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. With walking 25 miles to school every morning uphill BOTH ways through year-round blizzards. Carrying their younger siblings on their backs ... to their one-room schoolhouse, where they maintained a Straight-A average, despite their full-time, after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death! 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 the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!
There were no iPods or MP3s! If 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 usually talked over the beginning and messed it all up!
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 PlayStation video games with high-resolution graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked! 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 were no such things 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 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 Jiffy Pop 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!
Hey, I'm not 30 yet you old geezer, but I can still relate to some of that stuff. I love the comment about the video games. Good stuff.ReplyDelete
This is a hilarious post shife! I agree those lucky bastards don't realize how lucky they are. Don't be dogging space invaders though that was a very cool game at the time, even though I never won it!!ReplyDelete
I get pissed off when Is ee the cars the kids drive in the school parking lots, some of those kids must have been awesome babysitters to earn money for those ;)
Another thing that drives me nuts is all these kids have cell phones and text each other non-stop. I've only had a cell phone for 6 years.ReplyDelete
Also when I was in HS I learned how to type on the type writer---good ole Mrs. Goodrich and her timed typing tests!!
But let me tell you, now as a 29 year old (I'm old) I can't live without my cell phone and internet!! I do live without cable...I don't see the point in paying that. And I won't hand-write a letter, if you don't have email, then you won't be hearing from me.
You the man. That hits the nail right on the head. Although for those of us that didn't have cable even in the 15 channel days it was even worse. 5 Channels to choose from (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and an independent) and to quote Jeff Foxworthy if the President was on you were totally screwed.ReplyDelete
You forgot: "there was only one pair of shoes, so they had to rotate who got to carry the sibling on their back". Or "how they could buy 10 gallons of gas for two- bits."ReplyDelete
I remember having to record from the radio the songs I wanted. Always got part of the next song or a commerical no matter how careful I was.
being an older fart, i think i had it easier than today's utes.ReplyDelete
there was no aids, pot was $20/ounce, no one had ever heard of george bush, the ozone hadn't been destroyed and we were allowed to ride our bikes everywhere so we wouldn't turn in balls of lard.
gas was 35 cents a gallon. and best of all, none of us were addicted these fecking cell phones.
You sound like my scary neighbor in Florida!!ReplyDelete
I think I'm close enough to thirty to give you a loud, "Amen Brother Shife!"ReplyDelete
Yes! AMEN! We totally warmed up leftover Pizza Hut pizza in the oven, no microwave. We also had a set of encyclopedias, so if I was doin a book report it was Encyclopedia Brittanica knowledge from the 1970s lol good stuffReplyDelete
We move waaay too fast nowadays if ya ask me. Our generation has more of an appreciation of the little things in life and that is jus fine. :)
Dont forget DigDug, Frogger and Pitfall - those kicked azz
Mr Shife you always make me LMAO!!! I LOVED THIS!!! SO TRUE!!!! Oh- and thanks for stopping by my blog-- you know after 9/11 was so behind Dubya. Now I think I was duped then too.ReplyDelete
Mr. Shife. That was sent to me from a friend the other day and I laughed and laughed. I see my students today and I have to remind myself daily that they don't have is as good as week did!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the memories