Thursday, January 24, 2008

Can this be true?

Got this gem from my dad... it looks legit, but can anyone disprove a statement or two? Or is this all for real? If yes... it just fuels one of my earlier posts on today's technology overtaking the world at a breakneck speed. We are SO going to smack into that brick wall soon - and all the helmets and airbags in the world won't do a damn thing.

So here is the gem:

How old is grandpa?

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandfather replied, 'Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:

television
penicillin
polio shots
frozen foods
Xerox
contact lenses
Frisbees and
the pill

There were no:

credit cards
laser beams or
ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

pantyhose
air conditioners
dishwashers
clothes dryers - clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
man hadn't yet walked on the moon

Your Grandmother and I got married first... And then lived together.

Every family had a father and a mother.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, 'Sir'.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 & 10-cent stores called Stedmans where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . . . But who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In my day:

'grass' was mowed,
'coke' was a cold drink,
'pot' was something your mother cooked in and
'rock music' was your grandmother's lullaby.

'Aids' were helpers in the Principal's office,
' chip' meant a piece of wood,
'hardware' was found in a hardware store and
'software' wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us 'old and confused' and say there is a generation gap... And how old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready?

This man would be only 60 years old!

8 comments:

rs27 said...

Technology is awesome

Anonymous said...

No yogurt? What? How did people live?

TeriM said...

Wow! Only thing I noticed was that penicillin was actually invented in the 1920s but it wasn't perfected for use until the late 1940s. Maybe the "Jetsons" lifestyle will really be our future in our lifetime!

Prin said...

Hmm... Not sure about that. My dad will be sixty soon, and I didn't have a two parent family, he didn't marry before moving in (or even having a baby), and the drugs? What were the 60's about then? :D

I think this rant is a few years old. :D

Technodoll said...

rs, every coin has two sides ;-)

martini, I'm still waiting for someone to disprove some of this stuff! LOL!

TeriM, I never envied the Jetsons... where was the green?

Dolce said...

Wow! My mom is turning 60 on Tuesday and I'll have to ask her about some of these. What's even more crazy is my grandmother is (was) 100. I can't imagine the things she's seen in her lifetime.

Technodoll said...

I too cannot imagine... my grandfater was born in 1920 in a family of *19 children*! No twins and that is not counting miscarriages or infant deaths! It's crazy!

Curly said...

hindsight is clouded by nostalgia...

every generation thinks the younger generation is going hell in a handbasket, it's just the way the world works.