my friend sent me this email the other day.....
it does portray just how much more "spoiled" the boomers were when compared to the younger generations....
hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
If you are 36, 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! 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! 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!
Regards, The Over 40 Crowd (Send this to someone you'd like to make smile)
For me, that one black and white tv was deliberately broken by my father one day when he came home and found us watching a tv show were weren't
supposed to be watching. He was a world war two vet, and well, he just couldn't, wouldn't tolerate use watching shows about war on tv. He snapped,
and the tv died...and and went with out tv for a very long time. I think many of us grew up with fathers that were suffering from undiagnosed cases
of post traumatic stress syndrome or whatever it's called...and stupid little things like war movies drove them nuts! The broken tv didn't really
affect me that much, ya see my older brother and sister just didn't want to watch it anymore since the only thing it would pick up after dad was done
with it was the pbs station, and I was probably one of the first kids who got to have their own tv in their bedroom! which, well, the pbs station
would play quite a few taped college lectures that I did enjoy watching! So, well, every rose might have a thorn but that also means most thorns are
attached to roses!
and well, me being the youngest, I ended up wearing my sister's hand me downs mostly...there weren't no designer jeans and hundred dollar shoes for
and, well, some of the boomers that were a little older than me, well, they had to endure one of the worst outbreaks of polio the country has seen. I
had a friend that was a survivor of that outbreak, it left her crippled. our parents, who also endured that horror, saw fit to give a little extra
out of their paychecks, in hopes that a way could be found to prevent such a thing from happening again, and well, how many cases of polio have you
heard about in the US lately.
Our parents had grown up in the depression, they went off to fight in the last real war that was fought by this country, many of them saw first hand
what kind of horror mankind can inflict on each other....and they walk away with an entirely new outlook on life! And they worked hard to create a
world where their children and grandchildren could possibly live in a fairer, just world. They build the highways that we all enjoy today, the
provided better housing than the run down homes we were raised in. My first classroom was in a small little building that was nicknamed the chicken
coop (who knows, maybe it was a chicken coop at one time). After kindergarten, well.... I went to the bigger school... At lunchtime, while I would be
trying to eat my lunch, I would feel dust, and paint chips, whatever it was, fall into my head.... a while later in that school year, well, we
started having our lunches served to us in our classrooms, the cafeteria was not safe. I remember one year, it was safe to eat the fish out of our
river, the next, it was no longer safe....like, ya, there was one massive chemical spill that year, no!! but we became aware of the problem that was
growing with the pollution and acting on it.... epa was formed. and eventuallly, most of the mess was cleaned up. but, well, one area that I used to
play in is still a superfund site that is waiting to be cleaned. the younger generations seem to be buying the idea that oh, there is just too much
regulations, it's killing our economy....but they have no idea, no one does, what all those years of non regulation has done to our health, and
theirs, and probably a few more generations to come!
they are being sold a load of lies!!
and well, like I said, the iras, the real estate, the social security, well the thieves came in the middle of the night and stole all those eggs out
of the nests. they are hoping that they can sneak out of town before we all realize just what they have done! and well, their plan it seems is to
convince the young that we didn't save, that we were just so irresponsible, ect.....and then slip out, leaving them holding the bag, the
responsibility of caring for thier own elderly parents...while they happily live the good life, with the savings that those parents did have!
And, how many of this younger generation can honestly say, that they would let their own parents suffer, that they were that irresponsible that they
deserve such treatment? I would bet not many would. They willl be willing to go the extra mile, do whatever they can, to help them out...they will
end up paying, regardless. to do anything else would just cause their civilized mind to blow! Just like the sites that our fathers saw after
marching into germany's concentration camps blew their minds!
Fraud has been found at every level of the process between assessing the value of the homes that were sold, to writing up the mortgage, to getting
securtizing those mortgages, to rating those mortgages, to pawning those securities off to pensions funds, local governments, investment firms around
the world...and then it continued on through the record keeping of the transfers of those securities! And, instead of charging the theives, our
gov't has decided to give them tons of money for a "job well done"...
and the lies continue!!