23 April 2010

If you are over 30....

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 I was going to lay a bunch of nonsense 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 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 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 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! Stamps were 10 cents!

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 butt! Nowhere was safe!

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!

Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess 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?

We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD !!! 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.

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!

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!

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 butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

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-finks!

And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

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 1980 or any time before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd

PS And if you are in your 50's you were lucky to have a TV, a radio, or a phone!

(author unknown)

22 April 2010

Doc said I need to lose weight but I am way ahead of him:

I decided I wanted to train to run the Shamrock Half Marathon next year so I started training myself. Anyone want to join me?

Running Workout 1

DATE DISTANCE TIME EXERCISE
28 March 2010 1.6 miles 20:58 Running
30 March 2010 1.6 miles 21:41 Running
3 April 2010 1.6 miles 41:53 Elliptical/10 degree angle
8 April 2010 1.6 miles 21:19 Running
13 April 2010 1.6 miles 29:02 Power Walking
15 April 2010 1.6 miles 21:14 Running
16 April 2010 1.6 miles ? Running: training foster dog to stay by my side.
19 April 2010 1.6 + miles 22:39 Ran with Cronkite who decided to do his biz mid-stride so I had to go back. Don’t know exactly how far I ran.
20 April 2010 1.6 miles 20:24 Running
22 April 2010 1.6 miles 20:08 Running

14 April 2010

You know you are getting old when

Feel free to add your own!

~ It takes you five minutes to get to the window to tell the dogs to shut up and they have already have stopped and are taking a nap.

~ You have to carry a notepad with you so you will remember what you came into another room to do.

~ The Index figure on the hand you write with has more curves in it than a mountain road.

~ You call everyone by the dogs name.

~ You have to grab a chair or wall when a pet or person goes by you because you are afraid you are going to fall and break a hip.

~ You can get out from under the afghan you put on you when you sat down to take a nap in your recliner.

~ You take all the ingredients out then forget what you were going to cook for dinner.

~ You have to put your teeth in to answer the door.

~ You hurt your ankle while sitting at your desk.

~ You call everything you want “Thingie.” “Will you get me that thingie over there?”

07 April 2010

Spent the day at the Hospital with my BIL because my sister had back surgery to have 5 discs fused. Now that was a long day! She is doing well but this morning her neck started hurting and caused a migraine so she is being treated for that.

Today I am bone weary and feeling totally out of it. Funny how things like that affect a person.
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