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 ten miles to school every morning. Uphill and barefoot... BOTH ways. Yawn! How could it be uphill both ways?
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way that I was going to go on and on to 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 55, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. They’ve got it so easy!
We didn't have Google. If we wanted to know summat, we had to go to the local library and look it up ourselves, in the index card box!
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 post box and it would take, like, a week to get there! Stamps were 5 pence apiece!
Social Services didn't give a rat’s hoo-haa if our parents gave us an 'ear warmer'. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to wallop us. Nowhere was safe!
There were none of them there iPods, iPhones, iTunes gubbins if you wanted to steal music, you had to schlep down to the record shop and shoplift it yourself!
Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and that Tony Blackburn would usually talk over the beginning and ruin it with one of his bobbins jokes! There were no CD players or iPods! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favourite tape and "eject" it when finished and the tape would unravel. Because - that's how we rolled. Geddit?
We didn't have any state-of-the-art Sony Playstation or X-Box 360 video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Commodore 64! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. 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 itself!
You had to use a little magazine called a TV Times to find out what was on! No channel surfing! What with TWO flamin' channels! You had to get off your derriere and walk over to the telly to change the channel! It was BBC or ITV. AND NO REMOTE CONTROL!!
There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Moreover, we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat summat up we had to use the stove. Imagine that? NO DINGBOX!
End of rant!