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When I was a kid adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious lectures 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 the world 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, 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 - 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! 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! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up!

You want to hear about hardship?

You couldn't just download porn! You had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! It was either that or jackoff to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog!

Those were your options!

We didn't have fancy crap 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 videogames 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 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 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! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1984!
 

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Havin a sudden case of feelin old SD? ;)
 

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Nah, I got a few years before 30 yet, got that in my e-mail today.
 

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Wow, that made me feel old. Thanks.
GUN :(
 

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Yeah, but you did't have to deal with pedofiles trying to abduct you every other day, or see all the money go into daddy's arm, or have to meet mommy's new friend every other week, or worry bout gettin capped in 3rd grade.
 

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Man, I miss saturday morning cartoons. :( Now it's all this 12 yr old "Oh-no-a-zit-my-life-is-SO-like-totally-RUINED' teen crap. GIMME MY FRIGGIN BUGS BUNNY AND FRIENDS!

Ug.....
 

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hold on now!

Whats wrong with asteroids and space invaders? You have taken it too far my friend!
:rant: :rant: :rant:
 

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Man, I miss saturday morning cartoons. :( Now it's all this 12 yr old "Oh-no-a-zit-my-life-is-SO-like-totally-RUINED' teen crap. GIMME MY FRIGGIN BUGS BUNNY AND FRIENDS!

Ug.....
No kidding.. I remember getting my cereal, sitting my butt in front of the tv and not leaving for 4 hours, all the while watching Loonie Toons!
 

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i still have my atari 2600 hooked up to a 13" tv, no plasma flatscreen no remote. the kids of today wouldnt last at all. there so spoiled.
 

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i still have my atari 2600 hooked up to a 13" tv, no plasma flatscreen no remote. the kids of today wouldnt last at all. there so spoiled.
Yeah.

We used to have to GET UP FROM THE COUCH to change the channel!
 

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1984,try 1964

No cable tv,in fact black and white tv only.
No Hustler,tho one of the guys' Dad did subscribe to Playboy,we did have the Sears catalog,as well as National Geographic.
How about a partyline phone.
CD's,cassette tapes,and even 8-track tapes weren't around yet.
AM radio only for rock&roll,Top 40 stations abounded.
But to offset that we had real ethyl gas,leaded,with all the octane you could want. The streets were flooded with 64 427 Galaxie 500's,Marauders,409 Chevys,421 Pontiacs,426 Maxwedge Mopars,Fuelie Vettes,and a couple of new offerings,64 Tri-power 389 4 speed GTO's and the car that shook the automotive world,don't laugh,it did,the Mustang. You could go down to the dealer of your choice and buy any of them,drive down to the gas station and fill up on 100 octane for 5 or 6 dollars,take it out on the highway and see what she'd do,most states had no speed limit in open areas.
Times change,so does technology,but I think we've all had it pretty good compared to other times and lots of other countries.
 

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I used to always hear about the "horror days" before television.

<img src="http://www.shadoweb.net/oldpics/Image72.jpg" height="405" width="663">

My dad's first car? A model T.
 

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Re: 1984,try 1964

Uncler Lar said:
...drive down to the gas station and fill up on 100 octane for 5 or 6 dollars, take it out on the highway and see what she'd do, most states had no speed limit in open areas.

:( Makes me wish for the olden days
 

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ShadowDragon said:
I used to always hear about the "horror days" before television.

http://www.shadoweb.net/oldpics/Image72.jpg" height="405" width="663">

My dad's first car? A model T.
Shouldn't that be like "Glen-Ray-Lora"? Something funny going on in the family SD?

And what's with having your kids pose on a roadway?:tongue:
 

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Shouldn't that be like "Glen-Ray-Lora"? Something funny going on in the family SD?

And what's with having your kids pose on a roadway?:tongue:
Actually it's Ray, Glen, Lora.

You are older than me so I wouldn't talk. :D

I think this was the last time they got all three of them in the same room

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Though I hope not in the same order. :D

Yup, I'm old, going on ancient relative to the average on this site. Although I did have the luxury of getting a ride on a snowmobile across the field to the bus-stop at 6yrs old. Wish I could find a pic of my first official car. It was a red fire-engine pedalcar and it's somewhere around in my stuff.

Yeah, Pick-Up-Stix was a hoot to play. :rolleyes: Wahoo!! The good ol' days.
 

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Yeah, Pick-Up-Stix was a hoot to play. :rolleyes: Wahoo!! The good ol' days.
I never did take the time to figure out how to play that game.
 
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