And We Liked It That Way!

First, let me preface this by saying I do not know who originally wrote this. It’s one of those e-mail goodies passed around the net. But I could have written something like it, because I sure could identify with most of it!

When I was a kid adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious stories about how hard things were when they were growing up;

What with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning uphill both ways through year ’round blizzards, carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to keep their family from starving to death!

I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of junk like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve go it!

But….Now that I’ve reached the ripe old age thirty-nine, 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 BOOKS!!!)! And 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!

And there were no MP3’s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself!…. Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! You want to hear about hardship? Guys couldn’t just download porn! They had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of “Hustler” at the 7-11 Store! Those were your options!

We didn’t have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! We didn’t have fancy Caller ID boxes either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was, it could be your boss, your mom, a collections agency, your drug dealer, you didn’t know! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, Mister!

And we didn’t have any fancy Sony Play station video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 260 with games like “Space Invaders” and “Asteroids” and the graphics stunk! Your guy was a little square! You 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 faster until you died! Just like life!

When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were messed up! And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV guide to find out what was on!

And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning….D’ya hear what the heck I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little brats! 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 last five minutes back in 1984!

That was my life in a nutshell…The Atari games, the library…That could be me talking.

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