This Was Cool When I Was a Kid

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Everything seemed to be cooler when I was younger. Going to the grocery store, mowing the lawn, talking on the phone, building forts out of bed sheets, spending the night at your grandparents house on the coach, the list could go on and on. But now that I have crossed over from kid to adult some of those things are just not cool anymore.

What is something that was cool when you were a kid but now is pretty lame?

I use to love to pretend like I was playing baseball or hockey. I would put on uniforms, get all the equipment out, and pretend like I was a professional athlete. I would play baseball or hockey by myself for hours. Now, it just doesn’t sound like fun, nor could I do this for 5 minutes.

Another one, the movie Surf Ninjas. I use to think this was the coolest movie ever. I had the game gear game of surf ninjas. I saw that movie on TV the other day, it was terrible.

One more, I remember going to Universal Studios when I was ten years old. There was one ride there that I thought was the coolest ride ever, the ET ride. This was the ride that you got to go up in the air on a bike and float through the clouds. I remember going back when I was older and wanting to ride that ride. As soon as we took off and I started to pedal it was one of the lamest rides in the park.

What is one thing that you loved as a kid but now has lost its appeal?


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Kyle Reed is a connector looking to connect with others. A 20 Something that is blogging his way through life and looking to connect through community. Also a team member of the 8BIT Network and brand evangelist. Find me on twitter: @kylelreed, lets chat.
  • Meg

    This is so lame, but if you were born in the 80s you might remember it: SKIP IT! It was this thing you put on one ankle and hopped over (with your other foot) as it circled your body. Okay, it’s hard to describe but when I was 4 years old it was totally cool. Now? Not so much…

    • Kyle Reed

      Yes yes yes, I remember that thing. Do you remember the commercials they had for skip-it? Seemed so cool and fun.
      It even had the counter on the side.

      Reminds me of bop-it

      Okay I had to find the commercial, here you go:

      • Meg

        I can’t believe you found the commercial! I had a bright pink skip it and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Oh how things change as we get older…

  • Anna (@ampersand86)

    When did building blanket forts stop being cool??! I didn’t get the memo D:

    I’m probably going to step on a few toes, but my love for Carman knew no bounds when I was little. Now? Laaaaaaame.

    • Kyle Reed

      Carman…. WOW
      I will give some forgiveness on this one.
      I remember listening to the song “we need a riot” (dont know the title).
      It was on a “wow” tape and we would listen to that thing all the time.

      And I tried the whole fort thing the other day, just didn’t do it like it did back in the day.

      • Kyle Reed

        Okay I will hold to tradition.
        Here is the video of Carman doing riot:

        • Anna (@ampersand86)


          Aweeeeesome. I am totally in 5th grade all over again.

      • Anna (@ampersand86)

        I always liked the song about Jesus and the devil fighting MMA style. Its always fun imagining Jesus dropping an elbow on him or putting him into a guillotine choke or something.

  • shellie (baylormum)

    I am waaaaay to old for this post!!! I used love board games. Life, Operation, Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land. When my daughter was old enough for them, I was a kid all over again! Loved sitting & playing. For hours.

    When we moved last year, out of our home of 20 years, we still had most of those games. And all the pieces! Most went to the garage sale. Gosh. I found Bop-it! I played with it for the 2 weeks I cleaned closets & packed for the move. In fact, it somehow made the trip from TX to WA. Hmmmmm……

    • Kyle Reed

      I remember playing the game “sorry” with my grandma when I was a kid. Great game.

  • patricia

    10 years from now…we’ll realize how lame we were for spending so much time reading other people’s blogs and being on twitter o_O

    • Kyle Reed

      Exactly…. how pathetic

  • Kyle Reed

    Another one I thought of: Nintendo 64
    I remember playing the first Mario game on N64 and thinking it was absolutely amazing that you could walk around a world and then go to challenges and jump and do flips in the air. loved that game

    • shellie (baylormum)

      OK. Here I go showing my age. Again! The 1st “video” games for TV were plastic sheets you TAPED to the TV screen. That was in 74 or 75. (Yes 1974!) Beat that all you youngins.

  • brett barner

    One word: POGs

    I had literally hundreds. I’d get together with friends and play for fun, sometimes for keeps. But man, did that fad come in hard and leave quick. Oh and it was pretty lame looking back.

    • Kyle Reed

      I remember those things man.
      I had a container for them and remember collecting slammers, even had some metal slammers. But never realized what the point of the game was.

      Reminds me of all the people that played the pokemon game. I never got that and refused to play.

      • shellie (baylormum)

        I had forgotten about POGS until cleaning the aforementioned toy closet & found this purple canister. And inside were all these discs. Cardboard & metal. So much junk collected!

  • kevin

    sports jerseys. i would wear jerseys almost every day. i rarely see kids wearing them around anymore, unless it is to an actual sporting event.

    also, mc hammer pants. wore them all the time. all the freaking time. my grandma even made pairs for me as gifts. wait, those weren’t cool back then? really? right, i hated them too.

    • Kyle Reed

      Thankfully I am to young to experience the MC Hammer pants. But I do remember his music. Funny story (at least for me) when I was 5 or 6 my dad worked at a teen detention center. He specifically worked the night shift for the girls of the center. I remember a day when there was a huge picnic for all the teens that were at the center. It was a lot of fun, but one thing I remember the most them all dancing to MC Hammer. That was my first introduction and I loved hammer time. Later on my dad would always say to me, “Kyle, do the hammer” and then I would dance. Ya that was cool when I was a kid, not so much now.

  • Jamie the Very Worst Missionary

    Okay, so apparently I’m an old bag, but I had AN ATARI 2600. Yeah. Talk about wowing the neighborhood kids with the latest in gaming technology.

    Also? I tucked my pegged jeans into two pairs of neon socks, slipped my feet into white keds, poofed my bangs until you could read a newspaper through them, and walked out the door with a Unicorn/Pegasus/Rainbow Trapper Keeper in a stone washed denim backpack. Awww yeah, I was THAT girl!!!

    • Kyle Reed

      wow, I am so glad that i was not around for those days. Hope that doesn’t make you feel older then you are… not really though

  • Kamrie

    I remember playing a game similar to basketbal. Basically we used the little basketball net for two year olds and would tackle each other to get the ball into the hoop. Then playing that stupid post office games with all my cousins.

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  • Kristina

    All I can say is I loved me some Smurfs,Mt Little Pony, and Scooby-Doo. Also, being a girl, I LOVED Barbies. My sister and I could play for hours.

    P.S. Skip-It was one of the best inventions of the 80’s.

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