What was ruined because too many people started doing it?
By - Luka_Couffaine
Without a doubt, LinkedIn. It started out as a great place to connect with colleagues and now is just another useless platform to spew word vomit.
Fishing on what used to be locally productive rivers. So many rivers have been overfished and have erosion problems from the high traffic.
My family has a house far up north with a beutiful lake, you always used to catch something there, now everyone throws out nets.
Nets are illegal in my country/state
They are here too but people do it anyway
Thrifting...as good as it is for the planet, and I wish more people did it, so many companies are trying to capitalize on the trend now and charging way more for second hand clothes than before. Like the ThreadUp app, you really don't end up saving that much money compared to the real value of the secondhand clothes, they are just being priced up to make that company money.
I'll stick to digging through the Salvation Army on half-price Wednesdays...but even their prices are inflating
The Salvation Army where I live is crazy expensive now! It stated happening about 7 years ago.
When I first moved to the area I found a couch for $70- a perfect couch that I used it for 10 years.
When it finally broke I went back to the same Salvation Army and no couch was under $200.
All dressers, regardless of size, were $80 minimum.
Mattresses were $400.
I’ll just buy new and have it come with a warranty FFS
I caught a thrift store selling used IKEA LACK tables for $20/ea
First and last time I went to a salvation army I was looking for a dining room table. Found a small glass top one with four chairs that was like 300 bucks. Not bad for a table, but it was old and ugly. Decided to check out the clothes.. all still expensive too.
Went to a regular thrift store and bought a wood top table with four chairs for 50 bucks. And got a few shirts for a cpl bucks a piece.
Another encounter with the Salvation Army in Tampa just made them seem super corrupt.
Yes! Some of these things being sold are more expensive used than new, even at goodwill. However it made me branch out and I’ve found some great deals at local stores near me.
In Denver there is a hip secondhand store downtown. I sent in and the first pair of jeans cutoffs i looked at were $60. Put it back and walked out.
Visiting the waterfalls in my city. They used to be wide open with awesome trails down/around them.
Now too many people have fallen, too many rope rescues, helicopter rides to the hospital. The city has put up giant ugly fences around them, and by-law officers are usually watching them and are on the trails ticketing everyone who crosses the fence.
I feel like every waterfall and hiking trail in Hamilton has been ruined. So many people go just to do photoshoots for instagram and leave it trashed when they leave.
Hamilton? Lol. MT. Albion is a big one. Growing up, I was all over those falls. Hiked there weekly as a kid. We even climbed up the side with a bike a few times as well. Now, we can't even take the trail in to the bottom without getting fined.
Lol... I was thinking about the Albion Falls as well! Hello fellow Hamiltonion!
Food trucks. It used to be quick cheap food - now it's "artisan bread" sandwiches for top dollar.
What, you don't love spending $30 on 4 dumplings, fried rice and a beer then wandering around with your hands full in a crowd looking for a place to sit while your food gets cold only to end up sitting on an out of the way curb in 100° heat all so a yuppie mom can knock over your beer with her stroller and yell at you for being in the way?
Man, tacos al-pastor used to cost like at the most $1 each. So you would get an order of 5 for like $4.50-$5. Now they cost like $8 an order for tacos I could eat in 2 bites.
Mt Everest - it’s absolutely filthy
Good news. It recently underwent a massive clean up and several bodies removed.
Visit Mount Everest - now with fewer corpses!
I heard this in my head in a Futurama voice.
Phil Hartman for me
Yup that voice is all Troy McClure in my head
The news is good but they got a long way to go. They cleaned up 2.2 tons out of 30 tons of trash. So there's still a shit ton of trash.
Also there's still like 190 bodies left on the mountain.
Did that actually leave a dent in the number of dead bodies or frozen human waste?
Because of Covid restrictions on travel, many of the sherpas who help on the mountains were able to undertake a massive cleanup event. Several tons of trash removed and a decent dent into the trash removal.
Sherpas belief is not to disturb dead bodies, weird but true.
this and they have to ask the families for permission before removing their loved one’s bodies too. a lot of those people think the deceased would want to be left on the mountain.
I get that. I think if I dedicated myself enough to climb Mt. Everest, I'd be hard pressed to think of a final resting place. I also wouldn't want people to have to deal with my dead body, so hey throw me in the trash if you want.
I mean it's alot of dead bodies
And [bags of shit](https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/31711591).
I work for a mountaineering company (a smaller one obviously), and people are SHOOK when we explain that they have to take their shit back down with them.
"there's a 1 in 11 chance you'll die"
"And you have to take your shit with you."
What ever happened to leave no trace?
Rich people pay 20k for a Sherpa to carry their asses to the top. Do you think they give a shit about LNT?
It’s like $150k for the ones that don’t sit back and watch you die
And empty oxygen tanks. "KATHMANDU, May 10 (Reuters) - Nepal is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers on Mount Everest to bring back their empties instead of abandoning them on mountain slopes, an official said on Monday, as it struggles with a second wave of the coronavirus."
Also in movies it shows just you and whoever you came with being the only ones. Nope, the entire treck is like a line to six flags.
Does it at least thin out the higher you get?
Arguably the most famous movie about Everest, Everest, has it's central conflict centered around there being too many people on the mountain. There's multiple scenes of folks having to wait in line as they try to climb.
Mobile games now a good 80% of them are cash grab shitty games
More than that honestly, keep in mind all the garbage you've ever scrolled through on the app store is only the tip of the iceburg. There's literally companies that pump out hundreds of garbage apps per year just hoping one will become the next cash cow.
That you always have to be online to play. I work on an offshore fishing boat and my mobile game selection is basically limited to Wordscapes and plague inc (hah...yikes).
If you want suggestions: grow castle, altos adventure and Odyssey, hill climb racing, evoland, geometry dash
I feel bad for indie developers putting out content for mobile. It's a crazy saturated market and the pay 2 win format that many companies push has ruined mobile gaming.
True. I only play emulations of classic games on my phone. Got a more powerful one this year and was stoked that it could run a few GameCube titles smoothly
Not sure what App Store you’re using cause mines like a good 95% minimum. They’re so bad right now nothing like the creative games of old
Being German and taking a vacation at the island of Mallorca.
das 17. bundesland
Being Spanish and being flooded with a certain kind of tourists that use our country as a playground to do every nasty thing they would never do in their own country. (Not all german or british tourist will take a shit in the middle of Salou but if you see a shit in the middle of Salou a German or British tourist took it)
It reminds me the English woman complaining on Internet because the place she went on vacation was crowded with Spanish speakers. She went to Spain
When I was traveling in Spain in Costa del Sol, on our way to find a restaurant there were tons of groups of old Brits and I heard one guy complain that there were no British pubs. Generally when I travel outside of the US, I try to not stick with the same shit I find at home.
The vanlife... Not everyone knows or cares how they leave a campsite or a beach and they trash the place... That's why many places where I live don't allow to sleep on beaches, parking lots, rest areas, etc anymore even if you're in your car... It's becoming a nightmare and takes the fun out of roadtrips for everyone.
Edit: I'm not talking about homeless people here... I'm talking about the trending lifestyle where people buy 75000$ all equipped vans to just "travel" to a place where they demand to camp somewhere random (not really designated for camping) for free.
Yep. Came here to say camping in general. With a lot of hotels closed and flights restrictions, everybody is trying it.
"Leave no trace" means absolutely zero to some people and have ruined it for those of us who have been doing it years.
These one hit wonders need to learn the rules.
Visiting Centralia, PA. The abandoned town Silent Hill is based on. Used to have a neat little "Graffiti Highway" that people could go see and tag. The company that owns it covered it up cause too many people showed up during the pandemic and did trashy shit like spray painting tombstones in the graveyard nearby. Ruined it for everyone.
Visiting isolated areas of natural beauty
In Germany we just closed access to this natural infinity pool near Berchtesgaden for a couple years because it became such a big IG hotspot, there were huge lines to take your pic. It's something off the official paths and the climb up there is (despite super low elevation) considered quite difficult. Mountain rescue had to rescue a bunch of people from there every month.
But damn does it look gorgeous:
Does temporarily closing Instagram hotspots work long term? I imagine the idea is that you let the hype die out and then reopen when the location no longer has memetic status, but I'm uncertain if this strategy would work.
Probably would work until some influencer “discovered” it again.
so the best idea would be to tell the influencer now that they've seen it. they can never leave.
Infinite for a reason
If it's already crowded to the point of insanity, it's worth closing a while to preserve it/prevent accidents even if it's just going to be crowded again when they re-open.
Last year was a goldmine for locals in iceland. Everything tourism related was heavily discounted, and tourist hot spots were not crowded. It was like the 90s again.
Here in Italy too, but on the flipside all the businesses that heavily rely on tourism received a huuge hit
People love laying down in a field of flowers to take pics in the netherlands. Ofcourse they want to walk to the middle of the field while stomping on all flowers while getting there. Then lay on top of a whole bunch of flowers en leave a trail of dead flowers. As this happens more often, they need to find places with flowers that havent been stomped yet so no area is left alive at the end.
Weren't they doing the same thing to the super bloom in California a couple years ago?
Yup. And in Joshua Tree during the shutdown. Did a fuckton of damage to the trees.
People were literally chopping down the Joshua Trees during the government shutdown, like really??? Why the fuck are you here???
Nothing fucks up natural beauty quite like people :/
I’d add Airbnb to this, the concept was originally okay as you’d stay in someone’s place. Now it’s a joke. It’s killing neighbourhoods and communities.
I noticed last year when I went to book an Airbnb for a big group. Every single house on there was owned by the same guy, ie the same big company. At this point, it's mostly hospitality companies who own these properties and rent them out.
We stayed in an apartment complex in L.A. a couple of years ago that turned out to be an airbnb hotel. There was an office across the street where we picked up/dropped off the key and that was it. It had about eight little studio apartments per floor and it was five stories.
We did the same thing in Vancouver BC, but it turned out to be illegal (apparently). When we came back to check out at the end of our trip there was a sign posted by police saying it broke the law for airbnb-style places because you're not allowed to run it like a hotel and that it was being shut down.
Hell as recently as like three years ago, i found airbnb to be this quaint way to stay at places cheaper than hotels as i traveled. Often you could find places with way better utilities than a hotel.
Now you're lucky to find a place cheaper than local hotels at all. Im a travel nurse and i used to, and i guess still do, rely on places like Airbnb to find housing on assignments. It was LITERALLY CHEAPER for me stay at extended stays than rent from the local market. Delusional people "i have a camper in my backyard. 100 a night!"
Then the nonsensical fees added on to the daily rate
At least at a hotel you don't have to clean extensively before you leave AND still pay a $150 cleaning fee
Exactly this. Things like stripping the beds, wiping down the counters, loading and running the dishwasher, and taking out the trash and recycling aren't a huge deal individually, but add them up and all of a sudden I'm doing more chores than I would on an average day in my own home, and I'm paying for the privilege? The whole point of traveling is to get away from your daily responsibilities, and the last thing I want to do is chores when I'm away from home and possibly hungover.
Hotels are often more expensive (but even that's debatable nowadays as AirBnB costs are rising) and the accommodations they offer are not as unique or homey, but you're paying for them to clean up during your stay/after your leave, and having standardized room types makes it easier for them to do so.
I unknowingly rented an apartment in the bay that had two air bnbs on either side of me.
The way my apt and room was set up was the neighbors balcony stretched passed my bedroom window.
People would party and play music on that balcony like every third day depending who was showing up. It sucked.
Yeah I lived next door to an apartment that turned into an Airbnb at some point. It became known as a party venue for local teens somehow. So all hours of the day and night there was music blasting, strangers hanging out and smoking in the hallways/common areas, constant shouting/yelling/screaming. I don't know how the landlord dealt with it so fast, but it was only about 6 months before that came to an end and short-term rentals were banned on the premises.
I really don't think Airbnb has a place in multi-unit dwellings.
I've seen lots of actual hotel rooms on Airbnb as well!!
I saw a tent on there for $1700 earlier. An actual fucking tent.
That feels like a social commentary art installation.
Fun fact: In 1895 there were only 2 cars in Ohio and they still managed to crash into each other.
Where can I learn more about this incident because that's hilarious
Just found this on the internet
You were one minute late.
This is why we can’t have nice things!
Dude, covid was Gods gift for professional drivers. Especially Sunday mornings were awesome, motorways would be completely empty
My commute went from being not too bad but not exactly pleasant to a non-stop easy cruise control ride. It was awesome.
And now it's worse than it ever was before. Seems like a year of not driving has made people into absolute morons on the road.
>Seems like a year of not driving has made people into absolute morons on the road
Things started opening back up here a couple months back and that's exactly how it feels. It's like all the terrible drivers are back, *plus* all the mediocre drivers seem to have lost their average-at-best abilities during their year stuck at home.
I miss being able to float down the highway on my way to work without getting stuck by some clowns riding side by side to block all 3 lanes while going under the speed limit.
Unreal how bad it has become. I start working at 6/7 am or 6/7 pm which shouldn't be that busy but the amount of traffic and morons in that traffic has increased tenfold it seems like.
God yes. I remember height of the first lockdown cruising along the M25 (British motorway circling london) and there was nothing in front, behind, or on the other side! It was actually eerie.
Now that everyone else is back driving, there's atleast 25 crashes an hour on there.
For the first 3 days after my state declared a lockdown driving was *amazing*.
I'm an essential worker and I have an extremely busy hour long drive to work. Traffic was less than 10% of normal. The streets were almost empty. It was the easiest, calmest, most chill "rush hour" driving experience of my life. It was so incredibly peaceful.
Then after that traffic increased to roughly 2/3 of normal. The amount of traffic was still less than normal but almost everyone was speeding so much worse than normal and people were hyper aggressive. It was awful for months.
YES! I don't understand it!! Where I live exactly the same thing happened, nobody on the roads and then bam! 2/3 the people, 5x the aggression.
Just about every beautiful and pristine part of the world 'discovered' by tourists.
Yeah, a real example of this is the film 'The Beach' (Leonardo Di Caprio). The location they filmed at was a protected natural reserve, not only did they damage the local scenery by adjusting it for filming but now tourists flock to the island all the time and so much human interaction has forever damage the local ecosystem. There were lawsuits for years afterward.
Game of Thrones didn't even need the tourists to destroy the ecosystem.
Got an ad to watch it on HBO while reading the article. The irony
Jesus christ, there weren't enough sand dunes in the world for them to film on? They had to go make their own? How is that financially feasible?
But if tourist didn't climb the mt. Everest then whe would have had the beautiful rainbow valley
I really thought that the rainbow valley was something that many climbers leave colorful flags from their home country or something, until I googled it. Damn!
What is it?
It’s basically impossible to retrieve a corpse from the Everest ascent, else you will become one yourself. Climbers tend to wear brightly colored coats. So when a whole bunch of relatively inexperienced climbers with brightly colored coats are climbing the worlds tallest mountain, some of them stay there and you get a rainbow valley.
Yeah. And because they’re so high up, there’s nothing to scavenge them - not even really bacteria to speak of. So they’ll stay there, embalmed by the elements, forever.
I feel like the majority of green climbers go up there knowing that they may die and never decompose back to the earth.
For me, considering that I battle with my existence having purpose quite often, the idea that I can't disappear into the wind if I die at a high enough altitude, frightens me to death.
Geocaching. All the fun was sucked out of it when it was on the news and everywhere last year and it's been pretty much abandoned now
Why did people abandon it after it was in the News?
People would find take all the items and not leave anything. So it became a 1 way street like an easter egg hunt.
I went with a work colleague to find one a little while ago. Almost at the location and they say “I’m excited this one will look good with my collection!” ... turns out they had been keeping them. After they showed me a photo of all their *stolen* Geocaches I turned around and went back to the office. Argh people.
Edit: they knew perfectly well what they were doing but thought taking a Geocache was *funny*. We did have a very brief conversation about why I thought it was wrong before I bailed.
I thought it was a "take something, leave something " sort of thing.
I think they mean the person was literally taking the whole cache home -- not item swapping. Item swapping used to be part of the culture (not sure if it still is).
Lots of caches go missing all the time.
That's what it's supposed to be. I used to always carry something small with me when I did it. Was so cool to find personal little trinkets and leave my own for the next person. And signing the log always felt like such an accomplishment, knowing my name was tucked away in some hidden part of the world.
Too many people. The geocaches would often be misplaced, stolen or destroyed and left people searching for them for ages.
I found there used to be a geocache near where I was walking my dog, while trying to figure out what this one thing was that was marked on a map.
Someone took the container and filled it with shit or something.
Why are some people like that? Like why can’t they just let things be good?
Some people are just miserable, and misery loves company.
Yeah. It’s a pity. The community used to be very nice and respective of the caches.
I read on Reddit that it was abandoned because the main geocaching app starting charging for a lot more micro transactions.
The main app sucks. C:GEO (Android) is the way to go.
I remember finding out about this from a family friend and the idea that there were treasures all around, hidden in plain sight was such a magical discovery for me.
I didn't even have a gps, I would just go searching based on the little clues given. Trying my best to be discreet so that random people didn't discover them.
Years later when I got married I remembered it and thought it would be something cool to do with my wife and it just wasn't the same.
I had bought the geocaching app like 10 years ago and did it regularly for about a year. After, I only opened up the app periodically when I was in a new area and wanted to find one to help me explore or to do it with friends/family. Was very disappointed a few years ago when I opened up the app and learned I needed to buy *another* app to go geocaching again. Stopped doing it from that point on. I still get emails about one I placed that is still discovered regularly
Thrift stores. All the good stuff is gone now. :(
The one's in my area have gotten pretty proud of their stuff since they got popular. If I wanted to pay $15 for a shirt and over $100 for a table I wouldn't be at a thrift store, ma'am.
There was a golden age of thrift stores, when all the employees were older ladies not understanding prices. They would price any couch that they wouldn't want themselves, because it wasn't a pattern they liked, like 10-20 dollars. got a working 19'' computer monitor, led, for 7 dollars.
I worked in a charity shop, got one of the sweet old ladies to price a pair of shoes for me. 6 bucks for brand new Adidas! If I asked the manager they would have been like 50.
God damn you Macklemore
But shit, it was 99 cents!
Yeah after that video came out the sheer audacity of pricing at thrift stores that followed blew my mind. Straight up awful unsellable crap is $10 now.
Ugh all the ppl looking at ways to make a quick buck and goes flipping items from thrift stores
They definitely ruined it first, but the employees / companies ruined it second..
Had a friend who worked at goodwill. Employees would tag valuable items low and hide em in the store at the end of the day and go "shopping" and find them.and buy em off his shift. Everyone did that there.
Then the company caught on and started taking any possible valuable item and making an auction site.on their website to auction off items that could sell for more than regular trash.
I'm just looking for some broken in Levi's without a wear pattern of some guy's dick on them.
You mean you don’t want that $20 table that Cyleste and her husband Chad painted teal and are now charging $300 for?
Hiking is starting to get there. Lots of people go and litter or don't leash their dogs so they run around everywhere and chase off wildlife. It's hard to enjoy nature when everyone is there.
I’m happy that people are enjoying the outdoors but it’s super frustrating when they don’t bother to learn etiquette. Some of its not even etiquette- just a total lack of consideration. Pet peeves in addition to what you’ve mentioned are 1) large groups that take up the whole width of the trail and you have to fight to navigate thru them and 2) people who PLAY THEIR MUSIC on a speaker instead of listening to headphones. It literally ruins the experience for me. No one else wants to listen to your shitty music. There are hikes in my area I avoid because I know I will encounter 10 different groups of 20 somethings or families doing both of these things every time.
There are “bucket list” hikes I feel like I’m never going to get to do due to how popular they are now. Yosemite is beautiful but it is PACKED to the point of being tough to enjoy- I’d like to do half dome but there’s a permit lottery that I feel requires some flexibility in scheduling your trip that I just don’t have. Stuff like that.
Everyone “Loves nature”, “loves hiking”, “loves camping” but very few love conservation, protection, and stewardship. The surge in popularity of nature is destroying the experience for others. All take, no give.
Yeah as an environmental engineer who has always tries to leave no trace when enjoying the great outdoors, it killed me seeing surgical masks and candy wrappers tossed on the trail of my favorite mountains in the last year. It’s like everyone discovered Franconia Ridge is one of the best hikes in the eastern US, and now on weekends it’s a fucking conga line going up to Lafayette.
“Service” dogs. Planned a trip to Yosemite and saw that they don’t allow pets, only ADA approved service dogs. That’s perfectly fine, I didn’t take my husky. I go to Yosemite, however, and there are hundreds of dogs and you know they’re not service animals bc they’re jumping around, sniffing other people and pulling on their leashes. Owners put harnesses on them to make them look legit and it’s just stupid and I wish it were more strictly regulated. Also pick up the dog poop.
Finding hard to get Bourbons. Previously $30 and $60 bottles are now going for hundreds of dollars because idiots will pay that much.
Dude, I live in Kentucky and I can't even find a lot of bourbon if I don't hunt for it. Even my good cheap shit, Barton's 100, is cleaned out as soon as it hits shelves, and there's dudes who track the delivery schedules in my city.
I remember when I could get eagle rare right off the shelf for $35... Good news is, a lot of distilleries have massively boosted production when bourbon started booming. But it takes 3-10 years to catch up, because of aging. If bourbon stats to trail off in popularity, we'll see shelves flooded again.
Any fandom ever. Get enough people liking the same thing and people outside the fandom will only see the loud majority of assholes.
Notable examples are: Undertale, My Hero Academia, Steven Universe
I can’t even talk about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure with anyone who doesn’t already like it because of how infamous that community is
Talking? Is that a Jojo reference? Kill me pls
Oof, the Rick And Morty fandom, the Miraculous Ladybug fandom...
Dude I loved Ladybug since it came out. It was a silly kids show that I could watch when I was bored. The fandom was chill and everyone made fun of the show.
Too many people take it seriously now. Like, a lot of the fans still tease the show to oblivion because sometimes it’s stupid, but there are some people that genuinely get angry when we do this.
Also the amount of smut fanfic about Ladybug and Cat Noir is just horrid. They wear leather, so you can imagine the amount of BDSM shit is up in there.
Storage unit auctions. You could turn a decent profit with hard work and smart decisions. Then those fucking tv shows ruined everything. Noobs showed up and sent the prices sky high, to the point it just really wasn’t worth it. You had to stick it out til the noobs gave up when they realized they were never going to find some secret stash of money, or that priceless car. (Pro tip from one of the ladies that was another regular: never, ever, ever buy a storage unit with a car in it. Getting it titled in your name will be a horrendous nightmare.)
I guess it must depend on your state but I’ve had to get fresh titles on cars in two different states and it was easy peasy, can’t remember the cost in one state but the other was just like a $250 re-titling fee. Nothing too crazy. I’m sure that kills some storage unit profits though.
As long as the VIN’s don’t come back stolen, it shouldn’t be hard to get a new title for any vehicle.
I was making 200 or so per night during the week and 500+ Friday and Saturday when it was a new thing in a pretty small city of only about 100,000 people. But then everyone and their mom started driving and now it seems like there are more drivers than riders.
When it began , the drivers were like apple store workers . Now they are just grumpy former taxi drivers .
A few months back I had to take a lot if Lyfts while on a business trip, most of the drivers I got were either retired or had been laid off of work.
My first Uber ride I was chatting with the driver and he said he did it because he blew all his retirement money gambling and no one would hire him because he was old.
I remember when every driver gave out water bottles and breath mints.
Meanwhile in Prague, many drivers sell you drugs on the way to the club.
Now that's service.
That's just a driver who knows what his customers want.
Not in my city. I'm in a big city and finding a ride can be next to impossible on the weekends and is impossible at peak times. Plus the $40-50 for a 10 minute ride is making Uber useless for us. No one wants to drive for them apparently
That's how Uber likes to enter a market though, they have better pay for drivers and lower rates for passengers, then slowly shifts to lower pay and higher rates after they are established there.
*established there *and* driven out the competition. The flip only works if you’re the top dog when you do it.
Collecting. Back in the day, collecting was a way to indulge a niche enjoyment or a way to connect with people who felt the same way that you did about something. Now, everybody is just trying to strike it rich. Regardless of what it is that you collect, scalpers are everywhere who don't know anything about your hobby other than someone made a lot of money at some point and they can too
In my area. The Pacific Northwest. Hiking yuppies ruined most fun popular trails. They are overcrowded with people who dont care and will drop trash along pristine trails. Or the worst. Groups who blast music you can hear a mile behind or ahead of.
It’s worth mentioning that these asshats would’ve blasted loud music anyway. It was just harder when they had to carry a boom box instead of clipping a Bluetooth speaker to their backpack.
People have always sucked; it’s just that technology allows them to suck more.
New Orleans. I remeber growing up it was a quiet little city (except Bourbon St., Jackson Square, the river walk shopping center, and Cafe Dumond) but sicne Katrina and its rebuilding, EVERYTHING is a tourist attraction. The lines for Cafe Dumond wrap around the block now - I remember getting breakfast there after church at the St Louis Cathedral and there being a minimum line. The goth clubs and gay/drag bars aren't for people of that scene anymore, its all just curious tourists wanting to get hammered. The crime rates have absolutely soared. Its not home anymore, its just another tourist trap.
Video on demand. Years ago, having netflix was enough. Now i have to subscribe to netflix, disney+, amazon prime, etc to get the content i want.
Arrrrrrr matey it be back to plundering for me.
Aye aye captain!
Once Disney started doing their $30 special access stuff I dusted off my hat and sailed the 7 seas
Lite discussion of conspiracy theories
Secret spots getting tagged on Instagram posts and become overrun, trashed or shutdown due to popularity
Example an old mine by Ottawa
Collecting houseplants. Prices skyrocketed during the pandemic because everyone and their entire family wanted plants. Suddenly plants that used to be $20 became hard to find and sold for $600 (looking at you Pink Princess Philodendron…). Scammers came out of the woodwork. Tea got spilt. It’s a whole thing.
I'm a pretty avid rare aroid collector from before the pandemic. I was lucky enough to already be in several really good b/s/t that didn't feel like falling into that trap where even now you can still get fair prices for plants. But the rest of the plant world? My God. All of a sudden you have people who've never even owned a Golden Pothos who will suddenly shell out several hundred to several thousand bucks for a plant they have no experience in keeping alive, post it on IG, and then blame the seller 1 month later when it croaks. Prices skyrocketed, import sellers responded in kind, US and UK based sellers raised it even more, and then the market got flooded with new sellers on top of it.
It seems like prices are starting to trend down a bit now. Hopefully they will continue to because it's not sustainable for any of us that actually enjoy the hobby.
Even more sad is that it seems like because of the big boom, folks like Jumanji Jon and Sarah Stevenson are here to stay. If it was a few years ago they and their horrid practices would have been iced out of the plant world. But nope, newbies will continue to support that insanity.
Sneaker Culture. Miss the days when you could buy a sneaker at retail. It’s gotten to where you can’t even buy a general release because resellers buy anything and everything to turn a profit.
Yah, I used to care a ton, would hunt releases, and at worst you’d have to turn up to your local shop early in the morning to snag stuff, now it’s all bots and resellers. I’ve gone back to classics and the occasional custom colourway on Nike +.
Amx1, vans, chucks etc.
Same thing for tech. Wanna have a cool new gadget/console/graphics card? Get ready to wait months/years because scalpers bought ALL of them...
Camping..... since covid Ive seen people in places I've spent days without human contact.
I want to go camping so badly, but now that things are opening up again, I feel like the only place I can escape hordes of people is my own house.
Streaming services. Before it was a one and done netflix subscription. Now it's BOOM! PAY 50 BUCKS A MONTH FOR 7 STREAMING SERVICES SUCKER!
And the sad part is that its STILL cheaper than cable
Funny - that's what cable was originally. Then they started putting in advertisements. And now even a premium Hulu subscription, there are still ads on a bunch of shows? Expect other streaming services to follow suit. There was a golden period from about 2012 to 2017 where Netflix had everything, and was inexpensive. Now if you want everything, you need: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Paramount+, Peacock Premium... It costs as much as cable used to, and they're starting to include advertising. Before long it will just be cable all over again.
The hilarious thing is that now you get smart TVs that have all these services built in or able to be installed, so it really is just like cable. Instead of flipping channels you're flipping streamers.
Living in California
I went there once. I saw the highway and said “wow it looks like everyone’s trying to get to work” and my family member who lives there said “oh no that’s how it is all of the time”
Los Angeles was the first time I ever experienced grid locked traffic jams on the highway at 1:30 am on a Tuesday.
And now living in Austin, TX.
Thrifting. I remember going to Goodwill and buying jeans for $1.99 and dresses for $2.99. Then everyone started thrifting (thanks a lot, Mackelmore) and prices increased dramatically. Now they sell jeans at $9.99 and dresses at $8.99. Freaking t-shirts with stains and holes are priced at $4.99. And if it’s a brand like Nike or American Eagle they’re priced at $10 and up. It’s crazy.
Camping. It's still fun to set up a tent and have some peace and quiet, but the amount of people who go camping, light uncontrolled fires, drink and litter is disgusting. I mean, make yourself some camping rules and respect others. How hard can that be
I ducking hate it when it gets crowded I just feel uncomfortable all the time
I've lived on the beach my whole life. Over the last 10 or so years the beach here has become so insanely popular that by the time summer ends the plant life is destroyed for a solid 20 meters from the beach. The ocean and rockpools are litered with garbage like Mc Donald's cups alcohol bottles and candy wrappers buried in the sand. The scarce plant and animal life decrease for months on end (that has only recently become scarce due to people destroying their habitats) I've even had my deck destroyed on two different occasions by people deciding to use it when I'm not home.
That’s awful! Where do you live? Where I go to the beach people in NJ they are VERY strict about what you can and can’t do. There’s hardly any trash left and people are SEVERELY punished for walking on the dunes or disturbing plant life.
Jersey shore don’t fuck around. Probably helps you have to pay for a tag lots of places.
Local council here have had to ban dogs from the beach from May to September due to the amount of dog walkers letting their dogs shit all over and attack nesting seabirds. We have a rare tern nest here and some woman’s dog killed 3 in the space of 5 minutes. Her reaction, “They’re only fucking seagulls! I _always_ walk on this beach. They should nest somewhere else.”
There should be a fine for destroying stuff like this. Otherwise assholes like her won't give a shit
If their dog killed an endangered tern species, there's fines of $25k+ for that.
Coincidentally, The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio had something similar. Too many started visiting the film's locations, causing damage, so it ended up having restrictions placed.