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In My Day

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Washington Post had a contest wherein participants were asked to tell the younger generation how much harder they had it "in the old days." Winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions are listed below.

Second Runner-Up:

In my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot.
In winter, we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.

First Runner-Up:

In my day, we didn't have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you'd weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because our allowances were way too small, so we'd use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they were taped to the record player arm so that we couldn't adjust our skates, which didn't really matter because those crummy metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in those days roads had real pebbles on them, not like today.

And the winner:

In my day, we didn't have rocks. We had to go down to the creek and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads.

Honorable Mentions:

In my day, we didn't have fancy health-food restaurants.
Every day we ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts, along with potatoes.

In my day, we didn't have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated.

In my day, we didn't get that disembodied, slightly ticked- off voice saying 'Doors closing.' We got on the train, the doors closed, and if your hand was sticking out, it scraped along the tunnel all the way to the next station and it was a bloody stump at the end. But the base fare was only a dollar.

In my day, we didn't have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Kids today think the world revolves around them. In my day, the sun revolved around the world, and the world was perched on the back of a giant tortoise.

Back in my day, '60 Minutes' wasn't just a bunch of gray- haired, liberal 80-year-old guys. It was a bunch of gray- haired, liberal 60-year-old guys.

Back in my day, they hadn't invented electricity. We had to watch television by candlelight.

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NAYPOOIE 7/9/2013 12:17PM

    Got to share this one.

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MISSDAISY23 7/9/2013 6:10AM


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DALID414 7/9/2013 2:01AM

    I have a stomach ache from laughing so hard about the emoticon one.

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BARCLE 7/9/2013 1:05AM


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BECKYSFRIEND 7/8/2013 9:39PM


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TICKLEBEE 7/8/2013 8:22PM

    its funny how much time has changed our perspective and knowing that, we realize that much time hasn't really gone by!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/8/2013 8:19PM

    lo even though i am not that old this reminds of a conversation i had at the kindergarten last friday with one of the kindergarten teachers.every friday it is toy day where the kids are aloud to bring their own toys to son wanted to take my old click clac to play with(incase you donīt know clic clac are two balls each hanging on the end of a the midle of the string is a little like button to hold on too and using your wrist only you have to bring the balls in motion so they clac against one another)i loved this as a kid.the kindergarten teacher had never seen one before i said this is what we used to play with as a kid.this was like my nintendo/gameboy etc.she thought it was daft(she is around 30) and i remeber thinking i used to love playing with easily we were pleased compared to the kids today. emoticon

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DOVESEYES 7/8/2013 8:17PM


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ECONLADY 7/8/2013 8:13PM

    Great!!! Thanks for te laugh!

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LJBKENT 7/8/2013 8:03PM

    Too funny. Thanks for sharing.


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