Monday, August 9, 2010

My Generation

Some days I feel like I'm getting old. I think this started years ago the first time someone addressed me as sir. Despite being so hip and cool, sometimes I think the younger generation doesn't relate to me very well. There have been many technological improvements in the last 40 years, which I'm okay with, but I am more concerned about the pop cultural references and jokes I make that are unappreciated by younger people.

So to help you understand where I am coming from, I'm sharing the following memories to help you see if we grew up around the same time.

You might be from my generation if you...

* know what people are talking about when they say phrases like "Dynomite!", "smiles everyone", or "don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

* remember when MTV used to actually play music videos.

* have never worn your pants down around your knees.

* were ever impressed with the Atari 2600 game graphics.

* know what it was like to watch a football game on TV without the enhanced digitized yard markers.

* have actually "dialed" a telephone number or you didn't grow up with caller ID. Answering the phone back then was like playing Russian roulette.

* remember Rerun sneaking a giant tape recorder into a Doobie Brothers Concert on What's Happening.

* remember when soda can pull tabs came completely off.

* remember when the only people who had cell phones were doctors and 4 star generals.

* remember your Saturday morning cartoons were laced with School House Rock.

* know the sound effect that a bionic limb makes when it is used.

* were regularly piled into the back of a station wagon with your brothers and sisters without seat belts.

* can't remember seeing any of your favorite NBA players with a visible tattoo.

* thought Disney movies had amazing special effects.

* remember worrying for your life the night sky lab fell to earth.

* you know what music group sang the title to this post.

8 comments:

smArtee said...

check, check and check..I was there...its My "generation...baby..why dont we all just fade away.."..ha sometimes I feel like that...im 49 and entering me-no-pause..I think..who knows I cant remember...any way Im seeing Menopause the Musical tomorrow night...now that really dates me..hahahah..!

Kristina P. said...

I know most of these things, and I'm like 25 years younger than you.

Kelly said...

That is because Kristina is hipper than most. I remember all of those things cause we are the same age Chaka. I think the thing I miss the most is the School House Rock cartoons.

Cheeseboy said...

Oh, I know a lot of those, but I am like five years later than you, I think.

ISRAEL CARRASCO said...

We are from the same generation. And it's called X. BTW I joke all the time that you begin to get "old" when the "sir" to "dude" ratio is out of whack. When was the last time someone referred to you as dude or man? Exactly!

MikkSolo said...

Dude! we're not getting old!

Kal said...

Ah they were the best of times, they were the worst of times. Damn punk kids today just don't understand the time before the great Internet Age. I especially like how you compared old telephones to playing Russian Roulette. No call screening. How the hell did me exist without it?

Cathy said...

Yes to everything! I especially remember the sound of a bionic limb - that made me laugh. I tried to explain to my son that my parent's phone was busy and probably it was left "off the hook". He had not idea what I meant!

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