Things We Got Away With Doing In The 80s That Won't Fly Today

Posted by Missy aka Tizzy in History On 2nd January 2018

The 80s was a fantastic decade to grow up in. We are the last to find ways to have fun without technology. We could spend hours playing manhunt under the cover of darkness without worrying about someone getting kidnapped. Our mother's simply had to stick their heads out the front door and yell our names to bring us home. We rode in the back of pickup trucks and station wagons without seat belts. Times were simpler and our world was much safer. We have compiled a list of the best things we did in the 80s that we can no longer do today.


Riding in the back of a pickup

If you grew up in the country, you definitely spent some time riding in the back of a pickup truck. It was so much fun to feel the wind in your hair and to bounce along those dirt-covered back roads. We only slightly worried about being bounced right out of the back of the truck.


Being Unreachable

Back in the day, we did not have cell phones. When we left out the house, we had to be sure to return by dinner time or when the street lights came on. We pretty much got to fall off the face of the Earth until we made our way home or called home from a payphone to get picked up.


Riding your bikes without helmets

Bike helmets were just not a thing back then. We didn't even have knee and elbow pads for roller skating. It forced us to be extra careful, but we survived.

Buying smokes for your parents

Like we said, adults were busy, so they did not always have time to run to the store to pick up some of their essentials. They would send us off with a handful of cash and a note for the store clerk. No one even questioned it when we would go pick up cigarettes or even liquor for our parents.


People showed up unannounced

When you wanted to visit a friend back then, you just showed up. It was way better to show up instead of having to call ahead and get stuck having to talk to the parents on the phone.

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