Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spoiled under thirty crowd!!

Ha ha ha!! I so love these kind of forwarded e-mails.


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 ever going to gripe like that to 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 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 utopia! And I hate to say it,
but you kids today don't know how good you've got it!

1. 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!!! (Do you even know what a card catalog is?
Yeah, I didn't think so!)

2. There was no email!! We had to actually write
somebody a letter--with a pen! Then you had to walk
all the way out to the street and put it in the
mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

3. There were no MP3's or Napsters! If you wanted to
steal music, you had to wait around all day to tape it
off the radio and the DJ would usually ruin the
beginning or end of the song by talking over it!

4. We didn't have fancy conveniences like "Call
Waiting!" If you were on
the phone and somebody else called they got a busy
signal, that's it! We would sit by the hour redialing
and redialing, hoping we could catch them as soon as
they finally hung up the phone.

5. And we didn't have fancy stuff like "Caller ID,"
either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it
was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss,
your worst enemy, your best friend, a collections
agent, a prank just didn't know!!! You
just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

6. We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation or Wii
video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had
the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and
"Asteroids"--and the graphics were horrible! Your
"guy" was nothing but 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!

7. 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 lady with a hat sat
in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just

8. Sure, we had cable television, but back then that
was only like 15 channels and there was no on screen
menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide
to find out what was on! And there was no Cartoon
either! You could only get cartoons on
Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We
had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

9. And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat
something up, we had to use the stove or the oven...
imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use
that stupid Jiffy Pop thing, or a pan with HOT oil and
real popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove,
forever, like an idiot.

10. When we were on the phone with our friends and our
parents walked-in, there was no escape and no chance
of privacy--we were stuck to the wall with a cord, a
seven-foot cord that ran to the phone--not the phone
base, the actual phone! We barely had enough length
to sit on the floor and still be able to twirl the
phone cord in our fingers. If we suddenly had to go
to the bathroom, guess what we had to do....that's
RIGHT...hang up and call them back later...and pray
that they weren't on the phone to somebody else when
you did!

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!

Regards, The over 30 Crowd

Have a great day!


dipali said...

You don't want the over-fifty point of view on this, do you, Neera?

Neera said...

You know what Dipali, I think I would love it. It has been so many years since my mom/dad said these kind of things to me. Please do consider a blog post about the same, whatsay :)