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14 February 2003 @ 12:06 am
For all you kids :P  

(I didn't write it and I don't know who did, but I SO relate)

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 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 help keep their family from starving to death!

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 kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But....

Now that I've reached the ripe old age of thirty something, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so damn easy!

I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a darned Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't even 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! And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen! --And 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 MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Try sticking an LP Album under your jacket, buddy! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ's usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up!

You want to hear about hardship?

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And 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 agent, 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 Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked! Your guy was 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 screwed!

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 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, I swear to God! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1987!
I feel: amusedamused
I hear: Life in a Northern Town - Dream Academy
intellectual pepperyeleveninches on February 13th, 2003 10:27 pm (UTC)
You're just jealous 'cause you're OLD.
Vicki: Blow Me!!!hermorrine on February 13th, 2003 10:29 pm (UTC)

intellectual pepperyeleveninches on February 13th, 2003 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ewwww, old people!
Vicki: Pissed!Ginnyhermorrine on February 13th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)

You want to be sleeping outside on the balcony at Nimbus, don't you?!?!
intellectual pepperyeleveninches on February 13th, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
*eyes quiver*
oddree on February 14th, 2003 02:18 am (UTC)
I don't know how universal this is. When I was at school, there were people with no shower and no television. And as for the twnety channels. most of my generation in the UK had four channels only. Our, TV guide is a magazine called the Radio Times.
I still write letters (but do use email too), I visit the library and do as much research there as online. I know where the nearest post box is, I have only just got the hang of MP3s but prefer to use cds and cassetes. I don't (know how) to use Napster or Kazaa. I did plenty of pirating from the radio as a kid as well-- I remember staying awake until the early hours of the morning until the radio played the song I had been waiting for all night so I could tape it.
We only got call waiting last year. I don't know anyone with caller ID.
We didnt have a games console (too expensive), although I saved up my pocket money for over a year to buy a Game Boy.
As for the cinema, there was rarely one within driving distance, so I went to the cinema for the first time when I was 14. And cartoons were only on Saturday mornings. Annoyingly, the best ones were before 7am, so we all got up really early.

I think a lot of this is very US-specific. In the UK, kids got it easy a lot more recently. The British have always been a little behind in technology and standard of living (perhaps voluntarily sometimes: ultra-convenient comes across as needlessly extravagant --why do you need caller ID? Why don't you just pick the phone up, you'll soon find out who it is.) My younger sister (17) got it slightly easier than I did, but still, it is nothing compared to what you can see in the US and UK now.
Thanks :) Enjoyed random sharing of nostalgia and childhood.

shinysilvercoin on February 14th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: easy

That is so, so true.

Kazzii :~*X*~:
Vicki: CLex Morrihermorrine on February 14th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
Re: easy
You make very good points - thanks for reminding me not to be ethnocentric. I think I'm usually pretty aware, but sometimes I mess up.
cygnusfap on February 14th, 2003 02:54 am (UTC)
We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And 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 agent, your drug dealer, you didn't know! You just had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

Some of us still have stone-age phones without 'call waiting' or caller ID'. :p And as oddree said, 20 channels? Pah. I remember when we had 4.
Zorac: webcamzorac on February 14th, 2003 04:46 am (UTC)
Pah. I remember (just) when we only had three TV channels...
Improbable Girl: cuillerestarcrossedgirl on February 14th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
Me, too. I also remember how I was never allowed to watch cartoons at all, and the only times I did watch them were when I was at my friends, like once a month. *loves having her advanced technology, but duh, also hates a lot of problems it brings with it*
No Namenystana on February 14th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC)
Dood, you're old.

Vicki: can't fight the R/Hhermorrine on February 14th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)

I remember when you had to get your lazy arse up to change the channel to one of the few others there were!
Zorac: dinwiddy snurdlezorac on February 14th, 2003 10:20 am (UTC)
I remember having a telly with no presets, so you had to manually tune it every time you wanted to change channel. (No, seriously)
Vicki: Dariahermorrine on February 14th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
That may be true, but from what I've seen, the mobile phone system over there is MUCH better than here. So it's give and take, I think.
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Vicki: Happy Happy!hermorrine on February 14th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
*grins* Doesn't it, though? I think next I may have to post the Great 80's Song Quote Quiz...
Zorac: black untiezorac on February 14th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Ooh. That sounds like fun!
Vickihermorrine on February 14th, 2003 10:46 am (UTC)
*note to self - hunt up quiz when you get home*
Toby Malfoytobymalfoy on February 14th, 2003 10:19 am (UTC)
*looks at list of things you did/didn't have*

Not too much change between your youth and mine (and there isn't *that* much time between the two anyway). And we had only 4 TV channels when I was a kid. But I rectified that when I was 15. I bought the satellite dish myself. What? I wanted to watch StarTrek!
Bethany-Graceglissando on February 14th, 2003 10:26 am (UTC)
That's all very interesting, but can I point out that as a sixteen year old English girl I have never experienced call waiting, caller ID boxes or more than four TV channels. We're not all bad. But I can appreciate the sentiment - at my school the sixth formers always complain about the lack of respect the first years have, and they really seem to get ruder every year. i know that when I was a first year I was petrified of anyone older than me at school...
Rhinarhina on February 14th, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)
I read this and was vastly amused. As nearly 30, I can vividly remember everything you are talking about and am less than pleased (read appalled) at the things most children take for granted these days. The diversity of answers and responses from Americans to people from Great Britain is an interesting note and myself, I have views from both sides of the pond being married to a Scotsman.

My personal hate about the current generation and the people they are raised by - lack of respect for elders. I don't care who you are or where you came from, if an ADULT in charge (ie teacher, parent at a friend's house or whatever) asks for something you do it. Now obviously kids need to know when this is a bad thing BUT their rampant lack of respect in general (for someone who merely asks them to pick up the markers they just spilled) is atrocious and their parents should be shot. Since when did manners and respect become passe to teach to your children?! And when did common courtesy take a hike I ask you? When did people stop hand writing thank you notes? Politely thanking someone for doing something (and I teach and yes I thank my students all the time for doing the right thing)?

It just makes me mad to see people breeding these children and not thinking about how to raise them. And I can say that because I am a parent and a teacher and a concerned member of a country who's more worried about someone else's backyard than the children they are neglecting to educate in their own.

Bah. I say Bah!
now with 50% more ironykatrionaa on February 14th, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC)

This is great! I remember having to watch Sesame Street on a B&W TV, and I think our family was one of the last on the block to have a VCR though my brother did talk my parents into getting Atari.

Whoever wrote it forgot to say that we only could eat popsicles and the like in regular colors! We didn't have any blue raspberry, only cherry, orange and lime! And Lucky Charms only have 4 marshmellow shapes/colors!

Man, we were so deprived.
Princess Manthaprincesstisha on February 14th, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)
I've got 500 plus channels, 3 way calling, caller ID, and all that good stuff.