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casualty of the Cold War - Diary of a Necromancer
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casualty of the Cold War
I know why I break into a sweat whenever the net access even hiccups, it's a throwback to growing up with all of Reagan's saber-rattling and feeling that if I took my eyes off the world for a second it might have disappeared in a blinding flash. (Back then it was the radio or TV I couldn't bear to have off for very long.) It's just nervewracking to have to still live with that conditioning...

feeling: thoughtful thoughtful

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ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: September 16th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Did you ever have nuclear bomb drills at your school? I remember those in the late sixties, though we *were* on a military base.

But none of that bothered me. What I remember is the gasoline rationing in the 70's. When the prices skyrocketed last year, I got twitchy.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 16th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
*makes shiny new icon* I grew up more in the tail end of the hysteria, after everyone had sunk into the gloom of realizing that getting under the desk wasn't going to help. Sometimes I look back and wonder if any of it really happened, because it just seems so insane to have been living like that. (And I think that a lot of my and for that matter Society's learned helplessness now is from having known it was insane and being powerless to affect the situation in the timescale that would have been necessary not to have scarred a couple of generations beyond repair.)
malkingrey From: malkingrey Date: September 16th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Different generations, different twitches. I'm from the earlier Cold War era of the grave (and always male) voice saying, "We interrupt this broadcast to bring you a special report" -- which is probably one reason I'm just as happy getting most of my news and entertainment from the internet, where the bad news doesn't break into things unless I ask for it.
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