Excellent post with a lot of great comments. Let's take a look at what Scalzi doesn't miss:
- Stupidly expensive long-distance charges.
- Crappy old cars.
Which cars qualify as crappy old cars? In my opinion, pretty much all of them. Pre-catalytic converter cars were shoddily-constructed, lead-spewing deathtraps, the first generation of cars running on unleaded were even more shoddily-constructed 70s defeat-mobiles, the 80s were the golden age of Detroit Doesn't Give a Shit, and so on. You have to get to about 1997 before there's a car I would willingly get into these days. As opposed to today, when even the cheap boxy cars meant for first-time buyers have decent mileage, will protect you if you're hit by a semi, and have more gizmos and better living conditions than my first couple of apartments.
- Physical media for music.
- Smoking allowed everywhere.
- Pull tabs on drink cans.
I can't say I agree completely with all his points, but they are all well thought-out and amusingly presented.
What do I not miss? Getting lost. I have a famously poor sense of direction and the ability to use GPS, the maps app on my iPhone and just plain old Google Maps for printing out customized maps with instructions, well, let's just say that they've all made my life much easier.
What don't you miss?