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    i got this today from my sis-in-law...she is 36 ..... thought it was quite funny....

    If you are 36, or older, you might 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 hell 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 forty, 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!




    1) 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!!

    2) 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!

    3) 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 ass! Nowhere was safe!

    4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

    5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% 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 then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?



    6) 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!

    7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH!!! Think of the horror... Not being in
    touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

    8) 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 parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... You just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

    9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'.. Your screen 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!

    10) 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 ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!!
    Oh, no,what's the world coming to?!?!

    11) 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-bastards!



    12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

    13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... All day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... You were doing chores!

    14) And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

    See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

    Regards,
    The Over 40 Crowd
    (Send this to someone you'd like to make smile)

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    LOL, I think that I am going to print this..frame it and hang it up on my wall :-D

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    lol!

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    he he he!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Lynne
    LOL, I think that I am going to print this..frame it and hang it up on my wall :-D

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    Darlin, wait till your turning 70.

    Lanny

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    Thats right!!

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    I had to look to see if you were from my hometown when I read this. Imagine my surprise when I saw you're not even in the same country! It's good to know our Canadian friends were raised the same way as us redneck hillbillies--LOL.

    I often wonder how my 17 year old daughter and 13 year old son would make it through the day without all their modern conveniences. Outside? Are you kidding? There are bugs out there and don't you know the sun causes cancer? What is a record? What is a card catalog?--that one was from one of the students manning the school library. Encyclopedia? Don't you mean Wikipedia? Even my husband who is 5 years older than me refuses to change the channel on the tv and the stereo receiver without a remote. It's more complicated than it was back then but it can be done. He won't watch it if the batteries go dead in the remote and will whine & gripe until I take the batteries out of something else if there aren't any new ones in the closet.

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    ROL! YIP!

    Only I have a problem with #5 -- in my day, we didn't have even that!!!

    And # 6 ---in my day, call waiting meant someone else was on the 6 party line and you had to WAIT to be able to use the phone!

    And # 10 --- TV guide???? We only had one channel and you just KNEW when Bonanza or The Wonderful World of Disney came on......Oh, wait - that was AFTER we got TV!!! I was 7 before I saw a tv!!

    Yeah -- you spoiled little punks!

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    well im not quite 36...will be later this year...however...

    ROFL...i remember this stuff lol

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    "safety arm across the chest"........ Man. I STILL do this, LOL!

    Jan in VA

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    Oh my goodness!! I am getting old!
    My mom has a rotary phone, the grandkids didn't even know how to use it. Tried to push the numbers!!! :roll:

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    You only had 4 major channels; if the President was giving a speech, you had to wait until he was done before you could watch regular programming!

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    LOL. This is too funny. I'm a 69 baby, so this is familiar, on both front due to the fact that my DM &DD are in their mid to late 70's.

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    That was great! Thanks for the reminder of my yester-years in the days when you could ride in the bed of a truck!

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    :)

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    I'm laughing so hard I'm crying!! thanks.

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    Sorry didn't read much of it. Too much swearing.

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    Heaven help them if they have to calculate something! Plus time management... one had to wait until Monday morning to get milk or bread or eggs or fuel... no stores were open on Sunday! Ahhhh, the good ole' days!!

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    I was 7 before I saw a tv!!
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    I heard about TV while still in my teens, and visited a "rich" school friend just to see what it was all about. There was Dad in his chair nearest the TV, which was a big box in a pretty wooden chest, and the kids had to sit where the grown ups did not, and Daddy got to choose ALL the TV shows, and I think there were 2 channels at least.

    We got to eat cookies and milk on prettily decorated metal trays, and all us kids had to clean up everything, missing big chunks of the programs, but the grownups didn't give a hoot about that, kids were supposed to do what the adults said.

    I was in my 20s before I had one of my own, and could watch it most of the time, if and when I had the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aylahopper
    That was great! Thanks for the reminder of my yester-years in the days when you could ride in the bed of a truck!
    And play with lawn darts!

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    LMBO

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    I`m with you there!!! ha ha ha!!
    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    ROL! YIP!

    Only I have a problem with #5 -- in my day, we didn't have even that!!!

    And # 6 ---in my day, call waiting meant someone else was on the 6 party line and you had to WAIT to be able to use the phone!

    And # 10 --- TV guide???? We only had one channel and you just KNEW when Bonanza or The Wonderful World of Disney came on......Oh, wait - that was AFTER we got TV!!! I was 7 before I saw a tv!!

    Yeah -- you spoiled little punks!

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    That was about the same age we got our t.v...i was about 6...it was black and white...we watched Hockey night in Canada...yep i`m canandian lol and BONANZA....Ed Sullivan, Bugs Bunny, and a few cowboy movies oh and the french channel of course but that was about it!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I was 7 before I saw a tv!!
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    I heard about TV while still in my teens, and visited a "rich" school friend just to see what it was all about. There was Dad in his chair nearest the TV, which was a big box in a pretty wooden chest, and the kids had to sit where the grown ups did not, and Daddy got to choose ALL the TV shows, and I think there were 2 channels at least.

    We got to eat cookies and milk on prettily decorated metal trays, and all us kids had to clean up everything, missing big chunks of the programs, but the grownups didn't give a hoot about that, kids were supposed to do what the adults said.

    I was in my 20s before I had one of my own, and could watch it most of the time, if and when I had the time.

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    Really?? ha ha ha !! I never noticed...by the way i didn`t write it!! LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Sorry didn't read much of it. Too much swearing.

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    We had a remote control when I was a kid. I stood at the tv and changed the channels until my dad found something he wanted to watch. LOL!

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