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The 80's - Worth Reading


(A good one.)

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!

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 sooo 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!!!

Stupid dewey decimal system!

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 iPods or MP3 players. We had a Walkman were you had to put a tape into (no, not scotch tape). There was no Napster or Limewire! If 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 for your song to play on the radio; and it always played just when you're not around, and you ran like hell to press the record button in time. And worse, when you did, the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! Then you have to repeat the whole waiting game again.

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 corner store! Those were your options!

Our phones back then 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 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!

We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation or Xbox 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! 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 woman with a big hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

Sure, we had cable television, but back then there were only like 15 channels, and there was no onscreen menu and 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 punks!!!

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 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 WOULD NOT have lasted five minutes back in 1980's.


Hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.




yea there were remotes,old man used to kick me,say turn the channel boy,i was the remote


Ipods? We had Transistor radios. As far as phones try party lines. Sony play stations try board games. I still prefer Chess. Television stations were 3 vhf and 4 uhf. That was the sixties


That made me laugh.

What doesnt make me laugh is that I'm turning 32 this year.

I seriously never thought I'd ever get to be this old.


I wish I hadn't thrown away that little black and white 12" TV my dad gave me from his days in the army. It would've probably been worth some money by now.

It was great for watching the Twilight Zone or the Rifleman before I went to bed at night. Both B&W shows for you kids that don't know.

It had tubes in it man.


Well in New Zealand we didn't have cable and there were only 2 channels! To make it worse, everyday I walked about 3 kilometres to and from school and it was uphill both ways!

You people in other countries have it easy!


I was the best thing to come out of the eighties.

Or something like that.



No biometric scans or implanted ID microchips either.


Times change, people die, life goes on. Imagine how much better YOU had it in the 80's compared to your Homosapian ancestors 10,000 years ago. If your really looking for an excuse to bitch then just imagine the guilt trip they'd of laid on you.

MMM. Me walk 50 mile barefoot, find Mammoth and kill with spear. Brother got eat by Saber-tooth tiger. It -50 deg in cave. Wife had no bath in 6 years.

Kinda puts things into perspective. So quit bitchin.


Dumb post. I see more little kids complaining today more than ever. Every generation has its own problems, however, the new one growing up now just seems more pampered than ever while holding the belief that they actually deserve it.

There is a problem if 95% of the kids in your class are overweight. While many of these problems rest in the hands of their parents as well, our current culture is producing super-soft pussies like never before. To not say anything against it will be to accept that the following generation will be even worse (as hard as that is to comprehend). These kids suck. They aren't strong. They rely on technology for everything, including grammar which is why so many log on and type as if they are text messaging each other on cell phones.

Why not talk about it?


Sorta off track here, but a funny side note.
My grandfather was a hard working man, was out the hosue before daylight an back by 8/9 @ night.He was a farmer.Only T.V. he'd watch was local 10p.m. news.

My grandfather was home/bed ridden a few years later as he got sick.We decied to pass his days we'd get hime cable/satelite.When the cable/satelite guy came he couldn't hook up the box b/c the T.V. was a turn nob.

We gladly bought him a new T.V. an now he spends his days watching something I think called "the westeren channel" all old cowboy movies all day long.


[quote] Every generation has its own problems, however, the new one growing up now just seems more pampered than ever while holding the belief that they actually deserve it.

I suspect this is what makes "old guys" like me cranky, and I'm only 39. No work ethic, want to start at the top of the ladder, can't stick with anything, and think because they were born they are entitled to success. W-O-R-K is the dirtiest four letter word there is. I know I am generalizing, but it seems to fit a bunch of the younger (twenties) guys I work with. I suspect it might be a bit different with those who frequent this site, but we got our fair share here too.


Very true. There is so much more to this than just improvements in technology; our society has changed as well. The younger generations have a serious entitlement mentality. "I don't want to be fat, but I don't want to have to eat better, exercise, or even get my butt off the couch. Just give me a pill to do that." Everyone seems to want stuff handed to them without any effort on their part. Combine that with the fact that we've become incredibly risk-averse, and it's easy to see why these kids are fat and lazy like never before. "No Timmy, don't go down to the park on your bike. You might fall and hurt yourself, or someone may kidnap you. Just stay home where it's safe and watch TV all day." I realize this isn't true for everyone, but as a general observation I think it's pretty accurate. Then again, I am just a little cynical about where our country is headed.


I agree with you 100% professor. And I do so because I have been greatly affected by what you say. Not as much as these bitchy little kids today, but still...



I am technically still in my 20's and I notice it. It isn't simple "youth" because we all did and do dumb shit. It is more like the attitude we get on this site sometimes when someone asks for advice and then goes off because they didn't hear what they wanted to hear. It shows they didn't really come here to learn anything. I can honestly say I wasn't like that when I started. I asked anyone and everyone what they were doing and just listened and processed it...even if I didn't agree with it.


Wouldn't it be uphil one way and downhill the other?



People like you seem to be the exception that proves the rule...