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When I was a kid...
« on: July 27, 2010, 11:50:45 AM »
... 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 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
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!
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?
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.
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!
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!
And we didn't have microwaves.  If we wanted to heat something up, we had to
use the stove!  Imagine that!
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 luckily, 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!


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 11:58:14 AM »
Now that is one hell of a rant.

Kids are progressively getting softer. But, nothing really has changed. I feel as if kids from the 50s had it easier than us. Life was simpler. Now, the climb up in life is so much more difficult. Sure, we have more money making its rounds and kids get more stuff, but core family values have defined entire generations. Kids are adapting, quickly, to our growing technology and culture. So how we, as the older crowd, help them define their lives is most important.

You finally hit the point where you have it hard and they have it easy. It happens to all parents.

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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 12:02:51 PM »
Amen. I'm only 25 but I subscribe to your feelings on the matter, for sure. I remember the days of riding around in the "way back" of our old station wagon, breathing exhaust fumes and launching off the seat every pot hole.

During the summer, I'd get up early, go out and play all day long, then come home when the street lights turned on. We had a sort of neighborhood watch deal where all the parents would team up to keep an eye on us all but didn't have to directly supervise us.

All I needed to entertain myself on a rainy day were some Hot Wheels and G.I. Joes. I didn't need battery operated toys or these stupid hyperactive cartoons they have on today.

I love video games, to be sure... but I don't take life for granted, I'd much rather go for a cruise down a country road on a nice evening, spend time at the lake or just socialize with friends.

I hate the direction society is headed because of technology. It's not the fault of technology, it's the fault of people - we're becoming disconnected and that's not good. Face to face interaction is becoming less and less necessary thanks to Facebook and these stupid new cell phones that practically ENCOURAGE you to no longer talk directly to people.


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 12:10:22 PM »
 I remember my parents putting us in the back of the truck in lawn chairs. Their safety warning "God dammit hold on...I am NOT cleaning blood outta that shirt"
Ahhhhhhhh the good old days.
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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 12:16:56 PM »
If I had a dollar for every time I've gotten this stupid spam email I would probably be able to buy another video game by now.


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 12:44:29 PM »
I can sum up that wall of text in one line...

"When I was a kid, shit was harder to do and now that it's easier I'm going to bitch about it all of the time because I'm too stubborn and lazy to learn how to do it."


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 02:35:09 PM »
The Atari 2600 was the epitome of class! Faux wood grain and chrome switches!

As an over 30, I find it very amusing when my nieces think they are getting away with something new. Sweethearts, we did it all already and we did it the hard way.


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2010, 02:37:52 PM »
I remember playing outside without adult supervision. Now I won't let my boys two feet from my direct sight without crapping my pants.


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Re: When I was a kid...
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2010, 06:07:26 PM »
i do think Child protective services needs to go away. There are WAY too many times ive seen kids out in town or what ever just acting a fool. Kids need to be beat, it breed disclipline. If i were to act in out at a restaurant when i was a kid, we would leave and i got my ass beat at home. Now if you lay a hand on your kid in public all hell breaks loose.