30 and Over~

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  1. random3434
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    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 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 damn 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 damn library and
    look it up ourselves, in the card catalogue!!

    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 ass! No where was safe!

    There were no MP3' s or Napsters! You wanted to
    steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself!

    Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd 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 the tape would come undone cause that's how we rolled 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!

    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!

    We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video
    games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games
    like 'Space Invaders' and 'asteroids'. Your 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 ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel! 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 kids !

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

    That's exactly 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 or before !

    Regards,
    The over 30 Crowd


    :lol:





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    Its true.

    I can remmeber things like when a movie like say, Star wars came out, the only way to get still pictures of it was to buy a magazine, no net and picture searches.

    You wanted porn, you had to go to the magazine stand or the back of the bookstore.

    If you dared call someone long distance it cost you a fortune.

    It really was very different.
     
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    In spite of all the new technology and better treatment of kids, I kind of feel sorry for them. I think parents have more expectations of them these days and some of those expectations are unrealistic. Such as being the parent's best friend, being a status symbol for the parent. It seems like that's more commonplace nowadays than I remember it was growing up. Parents were less nurturing in the past but they were also less controlling. Maybe it's a trade off or maybe that's just my perception.
     
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    Awesome post ECHO....if I wasn't up till 1 in the morning last nite drunk and repping posts I'd give you some rep for it.

    You hit the nail on the head as far as I go, same thing happens to me now that im into my 30's a bit.

    I've hired some young kids and they make me go insane with their lack of motivation or work ethic. It usually takes 3 weeks for them to be late or try to call in sick....BAM YOUR FIRED :D I dont tolerate that calling in sick crap.
     
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    I agree. The world is a lot different than it was when I was a kid coming up. Born in 1951 I have seen lots of changes in my life time. Seen some truly amazing things and some things I wish I had never seen. Our lives were much different than the world of today. As kids, we would never behave like the kids of today behave. For example, if you were going to go uptown for some reason you would get all gussied up to look really good because you never knew who you might run into while in town. Today, kids look pretty sad with the way they dress and with their pants hanging half-way off their asses. Go to the mall and have a seat on any bench and just watch and listen to what comes by. The kids of today are rude, crude, very impolite and simply don't have the same values of the kids back in our day did. My parents would have absolutely killed me if I acted like the kids you see at the mall these days. The kids of today are spoiled with things we never dreamed of when I was a kid. In a lot of ways, I do think kids of today have it much easier than we did but I don't see that same "happiness" on their faces as I remember seeing on the kids faces when I was coming up. The world has changed and maybe not so much for the better.
     
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    Stamps were 10 cents in 1974. Just how old are you EZ? :tongue:
     
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    :clap2: That's great EZ! So true.



    It always amazes me when I see teenagers/young adults acting as if the world OWES them a living...Like wow man, I can't believe I can't just show up whenever I feel like it and do a half assed job and still get paid! :cuckoo: It rained all last week and today it's sunny out, so I just HAVE to go to the beach and take a sick day! Life's too short, my parents work too much and never enjoy life! Oh, and can I borrow the car and do you have any cash for gas? :doubt:

    Kids these days, I tellya! :lol:

    As my parents use to say, money doesn't grow on trees ya know!


    I made sure my son understood the world his father and I grew up in as well as the world his grandparents grew up in, so he would have perspective, respect, and appreciation for how very fortunate he truly is.


    In MY day we kicked a can around in the street and we LIKED it! :cool:
     
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    it really is too bad..kids have traded childhood for cyber space...they accept the concept of animal/machine and man combos...they do not see it as alien...they have little relationship with nature...you forgot some things....mom's spit would cure most things.....kids got hurt....i can remember being put out of the house and told not to come back till lunch...my mother never concerned herself with my entertainment....or went out of her way to entertain me...we had to get up to change the channel but there were only 3 channels...so it was no biggie...my father didnt care how i felt about anything...his roof ..his rules...never wasted my time telling him my side of the agruement...cause he didnt give a damn if a pancake had two sides...it was his pancake.
     
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    Older than Amanda, younger than Gunny! ;)

    I guess people missed the *from an email part! :lol:


    My friend Teresa sent me that,she's 34 years old.
     
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    I just give mini echo a string and 2 tin cans when she asks for a phone.

    She gets bored, I tell her to draw on the back of the paper grocery bag, then make it into a shirt if she needs new school clothes.


    30 years from now our kids will be bitching about how it was back in the "good ole' days!" :lol:
     

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