I used to think the comment “do you remember when” and “back in the day” was exclusively the province of the elderly. Thinking back, “I can remember when” as relatively young men we used to reminisce about days gone by. I find when talking to friends, we will often dredge up events and people from the past.
I can actually remember when crisps actually had a blue paper twist in them containing salt, not a sachet, but a bit of twisted blue paper. I even remember my very first packet and coming across this contrivance, having to be shown what to do. Untwist, shake the bag, of course with the level of motor control of a very small child, this usually ended badly.
Within a very short period they changed to “ready salted”…and innovation, then came flavours, starting with salt and Vinegar…which I swear tasted better than todays artificial version.
Or perhaps you remember the time when gas cookers had a pilot flame (permanently on) in the centre and a little gas wand on a tube (clipped to the side of the cooker) with a button. You lit the wand from the pilot and then used it to light the oven or overhead grill. Incredibly dangerous, especially as it was coal gas, but no one thought anything of it. As a small child I wasn’t allowed to touch the gas wand…My mum had a Parkinson Cowan like this, right up to about 1975,