Friday, April 29, 2011

When I was your age.....

If you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

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 a bunch of stuff like that 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 forty, 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 Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got
1) 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!!
2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a
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!
3) 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 butts! Nowhere was safe!
4) 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!
5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ
would usually talk over the beginning and mess 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. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?
6) 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!
7) There weren't any 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 GOSH!!! 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.
8) 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!
9) 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
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!
10) 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!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh,
no, what's the world coming to?!?!
11) 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!
12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we
had to use the stove! Imagine that!
13) 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
You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in
1970 or any time before!
The Over 40 Crowd

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