I think it’s my destiny to be a grumpy old man!

This seemed appropriate to post as I will soon be entering my 40th year ….

If you are 40, 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 in
hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap 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 forty, 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!

  1. 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!!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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! Dig?
  6. 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!
  7. 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 GOSH !!! 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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?!?!
  11. 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!
  12. And we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we
    had to use the stove! Imagine that!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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 1970 or any time before!

    The Over 40 Crowd

Received via email from my Dad today!