A long, long time ago

Nightsurfer

~Lucky 13 strikes again~
#1
IF you are 25 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 when they were growing up; what with
walking twenty-five 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 I was going to lay 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 twenty-five, 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 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
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 a week to get there!

There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to
hitchhike to the 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 mess it all up!

We didn't have Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody 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 Sony Play station 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 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 up 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 or go build a 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!
 

Mirage

Administrator
Staff member
V.I.P.
#3
Oh man. I relate to ALL of that stuff. :)

I'm gonna use it too.

Heck, you forgot to complain about cell phones back in the day. Wait, cell phones? The only cell phones they had in 1980 were the ones you used when you got your "one phone call" in jail. Boo-ya!

Our computer screens were in color, sometimes, but it was 600x400 something or other resolution. Text was huge because that was as small as it could be and still be readable. 1 inch x 1 inch pixels were somewhat to blame for that.

Oh, back in the day.. when it was fun to go to the arcade because the games there were just so much better. It seems like they haven't made a new arcade game SINCE the 80's.. so nowadays it's the arcades that have all the crappy "old" games. Honestly I don't know why anybody would ever go to one. You can play all of the games online now in flash, and without getting up from your chair, let alone depositing 25 cents each TRY!

Good times. :)
 

Dragon

Registered Member
V.I.P.
#4
The cartoons back then had some safety messages after the cartoons too. Like G.I Joe and I think M.A.S.K also.

The Barney back in the day was Zoobilee Zoo.
 

Alan

Registered Member
#5
Yes, even when i was young i dont had patience of hearing old stories from my Grand parents. But now when iam old my grand children are not ready to hear it! Life is like a bicycle and it keeps on rotating...