> 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've reached the ripe old age of > twenty-nine, > 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 damned library and look it up ourselves! > > > > > > > > > > And there was no email! We had to actually > write somebody a letter --with a pen! --and 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! > > And there wee no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to > steal > music, you had to go to the damn record store and > wait > around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd > usually talk over the beginning and f@#* it all up! > > You want to hear about hardship? You couldn't just > download porn! > You had to bribe some homeless dude to buy you a > copy of "Hustler"at the 7-11! > > Those were your options! > > We didn't have fancy things like Call Waiting! If > you > were on the phone and somebody else called they got > a > busy signal! 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 boss, your mom, a collections > agent, > your drug dealer, you didn't know!!! You just had to > pick it up and take your chances,mister! > > And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation > videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had > the Atari 2600! & gt; With games like "Space > Invaders" > and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked ! Your > guy was a little square! You 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 faster until you died! > > When you went to the movie theater there no such > thing as stadium seating! > All the seats were the same height! A tall guy sat > in front of you, you were screwed! > > And sure, we had cable television, but back then > that > was only like 20 channels and there was no onscreen > menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide > > to find out what was on! And there was no Cartoon > Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday > morning... > ..D'ya hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL > WEEK ! > > That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids > today > have got it too easy. You're spoiled, I swear to > God! > You guys wouldn't lasted five minutes back in 1984!