Sorry, I've been having "Brain Cramps" when it comes to blogging, but I thought you all would enjoy this e-mail a friend sent me. An interesting fact about my friend – we were really good friends in high school but lost contact after graduation. On December 7, 2007 I get an e-mail with the subject line "Wow, fourty years ago there were two cute girls", it was really wonderful hearing from her after all these years. Through the years I had thought of her often and had even tried doing a people search, but its hard to find someone when you don't know their last name. I'm glad she found me.
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
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 garbage like that on kids about how hard I had it
and how easy they've got it!
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 darn library and
look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!
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
There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to
steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record
store and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the
radio and the DJ' d usually talk over the
beginning and mess it all up!
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!
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 school, your mom, your boss, your
bookie , your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!
You had to pick it up and take your chances.
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'. Your
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!
When you went to the movie theater there no such thing
as stadium seating!
All the seats were the same height!
If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in
front of you and you couldn't see, tough!
Sure, we had cable television, but back then that
was only like 15 channels and there was no on screen
menu and no remote control!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to
find out what was on!
No channel surfing!
You had to get off your back-side and walk over to the TV to
change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You
could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear me?
We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled
And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat
something up we had to use the stove.
If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy
Pop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot.
That's exactly what I'm talking about!
You kids today have got it too easy.
You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in
1980! or earlier!