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The spoiled under 30 crowd

post #1 of 50
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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 back in the day. When they were growing up; what with walking Twenty-five miles to school every morning. Uphill... barefoot... BOTH ways in snow that was over your head.

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 catalogue!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter, with a pen!
Then you had to walk all the way down the block and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

There were no CDs, MP3' s or Napsters! 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'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

If you wanted to listen to the same song more than once you had to physically rewind the tape or reset the needle on the record player. And if you played your favorite song too many times the tape or record would wear out!!

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!

Cell phones!!?? We had none of that, if you wanted to make a phone call you either had to carry a pocket full of dimes and find a phone booth or wait until you got home....if you were expecting an important call you had to sit around home all day waiting for that call.

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'. 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 ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get the good cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you Hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled Little rats!

Video recorders....hah!! Even VCRs were a rarity. If you wanted to watch something on TV, you better be home when it airs, because there was no replay and no Youtube to watch it....one shot is all you got.

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 1980!
post #2 of 50
i still have an atari 2600
post #3 of 50
Atari? All my folks gave me was an atlatl ... and then we would have to grab stuff by the antlers and wrestle it to the ground if we wanted lunch.

Bah! Kids.
post #4 of 50
It's funny and not too far off, but a lot of that did exist in the mid 80s when you were still very young.

Cell Phone, usually came in a big bag with batteries, antenna ect:


This was the model before that:


Don't forget the Sony BetaMax VCR

It came with a camera, first film free videocam




Microwave


Video Games:




My friend had an Atari computer. The removable storage was a cassette tape.


Speaking of tapes, RR you missed the 8-Track era. The whole album would play ovver and over, but always in the middle of songs at the same point it would go KaKlunk to change to the next row on the tape.

And we before there was The Onion, Daily Show, or Saturday Night Live there was Mad Magazine:

post #5 of 50
Back in 1960's…
- you had a one ski quiver and you skied it until it broke, which didn't take long because it was all wood
- there were no terrain parks, you built your own jumps and you better not let the ski patrol catch you doing it
- they called it snowmaking, but it was really icemaking
- performance apparel consisted of wool, leather, and down
- high speed quad was the feeling in your legs after a long schuss
- high angle grooming was Dick Butkus' hairstyle
- Huck was something you wrote about in a school book report
- the only bread in the whole freaking grocery store was a shelf full of Wonder Bread
- you thought it was really cool that when Dorothy got to OZ they splurged and the film makers shot that part in color
- there were no video games, you killed toy soldiers with firecrackers
- Jiffy Pop was a major technological breakthrough, no longer had to scrub burnt popcorn out of mom's cooking pots
- you never needed a phone, anybody or anything you had to deal with was within walking distance
- every body of every race and color listened to a total of three AM radio stations, mostly on little transistor radios with the sound quality of a sea shell
- a lot of cars didn't have air conditioning, and if they did, only one person - sitting six inches from the dash in the middle of the front bench - felt it
post #6 of 50
microwaves have been around since the '50s. most of my friend's families had one by the end of the 70s. there wasn't the internet as we know it, but there were BBSs and they were a lot like these here newfangled 'forums', except without all the distracting animated smilies and when pictures became available, they tended to be of naked ladies (bandwidth was too precious to waste on anything else). music piracy took a little more dedication, but was just as rampant as today. really, today seems like little more than the 28th year of the 80s. i do kind of miss the cold war though, these "terrorists" everyone worries about today are a sorry substitute for the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over your head every minute of every day.
post #7 of 50
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
microwaves have been around since the '50s. most of my friend's families had one by the end of the 70s. there wasn't the internet as we know it, but there were BBSs and they were a lot like these here newfangled 'forums', except without all the distracting animated smilies and when pictures became available, they tended to be of naked ladies (bandwidth was too precious to waste on anything else). music piracy took a little more dedication, but was just as rampant as today. really, today seems like little more than the 28th year of the 80s. i do kind of miss the cold war though, these "terrorists" everyone worries about today are a sorry substitute for the threat of nuclear annihilation hanging over your head every minute of every day.
I know the BBSs! I used to be on them!
post #8 of 50
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Cell Phone, usually came in a big bag with batteries, antenna ect:

I had that phone when I was a freshman in college....you can imagine the kind of attention from the ladies you would get with one of these things. Calls were like $1.50/minute. I remember going away to the Hamptons with my freinds Memorial Day weekend and everyone wanted to try the phone, so I let them. The bill in 1990 for that weekend was $600+...my father nearly shit himself (he was paying for it). The phone got stolen from my car while staying overnight at a GF's house in Bensonhurst Brooklyn.

I did catch the end of the 8 track era! I remember my dad's car had one!
post #9 of 50
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
Back in 1960's…

- high speed quad was the feeling in your legs after a long rope tow ride back up the hill.
-it also warmed your hands as it burned through your pigskin mittens

Few edits Jamesj. The rest is dead on!
post #10 of 50
i still have an 8-track. it's the only acceptable way to be caught listening to the eagles.
post #11 of 50
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i still have an 8-track. it's the only acceptable way to be caught listening to the eagles.
Funny you should say that. About 5 years ago, my brother decided that the only way to get some of the more obscure Elvis songs was to get them on 8 track. So he invested heavily in tapes and equipement (car and home). He went so far as to have a stereo shop install a NOS 8 track system in one of his muscle cars wired into his high end modern sound system. From then until now he has managed to get all the songs he wanted on CDs...with the vastly superior sound and with no rubber rollers to disintegrate, he ebayed all his 8 track gear last year.
post #12 of 50
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
From then until now he has managed to get all the songs he wanted on CDs...with the vastly superior sound and with no rubber rollers to disintegrate, he ebayed all his 8 track gear last year.
yeah, but CDs lack that awesome "clunk" sound between tracks.
post #13 of 50
At least CD's don't eat tape like the 8 tracks did. I had a Craig and that thing had an appetite.
post #14 of 50
I had an 8 track player in a convertible MG. When in play the tapes stuck out a few inches from the dash. This partially blocked the gear shift knob. But I gots to hear my Doors, Allman Bros, Led Zep, and Clapton - so I learned how to drive with only 2nd and 4th gears.
post #15 of 50
Today's kids also won't be able to read a map, much less fold one up..
post #16 of 50
I'm 25 and remember all that stuff. What really baffles me is how kids that were born in the 90's are already graduating!
post #17 of 50
Kids today have it easy. In my day, we didn't have shoes. We had to wrap our feet in barbed wire for traction in winter.
post #18 of 50
Kids today have it easy. In my day, we had no rocks. We had to go down to the river and wash our clothes by beating our heads against them.
post #19 of 50
Barbed wire! You had barbed wire? We had to rub our feet with Elmer's Glue and step into broken glass to get traction!
post #20 of 50
As far as listening to an 8- tra...
post #21 of 50
....ck player you had to be creative with some of your favorite songs.
post #22 of 50
I think I still have a box of 8 tr...................a.................ck's in my attic. Anyone want them?


When I was a kid, we couldn't afford an atari, so my dad got me a squirrel feeder and a bbgun.
post #23 of 50
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Originally Posted by jimintokyo View Post
Barbed wire! You had barbed wire? We had to rub our feet with Elmer's Glue and step into broken glass to get traction!
You had glue and glass? You had it easy. We had to smear dinosaur crap onto our feet and embed baby trilobytes in the goo. They worked like tire studs.
post #24 of 50
When we wanted a drink of water we had to smash 2 atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen together.
post #25 of 50
Here's the SNL Grumpy Old Man.. remember, "In my day we didn't have bla bla bla, and we LIKED it that way... THAT's the way we liked it..."

http://www.hulu.com/watch/4303/satur...grumpy-old-man
post #26 of 50
crgildart, you got rabbit skin???
post #27 of 50
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
It's funny and not too far off, but a lot of that did exist in the mid 80s when you were still very young.

....

And we before there was The Onion, Daily Show, or Saturday Night Live there was Mad Magazine:

Well I got my news from this great Magazine back in the 60s.



I still remember asking my Mom if I could get this specific issue of "Newsweak."
post #28 of 50
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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post
crgildart, you got rabbit skin???
Probably. What is it?
post #29 of 50
Oh, oxygen...so you grew up on the right side of the tracks!
post #30 of 50
I LOLed when I read that about the video game getting harder and harder until you died - great one!

True though. I just find kids are so much more hip today. It's gotten so that grade school kids have their own terminology. It used to take until at least junior high to get to that point ... things are accelerating! Back in my day we were innocent and never did nothin wrong ya see.

It all starts with all that Japanimation and the flashy conniption-inspiring effects. Back in my day cartoons had the same background over and over and the same 3 voiceovers and plots. We yearned for the good ole days when they were movie quality with real orchestra music (the REAL good old days).
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