Just thought you guys might enjoy this...

Hard Times related by a 30 year old.

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!

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!


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 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! 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 mess it all up!

And talk of about hardship? You couldn't just download porn! You had to
steal it from your brother or bribe some homeless dude to buy you a copy
of "Hustler" at the 7-11! Those were your options!

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 Boxes 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 Play Station video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like
"Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked ass! Your guy
was a little square! You actually had to use 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!

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 a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15
channels and there was no on screen menu and no remote control! 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 and 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 bastards!

And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up ...we
had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire ... imagine that! If we
wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it
over the stove forever like an idiot. 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!

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