Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd

I received this in a forwarded email from my sister and couldn't stop laughing. I knew I had to post it on BBA (Baby Blog Addict), because I know you all can relate. It's really about parenting and kids. It's long, but worth it.

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious stories about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning...uphill BOTH ways...yada, yada, yada.

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 damn Utopia!

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 like 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 would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% 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, someone asking you to prom, you just didn't know! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister! You couldn't just let it go to voice mail, because there was none!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with 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!

When you went to the movie theater there was 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 like 15 channels 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! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday mornings. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little brats!

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

The Over 30 Crowd


.......................Honeycutt Family said...

I got this email sent to me too and laughed my head off!
My favorite was the one about taping a song off the radio that you liked and the stupid DJ always talking over the beginning and end--I SO remember doing that!
Jen (34 yrs. old)

Penny said...

I know what the author is talking about; I had an Atari 2600. And, getting that busy signal got me in trouble a lot when my parents weren't home and I tied up the line so they could not get through and check on me!

Miss Britt said...

I'm not quite over 30, but I had to laugh at waiting around to record music off the radio. I had tapes and tapes of those damn DJs!

beth ewing said...

i too am not quite 30 but i found this so true and funny. i remember getting call waiting.