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You know, when we Boomers were kids, adults used to bore us to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up and how easy we had it; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda.
And all of us promised ourselves that when we grew up, there was no way we were going to lay that on our kids.
I’ve changed my mind.
My fellow Boomers, feel free to share with anyone under the age of 30 so they know just how easy they have it compared to our childhood... Yep, just our parents said to us, you kids today don't know how good you've got it:
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 a card catalog.
So, OMG, 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 street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there.
There were no cell phones either. Once you left the house, you used a public phone if you had to reach someone. Yep, no being in touch with someone 24/7. And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
There was no Napster or ITunes; you had to wait until it played on the radio and then tape it as it was playing (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 all unreeled rendering it useless.
We didn't have fancy phone features like call waiting and caller ID... If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, the end...And 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, baby!
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 forcing you to use (gasp) 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!
You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on. And forget channel surfing… You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel because there were NO REMOTES
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. 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! Imagine that!
Our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!
Bottom line: You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in our day….
Kids, you have been officially alerted....
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