I wondered where they get the statistics but then I remembered taking two long questionairres about drug use while I was in high school. One was in the 9th grade and the other was in the 10th grade. Something like this.
They were, allegedly, anonymous. But numerous questions about what drugs you've taken. I remember one question was "have you ever taken drugs while deep sea diving?" And when we did the questionaire the second time, some girl asked the proctor about that question and he said, "People always ask about that question. It's just to see if you're filling in the answers randomly, or you really got high one day and went deep sea diving."
But these were administered right in the schools. I think it was only the private (fee-paying) school that I went to where they did this. Yeah. I think that's right. They didn't do this in the public (government run) school.
I wonder who the organisation was that was administering this shit? It wasn't a school thing. And why did the school allow these people to do this? I don't think that parents were told about it. I wouldn't want my child answering a questionaire about his drug use. It's nobody's business, it's a health matter, it's potentially a legal matter, and if you're going to conduct these sorts of tests, it's customary to pay the participants.
You can be sure that the school was getting paid.
Remember the 1984 Olympics? It was huge. Then when the 1988 Olympics came and went, it wasn't a big deal. Then 1992, even less of a deal. 1992 was the last Olympics that I remember watching.
Was the 1984 Olympics really the greatest Olympics of all time? Probably not. But it was the first Olympics that I remember. So I bought the hype. That freak hillbilly Mary Lou Retton.
I see a complete set of 1986, 1987, and 1988 Topps baseball cards for $32. That's about £20. That's about $10 per year. There were about 800 cards per set per year.
All of those once valuable cards: worthless. I had the 1987 Bo Jackson "future stars" card. It was probably at least $10 back in the late 80s. Now you can buy the whole set for $10.
The value of baseball cards really plummetted. Basically worthless now. Stuff from the 80s and 90s was massively over-produced but also, people today don't care about baseball so there's far less demand.
Fortunately, I didn't spend an enormous amount on baseball cards. Certainly not in relation to my peers. I don't know why I bought them at all. I never watched a baseball game in my life. I didn't know any of the players. I never played baseball. I had zero interest in baseball. But at the time, it's just what the young people did, even the young people who didn't care about the sport.
How about those Rubik's Cubes? Or Pac-Man?
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