Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Remember When-sday - Kids Today

Just in time for Remember When-sday, I received this in an email. If you're over 30, you should be able to relate to this...

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... in the snow... 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 don't know how good you've got it!

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 or an encyclopedia!! 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 cost 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 ass! No where was safe!

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! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and 'eject' it when finished, and the tape would come undone.

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! 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 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'. 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!

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! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove ... Imagine that! 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 or before!


Tammie said...

ha ha i love this.

i miss the tv's not the same anymore...honestly, do they even make it still? i havent seen it in a while....hmmm.

the remote to the tv in my sons room recently broke. he'd rather not watch tv at all than have to get up and change the channel the "old timey way"---his words!

i used to tape stuff off the radio ALL THE TIME!!! and yep, some jerky dj was always messing it up.

Betty said...

Soooo true! But I feel sooo old!

Anonymous said...

Boy, I miss the days when even WE had to work for things. It was impossible to get bored. But now I'm amazed when kids say THEY're bored! How can that possibly be??? Great post, B...

Naureen said...

Very well said! Remember what a big event watching The Wizard of Oz was on television. That was a big kid event for us!

Jen Anderson said...

Our parents also didn't care if we managed to get ourselves killed. Remember metal monkey bars on cement--no padding at all.

And my mom actually wrote to Fisher Price to complain the the boat came with 4 people and only 2 little life jackets and that was teaching bad safety. They sent us 2 more life jackets and started including 4 in each set after that. However, my mom had no objections to the little fisher price people themsevles, even though they've since been determined to be choking hazards.

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