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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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And God forbid if

by critch In reply to Those were the "Good Old- ...

you dropped the D#$* shoebox of the punch cards.....

As far as slide rules go, I bought a used 65 scale in fall of '72 for $65. Spring of '73 - electronic calulators came out & it was any new SR for $5...

oh no... I'm older than dirt..

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You forgot to

by Dmystify In reply to And God forbid if

draw a diagonal line across that box of cards before you spilled them or some demonic personnage attacked the box w/a leaf blower.

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I served at the Last Supper!

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Good Friday Yuk

Dial? You picked up the phone and a live person said, "Operator. Number Puh-lese" and you told her the number you wanted to call. Most people had party lines, but I was in a home that had a private line!
I was 5 before we got our first TV and we were the first ones in the neighborhood to have one.
Ice cream cones were 5 cents. For 7 cents you could get a double-dip.
School desks had ink wells, and whatever boy sat behind me at the time tried to put my braids in his. We used pen tips, not ball point pens.
When the first MacDonalds came out it was great! 10 cent hamburgers.

'Nuf said.

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by ozi Eagle In reply to Good Friday Yuk

Lucky you. When I was a kid we had RADIO. An hour and a quarter of 15 minute serials every week night plus one in the morning before school - couldn't miss them.
I was 9 when TV started, 3 off air stations, and we were the first to have one. All the kids in the neighbourhood used to crowd into our lounge at 4:30 to watch the kiddy show. NOTE singular.
I was married when colour TV arrived.

Whilst studying electronics engineering, a rival college got a new COMPUTER. The control unit was an office desk and the rest was big cabinets against a whole wall. The room was air conditioned.
Started work designing electronic systems, but by the time you got somethiing working a chip had come out that replaced half your circuit boards.

Used a computer to create negatives for circuit boards, it had 4k of core memory, yes 4096 bits of ferrite bead memory - remember, those little ferrite rings strung on fine wire? Electronic memory was being developed and the goal was to create memory at less than 1 cent per BIT.
First home computer, a COMPUCOLOR, was actually integrated into one box with a COLOUR screen (lousy resolution though). It had the OPTION of upgrading to 16k or 32k of RAM. Hard disk was 5 1/4, with about 50k capacity, but I think it worked like a tape drive, but flat. Deleting a file took forever, as the whole disk had to be re written.

Enough said.

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by NZ_Justice In reply to YOU HAD TV?

Porn must of looked really crap on compucolor.

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Young Whippersnappers!!!!

by jsexton9 In reply to YOU HAD TV?

You think you had it rough. My friend, Abe, and I used to do our homework on the back of a shovel with a piece of soft coal. Then we had to hope it didn't snow, or we'd have to use the shovel to get out of the log cabin or into the one-room schoolhouse, or both.

We had to watch TV by candlelight (electricity hadn't been invented yet), and we didn't even have a TV Guide to find out what was on. Reception was horrible!

The best we could do for a computer involved a combination of an abacus, fingers, and toes. And of course Al Gore hadn't invented the Internet yet. My chatroom was a two-seater out in the back yard; you know, with half-moons cut in the doors.

I could go on, but I think you catch my drift. You 1987 types wouldn't have been much better than today's spoiled generation. Young Whippernappers!

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We had to watch TV by candlelight (electricity hadn't been invented yet),

by Dmystify In reply to Young Whippersnappers!!!!

We had to watch TV by candlelight (electricity hadn't been invented yet), and we didn't even have a TV Guide to find out what was on. Reception was horrible!


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