Saying Goodbye to Matthew Perry by Remembering What We Treasured from the 1990s

We’ll miss you, Matthew Perry. 

The Shocking Loss of a Dear Friend

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Today, everyone opened their internet browsers to the shocking news that beloved Friends star Matthew Perry had passed. Though the cause of death is still to be determined, sources say he passed in a hot tub after a workout. 

A Small Tribute To Matthew Perry

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To celebrate Matthew Perry and the Golden era that was the 1990s, we’ve developed a list of things from that shining decade we miss. 

Friends

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The most iconic show of the decade made us all feel welcome at the Central Perk Coffee Shop. 

More We Miss from The 90s

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With 90s nostalgia going strong today, let’s take a look at what else we remember from that iconic decade. 

Our Youth

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Friends fans grew up with Chandler, and his passing reminds us all that we’re aging too. 

A commenter nails it for all of us, lamenting, “Seriously, it’s too hard. Always in a rush to grow up. It’s like some sort of f— up joke when you realise those were the best days.”

Unpacking the CD Cover

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One of the most exciting parts of buying a new CD was tearing its insides and admiring them for hours.

“I remember when they came in those waaay overpackaged long cardboard sleeves, and I’d save the ones that had cool art and hang them on my wall,” says one Reddit user.

Uninterrupted Privacy

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Remember when you could leave the house, and no one could contact you? We’re so connected nowadays that we can’t even remember what being unavailable is like. 

Gifts in Cereal Boxes

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My mother must have been confused when I picked out my least favorite cereal at the grocery store, but I was willing to eat anything if a product advertised a free prize on the box.

“Some of my best memories are about video game CDs that came in cereal boxes,” muses a Reddit user nostalgically, adding, “Those were the days.”

No Cameras at Concerts

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There was a time you could watch a band perform on stage without the bright glow from someone’s cell phone in your face. 

“God, I just went to a concert, and the frontman made a video to play before asking to not film so that we can all enjoy and basically be a community,” rants one user (with good reason), “guess what happened as soon as they came on? Phones and cameras came out, some with literal cam sticks. I was actually angry.”

Early Instant Messaging

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Remember how thrilling it was when your junior high crush logged into their instant messenger?

One user reminisces and adds, “The excitement when a friend came on instant messenger, and you heard the door open.”

Weekend Movie Rentals

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Whether you preferred Hollywood Video or Blockbuster, we can all remember those family outings to select a new movie or video game that we could replay all weekend.

The Music Scene

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Not all of us loved 90’s music, but there is no denying the talent and passion that was born in that era. 

A Reddit user illustrates this for us: “lots of really, really good British alternative/trip-hop bands. Portishead, Massive Attack, My Bloody Valentine, Curve, Lush, Oasis, Pulp, Catherine Wheel, XTC, The Sundays, The The, and on and on.”

They remind us, “Grunge was good and gets a lot notoriety, but there was so much more to 90’s music.”

The Cost of Fast Food

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Everything was cheaper back then, but for us middle-classers, the cost of fast food was as memorable as the deals they blasted. 

“Five for $5 (regular or Beef & Cheddars) at Arby’s. $2.99 Subway footlongs,” recalls one user.

People We Loved

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As time passes, so do people. Many remember the 90s fondly because of the memories they hold of those who are no longer with us. Though Matthew Perry is the newest addition to the list, most of us lost friends and family over the years. 

Cherish Your Friendships

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You never know when time is up, so cherish your friends and family when you have them. 

Here are 101 fun things to do with your friends
 

Time Flies – Savor Every Moment

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Time goes way too fast. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away. 

Time Flies – But Here’s How To Savor Every Moment

What’s an Empath?

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Empaths can read other people’s emotions. Find out how it works and whether you may have some empathic abilities! 

Learn More: Experts Reveal Top Signs of an Empath

Rest in Peace, Matthew

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Thank you for being our Friend. 

Source: Reddit