Read this if you are over 25!!!

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 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 twenty-five, 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 - we wanted to knowsomething, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves!

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 MP3s or Napster if you wanted to steal music, you had to
go 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 would usually talk
over the beginning and f@#* 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

Those were your options!

We didn’t have fancy shit 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 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, mister!

We didn’t have any fancy Sony Play station 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 no such thing as stadium

All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy sat in front of you
and you couldn’t see you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20
channels and there was no onscreen 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! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning… d’ya hear
what I’m saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little bastards!

We didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to
use the stove imagine that! If we wanted popcorn we had to use that
stupid jiffy pop and shake it over the stove like an idiot forever.

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 5 minutes back in 1980 !!! (Or 60’s…70’s)…

(my friend sent me this, btw… I didn’t write it)

It’s great being young…

We didn’t even have TV in my country until I was like 5 or 6 and then when we did get it, we had one channel starting with the 6 o’clock news. TV always ended with the ‘Epilogue’ and the national anthem…and then we got the test pattern. Yeah… I remember lying on my parents bed (on my dad’s side) while the winter sun streamed in through the window listening to the RADIO!

And the post box was never just across the street, we had to be driven to the post office.

Of course there were great things to do, I used to be able to ride my bike without my mother worrying about where I was, I used to be able to disappear for a whole day, me and my bike and the other kids in the neighbourhood. We used to play outdoors, swim, climb trees…

Yeah, things were different alright.

Wait a minute! When did I grow up?


I don’t see the point of this. Every older generation complains about how the younger one has it easy. You parents complained when you were young, their parents complained when they were young and so on. I mean what do you expect to happen in between you childhood and mind for time to stay still. I’ll probably complain to my children too.

For example you say how you had to get up and switch channels on your TV and that you didnt have no remote control and you say we’re spoiled. But your parents [if they’re old enough] probably didnt have a TV and they would say your generation is spoiled because they did have TV.

I really don’t see the point on complaining, it happens every single generation and it will keep on happening. So be quiet while i record my favourite show on Tivo, watch my recorded Lord of the Rings for the 10th time, eat my microwave popcorn, post on this forum, and play high graphic video games, [i hate cell phones so im leaving that out], and use my call waiting, call forwarding, caller id, three way calling etc.

Being young takes a very long time…

Oh Vincent, you miss the point. This isn’t a complain thread, it’s about recognising how things have changed is all. We grew up differently is all.

And if you need us to be quiet while you record your favourite show, haven’t you heard? Video tape doesn’t record the background noise dear.


hugs to angel

I thought it was funny, Vincent. I was actually saying that my parents did it to me too… read the beginning!



Apart from the internet, I don’t see anything I would want to have if I was growing up today.

I was lucky enough to grow up opposite a park, with a swimming pool on one side and a boat jetty on the other. I also had a brother (one year older) who never stopped building, collecting and doing things. With him (and the locals/other brothers), something was always happening.

If we weren’t in the boats exploring rivers, swimming, sailing, playing football, blasting the house down with our band, riding bikes, making go carts, cannons or weapons, we were spear fishing, collecting snakes and reptiles, birds or insects. We would often spend nights in the park’s grand stand or by the water with music playing from a transistor radio or battery powered record player. We thought that was fantastic. It was all we needed.

I can’t imagine how anyone could be pleased with fancy gadgets that entertained you for a short time, while striping you of your ability to think, plan, build and enjoy the fruits of your own actions. It’s a different mind set. To this day, I have a chuckle when I hear the term ‘interactive’. Apparently, if you can push a few buttons, it’s called “interactive’ :smiley: We no longer know what the term means.

I just love you, km. Every detail of your childhood was familiar to me including the band and the collection of the critters like salamanders and frogs. I was such a boy. I still like getting dirt under my fingernails when I dig.

And how about those forts! God, did I love forts. Sheet forts, tree forts, old cardboard box forts… and on and on and on.

(ps. My mail came back to me. I actually have another CD of the band to send you as well, so I will send both. I think I put the wrong country. :laughing: :laughing: I haven’t forgotten about you tho’, hon) Her Bessiness is just a little bit over extended lately. :unamused:

Hehehe… Being a boy growing up is so much more fun :smiley: (maybe its different after 25?)

I forgot to mention the forts. How could I? There’s an island prison in the middle of Sydney Harbour (for convicts). It’s called Fort Dennison; we modelled and named our fort after it.

Re the CD, don’t worry, send it when you get time. (My attorney will contact you in six months if I still hasn’t arrived) :slight_smile:

Yeah, I lived on a 110 acres for most of my young life. TV wasn’t worth watching where we lived. We didn’t have internet until I was already moved out of the house. I spent my days exploring the fields, playing with my younger brother, building treehouses, riding horses, tormenting cows, feeding animals. I was a complete and total Tomboy and I loved it. I miss doing that. I’d go back to it any day of the week and stay there. I liked school when I was young, despite the 45 minute bus ride. But I’d come home and play outside until it was so dark I had to use the porch light to find my way back to the house.

Those were the days.

110 acres: Yum :smiley: I would have liked a couple of horses (smallish)

I know you joking Vincent but… if you do the things you mentioned above, I can make a bet that you probably spend half your time in a state of boredom and the other half in depression.

I personally think kids are getting a raw deal today. The families are usually smaller, both mothers and fathers often working, the communities don’t seem to be as large or tight knit and kids given a constant stream of instant entertainment just in case – god forbid – they come out of their electronic-induced stupor.

I believe the baby boomer generation will go down as the most fortunate in history.

i thought that was pretty hi-tech myself… :blush:

Hi Bessy,

Yeah, the cardboard box ‘club house’. I’d forgotten about that. There was a funeral home about a block from where I grew up. Every Thursday, there were the cardboard boxes from the caskets out in their trash, and we’d drag them back to one of the houses in the neighborhood. The parents finally gave up complaining and resigned themselves to finding a ‘club house’ stuffed here or there…

A word about old: Eventually, we’ll all end up in one of those cardboard boxes we played in as children. :astonished: What goes around, comes around…


Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20
channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control"

K: You had cable? Wow. My parents wouldn’t buy a color TV until
1985 and I played with Lincoln logs as a kid.
The best part of being a kid in small town illinois in the 60ties was
my friends and I would go on our bikes and go for miles
and spend hours far away from home and no one noticed or cared.
We were just kids having fun.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.


Yay “Grumpy old people thread” Will add my own share of grumpiness later.


Moan moan moan, bitch bitch bitch, ‘not like in my day’, ‘you don’t know you’re born’, ‘You wouldn’t know real life if it bit you in the ass’, ‘I secretly wish that I was young again’…

Im 16, but I cant say ive had much of the stuf you described. I was brought up with the Sega Megadrive… which I still have sigh love it.
My families never had a microwave, I hate them. I was deprived of cartoons as a child, I had to go to my friends house to watch Cartoon Network and that was rarely.
Only recently have we gotten a TV with an “interactive” tv guide. But then there was always teletext… right?
Ive never used call waiting in my life, so thats a pretty useless thing.
I rarely use email… im is much better.
I have a mobile but I never use it.

The only thing id miss about being brought up in this era is the internet and computers. Id much rather have been brought up in the 80’s.

Anyway, I have a few things to complain about too. Kids these days, it sickens me to see kids as young as 6 using mobile phones. I wasnt allowed one when I was younger cus my dad thought it would fry my brain. And computers, everykids got their own computer now it seems… jeez. And the choice of websites is much wider… when i was a kid it was the AOL page… and I got a kick out of clicking on the kids section. No games…
Microwaves… dont even get me started on them. Instant Messagin… yes, instant meals…NO.
we are forever inventing things to make simple things even simpler.

Anyway, its ok to complain about stuff like this. But I dont like the way you presume kids dont have fun outside anymore. Im not sure if its true for the current generation of kids, but I remember doing a lot of stuff outside when I was a kid. We werent all as lucky as to live in the outback… I lived in an urban area. But I still had a lot of fun outdoors… growing gardens, collecting insects, climbing trees. making stuff.

Being Young

good skin
shiny hair (that is your own color)
know absolutely everything
can eat whatever you want
get trashed without severe consequences
have sex with anyone you want (pre-AIDS) ah, the memories…
no money
parents on your case
no rent or mortgage
no bills
no children telling you that you are stupid
insecurity out the ass
foot in mouth disease
know everything ( shit, I said that)

hmmmm. It’s a toss-up, but I’ll take over forty. :smiley:

[size=75](that’s, of course, if you don’t let yourself go - I am fabulous Bess, after all.)[/size] :wink: