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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 in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap 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 at least 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 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 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 a%#! 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. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

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!

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 GOD !!! 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 your a** 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're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!

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The Over 40 Crowd

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I'm technically not quite 40 yet -- I'll drive over that cliff in October -- but I can still relate to everything in that post. I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, however.... :roll:
 

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For all the lack of technologies we endured I think we had a lot of fun growing up, I wouldn't change it for the world.
Makes me wonder sometimes what kind of world my daughter will grow up in. What will it be like for the class of 2026? :(
I think living in southern Ontario was a little different because we get so much media from the US and everything we saw advertised on TV always seemed 2 years away, if it ever got here. MTV has only been on the air here in Canada for 4 years :doh:
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
 

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You crack me up!

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What tape machine????????????????

You got to use the phone didn't you? What are you complaining about? I wasn't allowed to touch the thing till I was over 10 years old, and then it better be an emergency! Too complicated... :doh: Three party line in the good nieghborhood. "On the other side of the tracks", it was more like one phone per floor in an apartment building, or maybe the entire street. Sheesh!

You guys under 59 had it fine! ;-|
 

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stone said:
I agree with you, about the youth of today.
I can't take the credit for writing that, stone. A friend e-mailed it to me. She didn't write it either....The person who wrote it is somewhere in cyberworld. :D

I just thought it was hilarious and figured I would post it here. :) :beer:
 

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And now we ask ourselves why our kids (the last generation) are so lazy people doing anything and hate working...

All their life is so easy then why "work"?... Better live with parents for free!!!

So we are stuck with them umtil they get 40...

Damn... :doh:

oh and about music on tape... do you remember 8 tracks tape in cars?.... when the first track finished, you hear a big "shlack" and you got on the second track.... mwahahaha... what a crappy techonology at that time :lol:
 

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the2belo said:
gbrown69 said:
do you remember 8 tracks tape in cars?
Yeah. I also remember how the music would fade out IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG so the track would change -- KACHUNK -- and then the song would fade in again.

Who the hell thought that was a good idea?
hahaha! i forgot that one!|

they cut the song right in the middle of a track change.... KATCHLAK! :lol:
 

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I really enjoyed that. But I do remember the remote for the TV. It went like this...

"Boy change the channel." Then there were only three channels. NBC, CBS, and ABC. And sometimes depending on where Dad was stationed (I'm a military brat) TV was in a different language. In Spain I ended up translating John Wayne movies....
 

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gbrown69 said:
the2belo said:
gbrown69 said:
do you remember 8 tracks tape in cars?
Yeah. I also remember how the music would fade out IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG so the track would change -- KACHUNK -- and then the song would fade in again.

Who the hell thought that was a good idea?
hahaha! i forgot that one!|

they cut the song right in the middle of a track change.... KATCHLAK! :lol:
I remember the eight track tape units. I almost bought one for a junk car that I had. Then I got a flat tire. Decesion made! :stop: Buy the tire... :bill:

Then I rode in a buddies car going to a movie. I couldn't stand the fade out, chunking sound, then fade in again...Kinda glad I had a flat. I got a good tire out of the deal and didn't step into the world of Bill Lear. Same guy that made the Lear jet. An engineering genius if there ever was one.
 
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