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You Kids Today Don’t Know How Good You’ve Got It!

November 4, 2010

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their stories about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. UphillBarefootBOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda.
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 at 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!  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 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! If you didn’t steal it  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.  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.

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, a 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!

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!

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 1980 or any time before!

The Over 40 Crowd
22 Comments leave one →
  1. Darrick Lange permalink
    November 4, 2010 4:05 PM

    Hilarious!! And yet, so very true!! Damn whipper snappers!! Lol!…..

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  3. November 4, 2010 6:14 PM

    ROTFLMFAO Dude, I’m reposting and tweeting this. Funniest post I read all week, and I’ve read some pretty funny ones! I’m embarrassed ( and proud) to say I could relate to every word. Nice one Gary.

    • November 4, 2010 10:37 PM

      Thanks Sherri! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! 🙂

  4. Sue permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:30 PM

    You are right on!!!! In all sense of the phrase!

  5. Sunny Wishes She Were Shopping permalink
    November 4, 2010 9:39 PM

    LOL! Damn straight!

    • November 4, 2010 10:40 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Sunny and I’m glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  6. November 4, 2010 10:49 PM

    This is hilarious and exactly the way I remember my childhood! Thanks for the laugh this morning! 🙂

    • November 4, 2010 10:51 PM

      My pleasure Stacy and thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  7. November 5, 2010 1:26 AM

    Best part? “The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!”
    You slay me!

  8. November 5, 2010 4:51 AM

    This is good. I still LOL at walking uphill in the snow both ways!!!! LMAO!!!

    • November 5, 2010 6:49 AM

      I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard that sentence. LOL

  9. Cassandra permalink
    November 5, 2010 6:05 AM

    OMG, I loved reading this Blog. It brought back some really great memories. Yes life was way less complicated than it is now!!

  10. Karen Joy permalink
    November 6, 2010 4:08 PM

    Oh my word!That was such a laugh reading this!Oh the memories,awesome!LOL!

  11. BreAnna permalink
    November 8, 2010 10:18 PM

    I came across your blog and I belong to the over 40 club. So this was a blast from the past memory. I must agree with you, our kids today have it way to easy. Although I did enjoy my era, there are some things to be thankful for now! Obviously I am a new reader of yours, so I will be coming by to check out your new blogs! Thanks for the great memories!!

    • November 8, 2010 10:26 PM

      Hello BreAnna and thanks for dropping in! There are many many things to be thankful for now for sure!!

      I’m glad to have you as a new reader and I hope you stop by often BreAnna! Don’t be a stranger now. 🙂

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