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When I was a kid
« on: December 14, 2007, 10:00:45 AM »
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious ramblings about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ... uphill, BOTH ways .. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on 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 a damn 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 catalog!! It took hours, but we still managed to get it done. If you wanted to see porn you had to steal Forum Magazine from your parents private stash or steal Playboys from the neighbor's trash. Now its one click and its all the porn videos you can handle.

There was no email! ! We had to actually write somebody a letter ... with a pen! And when you made a mistake you had to start over. 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!

There were no MP3's or Napsters! 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!

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! Push button and speed dialing forget it. It was rotary dial back then. It took a minute or more just to dial the damn phone.

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

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids' and the graphics were horrible! Your 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!

When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a bonnet hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! 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 your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel and 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 brats!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire ... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot.

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled.

You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007, 10:01:11 AM »
got that off the internet, author unknown, but I could not have put it better myself. :)

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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007, 10:01:11 AM »

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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 12:56:37 PM »
 :)

sounds about right.

always hated those jiffy pop things.
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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007, 01:56:43 PM »
Seriously!!! 

I was talking with a co-worker who has a cabin somewhere up in the mountains.  He brought his grand-kids up for a weekend to enjoy the outdoors.  At some point, one of this kids wanted to call someone.  After several attempts, he turned back to his grandfather and said "I think your phone is broken.  I'm pushing the numbers but nothing is happening."  My friend went over to see what was wrong and the problem was it was a rotary phone!  The kid was putting his finger in the hole and pushing the numbers!!  He'd never seen one and didn't know he had to spin the dial.   ???  Hahaha!

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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007, 02:04:17 PM »
Thats sounds like something I would write.  I still have my Atari 2600, which I break out every once in a while.  The funny thing is, when I let teenagers play games on it, they usually think they are more fun to play than thier video games.

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Re: When I was a kid
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2007, 04:06:31 PM »
My older brother is a teacher and he was commenting about the kids he has.  He wondered if any of them even know what busy signal sounded like.  He made it an extra credit question on a test and only 2 of 28 kids got it right.

He also said that text messaging is finding its way into writing assignments.  Kids are using "R" in place of "are", "U" not "you" and so on.

Not my kid though.  We have a 42 inch HD-TV and NO cable.  I refuse to buy a PlayStation, Nintendo or any other game console.  We get 4 channels on the TV and most of the time the reception is the suck.  I make him clean up after the dogs in the back yard and I am even so mean as to make him go outside and play!

It has been said that youth is wasted on the young and as I pass into my thirties I now understand that.

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