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Got this at work today

 

 

If you are 36, or older, you might 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 over the ripe old age of forty, 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!

 

1) 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!!

 

2) 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!

 

3) 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!

 

4) 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!

 

5) 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?

 

6) 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!

 

7) 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 GOSH !!! 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.

 

8) 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!

 

9) 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!

 

10) 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?!?!

 

11) 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-bastards!

 

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

 

13) 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 lucky, 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 1970 or any time before!

 

Regards, The Over 40 Crowd

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Yeah those things are true.

However, I could show up for 1st period class and then sneek out of school and no one called home.

I could get pulled over buy the cops, with a case of beer at seventeen, and the cop would just take the beer and tell me to get the hell outa here.

The only worry with sex was knocking the girl up.

I could go on a ski trip and my parents could not call me up and bother me.

I feel bad for my teenage son, the poor boy can't do anything, without me or my wife knowing exactly what he is doing.

I'll take seventies freedom over the Orwealian childhood of today.

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Yeah those things are true.

However, I could show up for 1st period class and then sneek out of school and no one called home.

I could get pulled over buy the cops, with a case of beer at seventeen, and the cop would just take the beer and tell me to get the hell outa here.

The only worry with sex was knocking the girl up.

I could go on a ski trip and my parents could not call me up and bother me.

I feel bad for my teenage son, the poor boy can't do anything, without me or my wife knowing exactly what he is doing.

I'll take seventies freedom over the Orwealian childhood of today.


This. 

 

And if we wanted to go hunting after school having a gun in the car wasn't a reason to call in SWAT, a teacher or even the principal might even come out to see what you were using for pheasant or deer or whatever and have a nice conversation about hunting (the high school I went to had a lot of rural as well as suburban areas it drew from).

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Originally Posted by skiball View Post

Yeah those things are true.

However, I could show up for 1st period class and then sneek out of school and no one called home.

I could get pulled over buy the cops, with a case of beer at seventeen, and the cop would just take the beer and tell me to get the hell outa here.

The only worry with sex was knocking the girl up.

I could go on a ski trip and my parents could not call me up and bother me.

I feel bad for my teenage son, the poor boy can't do anything, without me or my wife knowing exactly what he is doing.

I'll take seventies freedom over the Orwealian childhood of today.


This. 

 

And if we wanted to go hunting after school having a gun in the car wasn't a reason to call in SWAT, a teacher or even the principal might even come out to see what you were using for pheasant or deer or whatever and have a nice conversation about hunting (the high school I went to had a lot of rural as well as suburban areas it drew from).



On a slightly related note. One of my co-workers, a local gal, told me that when she was in HS (late 70s) it was mandatory to ski at the local hill once a week during ski season as part of PE. She also mentioned that half the kids hated it. Go figure.

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Heh, I was just talking to someone yesterday about how we didn't have a color TV set until I was ten years old. Our first computer came when I was a junior in high school, it was text only, and our computer games were either written descriptions, or pictures made up of letters and numbers.

 

When I was five or six, I used to yell up the stairs to mom, to tell her where I was going to play, and she'd just yell back to be home before dark.

 

 

 

post #6 of 10

"you spoiled little rat-bastards!"

 

ROTF.gif  Love it.

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The only worry with sex was knocking the girl up.

I

Can't agree with this one.  We'd never heard the term S.T.D., but knew more colorful terms like "The Clap" and "crabs".


 



 (late 70s) it was mandatory to ski at the local hill once a week during ski season as part of PE. She also mentioned that half the kids hated it. Go figure.

Only half? That just proves that kids back then were way tougher.  The statistics nowadays are that 80% of first-time skiers never try it again.  And that's just the volunteers!

 

post #8 of 10

Overheard a few years ago at a family gathering..

 

Sister in law talking ti nagging 6 year old child..

"You sound like a broken record"

 

6 year old child

"What's a record?"

post #9 of 10

I love #11 from the original post!  Saturday mornings were the best!

post #10 of 10

 

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and our computer games were either written descriptions, or pictures made up of letters and numbers.

 

OREGON TRAIL ftw!  I didn't know what to do with myself when it had graphics and I didn't have to type "BANG" or "POW" to go hunting...

 

Hell, most of that stuff was true when I was a kid though, too, and I'm only 28.

 

I had a cell phone in high school; that thing was FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY (like being late at school, at football games, etc.  My mom has always been a worrier).  It still kills me when I hear my coworker on the phone with her 12-year-old daughter who's whining because she broke/lost her cell phone and OMG it's terrible she can't call her little friends.  Really?  REALLY???  You're 12!!!!

 

I think when I was a kid though, there were cartoons on on weekday mornings too.  At least, all my friends used to refer to watching TV before school. My thought was always, "you got up earlier than you had to???  Are you nuts???"  (never been a morning person.  In my world, you get up in enough time to do the bare minimum to make yourself presentable and ready for work [evening showers], and go.  Extra time for coffee, reading the paper, TV?  No way!  I could be SLEEPING!)

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