Thursday, January 08, 2009

To the Under 30 Crowd

Someone sent this to me a few weeks ago and it had me rolling. Not sure where it came from, but I think it's worth sharing. Enjoy!!



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 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! 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 freakin' 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 like a week to get there!

There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the flippin' record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw 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 was 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!

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, because you had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel! 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 kids! You kids today have got it way too easy. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!

The over 30 Crowd


amber said...

This was pretty funny. Despite being on the cutoff, I can relate to most of it. Then again, I'm no longer under 30! But not over it either. ;)

Btw, I totally rocked the card catalog and it hurt to see them start using the cards as scratch paper. Subject cards, title cards, author cards...I loved the uniformity, the organization...hey, I just loved the library! And taping music off the radio. Wow. Darn DJs.

kjl said...

I think taping stuff off the radio was the one that hit home for me the most! I created entire mixed tapes that way in grade school! :)