April 6, 2010

The Over 30 crowd, those were the days.

Those were the days my friend, the reality of life a long long time ago

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious
diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what
with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill...
Barefoot... BOTH ways... yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way
I was going to lay that stuff on my kids about how hard I had it and
how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but
look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I
mean, compared to my childhood, you live in Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good
you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to
know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves,
in the card catalogue!!
There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter -
with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and
put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!
Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a
matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to
kick our butt! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal
music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it
yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ
would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were
no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite
tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone
rendering it useless. But you could wind it back up using a pencil.
Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the
phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!
There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house,
you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out
of touch with your "friends". OH MY!!! Think of the horror... not
being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah,
right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you
had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your
boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just
didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little
square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were
no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And
you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and
faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was
on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get
off the couch and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO
REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on
Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL
WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we
had to use the stove! Imagine that!
And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh,
no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back
inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you
hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest
at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit
the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the
first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got
it too easy! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980
or any time before!

1 comments:

Natasha said...

I hear you! Great post.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

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