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Growing up without a cell phone

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  1. goldenlight

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    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. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways! 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 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 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. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the 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! 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 $%&! 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 @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! 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!

    There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OMG!!! 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 are.

    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, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

    We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen 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!

    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 &%$ and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! 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 microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! 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!
    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 1980 or any time before!

    Regards,
    The Over 30 Crowd
     
  2. RightGlock1

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    Great post!! My son's going to hate it!!
     

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    i wish i grew up in the 50's...
     
  4. Riggs23

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    Good post. I truly miss the 80's and 90's. Things were so much better!
     
  5. RF7126

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    I'm mid-20s and almost every single item resonated with me too. Things have changed fast, especially in the last decade.
     
  6. HollowHead

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    Great post! The problem with kids today isn't all the conveniences they have, it's all the conveniences they're provided with for free from their parents without any accountability. I had nicer stuff than many of my friends in the early seventies, but I also worked my *** off for them with paper routes, caddying and cutting lawns. HH
     
  7. Mopaw

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    You were raised in the 80's? you child! Man, back in the 50's when I grew up- now THAT was TUFF!! If you wanted a skateboard, you had to use a hammer and flatten your own skate! Knee pads? What are those? Seat belts in cars? Man, I was lucky I had a DOOR!! Just sit right down there, Sonny, and let me tell you about the time I..................
     
  8. Kkille1LSU

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    I with you. LAST DECADE. Two days ago I was saying that I didn't have a clock on my first cell phone. Now I have the internet.

    Today in wal-mart I heard a 9-11 year old boy tell his sister, "Tell mom I got my cell on me. Call me if I get lost." It made me smile.
     
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    In my junior high days, i had one of the nicest bikes out of anyone... everyone just assumed my dad bought it for me. i couldn't count the number of times i had this conversation:

    them: "nice bike"
    me: "thanks"
    them: "i wish i had a rich dad who bought me stuff"
    me: "what? no, i bought this with the money i made mowing lawns over the summer"
    them: "dude... isn't that hard?"
    me: "uh... it's work, i guess"

    dumb people. you can tell who they are at a very young age.
     
  10. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    I lived next door to the Cleavers, right down the street from the Stone family.

    Didn't know the Nelsons.

    :fred:
     
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    I can also tell who had everything given to them when they were kids by how they vote today. HH
     
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    Nice post! I'm 23 and can relate to a lot of that.
     
  13. goldenlight

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    I can remember when I was about 10 or 11 years old, trying to save up the $20 to buy a 'transistor' radio.

    Twenty dollars was a LOT of money back then. It was before I had a paper route, so it was before I was 12 years old.

    I remember shoveling snow, raking leaves, and mowing lawns, with a 'push' lawnmower. I was pretty little, and it was all HARD work for me.

    I EARNED everything I had, except for birthday and Christmas gifts.

    Kids today have no idea.....!:steamed:

    My brother bought my nephew a 2007 Audi TT Quattro convertible for his 21st birthday.:steamed::steamed:

    That kid has never worked a single day in his life.:steamed:
     
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    Being 25 and I can also relate. I was recently telling my sister that my 1 year old neice will never drive a car that doesn't have a GPS unit. In 15 years even an "old" car will have one built in.
     
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    I'm 29, and love technology. I'm must admit, I don't know how I got anything accomplished prior to email and the internet. Not sure how I managed those years without a computer either.
     
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    When I was a kid we had telephones with rotary cranks that we'd turn to ring an operator who asked what number we wanted, and she then connected our calls through a switchboard. In the 1950's, many phone systems had direct dial but almost all long distance calls required an operator connection. My mother worked as a switchboard operator for Mountain Bell Telephone and Telegraph.

    When I got my first IBM PC computer in 1981, we had just gone from eight party shared telephone lines to four party telephone lines. Each party (or household) had a particular ring sequence such as two short and one long ring.... It was improper, even illegal to answer the phone on someone elses ring.

    In the early 1980's the first cellular phones were briefcase sized units that cost around $3000 each and could be installed in a car for a couple hundred bucks. Real money back then.
     
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    They don't have it nearly as good today. My kids will not know what it's like to hop on the dirt bike, leave the driveway and disappear for hours at a time. My kids will not know what it's like to grab the .22lr and walk down to the end of the street for an unsupervised plinking session.

    I drove down to an old childhood fishing spot a couple months ago. I was there less than a minute before a deputy told me to move on.
     
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    No cable!!
    We had channels 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, and if it was a good day, 32.
    They usually signed off at midnight!
     
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    In fifth grade I brought a bayonet to school for show and tell. I would be arrested for that today. It's not getting better.
     
  20. JuneyBooney

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    Good post and the truth. I am amazed at the new folks...like computers too. They were not around until the 90's for most people.