In the 1970s, I could visit a bookstore, a record store, a comic book store. I could go to those things even without a penny in my pocket, just to get the hell out of my apartment, and browse. I could see the things I aspired to buy.
In the 1980s, I could visit a bookstore, a record store, a comic book store, and a video store. Again, it took no money to go to those things. But I was getting older, and the comic book stores were becoming very annoying.
In the 1990s, I could still visit the above, plus computer stores.
During the years 2000-2009, things shrunk to fewer bookstores, far fewer record stores, and one video store (which was actually in a combo record/video store), and the computer stores were mostly gone.
Here it is 2010 and there are no more video stores. There are no more record stores. I will never set foot in a comic book store (they’ve gotten worse!). Computers are a section in other stores (which are also very few). And the bookstores — and comic book stores — are soon to go away.
Went to fondle an iPad again today.
Did some screensnaps to answer some questions.
See them — many! — after the break.