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Posted: 1/5/2012 5:54:00 PM EDT
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:55:02 PM EDT
Yes, then I come to my senses, and realize that I like indoor plumbing and technology.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:55:03 PM EDT
Life's what you make it. You can live a simple life today if you choose to.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:55:13 PM EDT
No, life wasn't as simple as you want to believe. It was hard labor, brutish and generally short.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:55:35 PM EDT


Nope. I would have died twice already.

My Dad would be dead.

My Mother would be dead.

My brother would be dead.

My sister would be the only one left.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:55:43 PM EDT
Think of the BO.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:57:12 PM EDT
Chicks would be stank and have big old bushes. After the advent of the douche, razors, waxing, perfume, lipstick, learn how to suck cock via internet porn.... life is better now


But I know what you are saying.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:57:15 PM EDT
Yes.

1880s - 1890's for me would be perfect.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:57:58 PM EDT
working the mines when I turned 12 like my great grandfather? No thanks.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:58:10 PM EDT
I wouldn't mind the 50's. A little slower pace but still modern conveniences.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:58:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TUBBY:
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?


Well, you wouldn't have been able to start 4 GD threads a night in the 1800's.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:58:44 PM EDT
I like semiautomatic weapons, reliable cars, modern plumbing, modern medicine and women that shave their legs. So, no.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:59:01 PM EDT
am I still white?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:59:20 PM EDT
I wish I were alive to see the reign of Emperor Trajan. Roughly 1900 years ago.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:59:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Jeffreysox:
Yes, then I come to my senses, and realize that I like indoor plumbing and technology.


And not dying by 30 yoa.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:02:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SuperJanitor:
I wouldn't mind the 50's. A little slower pace but still modern conveniences.


Big +1

I love that era

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:02:44 PM EDT
Easy access to laudanum vs easy access to antibiotics and decent dentistry .... Tough call
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:05:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Originally Posted By Jeffreysox:
Yes, then I come to my senses, and realize that I like indoor plumbing and technology.


And not dying by 30 yoa.



Hell theres a reason people had alot of kids. Alot died before two years of age.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:07:04 PM EDT
I'd have killed my mother trying to birth me. I was a full term plus C-Section baby. 9 lbs and an ounce. They said I was even cut out with a ring around my head from trying to be pushed out. If we both wound up surviving that, the fact that I was a meconium aspiration case would have done me.

100 years ago, there was no penicillin. If you got sick or infected, you likely died. Flu epidemics killed hundreds of thousands of people a year. Cholera and Dysentery were rampant. Most diseases that are unheard of today were still around.

Life then is portrayed as simple and idealistic, but the reality was, you worked 12 hours a day, or more, six, or six and a half days a week, just to scratch, claw, and eek out a living. There was no leisure. It was work, work, work, die. And die at a young age.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:08:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TUBBY:
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?

Yes

Hundreds of delusional arfcommers feel that way.

I'm not one of them
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:09:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Undertaker:
Originally Posted By SuperJanitor:
I wouldn't mind the 50's. A little slower pace but still modern conveniences.


Big +1

I love that era



As someone else said though, I wouldn't want to have been black. There were still a lot of "sunset laws" in the midwest (and probably the NE too) and they were not treated as equals anywhere. Having said that though and being white, I stand by my original post. The cars, styles and manners back then were pretty cool!
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:13:40 PM EDT
i like refrigeration.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:15:01 PM EDT
You ever see those little pocket Derringers from back then, and think, 'Who the fuck would carry that?" It's like a black powder .22 with a two inch barrel. Getting shot back then was serious shit. The threat of it was a good deterrent. If you got shot, you probably got infected. That probably meant death. Or they'd amputate it. Infection/death again.

Now, unless it's CNS or certain parts of center mass, if you can get it treated quick enough, you'll probably live. That's why thugs are so fearless. They all know multiple people alive who have been shot. It's not a big deal anymore.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:21:33 PM EDT
I spend about 30 minutes every morning on Shorpy.com and I've pretty much convinced myself that I was born about 80yrs late

For those that've never been there....check it out. It's got THOUSANDS of old glass-plate images from the Civil War to the turn of the 19th/20th centuries
and some really nice stuff up until the mid-70's.

Click on the "View full size" link and it's about the next best thing to a time machine you're gonna find
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:23:19 PM EDT
I would have loved to have livedin the 60's and 70's.

I'd skip the 80's, take in parts of the 90's, and then coast along in modern times.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:24:20 PM EDT
I would have bought a shit ton of pre-NFA items if I was born 100 years earlier.

Wouldn't mind cruisin' around in a 29 Ford. I'd have to wait until I'd be 44 to get one though
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:24:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SuperJanitor:
I wouldn't mind the 50's. A little slower pace but still modern conveniences.


this would be about the right period of time for me.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:26:31 PM EDT
Born black in 1865? yeah I'll pass
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:28:58 PM EDT
Nope.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:29:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By VoodooChile:
Born black in 1865? yeah I'll pass


free room and board, what are you complaining about?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:29:46 PM EDT
Hell no
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:30:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TUBBY:
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?


1500's for me.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:32:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:

Originally Posted By TUBBY:
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?

Yes

Hundreds of delusional arfcommers feel that way.

I'm not one of them


Most who say that would have been equally filled with discontent and yearning for another mythical time and place had they been born when they claim they would want to have been.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:32:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By von_landstuhl:
Originally Posted By TUBBY:
Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. Would have been better off in the 1800's. Simple life.

Anyone else feel that way?


1500's for me.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y126/von_landstuhl/ulrich.jpg

Most people never survived childhood.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:34:17 PM EDT
If I were born 100 years ago my eyesight would probably have left me dead in the snow before I hit 5 years old.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:35:40 PM EDT
I wish I could have been an engineer in the aviation/defense industry starting from about 1940 or so. Other than that, nah, I'm pretty happy here and now.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:36:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bowbender7:
Chicks would be stank and have big old bushes. After the advent of the douche, razors, waxing, perfume, lipstick, learn how to suck cock via internet porn.... life is better now


But I know what you are saying.


this
i enjoy having a clean home, AC in summer, (i do heat with wood in the winter though), and the general lack of diseases that can kill you.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:37:23 PM EDT
Not really. I've come a long way, baby.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:38:40 PM EDT
Fifty would be good enough. I like indoor plumbing.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:39:17 PM EDT
Oh yeah. I know I was born 150 years too late

If possible, I would live in the mountains and trap and hunt for a living
I'd come down for flour and beans twice a year
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:39:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Billmanweh:
Originally Posted By VoodooChile:
Born black in 1865? yeah I'll pass


free room and board, what are you complaining about?




I don't mean to sound ungrateful and all but I've got all the ball and chain I need right now ...in fact I think I hear her calling
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:40:37 PM EDT
I doubt most women shaved 100 years ago.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:42:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:43:10 PM EDT
Willoughby, next stop Willoughby!
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:43:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:44:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Jeffreysox:
Yes, then I come to my senses, and realize that I like indoor plumbing and technology.

... modern dental hygiene and anesthaesia
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:44:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Molotov357:
I doubt most women shaved 100 years ago.



They did not. If you've ever had a woman with a nasty yeast infection, imagine that perpetually. This is why things like the internet were invented.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:45:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By smokycity:
Willoughby, next stop Willoughby!


Remember how that ended though?
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:48:13 PM EDT
I would love to have been able to see what Lewis and Clark saw.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:48:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SuperJanitor:
Originally Posted By smokycity:
Willoughby, next stop Willoughby!


Remember how that ended though?
Yeah but, that's open to interpretation (). The dude died sure but....did he still get to "live" in Willoughby?

I like to think that he did

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 6:49:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SuperJanitor:
Originally Posted By smokycity:
Willoughby, next stop Willoughby!


Remember how that ended though?


Yep. That's why I brought it up.

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