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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 6:21 PM


**Can't remember (more proof of over the hillness) if this has been posted before**

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 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 dang Utopia!

And I hate to say it but you kids today 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 dang library and look it up ourselves. In the card catalogue!!

There was no such thing as 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 dang 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 right over the beginning and screwed 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 either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, 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 Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics, either. We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your guy was just a little square and (ulp!) you actually had to use your Imagination!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen - Forever!

You could never win at those games - They just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only m-net and there was no on screen 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 butt 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 brats!

And we didn't have microwaves: if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove ... 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.

You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

The over 30 Crowd

Alvandy  (Level: 241.6 - Posts: 7717)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 7:38 PM

Youth has its privileges over each generation before it.

But do they take advantage of the advantages?

And now there is Sploofus. The young people today could really sharpen their brains by playing word puzzles; word rounds; quizzes; TQOTD's and WTHAI's.

Let's recruit Generation Y to join!

Thanks Jank for your post.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 7:40 PM

I definitely take advantage of my computer and remote control every chance I get.

Keithr81052  (Level: 151.4 - Posts: 147)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 8:46 PM

when I was growing up, we had no tv, I had a crystal radio I built myself that got 2 stations, and if you wanted to call someone you had to ask the operator to ring the number for you. Yes, I grew up in the dark ages, but we survived, and life was good, we were happy with a whole lot less than today's youth.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.9 - Posts: 5673)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 9:06 PM

I grew up in the stone age according to my kids, but I survived! I can remember party lines and the operator saying number please....Things were so much simpler back then...I am part of the baby boomer generation and proud of it!.....I know now what my parents were talking about...thanks Momma and Daddy...

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 9:10 PM

When i was growing up in we lived in a rural area we didn't have indoor plumbing so yeah we went to the outhouse and also drew our water out of a well. We had a big garden in the summer which meant planting hoeing and weeding. Also always had chickens and hogs which had to be fed and eggs to gather not to mention times that we slaughter them. Like to see the young kids now a days last very long at doing some of that. Man they would be hollering child abuse. LOL charlotte

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 9:10 PM

I know I wouldn't last a day in my parents' world - picking/chopping cotton, outhouses, no AC, no ice, just work from before sunup to after sundown. No electricity, just lanterns. No cars - just wagons and horses. No washing machine. Few clothes to wash. One pair of shoes. Nothing was bought just for beauty. Everything had a purpose or it wasn't in their lives. And did I say - work, work, hard strenuous backbreaking work. No one worried about your ego or making you feel better about yourself. Just back breaking work.

And yet they recalled those times as the happiest of their lives - and both died during THIS century.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 1st Jan '09 9:47 PM

I always thought I wouldnt survive with out TV, computer etc but found out when I would take my kids to a friends cabin, that it was just fun to play in the lake, make a fire, walk in the trees and I would photograph every flower, as if I had discovered it. We all loved being there even without the electronic comforts... I guess its human nature to adapt.....

Quackinator  (Level: 176.2 - Posts: 151)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 1:26 AM

Just enjoyed an episode of the Twilight Zone called "KIck the Can"

Kick the can was actually before my time, I don't know how to play. I do remember the joy of finding a can or bottle I could take to the store, return for the deposit, which I could then use to buy penny candy....

Last time I saw a package of "nick l nips" (sp?) it cost 1.95....

I'm realizing I could go on and on....

but I'll stop. *Sigh*

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 4:39 PM

Time tends to erase pain and amplify the good times. My parents worked hard so my siblings and I wouldn't have to endure their hardships of their youth. They talked about their good times but also I also know how tough things were for them.

I also endured some tough times growing up including my folks losing their home in a foreclosure due to a recession in the 1950s. Thankfully my kids did not have to experience anything like that.

If kids are spoiled it is because of the way they are raised. My grandkids enjoy the Wii video system we have but also spend weekends camping without electronic devices. They make smores over a campfire and enjoy swimming at the beach. They spend hours on the playground equipment and throwing a ball around.

Yes it is easier for students to find facts on the Internet but with the proper education they spend more time analyzing the data. It is far more important for them to make decisions based on research rather that spending hours looking up the information.

When teaching junior high math and algegra I found students could concentrate more on solving problems if they didn't spend hours bogged down on log and trig tables. Instead of doing 5 or 6 problems they could do 20.

Given the proper guidance kids have a great future to look forward to.

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 848)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 4:49 PM

I had to look it up, but there really ARE rules to kick the can.
I learned something today.

Quackinator  (Level: 176.2 - Posts: 151)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 12:05 PM

I was in the mall yesterday. There are at least two stores I feel too old to even enter.
I went into Aeropostale to find a gift for a teenager and felt totally overwhelmed and confused. I could not figure out which clothes were for girls, which for boys and which for either.


Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 12:56 PM

Try Hot Topics, then go back to Aeropostale, you will feel at home!

Quackinator  (Level: 176.2 - Posts: 151)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 2:52 PM

Hot Topics is one of the stores I am too old to enter!

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