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Growing up without a cell phone!

Written by Subject: Humor

Are over the hill or getting there, you'll think this is hilarious!

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 laya bunch of crap like that on my 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 forty, 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


And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) 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!!

2) 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!

3) 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!

Nowhere was safe!

 4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes!

If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Music came on a “Cassette Tape”

 There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless.  Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

You could record music onto a tape off the Radio, not Pandora where they played the same songs 10 times a day.  You could wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and then DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting!

When you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either.

If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH!!!

Think of the horror... of not being in touch with someone 24/7!!!  And then there's TEXTING.

Yeah, right. Please!  You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

 8) 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 parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!!

You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

 9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution

 3-D graphics!

We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'..Your screen 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!

 10) 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!!!


Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

11) 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 rat-bastards!

12) TV was in black and white didn’t have Vivo or a DVR to record a show

Do you like color on your FLATSCREEN TV with 200 channels and movies anytime you want?  cause all we got was Walter Cronkite in Black and white and all colors of gray on this big giant box that took up half the room!  Want to record a show you do it on a VCR tape, good luck programming it correctly to record when you are not there.  Good luck setting the time on it!

Want a movie you go to the Movie theater.  Miss it life sucks!  It will be out at the video store in a YEAR!

13) And we didn't have microwaves.

If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the thing called the stove and this other thing called the pot! Imagine that!

 14) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long.

Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort.  And when you came back inside... you were doing chores.

 15) And car seats - oh, please!

Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on.

If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See!  That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy.

You're spoiled rotten!

You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes Back in 1970 or any time before!

Regards, The Over 40 Crowd (Send this to someone you'd like to make smile)

 I didnt write this, just a few mods

1 Comments in Response to

Comment by Striker Bald
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I am one of the few people who has NEVER owned a cell phone, and does not even want to own one.  I like not being able to be contacted when I leave the house. And Texting makes absolutely NO sense at all.  What a huge waste of time.  Just wait until you see the person (or e-mail them, for pete's sake) to tell them what absolutely cannot wait. Trust me. It CAN wait.

Gave up using the microwave a long time ago, too.  It ruins anything it touches and the food ends up looking and tasting Dead--which it is. 

Like a mini Fukushima zone.


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