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Over 30 Crowd

This is a forward from my grandmother. I suppose I’m getting it because I’m going to turn 30 at the end of this month. A lot of it seemed off to me, so I wanted to add my thoughts.

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 in hell 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! And 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 damn 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 damn 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 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 Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like “Space Invaders” and “asteroids” and the graphics sucked ass! 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 like 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 off your ass 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 rat-bastards!

And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire … imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop 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!

Regards,
The over 30 Crowd

Notwithstanding the fact that I have yet to reach the age of 30, this still seems a bit exaggerated to me.

For instance,

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!

While the Postal Service is not known for speed, I am pretty sure that letters sent at least within the country never took a week to get there. Perhaps someone didn’t write down the correct zipcode? Also, by the 80s, the telephone had supplanted letters for casual correspondence. If you wanted to communicate with someone, you’d pick up the phone and call them.

There were no MP3’s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

Actually, I can remember borrowing albums on cassette from friends and duping those. I never hitchhiked (?) and I never shoplifted.

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!

This, unfortunately, is absolutely true. Damn DJs.

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!

Call waiting was invented in 1967. Although it didn’t become widespread for a while, I do remember having it when I was a kid.

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 sucked ass! Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!

I will admit that kids today don’t have to use their imaginations as much. However, computer games were not that rudimentary back then. They were blocky and pixelated, but they had colors and some graphics. I remember fondly playing Pitfall.

Pitfall

It had multiple levels, sort of. And it was a great game.

You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel

We had a remote control. Most people I know did. This wasn’t the 70s, after all.

You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning.

I used to watch G.I. Joe after school.

And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire … imagine that!

I cannot remember a single time where I had to MAKE A FIRE to heat something up. We had a microwave when I was young. Microwave ovens were becoming commonplace by the mid 1970s.

So, on behalf of the nearly 30s crowd, let me just say that you whippersnappers would have been fine in 1980. Perhaps a little bored, but wasn’t everyone?

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