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Growing Older (For the 30+ crowd)

By just_chilin ·
IF you are 30 or older you will think this is


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 **** 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 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'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

And talk of about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had to steal it from your brother or bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! Those were your options!

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,


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 ***! 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 *** 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-*******s!

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!


-The 30 Something crowd!

Angela Oliver
Allied Group Insurance Services, Inc.

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Too old..

by maecuff In reply to Growing Older (For the 30 ...

We didn't have cable when I was a kid, but I thought UHF was GREAT. And I was in highschool when we got Pong. I played it for hours. Damn..I even remember the big switch from AM to FM.

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Mae, did you at least have indoor plumbing?

by M_a_r_k In reply to Too old..

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I remeber the AM to FM switch too... but

by Surflover In reply to Mae, did you at least hav ...

What was it like before TV again M_A_R_K ? :^O

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You know..

by maecuff In reply to Mae, did you at least hav ...

We did, but I DID go to school with some people who didn't. Wasn't so much that it was long ago as it was living in a rural area.

Oh..and f*ck off..

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A "rural" area, huh?

by M_a_r_k In reply to You know..

Did you have to walk to school barefooted?

I once knew a guy who grew up in the backwoods of backwater West Virginia (or maybe it was western Virginia). He claimed he didn't brush his teeth a single time until he went to college.

Oh, and I wasn't able to interpret that word. You had a typo. You hit the '*' key instead of a real alphabet key. What were you trying to tell me to do? Have a nice day.

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by maecuff In reply to A "rural" area, huh?

actually had a school bus. And it wasn't West was Kentucky.

Did I make a typo? I'm sorry..what I meant to say is, thank you for your observations, I always welcome thoughts, ideas, musings, and so on, from others..

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****, now I don't know

by M_a_r_k In reply to We

if you meant it or not when you told me to f*ck off. ? If you did, it was uncalled for.

BTW, I'm from a small country town too, so that gives me license to razz you about your humble beginnings. But if a city slicker picks on us about it, then it's time to grab the shotgun.

And thanks for welcoming my observations, thoughts, ideas, musings and so on. It's a nice respite when someone doesn't get bent out of shape by a little good-natured teasing. did tell me to f*ck off though...maybe I'll rescind this last paragraph.

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by maecuff In reply to Hell, now I don't know

Have you read many of my posts? What are the chances that I meant it when I told you to f*ck off? Quit being so over-sensitive, b*tch.

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Small country town?

by JamesRL In reply to Hell, now I don't know

Thats not the country, thats wannabes....

I grew up in the country, but not on a farm. Houses were cheaper in the country than the city, and we could have enough land to grow some things. On a once acre lot, we had up to a quarter acre garden and some apple trees. We also raised chickens, ducks and pigs on occasion.

We did have indoor plumbing, but shared one bathroom among 4 brothers and my parents.

I know city kids who had more opportunities for sports and recreation and stuff. But we had a real community. Farmers shared their surplus with their neighbours, or used their tractors to plow out their neighbours' driveways - all without thought for praise or thanks. If someone was sick, their neighbours chipped in to take care of them. When our neighbours had power and we had none, they invited us into their homes.

I left that community to go to high school and married about 10 years after I left. I didn't see many of my neighbours during that time. But they generously held a wedding shower for my wife, someone they had never met. They made the food for my wedding.

You know all these people who mock Hillary's "it takes a village" comments, but while I don't like her tone and attitude, I know my community helped make me.

Oh and while I know some of you were joking about indoor plumbing, I did know some farmers who didn't have it till the 70s.


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