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Good Friday Yuk

By NZ_Justice ·
Life was tuff in the old days...

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 through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way in **** 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!


Now that I've reached the ripe old age of thirty-something, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so damn easy

I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damned Utopia

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't even know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet - we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves!

And there was no e-mail!

We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen!

And then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in a mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

And there were no MP3's or Napsters!

You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store

and shoplift it yourself!

Try sticking an LP Album under your jacket, buddy

Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up!

You want to hear about hardship?

You couldn't just download porn! You had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of "Penthouse" at the shops! It was either that or jackoff to the lingerie section of the Farmers catalog! Those were your options!

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal!

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 boss, your mom, a collections agent, your drug dealer, you didn't know! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like Space Invaders and Asteroids and the graphic sucked! Your guy was a little square! You 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, the game just kept getting harder 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! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were screwed!

And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 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! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning...

D'ya hear what the **** I'm saying?

We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little bastards

That's exactly what I'm talking about!

You kids today have got it too easy!

You're spoiled, I swear to God!

You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1987!


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Happy Easter

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You had 20 channels??

by davida In reply to Good Friday Yuk

In MY day, we had six channels; the three major networks, two locals and one PBS which you could never get clearly. Remember VHF and UHF? Those were the old days! And don't get me started on COLOR television!

You had video games? We had to play games on cardbaord with little plastic pieces, of which half were missing!

Just sayin' ...

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The dark old days...

by andre In reply to You had 20 channels??

You missed something about the school trek, it was barefoot, uphill both ways....:)

But you got me thinking... I'm in South Africa, and we got TV relatively late, 1975 abouts, and we had 1 channel to start with, one day English, one day Afrikaans (kinda Dutch, Flemish mix) on from 17:00 to 22:00 and then a test pattern the rest of the day....Course we started late so we bought the best hardware (PAL-G)at the time...It was a fantastic test signal ...:)))

And then I thought about the Internet. When I signed up with one of the first large ISP's over here in 1993, the setup kit came on a stiffy, with Lynx, a text browser,an email client that I can't remember, and NOT A GRAPHIC BROWSER IN SIGHT....Looking back, those were dark days, man...The offerd a download of Mosaic a month or two later, but who could download it at 9600 baud? Dark, dark days.......

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Walking in a blizzard

by sseifert In reply to Good Friday Yuk

Hey, I did walk to school, 5 miles in a blizzard - in 1978, and again in 1982 (followed by the flood of 1982, in which us High Schoolers were then called upon to sandbag!). We walked because the school buses got stranded, and we had already missed enough school because of the snow. And we only had 4 channels on the TV - ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS

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what part of nz were you in??

by half In reply to Good Friday Yuk

boy I wish I could have got 20 channels. The most I could get were 3,and 2 of those were doubtful,and we had The Listener to find out what was on

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Not really Country orientated

by NZ_Justice In reply to what part of nz were you ...

all-tho I think NZ is the only place that has Farmers.

Farmers = Walmart for all you non NZ'ers

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1987 ?!?!?

by Dmystify In reply to Good Friday Yuk

Thanks for making me feel "pre-historic". *L*

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I lasted 1 year 9 months...

by zyphlar In reply to 1987 ?!?!?

Good thing I have 1987-proof genes, otherwise I would have died an all-too-early death!

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Gol darned young whippersnappers...

by daveo2000 In reply to Good Friday Yuk

Umm. Ahh. Hmmm. Do I really want to remember this?

1975-ish was a while ago...

* payphones 10 cents and many of them had a dial. (Ever wonder why it is called "dial tone"?)
* A big innovation was the "8-track". If you don't know, don't ask...
* Video Recorders were, for the most part, reel-to-reel 1-inch tape (the fancy ones used 1/2-inch tape!)
* If you wanted to record from the radio, you set up the tape recorder's microphones in front of the speaker(s) and told everyone in the house to SHUT UP.
* You could still find a "Princess Phone" in use.
* There was only one phone company to speak of and they basically had only one type of phone.
* CP/M was popular as an OS but had some little glitches... like you would hang or crash the OS if you opened the floppy drive door...
* You could buy one of those new-fangled electronic calculators to do your math for you:
-- 1971: $120 got you +-*/ and a constant
-- 1974: $75 Texas Instruments SR-50 (SR for Slide Rule, in case you know what one of those is). This is sick! I used one of those in High School and it is now in the Smithsonian!!! (
* LED watches had just come out. Prior, you always got watches with hands.
* You could open the hood of your car and see the ground past the engine. When was the last time you could do that?

early 1980s:
* I got the company I was consulting for to buy me one of those new IBM-PCs. It came with 256k RAM and 2 floppy drives.. $5000.
* I bought a hard-disk for it a couple of years later on sale for $600. That was a whopping 10 meg!
* At that point, the fact that MS-DOS was a cheap rip-off of Unix was painfully obvious.
* Around the same time, Radio Shack had come out with their high-performance 5 meg hard disk. The enclosure FOR EACH 5 MEG DRIVE was the size of my IBM-PC and you could daisy chain a max of 4 together to get drives "0:" through "3:" with NO DIRECTORY STRUCTURE!!!

Time moves on... <sigh>

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Darn, I am one serious old fart...

by Tig2 In reply to Gol darned young whippers ...

Dear God in Heaven- I actualy remember being a teenager when Pong took the world by storm!

I tell my teams today that I remember keypunch. They look at me very oddly. I can spell things like Series/1 and COBOL correctly. I know what writing a UNIX port is.

I am old now. D@mn!

I have loved hearing everyone's memories. I know that this forum hardly gets used this way but NZ- you have given us oldies a blessing for Holy Week. Thank You!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is finding their way through the fog this week.

I have to teach my boss how to spell "technology". My life is not good...

Take Care!

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Those were the "Good Old-Bad Old" Days!

by Dmystify In reply to Gol darned young whippers ...

You probably don't remember writing progs in Basic to upload on punched paper tape via teletype and a 110 baud modem. That was Fall of 1968 (for me) when I was a Junior in H.S.
Took a 9 month course in programming during 1969 for the paltry sum of $1600 because "There's a shortage of Programmers!" Shortly after graduation, an I.T. job opened up at Mother Bell. I was the 201st applicant on the 1st day the position was posted. *WTF?!* Several similar experiences later, I resigned myself to being an Electronics Tech (or as some would say "a Wire Head". *L* It served me well then, and it still does today. Then in 1982 I finally got my dream job. Building/Progging/Installing/Calibrating/Maintaining a hardwired WAN in ASM80/PLM-80/RMX80 along w/duties of diagnosing/repairing major physical machinery and the high voltage switchgear that operates it. Also got to spend about 1/2 my hours training Operators and Maintenance ppl.
24 years after that; only the faces, the chips, the OS's, the languages, and the HMI's have changed. I'm still doing the same job (w/different tools), and the front-line staff still loves the way I handle them and the machinery. Life is good!
I've left out a lot of the in-between and current details. I'm old... and sometimes the craninium is a tad over-worked from struggling to remember it all. I might not even be posting this to the correct location (Newbie Syndrome? *LOL*. Seems maybe I should write the whole story and publish it in my BIO or somewhere...
If I can remember it or where it should be posted. *L*

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