Thursday, January 15, 2009

Over 30 Crowd

Since I am now officially part of the over 30 crowd (Happy Birthday to Me!), I thought I would post an email that I recently received.  

Now that I am at 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 dang Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today don't know how good you've got it!

1. When I was a kid, we didn't have the Internet.  If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the dang library and look it up ourselves...in the card catalog!  (Do you even know what a card catalog is? Didn't think so!)

2. There was no email!!! We had to actually write someone 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!

3. There were no MP3's or Napster!  If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the dang record store and shoplift it yourself!  Or you had to wait around all day to tape if off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!

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's it!

5. And we didn't have fancy Caller ID boxes either!  When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was!  It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, 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 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics were just horrible!  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!

7. When you went to the movie theater, there was 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 use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!  And there was no Cartoon Network either!  You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning.  Do you hear what I am saying!?!  We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

9. And we didn't have microwaves.  If you wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire.  Imagine that! 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 idiot.

10. 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 suddenly had to go to the bathroom - guess what we had to do... hang up and talk to them later. 

That's exactly what I'm talking about!  You kids today have got it too easy.  You're spoiled!!!
You kids wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1979!

Regards, 
The Over 30 Crowd  

5 comments:

Jenni Blaser said...

Happy birthday, Jen! I hope you have an awesome day!

This e-mail is so true! I remember all those things, except for not having a microwave. We still had to pop our popcorn the old fashioned way, though, because they didn't have microwavable popcorn in those days.

Deon said...

Hey you cute 30 year old! Happy birthday!!! I hope it's been the best birthday ever!!! Love you!

Gwyl said...

Happy birthday sweet heart. I know 30 sounds old but back in the day when rocks were soft........LOL.

Hope you had a fun birthday. See ya soon.

Papa

Beth said...

Happy, happy birthday! I can't believe that you are older than me! I sent you a birthday card, I used a chisel and stone!

Ashley said...

That is really funny! Happy birthday! I love your new blog by the way.