When I Was A Kid There Was No Shredded Cheese!
Today, I got to thinking about my younger days. And when I say my younger days, I mean around the age of 7 or 8. The year would have been 1977-1978, and the world was a sunshiny, goldenrod colored flower with avocado colored leaves that grew from a beautiful pile of fluffy orange shag carpet! I then began to remember that when I was a kid, you couldn’t buy shredded cheese in a bag. If you wanted shredded cheese, in 1977, you had to buy a brick of it, and shred it yourself. This opened up a whole new can of worms within my thought process. I suppose every generation before ours has looked at the younger one behind them and thought, “wow, what a bunch of spoiled little punk babies!” Perhaps it’s because I am getting older by the minute that I have taken on this air of being an “old fart”, so to speak. It is a tragically unavoidable air that sneaks up on you in the middle of the night. One minute you’re 7, then the next minute you are 40. I suppose that’s just the way time works. I’d like to think that 40 isn’t that old, but when I think about the things that we did, and didn’t have, in the 70’s, it is sort of crazy weird man! LOL! So here is my list called When I Was A Kid There Was No Shredded Cheese In A Bag, And….
If you wanted to listen to music, you listened to a radio station and waited for your favorite song, or you bought a record (a big vinyl disk shaped object that spins around on a thing called a record player). When I was 7 they still hadn’t invented cassette tapes yet. They were still called 8 track tapes. If you don’t know what that is, look it up…LOL! There was no such thing as ear buds, or headphones. If you did have a pair of headphones, you were either a “disk jockey”, or a “ham radio operator”.
Our video games did not move with our body. We had a stick, and a button! We fought space invaders, ate ghosts, blew up asteroids, won races, and saved princess’ that were held captive by gorillas, all with a STICK and a BUTTON! Don’t mess with me, punk!
A cell phone? If I had seen a cell phone in 1977, I would have thought it was a Star Trek Communicator! Me and my friends would have tried to overthrow the universe with this device. We also would have attempted to communicate with aliens, or use it to travel through time. There were no push buttons on phones, either. They were all rotary dial phones. If you had a push button phone in 1977, you were from another planet, or you at least worked there, and you knew the secret of time travel and the alien language.
NO CABLE TELEVISION! Aaaaah! That’s right, Kids! I said it! We only had 3 channels on the TV. How did we ever survive our childhood?! Cartoons could only be watched on 1 channel, 1 day a week, which was Saturday. If you were a kid, in 1977, and you missed Saturday morning cartoons, it was considered blasphemous to your peers. If you tried to lie about it, they would catch you through a series of pop quiz interrogation, then you would be humiliated and called a “hound dog”, or something…lol!
Cars had no seat belts in 1977. Nope! When we traveled down the road in 1977, we crawled in the floor board, laid in the back window, hung from the headrests, performed aerobatics while diving from the front seat to the backseat, and sometimes when the parents weren’t looking, we rolled the window down and hung the whole upper half of our body out the window while screaming “Born Free!”
I could go on and on…these are the most memorable things to me. That, and the cheese, of course! LOL!