To the under 40 crowd
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 I was going to lay a bunch of stuff 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 fifty, 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 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 butts! 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 messed 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. Because, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?
6) We didn't have fancy stuff 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 cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a 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 outta luck 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!!! 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 waitALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little brats!
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!
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!
The Over 40 Crowd
Good One. Thanks from the over 40 group. :smile:
...and we were perfectly happy.
And while I totally agree with most if not all of your points, this could be said of every generation past and present...
I am sure your parents could say things about what they did before black and white TV, before city water & plumbing, etc. and equate with how much easier you had things...
Innovation & Technology constaly change the way we interact with the world, for good or ill.
Some things to keep in mind things that we have worse than older generations:
The global economy has outsourced thousands of jobs and will continue to do so as a result of cheaper labor/manufacturing markets elsewhere.
As a result of technology many jobs want you to be reachable 24/7 via cell phone, IM, pager, ect making it much harder to unplug and actually go on vacation
The cost of college education has skyrocketed and will continue to do so, and many menial jobs like a receptionist now require 4 year degrees whereas in decades past they didn’t
Most folk’s dont see the American Dream as attainable anymore
Most college grads will change jobs/careers 7-9 times if not more
Rising cost of health insurance......
Each generation faces challenges that vastly differ from generations past. So while we may be lazy to some, we also are having to adapt at a much faster rate to the changing job market and re-equip for it as we age.
Not trying to start a flame war here, nor even really disagree with any of your points, simply providing the "under 40" perspective a bit.
I love it, thanks for the trip back in time.
One more thing. When you finally finished school (no matter what level) you were not looking for the VP position, you took anything.
I remember when we got our first color TV, it was around 1966, and it was a VERY exciting day at our house!
Back in my day we didn't have cars or fridges...or phones. You people over 50 had it so easy with your 8 tracks...when I was young and wanted to hear music...I'd sing it myself. Air conditioning? You must be joshing me. We had to hunt and grow our food. Running water? Only if you had a well and a windmill. You kids over 50 don't know the half of it!
I remember the amazement at the very first Pong video game! And the very first Amana RadarRange microwave that would cook a hotdog in 30 seconds!
Back in 2001 I went to the funeral of a family friend who was born in 1904. The preacher ran through a list of all the changes that this woman had seen during her lifetime. It was mind-boggling.
I got my ass beat so many times.... I used to hate it but guess what? Whatever it was I did to deserve that ass whooping (with a feather duster, meter stick, cane, switch, belt, whatever) - I never did it again. It sucked back then but now I know the point of it.
Freakin' legendary. Pin a grilled cheese to your chest and hang a gold star on the fridge. I think you nailed it.
Originally Posted by exalted512
Yadda, yadda, yadda, Blah Blah Blah :tongue:
You have to admit....channel-surfing was much easier back then....when there were only 5 channels!! Total!! :mad:
Originally Posted by NotaSuv
Come on, you forget....
- There was no such thing as GPS. We actually had to learn how to read a map....and fold it back correctly.
- There was no such thing as ordering online from places like Amazon.com. We looked at mail catalogs and order stuff blindly....there was no such things as online reviews either.
- There was no such thing as pushing buttons on a phone....we actually use our fingers to dial a phone number....and wait for the dial to return to its original position.
- There was no such thing as remote entry on a car. We had keys....one for the door, one for the ignition, and another one for the trunk. And possibly another one for the gas cap.
- There was no round-the-clock TV. We watch whatever is on TV. And the TV station would sign off at about 2AM and go blank.
- There was no such thing as Starbucks. Coffee is coffee....and that's it.
Btw, my parents told me when they were kids, they had to walk to school every morning....uphill....both ways....in the snow if winter....and boiling asphalt in summer.
I never got an ass-whippin I didn't deserve, and missed quite I few that I did...to this day Dad is the Alpha, and always will be. I love the man like there's no tommorrow, because he hated doing it, but he had the fortitude to follow thru.
It didn't take 337 channels to get quality TV in the day.
American made cars ALWAYS breaking down.
Tires going flat all the time.
Yep, I was pretty good on a pinball machine but that Asteroids was tough!:redface:
No, tv sucked. We just didn't know any better.
I never had a color tv until I bought my own at age 23.
Yes, my first stereo had tubes. My first car had no seat belts
and a dashboard made of heave gauge steel(no padding).
And it cost $100.
Several teachers in my high school had been there long enough
to call kids by their parents names by mistake.
Hemp grew wild, and we had no idea what to do with it other than
scythe it down along with all the other weeds.(they used to grow it
for rope, it was everywhere).
You people bitch too much.
lol, im 25, and i remember hearing all of that from my grandparents. and i look at them and say "i wish id grown up back then, life seemed easier and clean cut". not to mention the music being produced!
Wish Auto-Tune was never invented......
No T-Pain then, but also no bed intruder song either.....tough call
hide your kids....hide your wife...and hide your husband.....
I remember getting 3 channels of TV when I was younger, 1 really good, 2 iffy at best.
Best post I've read in a long time. My head still hurts a bit from when the safety arm was a tad late....
Our first color TV was a 19" Magnavox with a REMOTE control....we bought it in 1978. It was one of the first sets with a COMB filter for better picture quality--better resolution--my father had no idea what that meant so he left it to me. My father was slow to buy a color set because he believed they hadn't yet perfected 'color'? Right!
Originally Posted by steveinaz
That set ran for over 20 years before dying. Bought on my recommendation...I was already doing AV research back then. lol
As far as 'then' and 'now'. Well some things change and some don't--stop thinking that because you're young it means something. My generation proved how F-d up we were as youthful smart-A$$es. America is a youth culture...you know that. It's all about being young, keeping up with the latest and greatest gizmodos and NEVER growing old. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT LAST ONE, BOYS!
I can't believe all you old guys know how to post messages on an internet forum.
I don't know how. My 11 year old does it for me. :biggrin:
Originally Posted by SolidSqual
Longtime no talk. Hope you Esoteric gear is sounding wonderful. Did you get a chance to sit down this past summer and listen to some tunes, or did you spend your free time watching your son shoot holes-in-one and embarras his peers' fathers?
P.S. A son's duties never end . . . My Dad still calls me from 500 miles away to tell him how to turn home theater on and watch TV at the same time.
It has been a busy year all round. Too much work and I thought I moved to Yellowknife for a little R&R. Anyway, things are beginning to slow down with one more trip to Ottawa this year and that's it.
I did find some time to listen to some tunes and after replacing some cheap fuses and adding some BDR Jumbo pucks the gear is sounding good. And to top if off by golf game has improved after my son and I went away together in the summer to do some golfing. A few tips from him and my game improved. The things we learn.
Are you finishing school?