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Old 09-01-2019, 09:32 AM
Esprise Me is offline
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I was born in 1983, so I don't remember much from that time period, but I do remember frequently being unsupervised in public (not just in my neighborhood) with my friends as an older child. Starting around when we hit double digits, we'd get dropped off at the mall, the beach, or Disneyland* for hours. We had watches and a plan for when and where to get picked up, and change for a pay phone in case of an emergency, but our parents had no way to reach us. Now Disneyland doesn't allow that anymore, malls are shuttering left and right, and I seriously had to defend a parent in court for allowing her child to get sunburned at a water park.

*Back then, the cheapest annual pass was less than $100; several of us got them as our big-ticket birthday or Christmas gift every year. It also only took about 20 minutes to get there from almost anywhere in Orange County.