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Talk about hardship -- You couldn't just download porn. You had to bribe some homeless
dude to buy you a copy of "Hustler" at the 7-11. It was either that or it was the lingerie
section of the JC Penney catalog. Those were your options. 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 any 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
high tech Sony Playstation videogames with maximum resolution 3-D graphics. We had
the Atari 2600. With games like "Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics
sucked. 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. Plus you could never win. The
game just kept getting harder and faster until you died. Just like LIFE --
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A Generation Gap ? BACK IN 1987 ...
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 the 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 ! 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 26, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of
today. You've got it so damn easy. I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a Utopia.
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. 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 mailbox. Plus 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's
usually talk over the beginning to screw it all up.
When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium seating. All the
seats were the same height. A tall guy sat in front of you, you were out of luck. And sure,
we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20 channels and there was no
onscreen menu. No way. You had to use a little book called the "TV Guide" to find out
what was on. There was no Cartoon Network. You could only get cartoons on Saturday
morning. D'ya hear what I'm saying ?!! We had to wait ALL WEEK ! Most kids today
have got it too too easy. Spoiled. Do you think you would have lasted five minutes back in
the 1900's ... back in 1987 ? Did you ever ask yourself what people used to do in a time
when they did not have a cell phone ? What did they do with all the that time they now
spend talking on the phone ? What People did is ... they used that time to ...think. So next
time when the world is crazy around you -- put the cell phone away. Go for a walk. And
take the time to think. You will live longer. And you will be around to tell the tale. What will
be in the future. It is called: Remember When.
Casey's contribution. This ought to boggle your mind. The year is 1902 ...
what a difference one century can make. Here are the U.S. statistics for 1902 ...
The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven (47).
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.
With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.
Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the
government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the US were: Pneumonia and influenza. Tuberculosis. Diarrhea.
Heart disease. Stroke.
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska had not been
admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
One in ten US adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores.
According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates
the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire United States.
Now think what it will be like in another 100 years. Definitely boggle the Mind.
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