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The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd :)

February 3, 2008
This is an edited email that was forwarded to me.  It actually made me laugh out loud, remembering how it used to be, so I am sharing it with you…but, to my under 30 friends, I still love you!

The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd 

If you are 30 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 .. yadda, yadda, yadda.

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to go on 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 Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today don’t know how good you’ve got it!

    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 all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up! (Note: I never shoplifted, but I DISTINCTLY remember taping songs off of the radio onto cassette tapes.)
    We didn’t have fancy stuff like call waiting. If you were talking on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!
    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, a collections gent, 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” and the graphics were horrible! 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 lady with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn’t see, too bad!
    Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!
    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!
    And not everyone had 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 JiffyPop thing or a pan with HOT oil and real popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove forever like an idiot.
    When we were on the phone with our friends and our parents walked in, we were stuck to the wall with a cord–a 7 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 you suddenly had to go to the bathroom – guess what we had to do…..hang up and talk to them later.

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!


The Over 30 Crowd

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2008 8:52 pm

    You’re right! That’s hilarious. I wonder what our children will be saying to the generations behind them… you know how pants just keep getting lower? I imagine the conversation will be something like, “Hmmph! I remember when you actually had to make your pants stay up with a belt instead of those holograph pants!”

    Or not. I don’t know.

  2. February 3, 2008 10:34 pm

    Good stuff! The music was better too! (not really, but I had to say it)

  3. February 4, 2008 10:48 am

    Yep. When I was Bossy Boy’s age, I was commuting 1 hr and 45 minutes to school, each way.

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