Thursday, December 13, 2007

my generation

Do you remember getting up off the floor and walking up to the television to change the channel to one of the other five options - the 1980 version of “channel surfing?”

Did your mom heat hot dogs in boiling water on the stove?

If so, I think you’ll find this as funny as I did. I don’t know who wrote it; it’s one of the endless forwarded emails I received that was actually worth reading:


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 ..

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 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.

They’ve got it so easy! Compared to my childhood, they live in a freaking convenience Utopia!

1. 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.

2. There was no email. We had to actually write somebody a letter … with a pen. Then you had to walk all the way down the driveway and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there.

3. There were no MP3’s or Napsters. 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 stupid DJ would usually talk over the beginning and ruin it!

4. 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 was it. Can you say emergency break-thru’s?...until the operators caught on.

5. 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 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.

6. We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had the Atari with games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘asteroids’. The graphics were horrible. Your guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination. 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.

7. 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.

8. Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu. You had to actually read a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on.

9. There was no Cartoon Network either. You only got cartoons on Saturday morning. We had to wait ALL WEEK for our shows.

10. We didn’t have microwaves. if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire. If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing or a pan with HOT oil and real popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove forever like an

11. When we were on the phone with our friends and our parents walked in, we were stuck to the wall with a cord, a 7 foot cord that ran to the phone - not the phone base, the actual phone. We barely had enough length to sit on the floor and still be able to twirl the phone cord in our fingers. If you had to go to the bathroom you were forced to hang up and talk to them later.

You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1980!
The over 30 Crowd


Kim said...

LOL @ taping off the radio... okay, i'm not over 30 but i totally did that. and i would even drag my tape recorder along if our family took a trip down to the 'big city' because they would play such better music on the radio down there than they would up in northern MN... so i'd sit our hotel room and record songs from the cool radio stations. HAHA.

Amy said...

i just got this email. it's so true. we just thought we were so cool in the '80s!!! my how things change. =)

Amie R said...

This is hilarious!

LeeAnn said...

This is a great one!! I love hearing all about those 80's things!! It really makes you feel old now that they are making this lists of things "from the 80's" that you can associate so much with! But I love the memories that it brings!!

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