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What Life Was like growing up If You're over 40

Anonymous
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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... BOTHways...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 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 damn Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

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 damn 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 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!

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 ass! 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 @#*% 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 crap 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 freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn 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 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!

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 ass 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 rat-bastards!

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 easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

Regards,
The Over 40 Crowd

Posted by Anonymous on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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all2gethernow
by Silver Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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Yet somehow everything seemed easier and slower paced...
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:11 PM

thats for sure


Quoting all2gethernow:

Yet somehow everything seemed easier and slower paced...



Motherof3inNJ
by Gold Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I'm 33 and we got a microwave when I was about 5, call waiting when I was 8 or 9, I had a Nintendo, and everything else was the same.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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I am 33 and grew up in the backwoods in Missouri. We did not even have electricity till I was 3 and did not have a phone until I was 6 and when we did get a phone it was a rotary dial. I love all of these. And I played the fuck out of Atari, it was the best.

firemouse23
by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Love this...I was a child in the 70's and you got it all...or most of it.  We had to be within earshot of my dad's whistles...when he whistled it was time to come in and you better be quick about answering that call.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM
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OMG this is hilarious!  I remember all of that b/c I was born in 71.

My husband and I both remember back when the TV had a dial - NO REMOTE CONTROL - and we had to stand there and change the channel for our parents until they found what they wanted to watch.  Then we were dismissed until they wanted the channel changed again.

And trying to call a friend when the line was busy was the worst thing ever - esp. if you had some hot gossip to unleash.  We didn't have an answering machine either, so we had no idea if we left the house if our boyfriend would be calling.  ha ha

Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

i remember dialing 911 and it would ring the house phone back again....how many times we did that to our mother as a joke!!

baquick
by Ruby Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Bump! I want to read this :-)
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do11face
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I've seen these a bunch of times. So true, except my parents did not do the physical punishment thing.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Apr. 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

LOL, we had a rotary phone for the longest time!  If you had just polished your nails you had to use a pencil to dial it.


Quoting Anonymous:

I am 33 and grew up in the backwoods in Missouri. We did not even have electricity till I was 3 and did not have a phone until I was 6 and when we did get a phone it was a rotary dial. I love all of these. And I played the fuck out of Atari, it was the best.



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