The past and present satire

We hear the phrase — good old days — a lot. This is funny because a few memories of my childhood scare me to death now. For example, when a family member went for shopping she/he had to be off the grid for a few hours. When my dad traveled, we had to wait for his call to inform us that he reached the destination safe and sound. It sounds scary nowadays. Anyway, past and present always create a dilemma. In this post, we make an humble attempt to compare past and present days side by side. We will let readers decide the answer to the question — which one is good: past or present.

Declaration of becoming a single

In the old days, a friend carried the message to the friends of a friend that someone became a single. Nowadays, the Facebook relationship status does that job well. Along with regular relationship status, Facebook has — “It’s complicated”, “In a domestic partnership”, “In an open relationship” — which allow people to express their availability in a complex manner. Life was too simple in the old days.

In the old days, friends were responsible for spreading out that someone is single. Nowadays, the Facebook relationship status does that job.

Breakup

In the old days, breaking up was quite difficult and needed preparations of weeks. It happened in a quiet place without any rush. The conversation started with, “We need to talk”. Breaking up has become easy nowadays. Just sending a few text messages is sufficient. It still starts with “We need to talk” but via technology. It only takes a few minutes to breakup nowadays. A several keystrokes on the phone will be sufficient. Modern days are much more efficient compared to what people had to do in the past to breakup.

Breakup of past and present times.

Baby born in old days and in present days

People usually visited parents and their newborn in the hospital. If not in the hospital, people visited when new parents brought the newborn at home. The earlier someone came to visit the more caring that person was considered. The earlier someone gives a Facebook like on the picture of the newborn the more caring that person is considered nowadays. In fact, the number of likes is what makes a newborn and its parents more important. A few days after Dear Son was born, my mother said that my niece received more Facebook likes than Dear Son. This made me a bit jealous but I accepted the failure and moved on. You cannot win every battle.

People came to the hospital when someone had a baby in the old days. Nowadays, people expect nothing more than Facebook likes.

Kids being active secretly past bedtime

In my childhood, my older siblings and I read storybooks past our bedtimes, especially during weekend nights. It was a guilty pleasure. I am pretty sure my parents knew about it because we had trouble in waking up next morning.

We used headlamps or flashlights to read books and to fool our parents by turning the main lights off. Kids of these days do not need headlamps or flashlights because they do not read storybooks past their bedtime. They play video games on their iPads and tablets, which are self-illuminating.

Kids reading or playing past their bedtimes --- old days and present times

Hairstyle

Old hairstyles were furrier than the ones of the present days. Many styles were like bird nests, as if it was a crazy hair day in school. Modern styles are of thin layer of hair. The hair is gently attached to the skin using hair gel or oil. A few carefree narrow hair locks hanging around the face are considered fashionable.

Hairstyle of good old days and present days.

Concluding remarks: We hope you enjoyed the humor. Let us know if any other past-present humor comes to your mind. It is fun to talk about such humor.

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73 thoughts on “The past and present satire

  1. Old days mix tape: drop needle onto record player, count down in head, press Play-Record, miss start of song, rewind tape a bit, try again, accidentally record over end of last song, record that one again… three weeks later, mix tape!

    New days mix tape: copy and paste onto USB stick. Done.

    1. A very good one. We transitioned to CD, DVD, and nowadays to USB drives. Preparing a USB drive full of MP3 songs is so convenient, as you said just copy and paste. Thank you for contributing. Have a wonderful day.
  2. We didn’t even have a phone at my mom and dad’s house until after I left home.
    Imagine having to walk to a neighbor’s to make a call.
    1. Yes, phone access was limited. Houses with phones conveyed messages to their neighbors diligently at that time. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
    1. Very well said. The memories are what we cherish. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  3. There was a time when if your parents went out of town for a business trip, you had to wait for them to get back before you could talk to them. Now, we have Skype and WhatsApp video calling. No matter where you are in the world, as long as there’s data connection, you can speak to your loved ones via live chat. Its as if you never left home:)
    1. Oh yes. That is one great thing. Parents and kids are under lesser stress when one travels because they are in touch. Great point you have brought here. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful week.
  4. Haha you have a good sense of humor 😉 I’m wishing kids still read instead of playing online games. I think your cartoons show that many people are obsessed with Facebook likes and that in many ways face-to-face contact is better. Have a good rest of your day!
    1. Yes, kids still read (I believe). We are avoiding all sorts of gadgets for Dear Son, which is helping develop his reading habit. As I am writing this, Dear Son is reading A New Job For Stu. I hope his reading habit will remain even when he will grow up.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. You too have a wonderful evening.

  5. I am ancient and so perhaps I could say when it comes to material things I am in the lap of luxury but emotionally I am bankrupt (lol) I am still in shock that the second generation only meets at parties. We used to visit friends and family on a regular basis. There were sleep overs of cousins and that is history now.
    Virtual world has taken over the real world
    1. Haha … Agreed. Most kids like to mingle with other kids of their age. May be, we, the parents, treat our children in a different way than how we were treated by our parents in our childhood. Things may change if we can show our kids how great it is to mingle with friends and family on a regular basis. If we can remove the screens, may be a ten year old will no more act like a sixteen year old.

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.

  6. I wonder that would be ever possible. A family arrived here from the US with two of otheir teenager children. They were totally lost without the wifi connection which was not available for a while. They were literally mourning. They had no alternative available to them such as mixing and mingling with their parents’ friends and other extended family. For them it is the virtual world and hardly know what it is to be in the real world.
    1. Haha 😂 I think data plans on phones can be converted to universal. 😀 Therefore, the scene is unlikely.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a great day.

    2. Sometimes, I can’t help but miss the times when we had no internet connection in our house because we bonded more as a family watching movies or TV shows. Now though that we have Wifi, we tend to stay in our own rooms to browse whatever stuff there is on the internet and only get to talk when we eat together. With that in mind, I get really annoyed when there would be problems with our connection or there will be black outs.I think it’s because people get used to the fancy world of modernization that going back and living to they way it was before all these internet and wifi can be unbearable, despite all the negative things it brings.
  7. Nice comparison. Based on the things you’ve listed, with the exception of the hairstyles, I have to say that the past seemed better! I do enjoy the technology and its advantages but it also made us less social. Before, you had to actually talk to people face-to-face to tell them things or give them the good/bad news. Now you just post it on the Facebook, Twitter or text them.

    One major difference that always amazes me and is a positive is the fact that nowadays we have an infinite amount of knowledge by just typing whatever we want to know into the search engine. Before, in the old days, we used to go to the libraries to find certain information… it took us days to learn the most basic things. I think that it will help us overall as a society since the newer generations are already learning at the speed of light!

    But of course, both, the past and the present have the good and the bad sides.

    1. Thank you for providing more comparisons. There is nothing bad or good about old or new styles. Styles change and later one may feel a bit different with an old styles but that does not mean that the old style was bad.

      Time had its own pace and demand. We may miss old times and adore it but we cannot do much about that. The only thing we can do is hope and work for a better future.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Is there a happy medium between the old and the new? I’m seriously missing days where life’s not overrun with technology invading the precious little time we have. But I guess we can control these things by turning off the phones, getting away from the computer and enjoying nature . . . hmmm sounds easier than action 🙂 Love your post!
    1. I am glad that you liked this post. We will miss past regardless it was beautiful or unpleasant. As you said, we can change the present time as we wish. That is what our current focus is — making the best memories for future. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  9. Lol. This post made me laugh. You really made my day. This appropriately shows how different society was in the past as compared to today. I still remember the days when I was in high school. It was so hard to court the girls that I wanted. I had to purchase fine looking stationery paper, properly hand write something nice (or have somebody else write it for me) then give it to her personally or ask a friend to give the letter to her. Nowadays, it’s very easy to court someone because of smartphones and social media sites.

    Do I miss the old days? A little bit. I feel nostalgic whenever I look back to the past. But I have also fully embraced the present and accepted it as what it is.

    1. Nicely said. Yes, the past is always missed but it is a great idea to embrace the present. A lot changed in the past two decades. Definitely, old days make us nostalgic.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  10. I was telling my daughter the other day how we used to have to wait until we got home to see who called us. She was in shock and could not believe that we had answering machines! She said that she had only seen those on TV! She also could not believe that we did not read books on Kindles!
    1. Haha 🙂 Yes, kids will be surprised to hear about these things. Who knows what will be out there after twenty years. 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  11. Very funny, yet so true and timely! While technology sure has its merits and makes communication much easier these days, I have to agree to “the good old days” statement, with a longing sigh, in most cases. Does this make me old and cranky? Maybe! The one question I had was about your drawings and cartoons – incredible. You answered it at the bottom of your page, though. Well done!!
    1. Thank you for your visit and comment. I guess the “the good old days” is a true statement for every age. Two years ago when my child was three years old, he was crying without any reason one day. I asked him why he was crying. His answered, “I miss my childhood.”

      We are happy to know that you liked the drawings. Some are hand-drawn and some are drawn using software. Software-drawn ones have an advantage — we can reuse the characters later for other stories.

      Thank you so much for reading the post and commenting. Have a wonderful evening.

  12. You are right Facebook shows the other people almost all that happens in our life, this is the present. You may laugh, but in the relationship and showing my love I’m probably considered an old fashion guy. I don’t like to expose my feelings to the other people!
  13. I think that our ways to do things have evolved to being more productive and the thing I have realized is that things do not change if the majority of people don’t wan’t something to change. That said, If we didn’t encourage change there will be no motivation to change and therefor we will still be using Nokia 3310s and have computers that takes a hour to boot up. but people wanted better than that and that was more than enough motivation to push things forward to where we are today. This is why I love to be able to live in this generation and have the the opportunity to see the world around me change.
  14. I would not change having grown up in the 90’s for anything in the world. I see how children live their childhood today, and sometimes it even makes me sad for them. They’re missing all the really cool stuff of the world! The lack of technology made us enjoy more of the small details and of our friends. Nowadays they spend more time playing on a device than looking someone in the eye.
  15. These little comparisons were great… very fun and also very true! I feel you really hit the nail on the head on these and it reminded me very much of my childhood/growing years. I rather enjoyed growing up in a time when people were more connected through live interaction, verses all the virtual connection we employ these days. There are definitely some positives to the virtual life we mostly live now (convenience for one), but I do miss the simplicity and human connection of times pre so much technology. There are some things I don’t miss though, like carrying around quarters and looking for a public pay phone in case I had to call home while at the mall. It is much easier and reassuring to have a cell phone with me now instead.
  16. You certainly have the nailed the differences right on the tv remote button I mean the like button. Just a moment have to like your post…
    1. Haha … That is a cool idea — The meaning of button extended another dimension over time. 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  17. Back in the day, I really hated it when older people started their “back in the day” talks. Now that I am much older though, I am actually quite worse. Once I get started, my nieces and nephews would not have any of it. I guess that’s just karma. Lol.
    1. Haha … Definitely … it really feels good to start a conversation with “back in the day”. 🙂 Thank yo for visiting and sharing your childhood experience as well as experience from the present regarding the phrase “back in the day”. Have a wonderful day.
  18. I miss the old days, all that is old is better looking or more resistant. I have a fridge from the 80’s and is still functioning and the fridge that I bought in 2005 it broke and I had to call someone to repair it.
    About socializing what can I say….people were socializing better in the past, now with all these social media, the people stop visiting or spending time with their friends!
    1. Yes, the socializing aspect is really crucial. Writing letters is no more necessary too. There were many many fun things, back in the day.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  19. The advance of technology scares me a little. I mean, yea, it’s good to have the possibility of acessible information anytime and anywhere you want. I couldn’t imagine how hard it would be for me to learn some stuff without the web, for exemple. But people have become slaves to machines. Scary.
  20. I always hear my mother say, ” back in our days whe are not like that! “. I always laugh when she says that, because I know that their time is different from us but we have to accept the changes in our society.
  21. I have a good memory of my childhood. I remember well playing outside with the other kids. We run,hide,fight,sweat,scars together. Those were happy memories. Nowadays, kids are more attached to online games. Parents strict kids to play outside instead they are given smartphones, tablets, laptops/computer to play with.
    1. I definitely agree on that. I also had that experience and it is one thing most kids missed in growing. The fun of playing outside and simply enjoying with other kids . Memories that can only live in our hearts. That is life it’s a never ending change and the only way we can live with it is to embrace what we have today.
    2. I remember that part of my life too. I had so much fun playing on the streets with the other children on my neighborhood. I would wake up early to play with them, and my mom would sometimes get mad at me if I don’t get home on time for lunch. Whereas parents would prevent us from playing outside before, children nowadays are encouraged to do so but not many would want to. Internet games, watching movies or game consoles are more preferred now.

      Not only did I have fun playing with my childhood friends then, I also learned a lot from them such as camaraderie, patience and equality because as children, we didn’t care about the social standing nor religion of those we play with. There are many useful morals kids could get from doing this, but because of all these high tech gadgets, they’re prevented to do so. More than a few kids have been reported to have focal seizures because of too much exposure to radiation from computer or TV.

  22. Very true. You can even read a lot of gossip about your childhood friends just by looking at your news feed. It is like, once you decided to join the online community, you can’t have your so called ‘privacy’ anymore and that’s the sad reality.
    1. Haha 😂 yes privacy is out of question. Communication has improved though. It is even possible to find long lost friends sometimes.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  23. I completly agree with you. Life is very much easier in the past. Nowadys, cellphone is becoming like our third hand 🙂 We can’t do anything without our mobile.

    As technology reaches higher and higher phase, human relations are vanishing.

    1. How about we re phrase it. Life before is much more simpler than what it is today. I may not have to elaborate that but this is the future and the only way we can survive is to embrace technology. Learn to appreciate what we have today and reminisce what used to be. If asked to choose which is my preference life before or today. I would still prefer to live in the past which I guess will never be the same again.
      1. No doubt. Past holds the sweetest memories of childhood. Everyone misses those days. We have to make the present days of our children memorable so that they treasure their childhood.

        Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  24. This is true comparison. I am a millennial but I am really feel sad somehow seeing the differences from the old days and nowadays. The world now is different and I must say, the old days are more fun than nowadays. Courting in old days: go to the front of the house of the girl and serenade them with guitar. Courting nowadays: Hey? Can I get your number? 🙁
    1. That’s one of the things that has really changed that makes me really sad. Relationships are becoming more and more just for convenience, losing its real essence. Sometimes when I remember this, it makes me wish I lived back when people were more serious about these kind of things. I’m not saying the quality of how people loved back then is better than now because we can’t really measure that in any way, we can only assume. What I’m pointing out though is that people nowadays tend to forget the importance of real love and affection.
  25. There was so much about the olden days that were great. I would have to say that most of the music back then was much better as well although there are still a few great songs here and there nowadays. The breakup thing is probably the biggest change and I’m sure a lot of people are probably happy about it to be fair. No more awkward conversations with the person you want to break up with.
  26. I remember the good old days in the 90’s when music is at its best! The rising of the rnb genre, boybands, girl groups, and great solo singers who became superstars in their prime. The music then was so relaxing and wonderful to hear. Now it is just what the singer wants to sing not minding the musicality and such. The modern music is just very different way back then.
    1. I miss the days when singers can really sing and perform live on stage, not just relying on auto tune and lip singing. In regards to music, sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century. Don’t get me wrong, I like EDM and party music, but what I feel when I listen to classical music or those stuff in the 80’s is just totally different. The lyrics were much more thought out, captivating, and had more feeling than what we have now. What also tends to upset me is when songs with nonsense lyrics but has a good beat becomes popular and becomes such a trend. I just can’t imagine how other people see those as music. How I wish that just like back in the day when all singers can actually sing.
  27. There so much change this past years. The way we eat, drink, etc. even our lifestyle. I missed those good old days when playing with your neighbors and friends in the street is very common but now it is very rare to see. People nowadays were hooked by the modern technology. They can’t live without it. Things have change.
    1. Oh… good old days. Childhood memories of playing in the neighborhood with friends. I do not (yet) allow my child to go outside alone.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend.

  28. In thinking about the good old days as opposed to now, I couldn’t help but think back to what a dime used to buy me and my girl friends. My friend’s mothers and one friend’s sister used to give us money to go the corner store with. I remember this very distinctly because my mother was a bit tight with money and being sent to the corner store with a friend and being given money to go with (each of us!)was unheard of in my family. But my girlfriends mothers (and the one sister) didn’t seem to think anything of giving us each a dime to get us out of their hair for a little while (the sister even would sometimes go as far as to give us a quarter to split between us). I would go in and buy penny candy and almost always bought the two for a penny kind while my girlfriends who were used to this kind of luxury would spend it all on a single chocolate bar. Afterwards my girlfriends would always exclaim over the really good deals I would get because I would leave the store with so much candy. Now you are lucky if you can get one candy for a dime let alone a whole chocolate bar! I miss those days when every penny really did matter.
    1. Your mother is a remarkable person. It seems she taught you in your childhood how to use resources under tight budgets.

      Candy 🍭 for a dime is rare; I don’t think even a bulk purchase will give a candy for a dime. Penny is for changes only now; nothing costs a penny anymore. Thank you for visiting and sharing the glimpses of the past. Have a wonderful weekend.

  29. I hate when some people saying, “of course, your daddy will tell you that their generation is the greatest of all, and when you become a daddy too, you will also tell your son that, and so on.” Untrue. I am a millenial boy, but I’m envied with dad’s generation. Their music, fashion style and art are the final stage of its evolution, the natural selection, and we are the regression.
  30. Oh how I wish that big hair was still in fashion haha!
    It is a bit disheartening how so many people find their value in how many “likes” they can get on a photo.
    Maybe someday we’ll look back on today and laugh that we measured our value by “likes”, and decide our own worth instead.
  31. There is something special about the old days we have experienced. I sometimes consider my past as glorious and happy compared to now, but we should always feel happy for the present. The past has given us a lot of things, but present is the time to live for.
  32. I can just imagine how different it was before and generation now a days. I was born in the 70’s so that would make me a part of the old school. It makes me laugh to think that a family of 5 can stay in the room without talking for number of hours because each member carry with them some gadgets to fill the gap. While before when everyone is in the room you get the chance to talk, listen and interact which is rarely experienced in an ordinary household. But that is how generations evolve so we can’t argue with that we can only reminisce the past and embrace the future. This is what technology has brought us but that does not mean we can’t live the way it use to. You still can but in a day or two just to relax and relieve your family and enjoy the real meaning of bonding with the family.
  33. You just brought back a lot of memories. How time flies. I’ve said this before and am saying it again:”I absolutely enjoy your articles”.

    This post and it’s citations just goes to show how much time has changed and the effects it has on us now. It was just a 100 years ago man took to the air, but now we have planes/jets breaking the speed of sound. Technology seems to be the center of it all. I wonder what the above instances will produce in some 50 years to come.

  34. In the past days, I used to play with my friends in the sand outside our homes building sand houses and all that, now it is all toys and watching TV. I really enjoyed those days. I think that technology has made so many things easier for people to do such as breaking up relationships through text and chats, putting up wedding pictures and newborn baby pictures on the social media and watching how your friends would like and comment on it.

    Sadly, technology has availed us that real face-to-face interaction and made us have to depend on using certain virtual means to reach out to others. Maybe it is good for some people, but I don’t find it interesting.

    1. Sound like you had great childhood. I agree with you that there were lot more people-interaction in our childhoods.

      Technology will evolve, no doubt. We will always need to bring the human factors back to our life to make it exciting.

      Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. Have a wonderful day.

  35. In the past, people don’t care what you do in a day. What you eat, where you eat, what you wear, what other stuff you have, where you are and what you do. Now, people will browse and look at your Facebook or Instagram videos or photos to check on it. But have you heard that sometimes it will bring danger to your lives, you don’t know who’s watching you and have bad intentions, like for example the Burglars. If they know that you are not around, surely some of your things are missing when you’re back. So be careful what you post it may attract risk and sometimes bashers.
    Anyhow, I like the present as Eckhart Tolle quote “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.” Although, there’s the good side and the bad side, it’s all up to us how we handle things, we are responsible for our actions.
    1. Well said. Definitely, the information space is well covered for smart burglars.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful Friday tomorrow followed by a great weekend.

  36. We used to play outdoors, together with my pals. We do a lot of things. We explore, laughs together, role-playing, create new things, play with our toys and more. But now, you can’t see that in this generation, nowadays. The word “interaction” is an obsolete word now. Is it a good thing or not?

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