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12 acceptable things that happened in 90s Ireland that would never happen now

“It was acceptable in the nineties…”

1. You knew everyone’s phone number off by heart

And you probably still remember them now.

Untitled Source: emdot

2. And answered the phone by reciting your own number

Eight-seven-eight-four-six-five

3. People had pay phones in their houses

Finding the key and raiding the phone for 50ps and 20ps always seemed like a good idea until the time came to pay the bill.

pay Source: solitaire payphones

4. You’d always be on time to meet someone, because you had no way to tell them you were late

5pm Source: Karen_O'D

5pm on Saturday evening meant 5pm on Saturday evening. “Sorry man I’m running a bit behind” just wasn’t a thing.

5. People queued overnight for tickets for a gig

If you wanted to see Oasis in Pairc Uí Chaoimh you had to put in the hours.

oasis Source: dontstopliving.net

(One exception to the rule: G*rth Br**ks. But it doesn’t get much more nineties than him)

6. You made a reverse charges call to be picked up from the bus

Village phone box, Enniskerry Source: kilgarron

7. Or just rang the house phone once

Oh, that must be Cathal.

8. You would just knock in to someone

Now, if you show up unannounced it’s acceptable for the other person to just hide behind the curtains until you go away.

Doorbell. Source: alexa fades away

9. You wrote letters to someone in the Gaeltacht

Or wrote letters home, complaining.

roche Source: Facebook

10. You bought cigarettes for your parents in the shop

“Twenty Gold Bond please”

The VIrtual Tobacconist - flat 20s packets of Cigarettes c 1970 Source: sludgegulper

11. And vanished all day on your bike

From the age of eight or nine it was ok to to disappear for the day and come back for dinner. 

Bikes Source: jdtornow

12. You could ring someone you fancied and just hang up when they answered

No caller ID. No way of tracking you down.

Push Button Phones Source: geoftheref

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