2003-01-16, 11:20 a.m.,

Iím not sure what it is lately, but Iíve been having some very strange dreams lately. Last night, it was about me having really loose teeth and each time I would touch them to feel how loose they were, they would fall out. So My trusty dream dictionary tells me that loose teeth are a warning of untrustworthy friends and teeth falling out is a sign of financial reverses. I hate dreams that say that (a sign of financial reverses) because although I wouldnít consider myself wealthy by any means, Iím not exactly homelessÖso really, what does that mean? Bah!

So we leave tomorrow, which means Iíll have no means to post entires. But have no fear; itíll only be 4 days.

I spoke to Anie (yay!) it made me so happy to hear from her, we chatted for nearly 45 minutes, just like weíd spoken yesterday. It made me feel better about being away from home.

So I got this email a few days ago from Brian and itís really strange because I just had a similar conversation with a co-worker about how easy kids have it today and how when we were kids, we didnít have half the cool stuff they have now. Iím sure some of you have had this grace your inbox already, but it still made me laugh.

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've reached the ripe old age of thirty , I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so fuckin' easy!

I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a gosh-darn 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-we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves! And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen!-- and then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the fuckin' mailbox and it would take like a week to get there! And there were no MP3s or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or we had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and fuck it all up!

You want to hear about hardship? We didn't have fancy shit like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal! 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 boss, your mom, a collections agent, your drug dealer, you didn't know!!! You just had to pick it up and take your chances!

And we didn't have any fancy Sony Play station videogames with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics sucked ass! Your guy was a little square! You 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 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! A tall guy sat in front of you, you were fucked!

And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20

channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! And there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning... ...D'ya hear what the fuck I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK,

you spoiled little bastards!

That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too

easy. You're spoiled, I swear to God! You guys wouldn't last five minutes back in 1981!

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