If you're over the age of 21, you will enjoy this...
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 both ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their
backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their
full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just
to help keep their family from starving to death!
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way I was going to lay a bunch
of stuff like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy! they've got it!
Now that I've reached the ripe old age of twenty-nine, 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 freakin' 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. We wanted to know something, we had to go
to the LIBRARY and look it up ourselves!
And there was no e-mail! We had to actually write somebody a letter--with a pen! And 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!
And there were no MP3s or Napsters! We wanted to steal music, we had to go to the record store
and shoplift it ourselves! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ
would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!
You want to hear about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had to bribe some homeless
dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11! It was either that or go to the lingerie
section of the JC Penney catalog! Those were your options!
We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called
they got a busy signal! 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 boss, your mom, a collections agent -- you didn't
know!!! You just had to pick it up and take your chances!
And we didn't have any fancy Sony Play Station or "X-Box" videogames with high-resolution 3-D
graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the
graphics sucked! Your guy was a little square! You 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 faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats
were the same height! A tall guy sat in front of you, you looked at the back of his head for the
And sure, 2% of us had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 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 98% of us still had to use one of those frustrating antennas that you would bend and twist
into every conceivable configuration and still not get a clear picture! And UHF!!! Need I say
And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning... D'ya hear
what I'm saying?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little brats!
That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled!
You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1984!!!!!