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« on: October 14, 2005, 02:42:51 PM »

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'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and
 notice the youth of today. You've got it so eas! y! I mean, compared to
 my childhood, you live in a damn 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 damn 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 get there!

 There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had
to hitchhike to the damn 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 @#*% it all up!
 And talk of about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had
 to steal it from your brother or bribe some homeless dude to buy you a
 copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! 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, that's it! And we
didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you
had no idea who i t 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, mister!
 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 ass! 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! ... Just like LIFE!

 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, you were
 just screwed!

 Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15
 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You
had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You
 were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your
ass and walk over to the TV to change the channe l and there was no
 Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday
 Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for
cartoons, you spoiled little bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up ...we
 had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire ... imagine that! If
 we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop 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're spoiled.

 You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in ! 1980!
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2005, 03:25:54 PM »

Crimenetly! Jee Whillikers... dagnabit, kids today got no respect.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2005, 03:26:28 PM »

Speaking of cable TV and remotes... does anyone remembered the corded remotes with rows of buttons(one for each channel)?  The buttons were loud too so that when you channel surfed there was a constant cli-chunk! cli-chunk! cli-chunk! sound.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2005, 03:47:58 PM »

I think I saw one of those once....in a museum.   :twisted:
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2005, 03:57:50 PM »

My friends had a old tv with a remote. It was'nt corded but it only had 2 or 3 buttons and they made really loud sounds like that..cli-thunk! cli-thunk! and it would'nt go back down through the channels you just had to go to 12 and it would start over at 1.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2005, 04:10:10 PM »

I remember when I was the remote control for the tv...
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2005, 04:13:48 PM »

Pfft... remote?  I'd have settled for a channel dial that worked.  We had to bust out a pair of pliers to change the channel.  Of course that didn't happen too often, since we only had four channels - five if the weather was good.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2005, 04:32:02 PM »

Wow Laner, that sounds like our TV when I was a kid.

When I was in high school we got a VCR (a top loader) with a corded remote.  That was the life: going to the video store, renting pirated copies of Star Wars and Star Trek movies and watching them AT HOME.  We were pretty deluxe.
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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2005, 04:59:35 PM »

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You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in ! 1980!


I assure you I would have, and did, kind sir. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2005, 05:37:44 PM »

Actually I remember watching the launch of the USS Nautilus on TV.
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