Growing Up With Out Cell Phones

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  1. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    Don't know if everyone has already seen this, but it's clean humor. :)

    If you are 30, or older, you might 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 I was going to lay a bunch of junk 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 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 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 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! Stamps were 10 cents!

    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 butts! Nowhere was safe!

    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!

    Or you 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! 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?

    We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

    There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH NO !!! Think of the horror... 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.

    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!

    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!

    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 butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

    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-finks!

    And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

    And our parents told us to stay outside and play... All day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... You were doing chores!

    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 1980 or any time before!

    Regards,
    The Over 30 Crowd
     
  2. Car54

    Car54 New Member

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    Ahhh, the good ol' days.
     

  3. mrm14

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    Yep! All we had in the 60's and early 70's were 6 TV channels here. 4 VHF channels and 2 UHF channels. Heck, we didn't even have color TV in our house until 1965.

    American Bandstand was on Saturdays with Dick Clarke (when he was actually still young) after the cartoons as well.
     
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  4. spittinfire

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    Reminds me of my youth....I remember when we finally got cable and our floor model TV had a cable box on top with a knob on it to change chanels.
     
  5. orangello

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    {sniffles} It was a wonderful era.

    Anybody else remember the kick-n-go scooters? What about those Subaru Asian-style ElCaminomobiles with the seats mounted in the bed? Having to go to a theater to see a movie, or waiting six months for it to come out on Beta?
     
  6. NGIB

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    I was a teenager in the 60s so I have seen a drastic change in the world. In my youth we had rotary phones, B&W TV with rabbit ears, you could buy guns at Sears & Montgomery Wards (and thru the mail), you rode a bicycle to get everywhere, and the streets & homes were light-years safer.

    The over 50 crowd...
     
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  7. bgeddes

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    We can start this with a Big Wheel. Raise your hand if you hand one. You know you loved it.

    Pay phones? Yep, and the good ones were rotary dial ( you kids can look that up on Wiki).

    When you borrowed someone's $100 car they had to tell you how to start it. No fuel injection way back then. It was usually something like, "pump the gas three times, hold it to the floor, then turn the key." You could fix that same car with $100 of tools. Wrenches and sockets and screwdrivers. No computer codes to decipher.

    The Dewey decimal system (wiki that too kids).

    You know grown kids, when dad wanted to watch another channel, did he click a remote? Nope. He told you to get up and walk to the TV (God forbid), and change the channel. Thank goodness there were only 3 stations.

    BUT, you could ride your bike all over town, if you got into trouble your neighbors would help you. If you were doing something stupid, they would stop you. Life was safe and simple.
     
  8. AsmelEduardo

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    To the people born between 1970 and 1985

    We, the so called Generation X, the people who born between 1970 and 1985.... we had a blast, the best of both worlds....
    We are the last generation that used to play in the streets, outside the house (baseball, soccer, ride cycles in the middle of the street...) but, at same time, we were the fist generation to play video games (I had this wooden ATARI 2600 until a couple of years), had theme parks and had full color cartoons. We were the last generation to tape recording the radio to cassettes and tv shows to betamax/vhs but at same time we were the first generation that enjoyed Walkmans, CDs and home PCs...
    We learn about terrorism after 9/11 but we did learn about liberty because we witnessed the fall of Berlin's Wall
    We born in a world without a cellphones but enjoyed the first generation of them too.... I remember how weird (but cool) was talk walking around with a white "brick with antenna"
    I remember when I had a party and I had to bring under my arm the LPs of Madonna and Michael Jackson, we saw in first row the MTV birth... when all they had was VIDEOS (not the ghey on what they had become these days)
    We used to travel in the back seat without booster seats, not even seat belts, not even dream about airbags... we traveled up to 12 hours in the bench seat and we didn't suffer from "Traveller's Thrombosis"... when I was bored I used to lay down over the deck, between the back seat and the window... you know, where new cars has the rear speakers.... We had a Ford Zephyr with a Pioneer KP9500 stereo with auto-reverse... wow
    Childproof caps/drawers?! are you kidding me? ....oh hell what about helmets, knees/elbow protectors when we ride the bicycles or skates?.... we lived the transition between parallel and in-line wheels on the skates.... If a friend lived in a hill we were blessed to make a "cart" with some old wood boards and steel wheels, in the middle of the ride downhill we noticed that we forgot to put "brakes" on it and of course we had to use the bushes or next sidewalk as stopper (without any protection again), and our mothers don't were crazy about bruises and cuts but because the fregging new jean/t-shirt was ruined with a nice hole in the knees or blood or grass or any "skid mark" we made to them while we figured it out how to stop the cart.
    The playground was covered with "dangerous" games, made from metal... sometimes rusty metal... and we share the sodas with our friends (in glass bottles) and no one was afraid of something contagious, any virus/flu (specially animal related)... We visited our sick friends because we wanted to get chickenpox to skip the school! (because those were vacations) sometimes all we got was lice, so we got a nice haircut...
    We didn't have chats or SMS... I just had to get down (I always lived in apartments) and scream like Tarzan under my friend's windows to make them go out to play baseball or ride the bicycles...
    If someone failed at school he received a well deserved "beating", no one had to go to the psychiatrist, counselor, educational psychologist... if someone was fat was fat just because... no one had to go to the psychiatrist, counselor, psychologist, nutritionist... and we called him fat and no one had to go to the psychiatrist, counselor, psychologist... (I will not talk about race because I know up there you have a different approach on that matter) ...at the end we were responsible for our actions and we dealt with it... we had success and failures, freedom and responsibilities, we learned and growth with those experiences... and no one had to go to the psychiatrist, counselor, psychologist....
    I'm glad that I lived what I lived, and I'm proud if it.
     
  9. Gojubrian

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    Those were much simpler times, I miss them. :(
     
  10. NGIB

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    Heck, I didn't see my first pocket calculator until I'd been in the Air Force nearly 2 years. Anyone remember the first digital watches? I remember the first one I saw, a Pulsar I think, it was over $300 and it had red fluorescent numbers that only displayed when you pushed the button...
     
  11. Gojubrian

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    I remember our first VCR. It was a single head VCR the size of a small microwave. I remember when those came out too! :D
     
  12. NGIB

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    Bought our first VCR in 1979. It was a gigantic Panasonic about the size of a large suitcase and it weighed like 40 pounds. If memory serves, it cost about a grand in the PX...
     
  13. spittinfire

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    You loaded the tape from the top too, right?
     
  14. NGIB

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    Yup, you pressed a big button (like the old tape recorders) and the tray popped out the top. Still have it in the garage somewhere...
     
  15. AcidFlashGordon

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    I was 22 in 1972 so this reminds me of things:

    30 Years Difference

    1972: Long hair
    2002: Longing for hair

    1972: KEG
    2002: EKG

    1972: Acid rock
    2002: Acid reflux

    1972: Moving to California because it's cool
    2002: Moving to California because it's warm

    1972: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
    2002: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

    1972: Seeds and stems
    2002: Roughage

    1972: Hoping for a BMW
    2002: Hoping for a BM

    1972: The Grateful Dead
    2002: Dr. Kevorkian

    1972: Going to a new, hip joint
    2002: Receiving a new hip joint

    1972: Rolling Stones
    2002: Kidney Stones

    1972: Screw the system
    2002: Upgrade the system

    1972: Disco
    2002: Costco

    1972: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
    2002: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

    1972: Passing the drivers' test
    2002: Passing the vision test

    1972: Whatever
    2002: Depends

    Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen. Here's this year's list (from 2002...afg):

    The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.
    They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up. (Challenger, 1986...afg)
    Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
    Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
    The CD was introduced the year they were born.
    They have always had an answering machine.
    They have always had cable.
    They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
    Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
    Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
    They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
    They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
    They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
    They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or "de plane Boss, de plane".
    They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.
    McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
    They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
     
  16. saviorslegacy

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    I hate cell phones. Every time I am with my freinds they are texting. -_-
    last month I sent out two texts. Both were used when the person recieving it was at work and he needed to know the information asap.
    I find it annoying that people text when you hang out with them. It's like they are ignoring you.

    Sadly... one of the older gentlemen that I talk too died this weekend. He was 92. Anyways, his stories on his childhood makes everything here look silly.
    The thing is, everything is slowly getting easier and more luxurios. God help us if it gets more luxurious that it is now!
     
  17. mrm14

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    Had a Texas Insturments calculator in 1972 when they first come out. It cost near $400.00. Had a slide rule as well. In 1974 this calculator was broken when I was in college and the same model I relplaced it with was about $60.00. Now I see they can be had for $5.00 or less.
     
  18. ThorsHammer

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    Spent the first four years of my life in a house with a black and white TV with turn dials. We got a color TV when I was 5 (1980). All we had was two channels up until 1992 when we finally got a third channel.

    I once decided to run away from home when I was six because I felt mom and dad were mean. My dad helped me pack lunch and a blanket and waved me off at the door. I spent most of the day sitting in a field, eating my sandwiches. Then I went back home. My dad said "Hello, how was your trip?" and that was that.

    My playground had an eight meter (roughly 26 feet) tall climbing setup that was built from telephone poles and various configurations of chain covered in the orange plastic. Ropes, nets, you name it.

    We once rode pedal cars downhill and I wiped out and ended up in the ER with a bad concussion. When I got back home, we did it again and our parents weren't overly worried.

    Doctors would ask my mother if she beat me. She would say: "No, but there isn't a tree in a 10 mile radius that he hasn't climbed and fallen out of."

    We built a camp down by the river bed. Once we realized a marauding band of rival boys had been through our turf we built a palisade with sharpened ends and we started guarding it after school. It ended in a battle with bows, slingshots, and spears. Nobody got seriously hurt, we knew better than that. They never tried to mess with our stuff again.

    Once me and a friend went missing for a week during summer without much notice. Nobody was overly worried. We had gathered our survival kits, knives, pots and pans, a tent and some other camping gear, "borrowed" a canoe and headed downriver where we found a small island upon which we set camp. Hunted squirrels and used water purifiers to clean the water. We switched to boiling the water since the water purifying tablets made the water taste nasty. When we came back our mothers asked semi-curious where we had been. We said we'd been paddling the river. They shook their heads and went back to cooking dinner.

    I had to tape all my favorite songs from the radio.

    My dad took me out in the woods when I was 8 and let me fire his AK4 (G3A3) out over the peat bog. He had it set to three round burst and was standing there waiting until I squeezed the trigger believing I would be shooting a single round. I fell on my ass after the third round went almost straight up in the air. My dad laughed until he wheezed, slapping his knees. I put the safety on and stood up, handing the assault rifle back to him.

    We didn't have 20 speed bikes. They were one speed, and hard as hell to get up over a steep hill because of this.

    I got a portable game (Game & Watch) called Egg some time around 1981. The next year I got the game Oil Panic, which was a dual screen. They were both using fixed position LCD light-ups to display the various modes in the games. These days I play 3D first person shooters on my PSP.

    My favorite childhood TV show was a sock puppet.

    I can go on and on... :cool:
     
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    I remember not seeing the inside of our house until dinner time.
    We rode our bikes everywhere...miles & miles away from home.
    Now children can't even leave their yard. :(

    We did daring things like crossing a bridge by walking across the bridge's guard rails, basically a 2" pipe, with the drop being so far that you would probably go into shock before hitting the ground. We would play some mean football games that sometimes we would seriously get hurt. I remember one game I got tackled by a barbed-wire fence...tore me up had to get stitches.
    When I got home my dad was furious that he had to take me to the hospital for stitches. Wasn't no pampering from him just because blood was everywhere and I was tore open. Halloween we would go trick or treating on our bikes miles from home and come back with bags & bags of candy. We would drop off bags of candy and go back out. We would jump off bridges into rivers and go swimming. We would dare each other to challenge ornery bulls at the neighboring farms & ranches. When we were in high school we would go to a place we called the "highway to nowhere" and drag race our cars & trucks. We would have bonfires, party in the woods, go to the beaches then at night have a small fire and party on the beach. We made up our own fun!!

    From the over 40 gang living in the backwoods...