Monday, February 4, 2008

FOUR MORE DAYS PEOPLE!!! I just finished the GANZA newsletter - man it turned into a NOVEL!! But, ya know - when you're on a roll!!!.....I'd rather OVER inform than UNDER informa if ya know what i mean!!! Thought ya'll would get a kick out of this - rec'd this email from Laurie - and OH HOW TRUE IT IS!!! I'm gonna read it to my kiddos - they'll think it's a HISTORY lesson!!!

If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tediousstories about how hard things were when they were growing up;what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ....uphill BOTH ways yadda, yadda, yadda! And I remember promising myselfthat 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. You've got it so easy! I mean,compared to my childhood, they live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it but kids today don't know how good they've got it!
I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to knowsomething, 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!
There were no MP3's or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitch hike to the record store and shoplift it! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and theDJ'd usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!
We didn't have fancy amenities 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 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 dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

Nobody had cell phones. If you needed to call someone, you had to memorize the number or looked it up in the phone book. Then you had to use one of the 2 phones in the house and push 7 buttons to make the call. And they were not cordless – what is a cord?, you ask. Well it was this curly, kinky, rubber thing which attached the body of the phone with the dial pad to the handset. So you couldn’t go any further than the cord would stretch – usually 5-10 feet. No running around the house while talking on the phone. No taking it to the bathroom or outside. If you were in your car and needed to make a call, you had to stop at a pay phone and it cost a quarter to make the call.
We didn't have any fancy video games with high-resolution3-D graphics! We had the Atari! With games like 'Space Invaders','Asteroids' and ‘Pac-Man’ the graphics sucked! Your guy was a little square or circle!
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 ahat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just out of luck!
Sure, some of us had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! And if you didn’t have
Cable you had 4 choices: ABC, NBC, CBS or PBS and they went off air from 2 am – 6 am.
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! Channel surfing meant you had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network, Disney Channel or Nickelodeon either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning.
Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!
And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove or oven, imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it over thestove forever like an idiot.
That's 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!
Oh yeah, and a seatbelt was Mom throwing her arm across your chest every timeshe hit the brakes.
Regards,The over 30 Crowd


Kathryn said...


Liz S said...

OH THAT IS SO TRUE, but I remember when the phone call was only a dime!!

princess jeffier said...

(ditto) AMEN SISTA!!!
we actually had a rotary dial phone for a while, not even pushing buttons-such hard work, LOL!!

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