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Time for the 80s Gripes

The over 30 crowd.  I received this is e-mail today; People in their 30s and 40s will relate to this...

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.  (Actually I didn't know many people who actually regaled listeners with those stories.)

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! And I hate to say it but you kids today you 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 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 cave in and buy it.

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

We didn't have fancy stuff 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 ...

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

And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Imagine that. 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 on-screen 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 up 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 s aying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rats!

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire ... !

If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot. Or use Mom's giant frying pan, heat the oil, drop in a couple kernels of corn, wait for them to explode, then add more corn, cover the sucker and shake the daylights out of it until it stopped popping. Now that was an experience.

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 ... and even some over 50 guys


  • So True. And Can gon back further than that on some things i'm over 60!
    thanks for reminding them!
    Ms. Pat

    By Ms. Pat, at 11:46 AM

  • we had better movies too in the 80's.the music was better.i had the atari 2600,5200 and 7800.loved those and played em after school.i remember the just say no thing that nancy reagan had going and that was good for the schools.played with my rubix cube to pass the hours.i remember seeing the challenger blow up live in the classroom and everyone cried.i loved donkey kong,pac man and q-bert.the day i got my 2600 it came with combat and i think that was in '82 or so.your right the graphics weren't much but it was fun.MTV was a better channel back then because they actually played videos a lot.

    By LOTTOMIKE, at 2:59 PM

  • Good one Todd.
    I remember when the only source of drinking water was straight from the tap. YUK!

    Just think If you told someone in 1980, that millions of people around the world will gladly pay up to and over a buck for a bottle of water, 15 years from now, they'd laugh in your face.
    It's funny to see so many people with a bottle of water in their hand. Since when did this country, all of a sudden become so dehydrated?....LOL

    How about the 70s? I actually had to wait for the TV to warm up before a picture came on...

    By pacattack05, at 4:16 PM

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