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i grew up without a cell phone. My first cell phone was in my 20s

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3/9/11 7:51 P

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The first time I saw a rotary telephone I was in elementary school. In college it terrified me to talk to an answering machine. Got myself a pager when I was in my thirties. Since then I have owned many cell phones. I have not upgraded myself to iphone, bb yet. Sometime I call it blueberry, and my kids would laugh at me. Not to mention ipad or iXXX whatever... don't have any.

This is my first post btw!! emoticon

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3/9/11 4:08 P

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I grew up in the 60's and 70's. No cell phone for me. I remember when I first saw and tried a microwave it was at the Kennedy Space Center in Fl in the late 60's or early 70's and later we got one. It was huge and had a dial.

No video games and I remember when we got a color TV.

Played outside until the street lights came on or your parents called you in. I really miss those days seemed like a much slower pace.

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3/6/11 7:38 A

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No cell phone for me. It's funny to think back now and how technology was only marginally in my life. I do remember seeing a computer for the first time. It was the late 70's and our library got the big ole box monitor and I'm sure it had the floppy disc. A group of guys were gathered around it and I went up and asked "what is that thing?" Haha. Things have changed so much!

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2/23/11 7:43 P

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Thanks for the LOL's...my 10 year old is asking me what I am laughing at as I type, lol. My first computer was a Tandy with nothing more than a keyboard and a tape deck (son just asked what a tape deck was) and was good for nothing but a few games that my dad programmed. My first cell phone was a "bag phone" that we paid about a dollar a minute for (that was in the mid 90's mind you) and reception was shoddy at best. Didn't have cable until the late 70's/early 80's and then it was about 10 channels. I do, however, remember that awesome intro on HBO when a new movie was about to start...the camera zoomed through a "town"...anyone else remember that? My first video game system was the NES and I loved Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt. Oh yeah, I was a senior in HIGH SCHOOL when that came out.

Yes, our children now have it WAY easier than we ever did, but I think that we as parents have it much harder than ours did. My mom had no problem spanking me when warranted (neither did my teachers), we were outside from sun up to sun down, we did our chores without complaint or negotiations, and we ate what was put in front of us without complaint.

Ahh...how I miss the good old days...

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2/23/11 2:59 P

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That's super funny!

I'm somewhere in the middle - we did have Atari & a microwave. I got a cell phone while in college (not technically an adult!!).

I miss letters though, pretty stationary and handwriting were fun....let's bring them back!

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2/22/11 4:39 P

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BUZYBEEDEBRA- This was a great post- How funny! But I realized I think I was in the minority here! LOL!

There was No Cell phone, but our land-line had a call waiting because there were 4 teens in the house and my father couldn't ever call in!

Video Games- my brother had an Atari- I remember PONG! that old tennis game where the paddles went from left to right to hit the ball. Can you really call that a game?

I remember our first microwave oven. I was under age 10. All the neighbors came over to see it. My Father put an egg in it and we watched it explode! - All further experiments with food were then conducted at work! Our favorite food to cook in the microwave?- Grilled cheese sandwich! (Not recommended unless you like to eat rubbery sandwiches)

Play- all play after 8:00am was conducted outside until Dinnertime. However there were allowances for the bathroom (at least for the girls!- who knows what the boys did!)

Fast forward to today- Teens with Cells, mp3, video games and attitude. The don't play outside, even if we kick them out, they sneak back in!

If I had to do it all over again, I would live off the grid and make the kid work a farm!

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2/15/11 3:47 P

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NO cell phone, computer, color tv, video game, cable, touch-tone dialing, designer clothes, snow day, reality tv, typewriter (Oh wait, they don't have those now), McDonalds was a weekend treat, no book bag for school, and the list goes own.....

"We can not become what we need by remaining what we are."
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2/15/11 2:12 P

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No cell phones, no computers, no cable(hello rabbit ears) no cartoon network, disney...PBS had 3 shows on in the morning and then cartoons were Saturday morning and Tv preachers sunday mornings...No helmets for our banana seat bikes or skateboards or roller skates...sold gs cookies door to door...no ATM machines, you had to plan to get money before the banks closed on Friday @ 3...no homework until 4th grade(this one could make a comeback soon!) No remedial classes in college-you had to pass English 1A the first time, ditto math. You typed your papers, white-out was a cool "new" thing!

Childhood obesity wasn't an issue because we were all running around, no video games or "screen time" Fast food was a treat, we had to drive 20 minutes to a Mc Donalds-they weren't on every corner...No big GULPS-who'd want to drink 32 oz of soda? Now that's a "small"? No Starbucks-the original coffee houses served, coffee and sold beans(Peet's) cutting edge in the early 80's was a latte or cap-no "flavored/frozen" coffee beverages...

PE was a required class 5 DAYS a week-go figure? It was still required in high school and even college-hmmm, maybe we were onto something?

Vinyl was king, 8 tracks and then cassettes...no movies on demand-there were maybe 4 kids movies released a year...no PG 13 rating- G, PG and R-I believe JAWS was a PG rating and Saturday Night Fever an "R"...Star Wars was "cutting edge"...my kids think my life was "tragic"


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2/15/11 1:37 P

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Absolutely!! I am a child of the 70's and loved to write letters and send hallmark cards to my friends and family who lived in other states. I used to love to get US Mail addressed to me. Cell phones were "car phones" and still mostly unheard of except for the few that could afford them. I grew up when CB's were all the rage and Atari Game systems were just starting to get popular. Cellphones tried to jump off in the late 80's but they looked more like something a Vietnam War Communications Officer would carry they were enormous with big doofey battery packs and were extremely expensive.

Now, people wouldn't be caught dead without a cellphone and instead of calling people and talking, they mostly text. Even the art of the Hallmark card and letter writing is dying because everyone wants to do stuff NOW and the human touch is virtually dead.



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1/8/11 2:20 P

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well i can say that the safety arm flings out everytime someone else rides with me especially my dog

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1/1/11 10:42 P

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"safety arm"!

That's great! My mother is now well into her 70's, and I outweigh her by at least 50 pounds. We were on the road to somewhere last summer when I had to come to a fast stop...and despite the fact that she was in the passenger seat, her arm came up and across my chest like lightning!

Thanks, Mom!

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4/12/10 11:32 P

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I think all we had was two tin cans and a string, lol.

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4/12/10 9:36 A

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no, rotary type of phone.

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4/11/10 10:37 P

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No cell phone, party line when we had a phone.

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What's a cell phone? emoticon

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4/11/10 8:31 A

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4/10/10 7:13 P

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4/10/10 10:25 A

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yes I did and I only recently gave in and bought one.

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4/8/10 8:51 P

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4/8/10 11:09 A

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my kids refuse to believe that we actually had to GET UP and change the channel by HAND! One actually said - "I guess you only watched channel 6 until someone had to go to the bathroom." LOL

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4/6/10 1:18 P

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Growing up without a cell phone made me a better problem solver! If the car broke down, or your friends took off without you, or you got lost - you were on your own! My kids wouldn't last a day!!

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4/5/10 12:54 P

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emoticon Nope and I didn't have to be home until the street lights came on, rode my bike by myself around southern california streets, and drank water from a hose! emoticon

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4/2/10 2:48 A

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noi cell phones, but long live the vinyl records!!!!!

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4/2/10 2:16 A

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yes!!

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3/31/10 8:55 P

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Loved it!

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3/31/10 1:30 P

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yep so true.... emoticon

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LMAO!

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3/25/10 7:35 A

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You are so right!! The kids these days would not last a second back in the 70's that's for sure heck I can't get my kids outside for even a few minutes and when I see kids outside playing I'm in shock!!

Have a good day :)

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Loved it!! Have a great day....

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3/24/10 11:01 P

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This was so right on!

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That was great. I still tell my parents, "why can't we leave the cell phone behind? We never had it when I was a kid."
Every now and then, I just want to be out of touch.

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I had to forward this by email to all my over 40 classmates and relatives. How many are calling me 'mom' - and how many of these Ipod people have I shook my head at?!?!

Priceless - thanks!

I know that God will not give me anything that I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. - Mother Teresa


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3/24/10 9:39 P

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That's hilarious!

And you're absolutely right!
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Growing Up without a Cell Phone ??

If you are 40, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

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... BOTH ways- 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 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 forty, 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 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 old library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

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 mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our butts! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the 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! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car.. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

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!

There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

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 parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

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

And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten!

You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

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The Over 40 Crowd

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