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Kids these days

Posted by on May. 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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 I saw this on FB and found it to be very funny, especially since my childhood was like this.  Kids these days don't have it this good and they don't know what they are missing.

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... Bar...efoot... 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 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!

The Over 40 Crowd

by on May. 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

This made my day!! HILARIOUS!  So true!!

by Bronze Member on May. 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM
by Queen25Princes on May. 6, 2013 at 11:29 PM
by on May. 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

I am not over 40 but i can relate to these as well.

by on May. 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I didn't even have Atari. Dad built me" pong" in high school but that was incredibly boring in black and white,,after all, tv was in color....
by Emerald Member on May. 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

 I can honestly remember watching The Wizard of Oz for the first time ever on a colored tv.  I was 7 or 8 years old.  Sure colored tv had been around for quite awhile, we just couldn't afford to have a new tv.  So we had an old black and white one that somebody else was getting rid of.  Heck our first colored tv was somebody else's cast off. lol  My parents bought their first brand spanking new tv in 1980-something.  I was a teenager at that point.

by on May. 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

 Haha! #2- I used to write letters to my family and friends. Miss those days. #5- I remember sitting around doing that exact thing. #6- My parents never had call waiting and still don't. lol I tried paying them to get it and they won't. #7- Didn't have a cell phone till my 20's. #8- Yeah my parents didn't either. A good chunk of my childhood was spent using a really, old rotary phone. I hated that thing. lol #10- Also had a dinosaur tv and I hated when I had to get up to change the channel. #11- Saturday morning cartoons were my favorite! #13- I can totally relate to that! I mostly played with my dogs or in a mud puddle.

The funny thing is I'm close to 30. My parents were just very frugal and still are. Some things are updated, like the tv, but that's about it. lol

by on May. 7, 2013 at 1:03 AM
My mom always remined us of #2!
My son asked what a payphone was once. One day.dh and I were watching a movies from the 90s (don't remember) and a guy had a pager. Ds aaked what it was. Dh tols him it was a thing that had a phone number and if someone wanted to.get ahold of them they called the number, than the person would find a pay phone and call it back. Ds saidthats dumb why didnt they juat use cell phones.

And I was at Walmart the other day. They have portable disc players! I almost just because.
by Mikki on May. 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

rolling on floorMade my day!

family in the van   Mom of four

by on May. 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Hahahahah i remember recording songs onto tapes. And no call waiting/caller this list lol
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