Linda Perdue

Yeah, you guys got it made!!

Filed By Linda Perdue | March 31, 2006 9:43 AM | comments

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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 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 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 themailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

And talk of about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had to steal it from your brother or bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! Those were your options!

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!

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 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!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "asteroids" and the graphics sucked ass!

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! Just like LIFE!

When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! 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 and 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 or go build a frigging fire ... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot.

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 1980!

Regards,
-The 30 plus Crowd


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1980's???? I grew up in the 50's and 60's!!!! We had those little transistor radios that we held up to our ears to listen to music. Black and white TV with only 6 channels! Our refrigerator had a tiny little freezer that my mother had to defrost every month or so. You could literally see the ice in it building up! There was no such thing as "take-out" - some time in the early 60's we had "Chicken Delight" - "don't cook tonight, eat Chicken Delight"......that was a treat!

A TV dinner had to be heated in the oven - it usually took one hour to heat through. You had to decide a day in advance what you wanted to defrost for dinner.

There were no video games. The closest we got was the Winky Dink cartoon show - if you were lucky your parents bought you the plastic that went over the TV screen so you could draw on it as the emcee directed you. Or use an Etch-a-Sketch.

BUT - we were very inventive. We made houses out of shoeboxes and filled them with "families" which we bought from the gumball machines. We made up games in the street and explored other neighborhoods. We had a lot of imagination - out of necessity! And we also had "matrons" in the movie theatres - old women with gray hair in buns and white uniforms - who tried to keep the kids from throwing candy and popcorn and making a general nuisance of themselves.

I guess each generation thinks they're the most innovative. Of course you never know what you are missing but that is what hindsight is for.