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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 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 **** 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 **** 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 **** 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 **** 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-*******s!

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

 

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LOL!! I'm 36 but I can relate to what all you are talking about, I loved the atari 2600 and then one day, my dad brought home an Atari 5200! I thought the graphics were cool on that..lol I don't care what the law is, i still beat my kids butt if they don't behave. Since i do that, I don't have to worry about them misbehaving in stores or wherever we take them or just throwing a fit like a lot of brats I see out there.
 

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:shock: I remember there were no ballpoint pens! :shock: And no air conditioning! The milk and bread men delivered to your house! And insurance agents came to your house to get your payment and chat you up! And you could give the doctor a pie to check you out! :lol::lol::shock:
 

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Sleeping in the back window of my parents new yorker going up the highway.
Didn't even know what seatbelts were for along time. Got "the arm" or more than one ocassion.
There was no passing grade for just trying. If you failed, you failed.

All in all with the bumps, bruises and various skinned limbs. I wouldn't trade it for all the nintindos in the world.
 

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:shock: I remember there were no ballpoint pens! :shock: And no air conditioning! The milk and bread men delivered to your house! And insurance agents came to your house to get your payment and chat you up! And you could give the doctor a pie to check you out! :lol::lol::shock:

Who are you kidding, you shook hands with Methuselah
 

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:shock: I remember there were no ballpoint pens! :shock: And no air conditioning! The milk and bread men delivered to your house! And insurance agents came to your house to get your payment and chat you up! And you could give the doctor a pie to check you out! :lol::lol::shock:

Hmmmm. Sounds like code to me!
 

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Hmmmm. Sounds like code to me!
:shock: No...really! Or people gave him "dressed" chickens. He was my Doc growing up and was still in practice when I came back from overseas. By then he no longer took on new patients. But there was always someone in the waiting room with a cake, pie or chicken. And I was by farrrrrrr...the youngest person in the room. :lol::lol::shock:
 

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By your standards, I'm a young'un, but almost all that applied for me as well. And no, today's kids wouldn't make it in the 80s either. Especially if you had older siblings or cousins inflicting disco on you.
 

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Number three is so true everyone got an ass whipin. My old man story is in
1964 I was 16 years old and walked aprox 10 miles from st. louis county
to st.louis city for the 1964 world series. I slept on the street that night
bought a ticket the next day it was probably in the neighborhood of $3.00.
I was one of the kids you see jumping over the wall as the st. louis cardinals
defeated the New York Yankees in the seventh game. I will never have that
good a sports moment the rest of my life.
 

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3 channels, NBC, ABC and CBS. that's it, well 4 if you counted PBS, which I didn't :D

As to getting a butt whupping, you'd get one at school, then they would call your parents and you got another when you got home.

When I hit my early teens my dad would wake me up and beat my a$$ just in a case :D
 

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By your standards, I'm a young'un, but almost all that applied for me as well. And no, today's kids wouldn't make it in the 80s either. Especially if you had older siblings or cousins inflicting disco on you.
We were into funk. Dr.John, Parlament, George clinton. I have Parliment on my mp3 player.

we want the funk
gotta have that funk
 

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And they actually kept score in little league there were winners and losers.
And no riddlin if you acted up in school they just whooped your a$$
 

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Remember when it took a week to get your film developed? Then we got it overnight. The next thing was in by 9 out by 5. One hour photos came next. Now digital has all but wiped out film.
 

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I'm old enough to remember when school bags were searched for slide rules (before math and SAT exams) rather than guns... :shock::shock::shock:
 

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Not only did you have to manually change the channels, everything was black and white. Sometimes you had to adjust the rabbit ears to get a good signal. Watching test patterns was boring.
Before Atari we played pong. School had homework and it was actually graded.
 
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