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    Feb 05, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    So true. I appreciate everything I have! But technology does drive me mad sometimes!
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    Feb 05, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    I feel blessed to be born when I was.

    I'm young enough to adapt to the changes to technology.
    I'm old enough to have been a kid before everyone became evil and stupid.


    I'll elaborate.
    One of my favorite movies in the 80s was Heathers. It was the Mean Girls of its time, but much more so. What did Lindsay Lohan's character do to get even? She tried to make her rival fat. Big deal. Winona Rider and Christian Slater spent the movie killing the popular kids and almost blowing up the school. Heathers would not be made today because there would be a fear that kids would try to copy it. People are more evil today.

    If you bought a coffee when I was a kid (pre-Starbucks), you would not find a warning on the cup saying "Caution: Contents Hot." People would know that a coffee was supposed to be hot and act accordingly. Now you see caution warnings on everything because people are stupid enough to not use them properly or take the appropriate care when handling.
  • commoncoll

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    Feb 05, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    What doesn't kill you...
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    Feb 05, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    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!


    Actually, we had party lines. If anybody in the neighborhood was using their phone, your caller got a busy signal. If you picked up the phone, you could hear the gabby neighbor talking. You had to wait until she was finished to make a call. And she'd be silently listening in on your call, in case there was any good gossip to pick up.


    9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with
    high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600!


    Um... actually in high school we carried around little plastic folding board games like Go, Chess, Mastermind, and Checkers in our backpacks. If the school bus hit a bump, the little pieces would go all over the floor.
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's the library that kills me today.

    Now kids can research anything on line. And they can all research it. Before, if there was one good book on a subject, the first one to the library got it and the rest of us had to try to write the same report using whatever crap books were left.
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    I was the 2nd guy in my entire school to own a home computer.
    I might be 40, but I stay ahead of the kids. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    I remember the dorms in graduate school that only had hot water and heat restricted times of the day, and one had to go elsewhere for a telephone since there weren't telephone in the rooms.
  • ZacktheMan

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    Feb 05, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
    Nice post heybreaux!

    But there is more to say about the way it was for us.

    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

    Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

    As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,
    WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

    We played...tag your it, Indians & Cowboys. The Indians always lost the battle. Snow ball fights....who could hit a moving car with a snow ball and run like heck without being caught.

    No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. Af ter running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

    We didn't rush to the emergency room for a scrap on the knee, or bashing our heads into something that got in the way.

    We did not have Plays Stations, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms........
    WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

    We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

    We swung, from ropes knotted at the bottom and tied to a high branch, over boulders and rocks beneath us, and survived.

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

    These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

    The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

    If YOU are one of them...CONGRATULATIONS!

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
  • mizu5

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    Feb 05, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    Ermine saidI feel blessed to be born when I was.

    I'm young enough to adapt to the changes to technology.
    I'm old enough to have been a kid before everyone became evil and stupid.


    I'll elaborate.
    One of my favorite movies in the 80s was Heathers. It was the Mean Girls of its time, but much more so. What did Lindsay Lohan's character do to get even? She tried to make her rival fat. Big deal. Winona Rider and Christian Slater spent the movie killing the popular kids and almost blowing up the school. Heathers would not be made today because there would be a fear that kids would try to copy it. People are more evil today.

    If you bought a coffee when I was a kid (pre-Starbucks), you would not find a warning on the cup saying "Caution: Contents Hot." People would know that a coffee was supposed to be hot and act accordingly. Now you see caution warnings on everything because people are stupid enough to not use them properly or take the appropriate care when handling.
    I would jsut like to point out the caution warning were added ebcause of an american woman in the 90's who was well past 30 burning herself. That is not my generation, that was her stupidity, and the laws that allowed for a company to be sued for that lol.
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    Feb 05, 2011 2:40 AM GMT
    heybreaux said

    Regards,
    The Over 40 Crowd


    I'm 27 and all of those apply to my growing up. Kids nowadays have it better? Hell no! I was lucky enough to graduate High School in 2002, before the advent of Facebook. I thank my lucky stars for that, considering the hellish quasi-military prep school I went to, people would've torn each other to pieces on it.

    I loved TV Guide! I'd do the crossword puzzle, flip to see synopsis of the next Full House and Simpsons episodes, it was so fun! Then they changed the format to this larger magazine and it was CRAP.

    My dad had one of those big briefcase cell phones back in the late 1980's, so I always grew up with one in the house. However I think the proliferation of cell phone technology in youth is a horrible thing. Horrible.

    Oh and the apogee of kids' television came in the 80's and 90's. Best kids cartoons and shows EVER. BAR NONE. And I got those.
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    Love this post. I loved growing up in the 60's and 70's. One thing that I would like to ad is that when we got hurt and needed to be stitched up, quite often we would just go over to the doctors house and he would sit us on the dining room table and stitch us up there while his wife and my mother would chat. Also, doctors actually made house calls. I remember being in the 9th grade and was extremely ill for over 2 weeks. The doctor sat next to my bed at home for a few hours the first few days to make sure I was going to be ok and then he stopped by 3 times a day after that. Much better than going to the hospital.
  • sportsjockla

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    Feb 05, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    That was Great...

    P.S.
    You have to much time on your hands!
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    i remember a time when we only had like 6 channels and had to contort the antenna ears or go to the roof to fiddle with the big antenna on top if we wanted a less grainy (note..not clear, but less grainy).

    Also, there was a knob on the tv that switches the tv to something called UHF if we wanted certain channels and VHF for others.
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    I grew up with outdoor plumbing as that's how life is on a farm.
    I enjoy technology I don't use it much outside of work.
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    Feb 05, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Like Bob Hope said (for those of us who know who he was),thanks for the memoriesicon_smile.gif
  • timmytwister

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    Feb 05, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    Entertainment has sure changed. Remember movies?
    No DVDs, no downloads, no pay-per-view! You had to drag yourself to the THEATRE (if the movie you wanted to see was actually shown in your town) or worse yet, the DRIVE-IN.
    Need to pee? Guess what.. no pausing the movie!
    If you were lucky the movie might come on network TV... someday! With all the good stuff edited out. icon_smile.gif
  • shag91607

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    Feb 05, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    heybreaux said
    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!

    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!


    These were my favorites. The safety arm made me crack up laughing and made me remember when we'd go on family trips and I'd be bored to death in the backseat because I didn't have enough light to read a book (since that's the only MOBILE entertainment we had back in the day) and a flashlight would reflect off the windshield making it impossible for my father to drive. 2 hours of sheer boredom!

    Sleep in on a Saturday and miss your cartoons? Screw that noise.
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    Feb 05, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    Awesome.png
    .....bitter much?
  • ac416

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    Feb 05, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    LOl! totally forgot that Saturday morning was the only time cartoons would play the whole week.
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    Feb 05, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    heybreaux said
    iVan90 said />
    .....bitter much?


    Not at all????? It says you "might find it hilarious," and that was the point, for a laugh...and as you can see most older folks are getting a kick out of it, because it brings us back to how things used to be since we might have forgotten over time.

    If you found it bitter, then...what can I say?
    yeah im just fucking with you :d
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 05, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    To the OP --- THANK YOU for posting this. It really took me back to the days of no cable, no voicemail, no cell phones, no computers, and certainly no internet, even no music videos or MTV. What's freaky is that it wasn't all that long ago -- maybe 35 years or so. It's amazing to see how technology has changed the way we live in that amount of time. I can only imagine what life will be like 35 years from now. Who knows, maybe some people will be living on the moon or other planets, or even time traveling icon_eek.gif
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    The movie "dazed and confused" is a great idealized example of our life and times....Just like "American Grafitti" was for the 50s and 60s..

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I grew up as the technology changed from non-electronic to electronic. So I felt like the technology was growing up with me.
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:06 AM GMT
    This post really put a smile on my face. Thanks Heybreaux!!! What a great way to start my day!