The spoiled under 30 crowd

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… barefoot…

BOTH ways

Yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in the world I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my 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 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 catalogue!!

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! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butts! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3’ s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the stinking 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 mess it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished and the tape would come undone. Cause - that’s how we rolled, dig?

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 either!
When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, 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’. 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!

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 butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!!!

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 rats!

And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

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 or before!

The Over 30 Crowd

You forgot to add how your parents would throw you out of the outside the house by 10:00 am and didn’t want you home until the street lights came on! And if you were late…

You actually knew your next door neighbor, be cause you would play tackle football in the street. Forget the Madden 2000 something on the TV. You would come home all scratched up and your mother would but Bactine on your cuts that would burn like hell, then she would blow on it to make it feel better, yeah right!!

And the thing with the TV! We only had what, 5 or 6 channels? Not the 300+ they have now. And heaven forbid if the President or Governor was on for some reason, they would be on EVERY channel during the only hour we got to watch TV.

TIVO’s and DVR’s didn’t exist, if you missed a show, you had to wait for the re runs! And if there was something your parents, or older siblings, wanted to watch guess who wasn’t going to see the season finally of Who’s the Boss!

But how true it is, kids have it easy in today’s world. Now, can you imagine how THEIR kids will be? Today’s children are the backbone of tomorrow’s society, and are we in dire need of a good Chiropractor!!

Here’s to the Over 30 Crowd! May we be so luck to get Social Security!

Very funny and so true Mo Bishop!! Thanks for more insite and the reply…
I forgot about all the food alergy nonsence now…
Kids have to be segragated so they wont smell the peanut butter in the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches the kid next to him had!!
Heck I used to bring tuna fish and mayo sandwiches in a brown lunch bag, sitting in the coat rack for 5 hours… I kinda liked how the bread got all leathery and the lettuce was all wilted… We never got food poison!
I could go on and on…
Maybe someone else can remember some stuff I forgot to mention?

As a member of the way over 30 crowd, remember not having tape decks. Hmmm, imagine just listening to a radio in the car. We had a thing called a stereo, or heaven forbid–a record player. Then came–8 tracks! Didn’t have Atari either. So you guys had a cake walk to compared to those of us born years before 1980:)

Yeah and phones that you had to dial and big long cords to reach to bedroom to talk!

Remember my mom dialing (really dialing) the phone with an upside down pencil so she wouldn’t chip her nail polish. I had an extra long cord on my phone to talk to my boyfriend in the bathroom so my little sister wouldn’t interrupt.

Hair dryers weighed a ton & had two settings–on & off.

We rode bikes without helmuts & roller skates without knee & elbow pads. Roller skates (no blades) attached over shoes & were tightened with a metal key worn on a string around my neck for constant tightening adjustments. After a day of roller skating on metal wheels, my feet were humming from the vibration.

I remember walking with my cousins to the big public pool (all alone!) and swimming all day with only a quarter to buy a treat.
And teenage years…oh the Hot Rollers that burned your finger tips just rolling your hair for my Farrah Do!
And Pay phones…huh kids dont even know what one is. LOL
And actually having to WALK to the mall or movies before you had a boyfriend with a car or one of your own that you WORKED for and paid for yourself!
And Proms…we did our own makeup and hair…not a salon.
Oh this could go on for days!!! Memories and good times for sure!

And there were no remotes - you had to get up to turn the channel. And I am so old that there were no frozen pizzas - Chef Boy Are Dee made a box kit where you mixed up the dough, spread the sauce on from a loittle can and then sprinkled a tiny packet of parmesan cheese on top. We thought it was exotic.
And looking something up in those big old bulky phone books.
And no fancy synthetic fibers to keep us warm in the Minnesota winters - only scratchy wool that smelled like an old sheep when it got wet.
Yes Craig, I had the tuna sandwich that was room temperature by lunch time too and I survived just fine. I believe it was in my Bonanza lunchbucket. Oh Little Joe - be still my heart

Umm… weekday afternoon cartoons were around as early as the 1960’s, but they were all in the “afterschool” timeframe, and aimed at children. (I used to come home from school and watch Magilla Gorilla, Ricochet Rabbit, etc. And after the Flintstones and the other Hanna Barbera prime time shows had a few years of programs, they started strip syndicating them in the afternoons as well.) BUT: no cell phones – when your parents said you had to be home, you HAD to be home. If you got caught in a car accident or such, you might be stuck out in the car until someone else happened to drive by on the same road. You had to go to a pay phone or a call box to get a hold of the police. Also, phone calls were not cheap and you had to ask permission to use the phone, tell Mom and Dad who you were calling, and make sure to keep it short…

Remember arguing about who’s turn it was to change the channel & adjust the antenna!

I had a Flintstones lunch box & warm tuna sandwiches.

Michael Landon (Little Joe) went to my high school, though not when I was there. Had a bunch of famous alums, including Simon & Garfunkel & the guy who was Captain Kangaroo.

I remember drinking Kool-Aid out of an old Mayo jar with the blue screw top metal lid and wishing it was cold.
And getting Mr.Bubble for my birthday and using the whole bottle in two nights.
When answering machines first came out and recording my message with a good Rock and Roll song in the background to be cool.

I was the remote for the the TV

Lets talk about those of us that grew up in the 50’s.

We still had party line phones.

The city did mosquito control by driving up and down neighborhood streets at night and fogged us with DDT. I didn’t grow another arm or a third eye from exposure.

When we went Trick-or-Treating at halloween the fun was not only the treats (homemade back then) but having the treat givers trying to guess who we were (everyone actually knew their neighbors).

Girls wore leggings under their dresses to keep their legs warm in the cold weather. But we were not allowed to wear them during school time so we had to take them off and put them back on at the end of the school day. We really did walk to school back then in the snow, rain, sleet (kinda like the mailman) and if you lived close enough you walked home for lunch.

Girls were not allowed to wear slacks in school, dresses only.

TV was a privilege not a right. We watched Ding-Dong School, and Captain Kangeroo. As I got a little older we anxiously awaited Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, I Love Lucy, and Combat. And all we had was black and white TV. If your family had a color TV we thought you were rich.

And we actually played in our yards or a friends yard.

Oh the memories. I could go on and on.

I was a kid in the 60’s & girls weren’t allowed to wear pants to school then either. I had leggings also. Hated them & was so excited when we were finally allowed to wear pants in high school.

ROFL…I know I’m a year short but you hit the nail on the head.
Spell check was called a dic-tion-ary and you had to hand write your home work in neat joined up writing.

Debb, I had to wear saddle shoes for medical reasons. They looked even dorkier than normal (cheerleader) saddle shoes, and in the winter the only style they offered was plain black that looked like boys’ shoes. One of my friends, who had leg braces and orthopaedic shoes, at least got to get shoes in red

We were able to wear those icky polyester play pants in kindergarten when it was bad out, and then we were able to wear pant suits in 4th grade (1969-1970). And one of the fads were crocheted vests with matching skirts, worn with these zip front mock-turtleneck rib knit tops…

Sareln: did you get Co-Ed magazine in the upper grades? I got back issues from an older cousin, but when I came of target age, you could only get it through Home Ec class (I took music instead).

I remember Iodine. I remember playing ghosts in the graveyard and Mother May I? and red light green light. I remember riding my bike for 4-5 hours straight (without helmet or pads) just exploring everything. I remember writting letters to my grandmother and having to re-write them because Mom didn’t think they were neat enough. I remeber getting grounded and when I was sent to my room there was nothing to do. No T.V. to watch no stereo to listen to. I actually had to sit there and think about what I had done. I remember having chores when us kids had to set the table or do dishes that night. I remember housecleaning was every Saturday morning and all us kids had to help. So much I remember. Childhood was hard at times but I wouldn’t change mine for the world.

We had penmanship in second and third grade, when we learned to write “cursive”. I had no problems being left-handed, but I was mad at my first-grade teacher for making us form all our letters left-to-right, top-to-bottom. (Never figured out the reason for that until I picked up calligraphy as a hobby (in college)… quills, fountain pens, and calligraphy pens dig into the paper and spray ink if you write in any other direction.)

I lived in the same house as my mother’s parents and not too far from my father’s mother; my writing-to-relatives was to my great-grandmother in Chicago and my great-grandfather in Los Angeles. Mom used to also send along some of our work from art class and some of our early homework pages as well.

We had one TV, and when he was home, Dad had control over it. Most of the time, no phonograph by us – we had to go up to Grandma’s to play records.

My parents’ and grandparents’ big splurge birthday gifts for me were a Little Touch ‘n’ Sew sewing machine that (finally!) sewed correctly, a music stand when I started taking up violin lessons (Zada – my great-grandfather – paid for the violin), and a left-handed pair of dressmaker’s shears when I kept getting blisters using my mother’s right-handed shears. I wore out the Little Touch ‘n’ Sew, I used it so much on doll clothes and such… when it broke, I was barely tall enough to reach the foot pedal on Mom’s machine.

Kathy…wow you brought back memories…Red Light Green Light and Mother May I…we played Door Bell Ditch too! And sharpened popscicle sticks on the sidewalk for mini swords… and dug into the cereal box to get that pirize.

I remember roller skates with the key around ur neck, memorizing “times tables” cuz we had no calculators … and I was bad in math,lol. The Dr made house calls and now you have to fight to get a decent appt. Trick or Treating till 10:00 without your parents, cuz we lived in a time of peace of mind and no worries. How many times did you have to watch “Sing along with Mitch” and I think I saw most all the episode of Hogan’s Hereos which always made the Germans look dumb … My husband is a German immigrant … didn’t always think it was funny. Now he does. Watched the Jetsons and thought thats how life would be when I was 50, lolol. I always tell my kids they missed out on alot and they look and just smile at me. Hahaha.