I felt my kid’s pain. Literally…..They were a pain in my ass.


I had a busy holiday weekend. By the time it was over, the internet had gone out. I wasn’t too thrilled about it, but I wasn’t devastated like the Things were. One Thing in particular called me on the intercom 3x to complain and cry (literally) about the Xbox Live being down. It was heartbreaking. I mean….what was my Thing to do with only the satellite working, the PSP, the DS, the Wii, the pre-installed computer games…….AND……..wait for it…………..THE OUTDOORS!

We finally got it up and running this afternoon. You would’ve thought they got bumped up to the #1 slot on the transplant list. It makes you wonder how we, the non-tech generation, survived. AND…….I really don’t think Atari counts. Although, Commodore computers were pretty tight.

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22 thoughts on “I felt my kid’s pain. Literally…..They were a pain in my ass.

  1. I was all about the C64 back in the day. We used to sneak in a GI Joe game back when they first got those computers at school. Our teacher was so clueless. We told her it was educational and she believed us.

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  2. I was just thinking about this modern progress topic this morning when my not-yet-two-year-old asked for ‘TB’. How come it takes three remote controls to turn on the telly (digital box/audio receiver/plasma) now? By the time my daughters are teenagers changing channels will require a virtual flight simulator.

    Love that pic of the ol’ Com 64 too. Growing up we dreamed of having a Com 64. All we had was a Vic 20 (with a tape recorder for downloading/uploading games). Talk about slow dialup!

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    1. How the times have changed.
      I got my first cell phone when I was 25 years old. I also had a 13″ black and white television in my room growing up. It was my only present for Christmas one year (14 years old). Boy…..I thought I was somebody then.

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  3. Old computers suck. The interesting thing is, no matter how new your computer is, wait a few minutes and it will be old too –and a pain in the butt. Technology is wonderful until it no longer works–which doesn’t take long —and it seems rotten kids have remotes, built-in timers and x-boxes substituting for brains….

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  4. Funny, I was just thinking about this. A character in a book I just finished (written in the 80s) had a “Word Processor” that she was introducing another character to). How did we survive.

    I will always regret getting the first Play Station for my son. He used to read. He used to go outside. He used to talk with me. Of course, all of those were before he became a teen :0

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  5. Hey I had a commodore 64 too and it rocked for its time,
    mind you I much prefer my PS3 these days and I am still
    a big kid at heart so there 🙂 😉 lol

    I hope you can get into my Space a lot easier next Lorre 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

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    1. I hope so too. Don’t worry though. If I have to perform a series of somersaults…..I’ll figure out how to get there.

      We had a system sold by Radio Shack. It was a digital, black and white game of PONG…..You would watch the little line hit the ball (pixels) very slowly and then come back. Kind of like dialing a rotary phone.

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      1. Yes I had one of those beauties too,
        it could have been the same one for
        all we know? 🙂 lol Now who’s turn is
        it to serve? 🙂 lol Mine I think…

        Androgoth XXx

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      2. Yes well as it is my serve get ready to
        be pleasantly shocked, every time I serve
        it is ace… I mean it is an ace 🙂 😉 lol

        Androgoth XXx

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  6. Ah the drama when electronics fail the young ones. My youngest literally screeches when this happens. My response? Come-a-running and say,”Are you ok? Break a bone? Get bitten by a rattle snake? What happened?” This usually gets a rather humbled answer.

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    1. It’s funny you say that…..My kids can barely maintain composure when the internet is slow…..You know, taking more than 1 second to load something.

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