I was at my sister’s house for dinner the other day. My wife was out of town and I was trying to single parent for the week. I made the easy stuff, like Mac N Cheese and the Chicken Alfredo from Costco. So, I decided to allow my sister to have us over for dinner, because that is just how good of a brother I am.
The conversation started getting a little stale, so somehow it steered toward the technology gap between what I grew up with, and how my kids started out. I was telling them that the internet didn’t exist when I was growing up and they asked how we figured out the new meme, or did homework. I told them we had to write papers on PAPER, and had to do reasearch wtih these things called encyclopedias.
I also mentioned that we had VCR’s, which were revolutionary, because if you didn’t realize, before that, you had to watch a movie in the theater. If you didn’t, you would never see it again. Thus, when Star Wars came out, everyone saw it time and time again, because they knew when it was gone, they would never see it again.
Our kids were blow away by all this information.
It got me wondering how the heck I survived my life growing up.
I might as well have lived in the dark ages. My parents made me go outside. Didn’t they know I could have died…of boredom? There was TV and cable and video games and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs around when I grew up. Why did they have to wait so long to invent tablets, internet, online gaming and 80 inch TV’s and YouTube.
Why did I have to suffer all these things when I was young? It just seems like they were doing all this on purpose to conspire against me from the beginning. I was stuck with reading, and playing outside and riding my bike when I was young.
And what’s up with AGB just inventing the phone and not inventing a smart phone?
Did he really think we would want to actually talk on the phone? He knew texting was much faster, but he was too lazy and decided that someone would have to invent texting like a hundred years later. Ugh the worst.
Anyways, it’s questions like this that make my monday’s maniac.
By the way, we got a few questions from people, but not enough to justify a Q&A bitter post. If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comments and I might consider answering them in another post. The best part is that I will link to your blog, so you might get someone to your blog. So if you have questions about how to be more bitter, lazy, or better at eating pizza and sitting on the couch, I’m the expert.
Bitter Survivalist Ben