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 .. yadda, yadda, yadda
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!
But 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
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 @#*% it all up!
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 n o 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 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 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!
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 screwed!
Sure, we had cable television , but back then that was
only like 15 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
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
And we didn’t have microwaves, if we 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 JiffyPop 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
T he over 30 Crowd



  1. Now I feel really old…I remember when the rest of the neighborhood got cable television. 10 channels and we only had 3!!

  2. There is nothing worse then hearing your parents coming out of your own mouth. I never thought I would see the day, but I had to admitt it has happened way more then I would ever like to admitt.

  3. I thought it was funny because about half that stuff applied to me. I remember TVs without remotes (channel surfing WAS hard), few channels (Hell I only have 6 now), and I rarely got to watch cartoons because I had a paper route from 2nd grade on.

  4. LOL!! I know what you mean, Frankie. I tell my nieces all the time about how great they’ve got it these days.

    I was born in ’65. As a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, there wasn’t much available to kids. Sure, we had a few board games and Saturday morning cartoons, but that was it. No electronic games/gadgets, dvd players, cable, take out, cell phones, scooters, etc. And the nearest McDonalds was a neighborhood away.

    I guess that’s why so many kids are lazy today.

  5. Yeah, we all get older and have to dump on the youngsters. BUT, they ARE so spoiled!! It’s so the ME ME generation. They want everything given to them. They don’t know how good they have it. Punk kids!

  6. Hah I didn’t even have cable. we just got like three stations and I was the remote. “Go change the channel boy” I remember that little ring around the channel knob you could adjust the reception with too. Sheesh. I hate being old

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