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  • Back in the Day

    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 both ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!

    And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way I was going to lay that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!


    Now that I've reached 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 Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today 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 library and look it up ourselves!

    And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen! And 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!

    And there were no MP3s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or, we 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!

    You want to hear about hardship?

    We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal!

    And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was, it could be your boss, your Mom, a collections agent, you didn't know!!!

    You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

    And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames 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 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 faster until you died!

    Just like LIFE!

    When you went to the movie theater, there was no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy sat in front of you, you watched his hairstyle!

    And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!

    And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning... D'ya hear what I'm saying!?!

    We had to wait ALL WEEK!

    That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled!

    You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1984!

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  • #2
    So very true.


    • #3
      Haha Amen!!!

      I hated taping songs off the radio, the station i used to listen too used to cuts song short so he could blab on about the hotspots or how he needed a coffee!!

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      • #4
        Wow...watching Captain Kangaroo on a black and white TV.....taping songs off the radio with the cassette player (and recording all the background noise with it!).....begging my parents to take me to the store to buy a new BOOK because I had read all the books I had (...and now I hear....I need a new game for the DS.... I'm bored with the ones I have).

        Trust me...I know where you are coming from!

        The oldest boy (12) had a homework assignment in English. He had to look up word definitions. The Teacher actually had the gall to send a letter home, addressed to the parents, saying the child was EXPECTED to go on-line and look up the words. EXPECTED? I wonder if the Teacher knows what a dictionary is.

        ...and I did not have to walk 25 miles to school up hill each way, but we did have days during the winter where the bus routes were cancelled due to 6-plus inches of snow, but we had school!, so we walked the mile or so to school. And now if they call for an inch...the schools shut down.

        Oh no!...I sound like my parents...don't I?
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        • #5
          I still remember this particular SOB hill I had to walk to get home every day!
          Of course it was great to walk downhill going to school haha

          I don't know if you guys know of plovers but they are birds that chase, swoop and attack you.
          Guess where a family of plovers nested every breeding season?
          Right on that hill haha

          At least I could type up my assignments etc instead of writing by hand
          So you older guys win!


          • #6
            I agree with everything ya said, and I am 19.
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