Saturday, April 17, 2010

Who KNEW???? I am one of THOSE parents

Ok I never thought I would be one of those parents that would say....

WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE I HAD TO... yadda, yadda, yadda fill in the blank...

Then I received this email and well I CAN OFFICIALLY SAY I AM ONE OF THOSE PARENTS.. sniff sniff.....

So if you are one of these parents I say HOLD YOUR HEAD OF HIGH AND SAY..... I REMEMBER WHEN.....

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!!

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 ass! 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 @#*% 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!

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!

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 GOD !!! 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 ass 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 - Don't get me started!!!!! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on for dear life. If AND ONLY IF you were luckily, 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!

SO there you have it ladies and gentlemen.... I AM ONE OF THOSE PARENTS....


Kate said...

HAHA! Oh my gosh I nodded throughout the entire post!!


Jamie H said...

Too funny! I agree!
Don't forget there wasn't DVDs. We had to watch VCR tapes and we had to REWIND them!
No DVR/Tivo. If you didn't want to miss your favorite TV show you had to record it on a VCR. If you were watching your favorite TV show "live" you couldn't rewind or pause it.
Oh wait! I remember life even before VCRs! If you missed your favorite TV show, tough luck!

Katie said...

And don't forget black and white t.v.'s! I didn't know The Wizard in Oz was in color till I was in high school and watched it at a friend's house. Imagine my surprise when Dorothy opened the door and Munchkin Land was in Technicolor!

Found you from "My Little Life"! Hope you have a happy weekend!

Mindy Skains Independant Scentsy Consultant said...

Im telling you.. I wanted to cry remembering how simple life was when I was young.. Now its one crazy thing after another. I sometimes think I am ruining my children with all this techno crap...

Queen Mommy said...

Heck, I remember before the average person even HAD a VCR. We used to rent them from the video store.....after the advent of video stores, that is! LOL