Saturday, September 29, 2007


The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd, Listen Up ...

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 BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda! And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell 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 damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

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 mail box 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 hitch hike to the damn record store and shop lift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd 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! 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 sucked! 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 no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a 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 on screen 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 ass 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 bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire .... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop 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 1970! Oh yea, and a seatbelt was Mom throwing her arm across your chest every time she hit the brakes.


The over 30 Crowd

I heard all those stories from my folks who grew up in post depression era. Walking through snow drifts to school. . how they were model children.

One day my brother and I came home from school to find some friends of my folks from high school who were passing through. No one was at the house yet, so we sat and entertained them for a bit.

When Dad got off work and got home I said "so Dad. . well me about the time you drank too much and drove your family's car into the ditch" and my brother chimed in "AND the time you and Mom went to the drive in movie theater and didn't make it home until 4 am".

hee hee
Several years ago, my kids got to rummaging around out in the garage and found all of my high school annuals. They recited many of the best comments back to me. The only one I remember was a comment concerning my being the only one at the whole party "brave enough to drink a straight shot of Everclear"

LOL...I loved this post!

I guess every generation is pretty much the same when it comes to passing down the "when I was growing up" sad tales!

It really is amazing how far technology has advanced in only the past few years, isn't it?

It isn't something we all think about much...until we're reminded!
Jan, you are right about the changes in technology. I received this post in an e mail and it is allready outdated. It does not even mention cell phones!

I grew up with rotary phones, party lines, rabbit ears, "church keys", and pinball machines.

The Over 50 Crowd.
13 channels!! We only had 5.. an ABC, CBS, NBC, an independent and the public TV.

and no remote controls.

Life was HARD........and we LIKED it that way.........not
Five channels? We only had four... :-(
I have you all beat, the first 9 years of my life in Wichita Falls, we only had three! Channels 3, 6 and 7.

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