it could be worse
it could be worse
After dinner,there was no everyone going to their seperate rooms. Everyone helped clean up, no TV, listen to the radio on an old Zenith console. You actually dressed up to go to church on Sunday. You had your knives sharpened by the guy who came down the street with a cart. Italian ice was homemade,cost a nickel,and came in a paper cup. Gas was .20 cents a gallon,and cars where built like tanks. Appliances where made to last 20-30 years. Everyone had chores to do. Today you ask a kid to hang up his jacket and you get a look. Gangs were cool back then. No guns, just knives and bats. I used to pitch pennys with the leader of the Latin Kings when I was 12. We were more diverse then than today. People helped each other, neighbors cared for one another. Today if you wave to a neighbor,they think your an ax murderer. Everyone had a garden for veggies. Today it's all gassed, radiated, pre-packaged, and comes from mexico. Everyone looked out for each others kids. Today they just mind their own buisness. Teachers, at least in catholic school, were allowed to discipline kids, today, it's a law suit if the kid stands too long and his foot falls asleep. Parents could spank their kids while today,DCFS shows up at your door. While I can agree that technology has it's benefits, and society in general evolves, you still have to ask yourself at what costs ? Is what we've gained worth what we've lost ? I know it's hard for the under 40 crowd to understand, if you never had it, you don't view it as loosing anything.
I float somewhere in between being 37yrs old. So I totally relate to what you wrote but like a couple of others have said. Times change, technology and life moves on. So just because you didn't have something then doesn't mean you can't enjoy it now.
I would like to add one thing.
My dads first remote control for the TV was me. He would call me into the living room and of course back then when your parents spoke you listened. So I would run in and he would say "see what is on TV". I would give the tsk sound and he would say "I will give you something to tsk about now see what is on Home Box". And don't be the one to zip or spin the dial to quick or you would hear "easy your gonna break it" Meanwhile that cable box was in the house for something like 10yrs without issue. Ahhh Memories..
Only on an electronic/technology forum will you see push - pull threads Priceless...
Don't forget about telephone party lines. You actually had to pick up the phone and listen to make sure someone FROM ANOTHER HOUSE wasn't already using the phone line. Sometimes people would bust in and say, "Are you going to be on here for very long, I need to make a call." Kids these days would die if they had to deal with that!
I remember my Dad would occasionally let me dial into his work's mainframe (late at night, with an acoustic boot 400 baud modem) to play a text-based game called "Adventure". Like clockwork, after a few minutes of playing, someone from another house would pick up the phone -- bye-bye game!
And for the record, I'm in my late 30's...
Circa 1964 Summer Olympics Boxing; My father bought a color TV for my grand parents. We used to go there every Sunday for dinner and Ed Sullivan. The Olympics were on and a Russian & and American were boxing . . . I don't remember their names. Well the American gave the Russian a straight right to the nose and the blood began to flow . . . BLOOD ON TV! Now my father was an avid boxing fan and used to watch the Friday nights fights religiously every week.
Well when he saw the Russian bleeding profusely and the red blood all over his nose and face, it set us back about 5 to 6 years from getting a color TV.
not all the things you mentioned are changes for the good.
NotaSuv, are you looking to replace Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes? I think you would be a good fit.
If you want to complain about how easy we have it than your generation shouldn't have invented all this stuff for us....
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Where can I get me some??
LOLz #13. I remember standing up in the front seat when we went places. we actaully got into an accident once, a dump truck ran a red light and we T-boned it. I went flying up into the dash. Woke up and had been pulled from the car. Somehow my dad found out we were in a wreck (no cell phones) and we all drove home together. No hospital time for me, no huge lawsuit for the dump truck driver. Black '69 Ford Torino with a 351 Windsor totalled
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"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg." --Thomas Jefferson
I guess it's all situational, I'm 28 and my dad had zero problem kicking my ass, giving me tons of chores, making me work and buy my own stuff, locking me out of the house all day...
As others have said, we face a lot of new challenges also. Between modern tech, overseas competition, and corporate greed/"efficiency", millions of jobs have been cut and work life balance is almost a thing of the past...
Not to mention the cost of living for a young family... student loans are outrageous, getting a home is still very difficult, health care cost is insanely high. Don't forget daycare cost now...
To put my daughter in a safe, licensed daycare averages at least $800/month.
I think it's tough for every generation, just when you look back the grass always seems greener.
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Oh awesome, I'm so glad this thread got revived from the dead from a year ago.
If you will it, dude, it is no dream.
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