No one knew what kale was
Fruit Roll-Ups, Slim Jims, and Surge fueled your driving as much as the gas in your tank, as you were blissfully unaware of things like "trans fats," "cholesterol," and "diabetes."
Sending emails was like sending smoke signals
You’d trudge to the public library to snag one of the three computers with Internet access. Then it'd make that God-awful squeal that sounds like a live cat trapped inside a margarita maker during a hail storm as it connected, and you logged into Hotmail to type out a mass email you would send to every single person in your address book, which was basically seven people. Then you'd use your last five minutes checking out Rotten.com or downloading photos of Teri Hatcher. Because "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" was da bomb.
Missed connections were more than a Craigslist page
Your friend could have been in the same library, downloading the very same Teri Hatcher photo, and you'd have never known it. Partially because there were only like seven photos of Teri Hatcher on the Internet at the time, but mostly because nobody spent that much time on computers in the first place. Except to download Teri Hatcher photos. The truth is, the 90s were a simpler time. Nowadays, there are way too many Teri Hatcher photos out there.
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and has had frequent flyer status since she was born in a Lufthansa terminal. Follow her @Sohostyle