This just in from another exasperated parent & friend of mine!
THE SPOILED UNDER-30 CROWD!!!
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 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 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 thirty, 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 a damn 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 damn 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!
There were no MP3’s or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to
hitchhike to the damn 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!
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! And we didn’t
have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea
who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie,
your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn’t know!!! You had to
pick it up and take your chances, mister!
We didn’t have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like
‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’ and the graphics sucked! Your guy was a
little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were
no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you
could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster
and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium
seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old
broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn’t see, you were just
Sure, we had cable television, but back then, there was only like 15
channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You had to
use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were
screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and
walk over to the TV to change the channel and 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
And we didn’t have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had
to use the stove or go build a frigging fire … imagine that! If we
wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it
over the stove forever like an idiot.
That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too
easy. You’re spoiled!!!!!!!!!
You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1970!
Oh yea, and a seatbelt was Mom throwing her arm across your chest every
time she hit the brakes.
The over 30 Crowd
PS: Happy 11th B’day, Master Ashton!
Take Todd Hanson at 17, add youtube & you get this kid:
Come to think of it, doesn’t Todd live in VA now? Hmmm…
Centennial plans in works at Slidell High
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
By Kathleen Modenbach
Slidell High then and now is the approach of the school’s administration, faculty, students and alumni as they mark the 100th anniversary of the school’s opening in 2007-08, and prepare to celebrate the 100th graduating class in 2008-09.
An ambitious program of gathering oral histories, photographs and memories of Slidell High alumni will be presented over the course of the Centennial celebration as student learn about their school as well as the history of Slidell.
Slidell High senior Ericka Jenkins can’t imagine going to school by boat and train during World War I, not to mention getting home at midnight because soldiers had priority for the trains. Stories like these, told by Slidell High 50 Year Club members, are part of ongoing activities being planned as the Slidell school marks its centennial year.
“I learned so much about Slidell and its history. I had no idea that students ‘back in the day’ had to take boats and trains to get to school,” Jenkins said.
Senior Ashlie Lewis agrees, adding, “the interviews really made me realize how much we take for granted.”
Donna Manetta, Slidell High Centennial chair, said Slidell High opened in 1908 with a junior class. This year is the school’s centennial year, but the 2008-09 class will be the school’s 100th graduating class. Besides the oral histories filmed by the school’s Communication Academy under Christy Wiebelt, other planned events include highlighting each decade at Slidell High with happenings at the school, historical world events and music of the period.
Manetta and the Centennial Committee are working to compile the history of the school, from which she, her father and grandfather graduated. In a letter to Slidell High alumni, Manetta said “it is fitting and important to recognize the spirit and endeavors of those who have graduated from Slidell High.”
Slidell High Principal William Percy said the 50 Year Club is made up of alumni who graduated from the school 50 years ago or more. “They’re a pretty active club in Slidell and have had a relationship with the school for the last several years.”
Students from the school’s Communication Academy have been compiling an oral history of the school, interviewing 50 Year Club members along with other alumni who have had an impact on the community, he said. The students have been asking questions about Slidell then and now.
Percy said [the son of] L.V. McGinty, former Slidell High principal from 1936-1976, and his wife were in Slidell recently and were interviewed by the students. Many of these interviews and other centennial projects will be shared at various school activities during the course of the year, according to Percy.
Other activities include an open invitation for former Slidell High band members from any year to play with the Tiger band. Also, 50-year graduates will be honored with passes to major events, including sports, plays and music concerts. Finally, all alumni will be celebrated at a special gathering in the spring of 2009.
Susan Summers, Slidell High yearbook sponsor, is asking for candid then-and-now pictures of Slidell High graduates with children or grandchildren presently attending the school. The Saga yearbook staff will take the student pictures and pose them in a picture similar to ones the parents and grandparents had in their yearbooks. These will be used in a special centennial issue of the Saga yearbook, covering 100 years of change at the school.
Summers is also interested in hearing graduates’ stories or copying their old pictures. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To share a memory from time at Slidell High, contact Christy Wiebelt at email@example.com.
The school welcomes any ideas or suggestions about centennial activities. Contact Slidell High at (985) 643-2992 or e-mail one of the faculty alumni: Donna Kahl Manetta, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracy Sollberger Krieger, email@example.com or Joshua St. Cyr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Slidell High School has a rich heritage, and we most definitely want to honor that Tiger Pride,” Manetta said.
Published on NOLA.com Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:16 p.m.
Published in The Times-Picayune Thursday, December 13, 2007
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Slidell High – Class of 82!
In what they hope will remedy a severe bus driver shortage, the St. Tammany Parish School Board has announced it has relaxed the age requirements of new hires. Up until recently, applicants had to be at least 21 in order to apply for a bus driver job with the board.
But a combination of an unprecedented increase in students since the storm and a low pay scale for drivers has strained the system to its limits and brought it to what some would argue are crisis proportions.
Said one school board transportation official, “We simply had to do something. We have students who aren’t even getting to school because there aren’t enough buses to go around. And we are required by federal mandate to comply with the No Child Left Behind rules.”
The already overcrowded streets are made worse with parents forced to drive their kids to school. “These are hard working, tax paying parents. We owe them better.”
He went on to say, “Our pay may not be the greatest but our benefits are excellent and we hope by lowering the minimum age requirement, we can breathe new life into the Transportation Department. Ideally, the riders, the kids, will now have someone they can relate to. Someone closer to their age.”
The move appears to be paying off as the board has just announced it’s first, of what it hopes will be many, new hires. It’s this guy:
Mine was Rick Springfield. That was the crowd I rolled with.