Re: How times have changed in the past 20 years
We had bicycles and BB guns, kids now have video games where riding a bike or shooting a gun is "more real than the real thing". Please........
We all had a friend who was overwieght but he was still good at baseball. Now all the overweight couch potato kids have an "underweight" friend but he's in counseling and is being medicated to figure out what social stresses are causing his disorder.
We knew where our friends were at all times and could find them in an hour or less at the fishing hole, the swimming hole, the baseball field or the tree-house, simply by riding our bicycles to these spots. Kids now keep in touch with cell phones and pagers and only play together in online video games.
A gun used to be a gun. Now it's _________ weapon. Leave it to the media to fill in the blank with the latest buzz word.
Remember when people carried cash and it didn't take them forty minutes to buy a pack of gum when all you want to do is pay for your gas and get to work on time? And, no, the "pay at the pump" feature is broken and the strip on your card is damaged anyway.
Remember when a computer was a luxury, not a necessity? Example, to be a post secondary student these days you NEED a computer with an internet connection to apply to the school, register for classes, get notes (because they won;t be handed out in class, same goes for assignments), get your exam schedule, get your final grades, and apply to convocate.
Remember when all the fun things in life had not yet been banned for being "unsafe"? What right is it of the town council to put a fence across the edge of the cliff above the swimming hole just to try and stop me from jumping off? Congratulations, now I have to get stitches because I cut myself climbing over your stupid, sharp fence.
I remember having teachers at my high-school coming outside for a smoke at lunch,coming over to talk to our group of friends and seeing the cased shotguns in the back seat of my car. Their respnse? "Going hunting boys? I guess I won't see you in Math class this afternoon."
Finally, the music was a lot better.
Quaerite Prime Regnum Dei~ Official motto of Newfoundland
If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government --and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws. -- Edward Abbey in Abbey's Road, p.39 (Plume, 1979)