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ccain 01-25-2010 02:01 PM

Kids today!!!
 
I saw this on another forum and lol'd so I figured you guys would like it too!

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Originally Posted by airforce26yrs
THE SPOILED UNDER-30 CROWD!!!
If you are 30 or older you will 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 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 far over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't HELP but look around and notice the youth of today.

You've got it soooo easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a freakin 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 cotton pickin library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

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, what Child Protective Services?? No one cared if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butts! Nowhere was safe buddy!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the freakin 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 if God forbid we wanted to hear that side of the tape again, we had to hit "rewind" and wait for the whole thing to finish rewinding or just hit "eject" if we wanted to hear the other side
Cause - that's how we rolled, 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!

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 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! Wehad 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! 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 butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES and ONLY 5 channels!!! CABLE wasn't invented yet or was that just our neighborhood??


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 creeps!

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 1980or before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd


jjseel 01-25-2010 02:19 PM

:rolleyes: Can't wait for may granddaughter to learn to walk and talk...paybacks are going to be LARGE for my wonderful son...:D

Exer79 01-25-2010 02:29 PM

That is so true. I am 31 now... I have 2 kids... ages 7 and 8... Yeah they have it easy.

RedWrangler 01-25-2010 03:41 PM

This is nothing new. I'm sure many of you have seen this, but imagine being a kid back in 1895.

Could You Pass the 8th Grade Exam of 1895? - by MWHodges

jpdocdave 01-25-2010 04:39 PM

thats good stuff, so true. i am right on the border, when i was a kid that was all true. i'm 29 now with two kids.

our caller id was the answering machine, had to talk to the machine before anyone would pick it up, sadly, some of my family still does this, lol. not digital either, good ole tape.

lost 01-25-2010 05:21 PM

Quote:

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 if God forbid we wanted to hear that side of the tape again, we had to hit "rewind" and wait for the whole thing to finish rewinding or just hit "eject" if we wanted to hear the other side
Cause - that's how we rolled, dig?
im 21 but I can relate to this :D

RedWrangler 01-25-2010 05:26 PM

You forgot to mention the tape getting caught on the heads and getting eaten by the player. Then you'd have that thin plastic ribbon trailing out the window as you pulled yard after yard of tape out of the deck.

cavediverjc 01-25-2010 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by RedWrangler (Post 530783)
This is nothing new. I'm sure many of you have seen this, but imagine being a kid back in 1895.

Could You Pass the 8th Grade Exam of 1895? - by MWHodges

That's crazy. I grew up 60 miles from Salina. (Not in 1895 though.) :D

Exer79 01-27-2010 07:30 AM

I just had to share this...Just had a customer call in about her cable not working. During the course of the call, the customer is fussing at her kids about getting ready for school. She then goes on to say you guys have it so easy, but if you miss that bus you going to have to moe and joe it to school. I about died because I started remembering this thread.
Then in the next breath she says, You kids need to grow up and get jobs and live in the 21 century... I hear one of the kids in the background say.. So do you mom. I had to mute my phone. I laughed so hard my side hurt.

sonofabeach 01-27-2010 08:14 AM

I feel you on the video games.
I tried to sit in with my son playing one of his playstation games and was lost.
A million buttons? wtf

Luckily I have one of those joysticks that you can just plug directly into the tv and play a game. I bought the one with Galaga and can sit there forever playing it. Just one button!!

RedWrangler 01-27-2010 09:28 AM

I have some adult friends who are real videots. Like you, when handed one of these controllers, I am virtually useless. I wind up pressing random buttons. Then there's my 5 years old nephew (Friend's kid) who has mastered the Wii and Xbox, and kicks everyone's ass on just about every game.

Fweaky 01-27-2010 10:06 AM

Back in the sixties my parents would take me to my Granny's tabacco farm down in North Carolina for "vacation". I worked my butt of every summer on the farm just so I could get a chance to drive the tractor for a few minutes a day. My kids laugh at me when I say that those days were the best of my childhood. Riding down a dirt road on a tailgate of a pickup, never wearing a pair of shoes all summer, sneaking out of the window at night to swim in the pond, I would give anything to go back in time and be a kid and do it again.

ccain 01-27-2010 10:39 AM

Remember back when most communities DIDN'T have a Gigantic Mall?

Hell, I remember once in a great while My Gran and Grandfather would take me to Nichols Department Store.

http://www.wtv-zone.com/dpjohnson/60...holscanopy.jpg

OR, if it were a special occasion, we'd go all the way to Cumberland Maryland to Two Guys Department Store.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/j...Album/b243.jpg

AND THEY HAD EVERYTHING!!!

Check this link out. It may bring back some memories.

DISCOUNT STORES OF THE '60S


And, we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to stay home and shop, it was either calling in an onder from the Sears or JC Penny catalog. Or mail order from the back pages of a comic book.

I think that "1001 Army Men Set" is still on the attic at my parents house! :D

RedWrangler 01-27-2010 11:23 AM

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Originally Posted by ccain (Post 532192)
I think that "1001 Army Men Set" is still on the attic at my parents house! :D

You mean you didn't explode, burn and otherwise decimate every one of these? That was a classic part of my childhood, finding new and inventive ways to destroy my little green army men. We used to take our plastic models of ships down to the creek and strap explosives to them, light them and send them floating down the creek. Most of the time, they wouldn't float straight, so you had to rig ballast, and then they would sink quickly, so you needed short fuses.

Here's an ode to growing up back in the day before the digital age:

Can't believe you made it. We even got spanked.

Can't Believe You Made It! If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have... As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors,
or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of ss and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.

We pla dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue
and learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight ......... we were always outside playing.

We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or
walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing.

Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it? We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment....Some students
weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was
unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of them. Congratulations

sonofabeach 01-27-2010 11:40 AM

Yeah there was always something to do outside back then from underground forts to tree houses, egging cars, toilet papering houses, riding my bike all over town, football in the sandlot, wiffle ball.
And there was nothing like a good dirtbomb fight.
Aahh good times.........

I'll admit to keeping an eye on my kid more than my parents did on me, mainly because of kid touchers. I know they've always been around but they just seem to be everywhere nowadays.

Exer79 01-27-2010 12:50 PM

When I was little my family lived in an apartment. My friends and I did all kinds of stuff. Built ramps for our bikes, played guns in the woods, went to the creek to catch alligator snapping turtles...good times... good times.
While our parents were away, there was an elderly africian-american lady named Big Mama that keep all us kids in line. She would take a switch to our tails if we got out of line. Not to mention she was a heck of a cook. She never wanted any payment or anything for watching or feeding us. She said she enjoyed watching us play and have a good time.
Childhood was great.

myfirstwrangler 07-30-2011 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by sonofabeach (Post 532139)
I feel you on the video games.
I tried to sit in with my son playing one of his playstation games and was lost.
A million buttons? wtf

Luckily I have one of those joysticks that you can just plug directly into the tv and play a game. I bought the one with Galaga and can sit there forever playing it. Just one button!!

RIGHT! My 8 yr old plays xbox, and some game called call of duty, I totally get sick to my stomach just watching him! start to feel dizzy! Game just moves so fast up n down uhg! What happened to say..... Pac man!

draarong2004 07-30-2011 02:22 AM

i might not be over thirty(only 25) but i know for a fact if your under 45 you had a blasted remote for a tv growing up.....lol cause i remember those tv's when i was 5...we didn't have money for brand new stuff when i was little so everything was a couple years old at best...and cable was around...lol, however i can sympethyze with the graphics in video games and such....and the whole child protective services....yea its amazing how much kids are babied nowadays....i know what a paddle or a switch is....never had to go out and get my own switch though, my dad had a paddle just for when me or one of my other 2 brothers did something bad...we never did anything twice i'll say that much....these kids nowadays do live a very sheltered life.

HillbillyJeeper 07-30-2011 09:25 AM

I watched Mr. Cartoon (Local thing) in B&W after school the i was off for the evening. Had to be back before the sun dropped below the mountain completely(No streetlights). I had an Atari, space invaders had 100 levels and then you "Flipped" it, it just went back to level one! That was the coolest. My "Rich" freind had an intellivision, we played horseracing.
Beatings were commmon, by the whole village! Hell my football coach took a belt to me when i was in the 6th grade in front of the onlooking crowd.
Kids today think we had it tough, we didnt we just got tough. This generation is a bunch of freakin marshmalows!!!

redjeeper 07-30-2011 12:39 PM

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