Lizzie, I can't say that the aesthetics aren't important in my attraction to the Golden Age. I'm calling myself "DecoDame" after all. As an artist, I have a deep appreciation of the look and art and design of the era. Otherwise, I might have latched on to a late 50s/mid 60s interest that better reflected my parent's experience as young adults, their influence in my younger life and the feel and culture of the mid 60s that I actually remember, if I was just going for that familiar living memory. But in 20s/30s/40s, I still get the saner pace, a less materialistic, less selfish, less infantilized culture, and some standards of behavior I like better - and beautiful things to look at. And not just that, but those beautiful things were made better, made to last longer (or last at all) and are often a joy to use. So, to me, it's the best of both worlds. I want both. I'm greedy that way. This might indeed make it technically a "time I never knew", but it's not an unfamiliar way of life. And it still feels more real to me than much of our current way of life. And I'm sure we can all agree that appreciation of some aspects, even many, is not the same as "idealization". No time or place is ever perfect. Ever. But some do fit better. It's rather great, really, that we seek that fit out, rather than just swallow what's currently spoon fed us. St Louis, looks like you have a membership in the "Stranger in a Strange Land" club. There's free coffee. Your mom's comment cracks me up. "Sex with the Housewives" is a more honest title anyway! I'm okay with adult content, myself, if adults wanna see it, fine, but what gets me is there isn't anything resembling "age appropriate" anymore. We ditched cable 10 years ago, but I see it at friends' houses. Basic cable has stuff on it that just pours unfiltered into households 24/7 that makes my eyes cross. A five year old shouldn't be seeing that stuff, period. And it's not even the sexual content that's most appalling to me (or the ridiculous reality freak shows), but the cadavers rotting in fields, heads exploding, zombies chowing down etc etc. I dunno... I use to laugh at Tipper Gore as a teen, now I'm seeing her point. But with access to the internet, that battle is really over and lost. I'm wondering how kids will grow up now without being a little more hardened or callous after that kind of daily exposure. Hopefully, I'm underestimating them. Sheeplady, sounds like you're just less susceptible to the cacophony and have very firm boundaries. It's great that you can pick and choose what you allow in and it doesn't affect you. I find that any (thankfully rarely) needed trip into strip mall hell weirds me out for hours afterwards. It's just so depressing to me. I do live in a small town bubble too, surrounded by farm land, where social climbing and conspicuous consumption isn't much of a thing and perhaps they're just enabling my tendencies. lol I'm slowly turning into an "all or nothing" gal (towards modern society) and I'm not even resisting much anymore.