Thursday, April 2, 2009

Have I become my parents?

If you are 40 or older you will think this is hilarious! I got this in an email and it reminded me of my teen, so I thought I'd share.

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 25 miles to school every morning, uphill... barefoot... BOTH ways. Yadda, yadda, yadda, blah, blah.

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was
no way that I was going to lay a bunch of bull like that on MY kids about how hard I had it and how easy they have it now. No, no, I was going to rise above all that emotional blackmail.

But now that I'm well over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.

So to my teen, and yours, I'll hop on my soap box and preach: You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a blasted Utopia! ‘Course you know 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!!

Oh, there was no email for us either. No, no, we had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen! Then we 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! That took forever!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, even the parents of all my friends had permission to kick our asses if we were up to no good! No where was safe!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and actually 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 end of the song and mess 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 the tape would come undone.

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting at home either! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! Too bad, so sad.

Oh, we didn't have Caller ID, no sirree! When that phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your Bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

Did I mention we didn't have any type of Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics? We had to wait until our 20's just for the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids'. Your 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! And your thumbs were sore.

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! (I actually worked for them for a while--I could tell you stories, but another time perhaps). There was no channel surfing! You had to get off your hind end and walk over to the TV to
change the channel! 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!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove ... Imagine that! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in the 60’s, much less before!

The over 40 Crowd ~

and Buzzard Flats! :D