When I was your age

I got this in an email today and thought it was funny.

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’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 messed it all up!

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 ! 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 screwed!

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 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 an idiot. 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 1980!

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Thanks Papa John

I am working this weekend. On weekends I work all I pretty much do it work and sleep. I guess that’s what 12 hour days does to you. Well, I have been geeking out now before I have to go to bed. I am installing windows on the MacBook. Why? I don’t know. Because I can? So I got hungry right? I don’t feel like cooking. I don’t feel like getting up and getting the phone for pizza. Screw that. I ordered a pizza online. Super cool. Super easy. Is their anything you can’t get online these days?

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OSX and iSight

I don’t know if anybody reads my blog with OSX and a webcam, but if they are they should check out this site. Kinda cool, kinda scary. It’s weird that I come across this site the same day that I get my MacBook with the built in iSight.

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It’s here

Well, this my first ever post from bed. I am chillin’ out with my new MacBook and lovin’ the WiFi. The FedEx guy was right on time too. He got here right around 10:30. I don’t know how they do it.

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Almost here

So the original ship date for my MacBook was originally the 12th. I thought that was a long ass time, but it is coming from China. Well, the ship date is now tomorrow. The FedEx site is saying 10:30 tomorrow morning. I wonder how accurate that is? Oh well, it should be here tomorrow. I can’t wait.

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Numb

I hate getting fillings. It’s not so much the getting the fillings that suck, it’s the Novocaine. Does this shit ever wear off? I bet the filling was all complete before the Novocaine fully kicked in. I could totally feel the drilling. It hurt quite a bit. Now it’s two hours latter and I am totally numb. This sucks.

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MacBook on its way

Well, I just spent a bunch of money. The wife finally gave me the ok to buy a MacBook. I went with a white one. I couldn’t see spending extra to get it in black. I prefer the white anyways. I did have to upgrade to 1GB of RAM and an 80 GB hard drive. It it suppose to arrive here on the 12th. I am kinda kicking myself for not paying the $18 extra for the three day shipping. Oh well, I guess the 12th will be here before you know it.

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Getting old

It was a long and boring weekend at work. About the only thing that was exciting was that the radio station we listen to was having an all 90s weekend. The 90s was a strange decade. A lot of the music that I liked actually got radio play in the 90s. We heard some Urge Overkill, Matthew Sweet, Juliana Hatfield, Lemonheads, Janes Addiction, and many more. It brought back some memories hearing songs I remember from high school and college. It got me thinking. Why do bands make their best stuff when they are young? Dang near all the bands I listened to back then are either no more, or not making very good albums. I tried to like the new Pearl Jam cd, but quite frankly, they haven’t put out a good CD since Vitalogy. The Chili Peppers are the one exception. Their new cd is pretty good. Now days I am still listening to young bands, but it’s weird now that I am older than most of them.

Now I gotta go and play around with digg 3.0!

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Lost house

So I haven’t blogged much about our new house because I didn’t want to jinx it. I guess that didn’t matter. The people that were buying our current house backed out if the deal so we are going to have to back out of our new house too. It sucks, I was so ready to move. At least we get $500 from the people that were planning on buying our house.

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Save my house

Sure Dustin Diamond probably didn’t make a ton of money playing Screech, but I am sure he did already. Sure it’s probably hard for him to get another acting gig when everybody knows him as just “Screech”. I find it kinda sleazy that he is asking people to buy t-shirts so he can stay in his house. Come on man, get a real job like the rest of us if you can’t afford your house.

**update** So “Screech” lives in Port Washington, WI. I just checked out where that is and it isn’t far from Wayne, WI, home of Dawn and Drew. Dawn and Drew should seriously have him on their show.

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