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If you are 35 , 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 in hell 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 forty, 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 damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) 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!!

2) 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!

3) 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 ass! Nowhere was safe!

4) 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!

5) 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?

6) 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!

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

8) 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, mister!

9) 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!

10) 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 channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

11) 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!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

13) 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 the 1970's or any time before!

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Oh this is too funny! My youngest was astounded when I told him about 8 tracks, and when he found my record player in the attic he was all, "What's That"!? I pulled out and old 45 and played it, you would have thought he was seeing magic for the first time! LOL!

You know..He thinks I rode dinosaurs to school.
 

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Thanks nana.....I got that in an email a few days ago. Thought it was hilarious..........especially the part about no car seats and you got the arm across you at the last minute!! :laugh:

I remember having to slam on my brakes and I tossed ds off the front seat!!! (you would probably be jailed for that today!!) :yikes:
 

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We had a volkswagon and I rode in the back compartment over the engine and colored. My mom was busy holding my brother in her arms in the front seat. It had forced air heating.In other words NO Heat. For fun on the weekends dad would go on icy backroads after church. Up was fun until it started to slide backwards down the hill. I prayed during and after church. I remember thinking. My old man is MENTAL!!
 

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"The safety arm" is a lost art of motherhood. My mother still does this when she's driving and one of us are buckled and riding shot gun. It's amazing that arm, it must have a sensor. It seems instinctually and only happens to her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, no matter how old we've become. I've never once seen that arm shoot out for my father, aunts, or uncles. LOL

****We use to come every summer by car from Long Island to Kentucky to visit mom's side of the family. The babies traveled in a laundry basket and there were generally so many of us smushed in the car we would fight over the back floor board spaces behind the front seats. (The laundry basket still seems much more humane to me than being tied into a car seat for an 18 hour drive.)
 
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ROTFL!!!! So very true...... My 16 and 10 year old think I am a dinosaure even though I am only 32.... just the age to know all the old technology and some on the new.... Great time to grow up.... in the 80s....
 

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I rarely have anyone in the passenger seat when I drive, but the "safety arm" still goes out if I make a quick stop!
 
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My side hurts! Thanks! Once my dd asked if I saw in color when I was little because I was telling her how the tv was only in black and white! The line that got me was

3) 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 ass! Nowhere was safe!
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4) 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!

5) 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?
 

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I still do the "safety arm" thing and they are in seat belts. I did this to my friend and copped a feel on accident. We got a good giggle over it. I told her to not to tell her husband. **teehee**
 

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I enjoyed reading your list - my kids just can't get the fact if we wanted to watch a tv show we had to be there at the exact time or you missed it
What about the long telephone wires so the phone you could reach your room for a private call
 

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Along this line...my dad was born in 1898, no that is NOT a typo!

He was the only father I knew who'd been born before 1900, so one time when I was really young, I asked him what George Washington was like?

He thought it was hilarious, long run, but was dismayed because I thought he was that old!

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The whole thing made me laugh and reminice on going back to those times. I still love Disco, The Waltons, Hogan's Heros, and my easy bake oven.

Oh I can so relate to this:

13) 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!
 
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