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 Sindee
Joined: 9/22/2005
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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 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, 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 ass! 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 damn 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 ass 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
luckily, 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
 Molly Maude
Joined: 9/11/2008
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Posted: 5/2/2010 8:57:14 AM
EXACTLY ... I think this should be required reading!!!

you've summed it up very well ... in my case, I ALSO walked to the bus stop ALONE from my house ... over a mile each way ... no check points ... I could have disappeared from the face of the world and no one would have noticed till I missed dinner ...

and NOT ONLY were parents and parents' friends allowed to discipline you ... they ALSO did not pay attention to you, listen to you, explain anything ... "because I said so" was a "good" response ...

suck it up, kiddles ... you all got EVERYTHING!
 scottey63
Joined: 3/8/2008
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Posted: 5/3/2010 10:19:16 AM
Love it!!

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 HeyJenny
Joined: 11/13/2008
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Posted: 5/4/2010 12:13:55 AM
Lol, that's right and I will add to that.

We had a party line with a phone cord about 3 & a half feet long, but wow, we did have a second phone like that in the basement too!

No matter what the weather was in Michigan I walked home from school, (high school was over 2 miles) ,of course no matter how old you were, so from 5 years old until I bought my own car at 15. No hand-outs, I bought it myself. Don't forget if there was a tornado, you still walked home,lol.

Maybe you got 2 new school outfits for the year, then you either worked to buy something or you wore these things called "hand me downs" even if you were a girl you may get some of your brothers hand me downs too.

We also rode our bikes everywhere and ate a sit-down meal like a family, I was forced to eat my vegetables and was not allowed to interrupt.

Forget the fear of God, I had the fear of my father. All my mom ever had to say (very infrequently btw) was "I'll tell your father"

911? It was either- you'll live or you're gonna die.

The way we would find out if our friends were busy ,having done their chores already or not. You walked to their house ,knocked on their door and sang their name ( yes, that's right ) or asked their mom if they could come out and play. Just like the first lady said. I played until the streetlights came on.

My mom thinks I broke my nose on the dashboard when I was one cause she had to stop fast. I used to think I was priviledged by being able to sit on the wide elbow rest in the front seat of the car. I could see the road !!

TV at night for us was lousy at best, National Geographic like stuff or Ironside or something else equally as boring. I also watched tv in the basement with clouds of cigarette smoke in the air. I ended up getting a tumor and also cysts in my lungs from breathing in secondhand throughout my childhood, fun stuff. The rest I wouldn't trade for anything.
 cooldog65
Joined: 6/27/2011
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Posted: 9/4/2011 3:47:25 AM
Wow! I can relate to everything in this thread. If aliens took out all of our satellites we would survive. As for the youth today, they would lose their mind!
 vibrantshe
Joined: 3/21/2011
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Posted: 9/4/2011 7:19:51 AM
How about being raised on bologna, drank coke, played in the dirt, got your butt spanked, had 3 TV channels, had an outside antenna, school started with "The Pledge", had a bedtime, rode in back of trucks, drank from a hose, played in the creek, rode bikes all day without a helmet, would never think of staying in the house for anything, was always outside playing from sun up to sundown, my dad would make us climb on the roof to adjust the antenna!! ah the good ole days!!!
 Hesrunninwild
Joined: 8/6/2009
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Posted: 9/4/2011 10:19:20 AM
And I don't recall everyone sueing everyone else. If your neighbor's dog bit you it was usually your fault for not running fast enough. If you fell on the ice outside of a store everyone just laughed. Heck, they probably planned it. If the hospital made a mistake and someone died it was probably just their time.
And not every adult male stranger was trying to screw your kids. Folks pretty much trusted other folks. Hichhikers actually got rides...babysitters didn't need a criminal background check...the insurance guy was actually a friend. The only guy under suspicion was the milkman.
 cooldog65
Joined: 6/27/2011
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Posted: 9/5/2011 9:09:21 AM
@hesrunninwild: seems that personal responsibility/accountability has gone out the window. The attitude seems to be "Why take responsibility when I can get paid to blame someone else?" Cell phones have become an umbilical cord. Example, my ex who has adult kids (ages 25,24,20) living at home call them to find out where they're at if not at home. Also, oldest has to check in when she goes on a date. Too much coddling!
 IgorFrankensteen
Joined: 6/29/2009
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Posted: 9/6/2011 7:53:00 AM
Well to be fair, some of it goes the other way as well.

IN the "good old days," you could pretend you weren't home, and just let the phone ring, and the person trying to pester you would simply have to accept that you'd never find out they were upset. The youth of today (and the rest of us) have half-a-dozen different ways someone can annoy us and intrude on our lives at will.
Look at all the postings here, where someone whines that their intended is "online all the time, but doesn't answer me! I sent him a twitter, an email, six text messages, five phonemail messages, and I can TELL that he read the emails and deleted them!"

I'd rather be able to hide when I want to, myself.

And yes, we have hundreds more TV channels and internet places to go to, but as soon as they were available, everyone (especially employers) DEMANDED that we keep up with them all.

Pluses and minuses.
 jpfritz
Joined: 8/12/2011
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Posted: 9/9/2011 10:31:08 AM
Drinking water from a garden hose,walking on stilts,eating sandwiches that sat without refrigeration for lunch.I wonder how we survived.
 IgorFrankensteen
Joined: 6/29/2009
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Posted: 9/10/2011 1:41:46 PM
No acronyms???!!!??? I grew up on BYOB, xxooxx, TMI, SWAK, all sorts of acronyms. We DID manage to copy from more highly respected script writers though, I'll give you that.

This recalls to me an old routine that a comedian did (Steve Allen) on is daytime talk show, where he began by declaiming against the modern songwriters for being so uneducated and lacking in verbal grace, and followed that with a reminiscent rendition of some of the most gwadawful older songs that were even WORSE that I could imagine, quoting each one's nonsensical "lyrics" as though they were Shakespeare.
 cooldog65
Joined: 6/27/2011
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Posted: 9/10/2011 8:01:47 PM
I am glad I grew up in a simpler time. It has been helpful in my appreciating technology, not being overly dependant on it. Sad watching younger people walk around glued to their phone texting not looking where they're going or aware of their surroundings. Almost ran over a couple of them in parking lot. Seems like they were under some sort of mind control. I control my phone not the other way around. That means shutting it down when I go to sleep, being in movie theater, etc.
 Indenial
Joined: 4/19/2011
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Posted: 9/10/2011 9:24:54 PM
Not sure what you mean by growing up , I have not reached this stage of life yet . If it's shiny and new I want it ...
 DJ_Zath
Joined: 11/9/2010
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Posted: 9/21/2011 11:10:04 AM
Hi everyone!

another annoying place for cell phones:

THE GROCERY STORE!

Oh! how many times have I been HIT in the isle with a shopping cart by women on cell phones.. too many to count!

and that's not the worst of it; afterwards, they look at you with this expression that it was YOUR fault!

I held my tongue- a LOT...

One day, I'm gonna rip that phone out of their hand and then RUN IT OVER with their own shopping cart!

yeah, then it will be my fault- and I'll probably go to jail for it! sheesh! hehe

-DjZ-
:) :)
 the_JJ
Joined: 10/27/2009
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Posted: 9/23/2011 1:20:05 AM
Ah yes the Atari... black and white tv, maybe 8 channels and if the president was on tv... OH NO!!! We would read, a book, with pages, no computers. Shoveling the snow just to get to the buss stop. Sat morning mom would say "get out, and dont come back till supper". Man I miss those days...
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