You guys made a lot of great points, and as I suggested, I don't think there's much to really debate. Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts, and to jiml for starting the thread.
Does anybody who lives in the Phila marketplace listen to talk radio 1210 AM out of Phila in the afternoon? The host Rich Ziolli (sp?) has a promo that says, "My theory is that everybody has to have a theory... That's my theory."
Well, here's mine...
"My theory..." is that things change, and we feel a strong need to explain it... to attempt to understand it, and maybe even control it... In the process, we sometimes look for villians, and/or where to assign blame... But in the end, change was inevitable.
Is there anyone else out there that sometimes wishes there were still Drive Inn Movies to go to? How about Drive Inn Burger Joints where waitresses came out on skates and served you while you sat in your car.... Yea... I know there are still a handful of them out there in the hills of PA and beyond.. But why did 99% of Drive Inn's close? Was it bad management? Was it real estate values? Was it too much competition for the entertainment dollar? Or did things just change, and the model no longer captured whatever it once was able to?
And yup, there are still a handful of eat in your car burger joints I'm sure somewhere out there.... but why did almost all of them go out of business? I think Stewart's was the last holdout around here - might be one or two still in operation if that.... And I'm not sure if they wait on you in your car at Sonic, but I saw where their "new" locations in Waretown and in Manahawkin are now closed permanently, after only a few years of being built. What happened? Everytime I see American Graffetti, I think how cool it would be to take the Buick out and go get a burger and a malted....
While we're at it, why don't CVS's and Rite Aid's have a counter where you can sit down and order an Ice Cream Soda?
As mentioned before, I don't have the answers about what went wrong when it comes to comparing today's "Nascar", whether trucks, Xfinity, cup, or whatever to what it was like just 2 decades ago. But I do know that change happens to everything.... And as was the case with the Drive Inn Movies, and the Drive Inn Burger joints, we can list all the excuses, we can all come up with what went wrong... or who screwed up.. But if we're honest about things, it's just another example of change happening faster than we're realy able to come up with an explanation for it.