Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd

Boy, can I relate to this. 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..... 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 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 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 ass!

Nowhere was safe! There were no MP3' s or Napsters! If 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 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 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, your drug dealer, 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 ass 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...!

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!


s7anna said...

Hey Tory,

I'm not too far away from 30...I turned 27 this year and I can still relate to your points! I totally don't know how kids today would survive without their cell phones and their mobile texting...although I gotta admit I'm part of the generation that lived on their cell phones :P

I'm thankful for the internet..ALL HAIL THE INTERNET GODS!!! but I love the library...I was always a bookworm so the library was THE place for me to be!!!

Hmm...I'm glad I missed out on the whole corporal punishment bit from my friends' parents...although my Mum still gave me a good beating when I was little and upto no good LOL

Let's just say that kids today could definitely use a taste of the old school way of things to truely appreciate what they all have access to and they take for granted.

Happy Reading!!!
Hope you're enjoying your holidays.
Anna Shah Hoque

Jane said...

I can definitely relate to this post.

Linda Henderson said...

This is so true. They don't know how good they have it.

annalisa said...

I was born in 1952 so I can really relate to your post. I totally agree that the kids nowadays don't know how good they've got it and a lot of them don't appreciate what they have. Many just expect to have things handed to them without having to work for it. My dad always used to tell us if we wanted something we would have to work and earn the money before we could get it. Today's kids are so used to instant gratification.

Tory Richards said...

Amen, Anna! I didn't hesitate to spank my daughter when she was little. I was lucky, for the most part she was a good kid and didn't need many.

Time out in the bedroom where the TV and computer are just isn't working for the kids today.

I love computers and cell phones and I'm learning how to text message! Gonna surprise my daughter while she's at work one day. She thinks I live in the stone ages.

Tory Richards said...

Me too Jane:)

Tory Richards said...

Hey Linda, ever wonder what today's kids will be saying when they're our age?

Tory Richards said...

I was born in 1955 Annalisa, a time when moms stayed home and raised their kids. Nowadays that's almost unheard of. I think working parents feel guilty they can't spend as much time with their kids so over compensate by giving them everything.