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    Back in the 80's

    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 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!

    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!

    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 7-11! Those were your options!

    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 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, 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 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 old
    broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just
    ****ed!!!!!

    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 rat-bastards!

    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 f-ing idiots!!!!!!.

    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 19f-ing80!

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    Re: Back in the 80's

    tinks - When I was a v. small kid we had sweet rationing in the UK (I remember it coming off in time for the Coronation in 1953).

    We only had cable as an option for radio. We had one BBC TV channel (405 lines B&W valve technology, an art to picture quality adjustment - could hear the programme minutes before the valves had warmed up enough to produce a picture! - usually required a bit of 'twiddling' to get the picture to stop 'drifting' from top to bottom or left to right - if an aircraft passed nearby it fuzzed <- probably trying to go back into wartime 'radar mode' - no 24hr programmes - started at 4pm and closed with the display of the 'Royal Standard' and the National Anthem at 11pm - I wonder how many stood to attention in their living rooms - choice of 10/12/or 14in. screens - remote control was getting my little bro. to switch it on or off).

    I remember programmes that included 'The Cisco Kid' and 'Tex Ritter'. I wonder if they were part of Snoops' childhood recollections?

    Digital technology? What was that????? Calculators? - Oh, you mean the human brain and the times table by wrote, log books and slide rules.
    "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin.
    Emitte lucem et veritatem - Send out light and truth.
    'Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt' - Julius Caesar (rough translation, 'Men will think what they want to think')
    Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream? - Homer Simpson.

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    Re: Back in the 80's

    I remember when stations signed off and played the national anthem..I wish we still had that..It would certainly free up some time for other things.

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    Re: Back in the 80's

    Quote Originally Posted by FruitandNut
    I remember programmes that included 'The Cisco Kid' and 'Tex Ritter'. I wonder if they were part of Snoops' childhood recollections?
    ... and Hopalong Cassidy, Sky King, Terrytoon Circus, Red Skelton, Ted Mack and the Amateur Hour, Ed Sullivan, Zorro, the Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy ... now you know why I turned out the way I did. Back in the 80's I was pretty much a waste.

    P.S. Cisco Kid was a minority (hispanic) when I was a kid - now they (hispanics) are almost a majority (in NYC anyway). Bilingual used to be trilingual and meant Irish/Italian/Jewish.
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    Re: Back in the 80's

    Oh, Cisco - Oh, Pancho! - We didn't have Sky King, Terrytoon Circus or the Amateur Hour, and my distant relative 'Red' Skelton only occasionally made an appearance. I remember 'Boots and Saddles' in the late '50s and early '60s, we had the first commercial channel then. When we kids weren't beating the hell out of the 'Germans', 'Japs, or whooping it up as Cowboys and Indians, we were Zorro or D'Artagnan; if we didn't have a wooden sword then a piece of paling-fence would do.

    The 1980s was notorious for crap music.
    Last edited by FruitandNut; December 28th, 2005 at 02:30 PM.
    "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin.
    Emitte lucem et veritatem - Send out light and truth.
    'Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt' - Julius Caesar (rough translation, 'Men will think what they want to think')
    Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream? - Homer Simpson.

 

 

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