Age Is But a Number

The over 30 crowd checks in

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: February 13, 2009

Age Is But a Number

Age is a state of mind. I recently wrote a piece about spoiled kids, no respect, and 'back in the day' from a veterano's point of view. An actual Chicana college professor (I think...that's what she said she was) and a couple of youngsters in their late 20's who have a job and NO kids thought I spent too much time in 1960's and 70's, and couldn't relate to today's young.

So I said "OK, let's see what you got", and began asking people who were "with it" in the 1980's and early 1990's what's up, now that they're packing at least three decades of life under their belt.

So, courtesy of my job as a Mental Health professional, I asked a couple of my clients for a short story describing how THEY see the youngsters of today. This is a conglomeration of their thoughts.

If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious and forgive yourself for capping on us old guys!
If you're under 30, you'll probably still be scratching your head for a couple of years:

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......in the snow...without breakfast!

BOTH ways! Blah, blah, blah, 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 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 catalogue, or actually ask another person face to face!!

There was no email and text messaging!! 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 Napster! If you wanted to steal music, you had to walk or 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 would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% 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 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, buddy!

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'. 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!

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on TV.

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, and only till noon!. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

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

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!


The over 30 Crowd

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul" heard daily on Internet Radio, and is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine.
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