For the over-30 crowd....

  1. I thought this was too funny, especially the part about Atari! (I'm 36)

    IF you are 30 or older you will think this is

    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 XXX 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 xxxx 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

    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 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,

    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! 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 xxx 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

    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


    -The 30 Something crowd!
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Kids these days................

    good one Sharon.
  4. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I love it!
  5. by   live4today
    Flashbacks of yesteryear...gotta luv 'em. I'll have to read this to my grandkids. Knowing them, they'll wanna know the things their parents went without compared to what I went without.
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    I am 22 and this is just as familiar to me.........but I also grew up a poor country girl so no cable, no atari, no tape player......just a few barbie dolls and my dog!!! Its amazing how far we have come in just the last twenty years
  7. by   smk1
    just turned 29 so this resonates with me as well. Man we were so jealous of our friend across the stree who had ATARI! (space invaders was fun!)
  8. by   Someday-C.R.N.A.

    I remember when we got our microwave. My sister and I used to stand by and watch the bag of popcorn get bigger and bounce around as the popcorn popped. We had always made it in a pan on the stove, so we thought that was pretty cool. :chuckle

    I remember the corded rotary phone hanging on the wall in the kitchen - the ONLY phone in the house! We didn't get a new phone until I bought one for the family with my paper route money when I was 11 or 12.

    I remember getting up and changing the channels too. (I am SO glad I don't have to do that anymore!! :chuckle )
  9. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from Someday-C.R.N.A.

    I remember getting up and changing the channels too. (I am SO glad I don't have to do that anymore!! :chuckle )

    LOL! Oh yeah, me and my siblings were the "remote control". My kids have no idea...
  10. by   live4today
    I think my oldest dd was about ten years old when their father bought me my first microwave. I looked at thing as though it were an alien the first time I laid eyes on it. Then came the pressure cooker and the slow cooker...those were two really nice inventions.
  11. by   jnette
    Oh, this is toooooooooo good !!! :chuckle :chuckle

    LOVE it !!!

    THANK YOU for the chuckles tonight !
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    LOL! Oh yeah, me and my siblings were the "remote control". My kids have no idea...
    my mom would yell at me because I would lay on the floor and change channels/ turn volume with my toes
  13. by   Sable's mom
    I thought the reason you had kids was so you had a 'remote control'. :chuckle That sure seemed to be how ours worked. (Of course I'm talking about plain old broadcast TV) - 3 channels and it went off at midnight with the playing of the national anthem!