard...I was frankly embarrassed to have that disc in my CD wallet.

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u/Vegetable-Double Dec 02 '22

I wouldn’t have expected a Len concert to be any good. But they did tangentially give birth to Broken Social Scene, who are really good.

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u/TheVentiLebowski Dec 01 '22

L-a-t-e-r that week.

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u/eta_carinae_311 Dec 01 '22

My friends and I actually did Spice Girls for Halloween in 99! I was Baby Spice, two of my girlfriends were Posh and Scary, and two of our guy friends were Ginger and Sporty. It was hilarious, we gave them fake boobs. They loved it.

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u/Belgand Dec 01 '22

Released in 1999, so just a year later. And the song itself was originally recorded as a demo in 1996, so it's precisely within this moment in time.

The video was shot during Spring Break in Daytona Beach, FL, I believe in 1999, so even then it's not too far off. People were definitely wearing this sort of thing a year before and after. It wasn't a brief fad that rose and fell in such a short period of time.

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u/Seraphenigma Dec 01 '22

Rollerblading in the hallway lol

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u/xopxo Dec 02 '22

Nice tight carpet. They used to just let kids wear them in some stores and places. Many a night I rolled through the Blockbuster.

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u/likestuffyaknow Dec 01 '22

oh. my. god. I forgot about inflatable furniture 😂

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u/tommytraddles Dec 01 '22

Smoking on an inflatable chair is classic.

I know a guy who caused a small flood by accidentally burning a hole in his waterbed "mattress".

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u/McHootyFace Dec 01 '22

Oh inflatable furniture. My chair lasted for like a month, which was pretty good for an 8 year old with a cat. My older cousin's chair/footrest combo lasted even shorter than that. Lost to Lake Superior when she and my other cousin tried to float on them and they got away.

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u/OtterProper Dec 01 '22

Mother Superior takes what she wants, and even Davey Jones shivers at the mention of her.

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u/mindbleach Dec 02 '22

Does anyone know where the ottoman goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

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u/WeaselDance Dec 01 '22 Helpful

We had a great, fat, purple inflatable chair in our living room. It was the crown jewel of our decor. It lasted for a year and a half. A year and a half of gentle yet fervent worship, sweet caresses with a feather duster, and deft handling to keep it away from the sunny window. And our cat, Scheherazade, who eyed it with jealousy and great distrust, but kept her distance.

Then, one fateful day, someone brought a shivering, cold, wet kitten in from a November storm. Cue the cooing and ooing and ahhs from all, wondering over this tiny orange baby. Oh he was sooo cute.

Zade took one sniff and said in cat language, “Fuck this,” by running over the inflatable chair with all claws out. You could hear the punctures.

I loved that cat fiercely. But she had one iron rule: She had to be the most important one in the room.

Kneel before Zade.

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u/DudeFuckinWhatever Dec 01 '22

I had a fuzzy blue beanbag chair in the 90s that looked like it was made from a Cookie Monster hide and it didn’t last a week cause our cat thought it was a litter box

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u/AllerdingsUR Dec 01 '22

Great cat name!

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u/ADQuatt Dec 01 '22

I had a clear one with flowers. It came with an end table/foot stool.

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u/AnchovyZeppoles Dec 01 '22

It’s kinda back. Friend of mine has an inflatable couch lol.

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u/TungstenChef Dec 01 '22

Is it still as annoyingly loud as it used to be? The noise was the big turn off, although the lack of comfort and the fact that your skin stuck to it unpleasantly if it was at all warm were close behind.

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u/Thirty_Helens_Agree Dec 01 '22

I can smell the cK One and hear Lovefool.

I was a junior in 97 and this just brought back all sorts of memories.

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u/Bambi_One_Eye Dec 01 '22

Don't forget Cool Water

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u/RincewindToTheRescue Dec 01 '22

Still use that. My son's favorite for school

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u/AF2005 Dec 02 '22

I remember everyone using Nautica body spray during that time. And everyone in my 8th grade class wearing Hilfiger, you had to have at least one article with the TH logo or you were ostracized.

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u/jrubes_20 Dec 02 '22

I still love Cool Water!

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u/daaave33 Dec 01 '22

CK One still smells pretty dope TBH.

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u/lagomlagume Dec 01 '22

I still use it. And i was only 10 years old in 1998. 😏

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u/eta_carinae_311 Dec 01 '22

"love me love me..."

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u/angry-software-dev Dec 01 '22

Saaaaaaaaay that you love me!

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u/monkeyhitman Dec 02 '22

Fool me, fool me~

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u/catbearcarseat Dec 02 '22

Go on and fool me!

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u/DrG2390 Dec 02 '22

I don’t care about anything but you

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u/TheeAJPowell Dec 01 '22

Dude in the Pantera hat and orange glasses is SO 90’s. I love it.

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u/noma_coma Dec 02 '22

Getcha pull! Rip dime and vinnie

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u/Substantial-Room-688 Dec 01 '22 To The Stars Brighten My Day

God I miss those days. I didn’t realize I was in the best of times then.

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u/W0666007 Dec 01 '22

“I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.”

  • Andy Bernard

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u/e2hawkeye Dec 01 '22

"The thing about the old days, they the old days."

Slim Charles - The Wire

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u/Fappy_as_a_Clam Dec 01 '22

I didn't go to college until I was almost 23.

Every day I was in college I knew it was the good old days. I loved it, and having already gotten a taste of the real world, I knew that those years were going to be some of the best of my life. And knowing that made them even better!

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u/W0666007 Dec 01 '22

Yeah I remember my uncle asking me if I was looking forward to graduation and I said “are you kidding? College is great!”

For most people it’s your first taste of freedom but without many of the responsibilities of adulthood, and you’re in one place with 1000s of people your own age, and since you’re young so many experiences are still new. I was aware at the time it was the “good ole days”.

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u/RedCometZ33 Dec 02 '22

Me too, until I found out I was basically an outcast there. I wish I had the experiences everyone else had to this day 🥲 never made friends there

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u/TroppoAlto Dec 01 '22

"These are the good old days" -Carly Simon

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u/nxdefiant Dec 01 '22

"The good old days, these are" - Yoda, 22 BBY

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u/shavemejesus Dec 01 '22

These are the good old days. Live them!

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u/Mat_CYSTM Dec 01 '22

That line really hit me when when I first heard it.

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u/whatswrongwithchuck Dec 01 '22

I feel like what's more important about this quote is how blinding nostalgia is...

The good old days for the 'nard dog involved intense anger issues that required professional help, a disastrous engagement, infidelity, and getting his scrotum torn.

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u/El_Aventurero Dec 01 '22

I hadn't considered this, good point

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u/Rosevillian Dec 01 '22

"I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then."

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u/Suprman37 Dec 01 '22

"Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.

Nevermind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.

But trust me, in 20 years, you'll back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility laid before you and how fabulous you really looked."

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u/TASTE-THE-WASTE Dec 01 '22

Damn I needed to be reminded of this.

Floss.

Stretch.

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u/deathputt4birdie Dec 01 '22

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth

Wear Sunscreen

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u/wut3va Dec 01 '22

I knew it. I never wanted to leave college.

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u/devilpants Dec 01 '22

I spent 9 years there... freshman in 98, graduated in 07.

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u/Substantial-Room-688 Dec 01 '22

I was a college student from 94-99. Worked a lot, and when money was tight, I’d take a semester off to work as much OT as I could. Very little sleep, long school and work hours, but still had time to have fun. I miss that rush.

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u/rockandchalkin Dec 01 '22

“Plenty of people go to college for 8 years, they’re called doctors.”

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u/Miss-Figgy Dec 01 '22

Me too. College was very difficult for me because I was doing it all on my own financially, so I had to work a lot while being a full-time student, but they were absolutely the best of times too. Also the fact that we were so young with hopes, dreams, and potential. And the 90s were great. Good times; I'm glad I came of age then.

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u/testtubemuppetbaby Dec 01 '22

I came of age right after that, it fucking sucked ass because we had the optimism kicked out of us by wars and knew we had just missed much better times.

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u/Miss-Figgy Dec 01 '22

I agree. The 90s were an age of optimism; the 2000s sucked ass, starting with 9/11. Steadily downhill since then.

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u/Moftem Dec 01 '22

Overall I'd say there was more optimism in the 90s yes. Though MJ thought things were already pretty fucked when he released Earth Song in 1995. I think if he released it today he'd have added even more verses.

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u/arlmwl Dec 01 '22

None of us ever do.....

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u/Flamekebab Dec 01 '22

Nah, I did. It was an amazing time. The parts afterwards were hellish.

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u/QuietRock Dec 01 '22

Exactly. We knew the 90s we're awesome. We didn't know how they would compare to decades to come, but we knew the 90s we're fun at the time.

There was a distinct cultural shift happening in the 90s, and it produced a lot of good music and entertainment and we knew it. The economy was doing well and there was a lot of hope for the future as the internet and technology was just coming into play, but hadn't yet come to dominate our lives. We weren't unaware.

We knew we were living in good times, we just didn't know how much would change in the coming 20 or so years, or how much technology would suck the fun out of our lives and reduce real socialization.

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u/travel_prescription Dec 01 '22

Everything was optimistic and wonderful right up until 9/11. Ever since then, fear has ruled us.

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u/BraverXIII Dec 01 '22

Which is to say, the terrorists accomplished everything they hoped for with that attack and more.

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u/travel_prescription Dec 01 '22

Yup, I've always said this. In the long game, 9/11 was a victory for the terrorists. Because America well and fucking truly lost its way with the desperation of their response, and we let that happen.

They admitted they were torturing people indiscriminately for information on the news, and everyone just sat by and let it happen. So fucked up.

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u/Fart__ Dec 01 '22

And now the Taliban control Afghanistan anyway.

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u/QuietRock Dec 01 '22

I agree, 9/11 really set us on a different trajectory than we had been on, and it wasn't for the better.

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u/SeanSeanySean Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

The 90s were "peak America", the Oregon Trail Generation woke up and decided they were tired of their racist and bigoted parents and grandparents, we saw huge social efforts against racism and support for the LGBTQ community, HIV was terrifying but after seeing how our parents responded to the AIDS crisis of the 80's, we fought to get rid of the stigma. Music was dope as fuck, grunge and akt rock were awesome, but hip hop and metal were also amazing scenes. Rave culture hadn't been watered down into candy rave bullshit yet. We actually had a prospering middle class and hadn't yet completed the complete outsourcing of manufacturing to China yet. Crack epidemic sucked and had turned inner cities into war zones, but we had rounded the corner by the mid 90's and started cleaning up that mess at the turn of the century.

9/11 put an end to all of that.

Bush basically stole the 2000 election with Florida, the renewed desperate attempts to secure and profit from international oil, they deregulated much of Wall St, tech bubble popped. War on terror, exploitation of fear and fostering hatred towards Muslims, Arabic and ultimately brown people in general. The deregulation and greed gave us the mortgage crisis, destroyed IRA's, housing bubble pop and the financial crisis gave us the recession, literally erasing trillions in net worth and destroying what remained of the middle class. Two seemingly endless wars, one of which built entirely upon lies and sold leveraging the fear and hatred from 9/11.

Trump may have been the most unqualified and dangerous human to ever act as president, but we cannot forget what Bush managed to destroy in two terms, he inherited a booming economy, Clinton gifted him three straight years of federal budget surpluses (after 30 prior year deficits). Had Bush not touched them, CBO projected that Clinton policies would have created nearly 6 trillion in surpluses over 10 years, more than enough at the time to wipe out the federal debt. In seven years, Bush and congress turned what should have been another 3.5 trillion in surplus into two trillion in deficits. Bush's tax cuts never included a mechanism to pay for them. His tax cuts and security spending costed us 3.5 trillion over his 8 years, and when Obama took office, with the two wars, the bailouts, the deficit was on course to total 10 trillion by 2019. Bush left office with a tattered economy that was shedding nearly a million jobs a month, international financial system were facing a melt down, and Bush refused to address social security, which was expected to see a massive explosion of new retirees as the baby boomers began retiring after 2010. Don't forget, while Obama inherited the wars and he really fucked some stuff up like leaving a power vacuum in Iraq, Bush created the problem that ultimately gave us al-qaeda and ISIS, and helped us drive further down the path of inclusion of Christianity in government and everyday America.

I had my first daughter at the beginning of 2001, and had job opportunities in Germany and Denmark, had I known where things were headed over the next 21 years, I might not have been willing to start a family, or at the very least, would have likely made the move out of the US with them.

So much about what went wrong started with Bush Jr and 9/11, loss of privacy and freedoms, destruction of the middle class, massive wealth consolidation for the top 1%, regression with racism and bigotry to late 60's levels, enormous deficits being the norm, fed printing endless dollars, college costs exploding, bankruptcy reforms screwing average Americans but not corporations, Healthcare industry and insurance costs / profits surging out of control, financial deregulation, reduction of environmental protections and more. While Obama rolled some of it back, Dodd Frank gave some needed financial regulations, pushed green initiatives and put the economy back on track, Obama administration chose to do nothing to stop the spike in gross wealth consolidation out of fear of damaging the post-recession economic recovery, so while the economy boomed, far too much of that growth went into the pockets of the top 1%. We had 359 billionaires in the US in 2009 with a combined global net wealth of $2.4 trillion, growing to 614 US billionaires by 2020 with a combined global net wealth of $10.2 trillion, and $13.1 trillion by 2021.

To put it another way, US billionaires grew their total wealth by 17 times from 1990 to 2021. During the first eleven months of the pandemic, the economy catered, tens of millions lost their jobs, yet US billionaires wealth grew by $1.3 trillion, a 44% growth spike. And by April of 2021, the US billionaires had almost twice as much total wealth as the bottom half of Americans, and the top 1% total wealth was $46 trillion, accounting for 32.3% of the entire nation's wealth. The top 1% also now owns 54% of all individually held public shares, with the top 10% wealthiest Americans owning 89% of all individually held corporate equities and mutual fund shares. The top 1% owns 57% of all private US companies and the real estate that the top 1% owns is worth $5.3 trillion.

The new American dream!

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u/IrelandDzair Dec 01 '22

yeah i was able to recognize a few of my youth peaks and really take it in. i have a few snapshot memories in my head of looking around young with other young people and thinking “i’ll remember this when im old”. And i do.

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u/Calvin--Hobbes Dec 01 '22

That's how I'd try to guilt my friends into day drinking or other stupid things. Look guys we only get to be in college once, so let's make the most of it and get hammered at 10am today.

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u/AeAeR Dec 01 '22

Some of us do and it makes those times extremely stressful. “This is the last time you’re going to have fun as a kid, better enjoy it before you die, which is probably soon.”

The world of unrelenting anxiety is a fun one.

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u/MathMaddox Dec 01 '22

Back when you posted pictures directly on your wall, then your friends physically came over, pointed at them and said they like it.

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u/nibay Dec 01 '22

This was also my freshman year of college. We just pulled out the photos last week because it was the 25th anniversary of when my husband and I met in the dorms. So many of the photos are basically identical 😂

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u/ST_Lawson Dec 01 '22

I was in college from '96-'00 and I can confirm that these could absolutely have been friends of mine in their dorm rooms.

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u/hailmary214 Dec 01 '22

Me too! Feels like yesterday.

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u/nibay Dec 01 '22

I know!!! We pulled out photos last week, we were 18 and 21… just babies! We are now 43 and almost 47. But I can still close my eyes and feel like I’m there!

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u/hailmary214 Dec 01 '22 Silver

Yes! I still feel like that baby in my heart and mind. It’s bittersweet. I love my 40s, and I also miss that carefree time—I don’t mind getting older, I just wish it didn’t happen so fast! My husband and I met in 1996, I’ve been with him longer than I wasn’t now. And these photos really activate my nostalgia. I wonder where my old picture albums are…

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u/account_not_valid Dec 01 '22

93 - 94 on-campus accommodation at university in Australia- looked pretty much the same as this.

All crowding together in the common room to watch Melrose Place and X-Files.

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u/badibadi Dec 01 '22

I kept checking to see if I knew anyone. Same college years for me, but on the other side of the country. Silly to even assume, but it all looks practically identical.

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u/kylemcg Dec 01 '22

I love how pants fashion slowly rotates between way to big to ball crushing every 30 years or so.

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u/moochir Dec 01 '22

Looking at these I can hear the Windows 95 startup sound for some reason

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u/UserNumber314 Dec 01 '22

Because it was always in the background lol!

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u/goat_penis_souffle Dec 01 '22

And the Instant Messenger/ICQ sounds…

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u/JerkinsTurdley Dec 01 '22

Roller blading was peak 90s!

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u/altw460 Dec 01 '22

Hey Netflix, this is what the 90s actually looked like

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u/Overall_Cut4554 Dec 01 '22

Yeah did any show ever successfully reproduce how the 90s felt?... IMO Stranger things did a good job with the 80s...

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u/tosser_0 Dec 01 '22

I think there was a spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused that was set in the 90s.Freaks and geeks was set in the 80s, but seemed like the 90s to me for some reason.

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u/harlojones Dec 01 '22

I feel like it was more fun back then, even 2010’s when I was in my early 20’s seems more fun than now. No smartphones or Spotify’s and just generally less to take you out of the moment, would be nice. Having to rely on CD’s and mixtapes, also kinda cool and funny.

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u/TiggyLongStockings Dec 01 '22

I feel like it's the constant recordings of everyone that keeps people boring. Everyone's monitoring themselves.

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u/harlojones Dec 01 '22

I feel like it’s the ability to speak to anyone at any time, so people are constantly socializing in multiple spaces even if they’re in the same room as you. Not causing a major disruption or anything, but the vibe is different than if everyone is fully engaged in socializing.

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u/nurupartnerhtx Dec 01 '22

Good things the internet was still in infancy. The real pictures would be NSFW

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u/UserNumber314 Dec 01 '22

Oh have those, but I know better than to share those lol!

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u/charliehustles Dec 01 '22

The polaroids

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u/PursuitOfHirsute Dec 01 '22

I had to get a friend who worked at a drug store to develop my NSFW photos back in 2001

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u/ssjr13 Dec 01 '22

My mom sometimes talks about how she used to work at a photo development place when she was young (this would've been in the 80s)

She saw a lot of dick pics. Like, a lot.

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u/frost-ace3600 Dec 01 '22

The thought of some dude just handing over a picture of his dick to a girl is so fucking funny to me

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u/Ruthrfurd-the-stoned Dec 01 '22

Please they weren’t savages. They sent them through the mail.

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u/account_not_valid Dec 01 '22

"Can you fax your dick pics through?"

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u/ruttin_mudders Dec 01 '22

Worked in a photo lab in the early 2000's. Saw a ton of dick picks and not much of anything else. This was even in a college town.

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u/charliehustles Dec 01 '22

Hah yeah I remember getting the disposable windups developed. Just pics of us smoking weed and drinking. I think someone had a Polaroid camera and we’d share it for the other fun stuff.

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u/Whaty0urname Dec 01 '22

Me reading this comment: "Ew why would anyone want to commemorate that?"

Also me: gestures vaguely at all of social media

We're not really any different than we always have been. The medium has just changed.

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u/Thirty_Helens_Agree Dec 01 '22

I remember hearing back then (possibly reading in Dan Savage’s column in the back pages of The Onion) that photo developers on or near university campuses were more receptive to developing “artistic” photos than the average Walgreens or Target.

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u/buttonupbanana Dec 01 '22

Worked at a print shop on a campus, I never cared.

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u/AshFromTheStands Dec 01 '22

Zaps. There were many of those floating around with my mug on them, being in places and with people that would bring great harm to me if published on the internet, back then. My proudest moment, summed up in two words: BUD GIRLS.

If they somehow came out today, people who know would be like "meh".

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u/BannedAgainOhNoooooo Dec 01 '22

You heard it here first everyone, OP does sex.

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u/MamaSmAsh5 Dec 01 '22

My freshman year of college also coincided with the birth of Facebook….some of the shit I posted and shared 🫣

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u/new_account_5009 Dec 01 '22

Haha. I'm roughly the same age: Facebook rolled out to my university in late 2004, and seemingly the entire school joined overnight. At the time, only college students could participate, so nobody had any issue uploading pictures of people of various states of intoxication at college parties.

In 2005, my school's football team won a major game in dramatic fashion against a highly favored opponent, so we all rushed the field after the game. Mounted police eventually chased everyone off the field (making a handful of arrests in the process), but I got off the field with a fun story and no issues with the cops. Tons of us took pictures and posted them to Facebook the next day. Shortly after that, it was rumored that police were going through Facebook photos looking for evidence of people on the field to arrest them for trespassing charges. That scared me enough for me to delete my Facebook account and learn an early lesson about oversharing online.

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u/insultant_ Dec 01 '22

I feel you. I hope anyone looking that far back would understand I am not the same person now as I was then, but I’ve admitted to myself I should never try running for office….

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u/PMmePMsofyourPMs Dec 01 '22

Hard disagree, you have my vote.

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u/capt_carl Dec 01 '22

Myspace was around when I was a Freshman. It was...something.

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u/MamaSmAsh5 Dec 01 '22

I was a young preteen when MySpace came. It was…wild for a 13-14 yr old too! But I had done my time in aol chat rooms so I wasn’t too surprised by much. Especially when I was usually faking my age to be years older in chat rooms…

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u/aj9393 Dec 01 '22

That's why I enjoy the "Memories to look back on" feature. I can scrub my Facebook one cringey post at a time.

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u/Stock-Pension1803 Dec 01 '22

Yep. I combed through everything and deleted or hid most of it until eventually just deactivating

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u/cnh25 Dec 01 '22

Same lol but they wouldn’t accept my college email for a while., I was so upset

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u/boofoodoo Dec 01 '22

The barebones facilities make it look like Fun Prison.

I miss dorm life!

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u/insultant_ Dec 01 '22

I mean, that’s what a dorm was, right?

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u/Thirty_Helens_Agree Dec 01 '22

The guy who wrote the Rotten Ralph books did time for drug trafficking. He got out and went straight to college. He said “I went straight from a prison cell in a federal penitentiary to a university dorm room and they were the exact same construction!

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u/superRedditer Dec 01 '22

they all look like this and the movies never get it right.

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u/dirtycrabcakes Dec 01 '22

I think the ones in movies look like the dorms at expensive liberal arts colleges where many of these directors must have gone to.

It's like whenever there's a movie set in a CA high school, I'm like "this is nothing like any high school I ever saw" but I assume that's what high schools must look like around Hollywood (or mega wealthy private schools they send their kids to).

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u/Cheddarface Dec 01 '22

Tonopah Complex? I lived on campus at UNLV from 2015 to 2019 and am happy to report they still have the same chairs and tables in the study rooms.

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u/bobdole2017 Dec 01 '22

Looks like either Williams or Boyd. Might have changed names, I graduated in 2009, but I think you can tell by the common rooms.

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u/Murderface__ Dec 01 '22

Is that LL Cool J?

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u/govshutdown Dec 01 '22

You just made that middle-aged accountant's day.

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u/HanMaBoogie Dec 01 '22

Or some lucky bastard who looked like LL Cool J during his college years? He must have slayed.

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u/Bufford_T_Justice Dec 01 '22

That hat doesn't look like a shark fin to me

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u/crossfires Dec 01 '22

I thought the exact same, but the tattoos don’t match.

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u/BruCrew2s Dec 01 '22

My man went with the bucket hat for a reason lol

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u/lace8402 Dec 01 '22

Photos taken by other people are so much better than selfies. These are great.

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u/Mahaloth Dec 01 '22

We were royalty and didn't know it.

I'm mainly just nostalgic, but I sometimes miss the days pre-smart phone and when cell phones were less pervasive in general.

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u/blazeit420weed Dec 01 '22

Its almost 2000 on r/OldScoolCool

Brace youself, for someone will eventually post pretty soon!

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u/Unicom_Lars Dec 02 '22

I’m so ready to show off my Y2K pics! At what point is it eligible for r/OldSchoolCool ?

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

Can you imagine the fun of college with no cell phones or social media. You literally just had each other to connect and make friends, dating.

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u/shimi_shima Dec 01 '22

I didn’t see the “me as a spice girl for halloween” caption and said the same thing in my mind for all the other pictures lol. This is some quality nostalgic pics that makes it seem like it was a blast compared to now, though it probably was!

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u/deepaksn Dec 01 '22

In my mind 97/98 was not that long ago.

Then I see these photos……

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u/Dewnami Dec 01 '22

Not a smart phone in sight. Was a beautiful time.

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

I love the “No Fast Food” and “Go To All Classes” printed signs! Someone was ready for freshman year challenges!

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u/Dukanduu Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

I remember when the transition of folded cap bills to flat bills around 2002-2003.

Thanks 50 cent and UFC fighters

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u/DingleDoo Dec 01 '22

I never stopped curving my bill. My dad looked so dorky with his flat bill, before it was cool. I could never do it

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u/EnriqueShockwav Dec 01 '22

I dated a girl that went to UNLV then. I STILL think about her sometimes.

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u/EnriqueShockwav Dec 01 '22

That was beautiful. Walt Whitman?

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u/veringer Dec 01 '22

Really channeling that No Doubt "Just a Girl" and LEN "Steal My Sunshine" vibe in the first photo.

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u/southernwriter1 Dec 01 '22

This was the ultimate moment to be alive in all of history. It was the peak. I’m convinced.

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u/wahnsin Dec 01 '22

So no one told you life was gonna be this way...

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u/AerialAce96 Dec 01 '22

So much 90s aesthetic in these pics lol

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u/swingdale7 Dec 01 '22

I attended UNLV that year! don't recognize anyone tho.

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u/Fragrant-Astronaut57 Dec 01 '22

Life looks so much better before the smartphones. Everyone could actually live in the moment all the time. It’s so incredible to me that I want to cry about it

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u/botanicalbk Dec 02 '22

I miss the 90s

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u/DryTown Dec 01 '22

College is awesome because the girls dress themselves the way they’ve always dreamed of dressing, and the guys still wear clothes their moms bought them for Christmas through high school.

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u/ImmaculateJones Dec 01 '22

That Wu-Tang tat is legit. He Used the razor blade logo and flipped it upside down, like Method man, for an obvious play on his name. (Looks like Marvin)

I have a similar tattoo using the GZA G along with another letter in front for my nickname. Had it since 2000. Definitely puts this era into perspective.

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u/Zillion_Mixolydian Dec 01 '22

It hurts seeing my formative years on old school cool, great pics though.

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u/cannotrememberold Dec 02 '22

I do not know any of these people and have never been to UNLV, but I somehow know and recognize all of these people…and the inflatable chair too.

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u/BeerMcSuds Dec 01 '22

Hot Asian dorm bestie: ☑️

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u/UserNumber314 Dec 01 '22

2 Hawaiians 😉 There were a lot of Hawaiians at UNLV

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

LV is the "ninth Island."

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u/Amedais Dec 01 '22

Damn, that’s why I had so many Hawaiian friends at Nevada. They all move up from Vegas for college. Now it makes sense.

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u/Defectindesign Dec 01 '22

Bout to hit the Korn/limp bizit show later?

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u/UserNumber314 Dec 01 '22

Saw Limp Bizkit while I was there that year funny enough!

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u/Professional-Ad6500 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22

Heyyy i go to UNLV ! What was UNLV like when you were going ?

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u/UserNumber314 Dec 01 '22

First off, Vegas was a MUCH smaller town than last time I was there in '05 and I know it's grown since then. You could get across the whole city in 30 min, 45 with traffic.

It was a blast. We would go to a $5 buffet late at night when we were toasted! I'm from GA so it was really cool to have places opened 24/7. That wasn't really a thing for me at home back then.

Didn't go to the strip too much. Usually went to Hoover Dam to do my homework. It was full pool then and gorgeous. Also loved hiking in Red Rocks and Mt. Charleston.

Also those pics were from 2nd Boyd if that still means anything.

Biggest thing I'll say is, I wouldn't trade that year for anything!

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u/hisshissgrr Dec 01 '22

Dang you were friends with Freddie prinze Jr AND Donald faison???

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u/Duvalocaust Dec 01 '22

Christ the late 90s were a hoot.

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u/haiku23 Dec 01 '22

Not a single selfie. Better days.

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u/TED-NECROMANCER Dec 01 '22

This made me leave the office and take a walk. Half of them either look like guys I knew or girls I fell in love with. The passage of time is so bittersweet.

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u/JMT2492 Dec 01 '22

So iconic it hurts