Back in my days

If you are 30, or older, you might think this is hilarious! When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were "in the good old days". When they were growing up; We entertained ourselves outside for hours at a time, when we wanted to go somewhere, we walked... even uphill...  both ways....... yadda, yadda, yadda
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I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way, I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my 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 fifty, 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 darn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog first to find the book that would give us the info. There was always Encyclopedia Britannica!!

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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! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butts! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If 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 would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! If we were lucky, we had tape decks in our car... We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

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!

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There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a darn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's texting. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you really are. If your memory wasn't too good, you actually had to remember the phone number of the person you wanted to call and ring in each number one by one. If your memory wasn't too good or you were calling for the first time, then you had to get the right phone book and look it up. If you didn't have the right phone book, then you had to go down to the post office and ask to use their extensive collection of phone books!

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances!

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics!  You  had to get off your butt and actually had to use your own imagination!!!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on tele! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! There was no such thing as a remote...maybe your Dad told you to change the channel, that was the closest Dad had to a remote!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

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 rat-finks!

And we didn't have microwave ovens. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! We actually had to preplan dinner and get the food out early enough for it to defrost naturally before cooking it. Imagine that!

And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place! However we did get too have some fun riding on the back of the truck or least we have something over you guys today!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1960, 1970 or 1980 let alone anytime before!


The Over 50 Crowd

Edited and adapted from the original found on  Ozjokes


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