Today, I had a moment I hadn’t thought about ever. But today really brought it into perspective.
I was out walking and a kid I know who lives down the street was outside. Obviously giving ourselves lots of space we began to have a conversation. I don’t remember exactly how, but we started to talk about TV and Movies (a good thing to note at this point is that their family is rich). They seem to be using only Online streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus. So when I mentioned that I don’t use them too often, and that I often watch movies using Blu-Ray or DVD, he seemed confused. Then he said:
”What’s a DVD?”
I stopped moving. I then had to explain what a DVD was, what a DVD player was and how to insert it. I had to compare it to an Xbox, because he didn’t know what a Wii was either. We talked for a bit longer and I continued on my walk. When I got home I was pretty bummed out. I went up stairs to my room, turned up Hall and Oates, lay down on my bed and began to think.
And that’s when it hit me. I’m getting old.
I knew that this day would come, and that everyone at one point realizes this, but thinking about if for the first time was weird. Then I began to think about all things that I knew that have changed.
For transit pretty much everything is gone. Seeing Orion’s going for scrap for me at least is sad. I remember when they were brand new and that they had the new bus smell. CLRVs were a huge part of my childhood and that just recently retired. Subways still have the SRT, T1’s and kinda TR’s. But without Hawkers it’s boring.
Businesses are worse. I can name tons of places that closed. Blockbuster, Future Shop, the local Bowling alley, Kat’z diner with the big headed guy on sign on Dufferin, Yorkdale before it turned into whatever it is now, Zellers, the mall that’s Dupont and Dufferin that’s partially being torn down and the list can just keep going. There’s way too many people that have passed that I knew to name here.
There’s only a few things that haven’t changed that I can think of, I can probably count them on my hands. And while I am glad they still the way they are, I know eventually they too, will change.
It’s just a part of life I know, I just don’t like it. But there’s nothing I can do, so I have to enjoy what I have now.