Growing up without a cell phone...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Peters Realty SB065509


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...

Comments (22)

Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services


OMG!!!  I can't stop laughing!

Dec 15, 2011 05:18 AM
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Steve - Ok, seriously now!  My dogs are looking at me (I'm in the home office) wondering if I've lost my mind.  I really have to stop drinking my coffee while reading AR posts.  Snorting coffee out my nose and all over my screen is really not a good thing.  :)

Yeah, I grew up in the 70's too and sooo remember those days and often think the same thing when I see the kids in my family (no rug rats of my own) getting all bent out of shape over some perceived injustice of the way they have to live.  AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

This was hilarious Steve!  Just one suggestion, if it were my post I would !#$%^& some of the language.  There are some folks here who consider themselves the AR language police when it comes to certain words.  Just a suggestion.  :)

Dec 15, 2011 05:23 AM

Anyone remember getting to sit on your Dad's lap and help drive- (steer)? Or people smoking in the waiting room at the doctors office? Used to be a free country....


Dec 15, 2011 05:38 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Steve - This is too funny! Thanks for the laugh! But, given a choice, I would still go back to the pre-cellphone, pre-internet, pre-video game days  . . .call me crazy! :)

Dec 15, 2011 06:00 AM
Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

OK I came here from Donne's post.  This is hilarious.  I gave you a suggest on this one.

Some of my favorites.  Having to go to the library to look things up.  Which meant only the truly motivated could maintain the pretense of intelligence.  Now you have true bozos googling and coming up looking like experts.  They should have to at least work for it like all the other pretentious intellectual bozos.

I love the one about Child Protective Services.  So true, not only your parents could beat you but any adult if you got out of line.  I was a good kid, but still the fact that anyone could discipline you kept you in line!

Saturday cartoons were the best.  I still think they ruined things by putting them on all the time.  They were special for sure.  And now all the cartoons I see are made for adults!

This just has so many gems.  I guess I'm dating myself (38) but oh well... it's hilarious!

Dec 18, 2011 05:24 AM
Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

Very funny.  I would love to go back to these days - with one exception.  I need my internet!  I love being able to look up things without driving to the library!


Dec 18, 2011 05:43 AM
Sonsie Conroy
I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County - San Luis Obispo, CA
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor

Having grown up in the Paleozoic Era, I could add a few to this list, but it is plenty funny just as it is. Congrats on a great post!

Dec 18, 2011 06:06 AM
Steve Peters, Jr.
Peters Realty - Newport, PA
Broker/Owner Peters Realty

Just thought of another one that would absolutely shock the senses of today's youth: There used to be only one damn television in the house and only Four channels! And the parents decided what was watched, not the over-coddled, spoiled kids...

Dec 18, 2011 06:16 AM
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Ventura, CA

Steve:  I too grew up "pre-technology" and while I love the things technology allows us to accomplish, I definitely relate to every single item on your list...also, the TV was Black and White...HA!

I'm with Donne on this one - snorted my tea all over my keyboard!  This is bookmarked for future reference (especially when my 24 year old son comes to visit next weekend - pretty sure he won't find this nearly as funny as I did but he's gonna read it anyway!!).

Thanks very much for the chuckle and the trip down memory lane.



Dec 18, 2011 06:44 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Steve, came here from Donne's Called Shots. This should be required reading for all 6th graders.

Dec 18, 2011 07:01 AM
Steve Peters, Jr.
Peters Realty - Newport, PA
Broker/Owner Peters Realty

When I was in 5th grade the teacher smoked during class and flicked his ashes in the chalk tray. Recently, I was asked to speak to a business class and noticed the class rooms no longer have chalk or blackboards.

Dec 18, 2011 07:23 AM
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Steve ~ I came because of Donne's post.  And how many cassette tapes melted in the car because you left it on the seat and the sun got to it???  #5 - I used to do that all the time!

Dec 18, 2011 08:51 AM
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Love this list.  Two other items to add - the TYPEWRITTER - I was trying to explain to my teenager how much more difficult it was to write a paper when I was in high school.   The 2nd, and I still laugh as I visualize my kids expressions when we showed them this is the window crank on the car window.  (My father in law uses his mother's old car - like a 1987 model with all manual windows.... the kids look of shock when they realized the windows weren't on the push of a button.... was truly PRICELESS:-)

All the best, Michelle

Dec 18, 2011 09:05 AM
Steve Peters, Jr.
Peters Realty - Newport, PA
Broker/Owner Peters Realty

Just thought of another 1970's monstrosity, having to listen to music on AM radio...God that was bad!

Dec 18, 2011 09:22 AM
Steve Peters, Jr.
Peters Realty - Newport, PA
Broker/Owner Peters Realty

Several mentions on here about cassette tapes. I thought they were a luxury compared to those $h!tty 8 tracks that changed track in the middle of songs. And when the tape would jam in the machine the player was ruined..........

Dec 18, 2011 09:30 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

This is awesome I just have to say. I was born in 1976 and I remember the majority of this! :)

Dec 18, 2011 06:07 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Steve,

By the time I got to the end I was laughing out loud.

In fact, someone should learn how to abbreviate that.

How about lol?

We could text that, could we not?

Just use lol whenever something strikes you as funny...



Dec 18, 2011 08:09 PM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Steve, this is too funny and a well deserved shout out from Donne. Great post, I love it!             

Dec 19, 2011 03:24 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Okay, my husband just walked into my office to find out what the HECK is going on in here. I started gigling at #3 and guffawing by #6. I could not stop laughing. By this time tears and snot are flying everywhere!  I remember ALL of these. Too, too funny, Steve. Keep it coming.

Dec 19, 2011 02:45 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Steve - you mean when your folks told you to "look it up" you had to go the library??   LOL  I remember that by junior high, I didn't need to look in the card catalogue much any more, as I had learned the Dewey Decimal system enough to know where to look (hmm - do they even know what Dewey Decimal or LCC numbers are?)

May you and yours have a blessed and enjoyable Christmas season!

Dec 22, 2011 06:34 AM