Wednesday, August 06, 2008

When I was a kid...

Admit it, those of you who have kids have used this phrase. Especially when your kids are whining and moaning that they don't have "anything to do."

I've hauled it out more than once for sure. "Oh come on... you have a house full of gadgets, high tech 21-speed bikes, easy access to a gigantic mall and 9 kinds of organized sports. We didn't have any of those things when I was a kid.

Actually, I imagine this phrase has been cited by parents since the beginning of time.

Thomas Edison - 1890: You kids today have everything! We didn't have cars or phonographs or light bulbs for that matter. We didn't even have zippers for Pete's sakes!

Caveman dad - 1,005,434 BC: What are you complaining about? We didn't even have fire when we were kids.

I can't wait until 20 years from now when I'm hearing my son tell his children, "When I was a kid, there were no virtual 3D playrooms at McDonalds."

But these pictures I found this morning from when I was 12 really drive home the point. In the days without Wii's and cable TV, we had to actually invent ways to entertain ourselves when we were bored- and using our imaginations was key to making this happen.

Mark and me - 1973

See what I mean? You've been there. I mean who in those days didn't dress up all summer as bald-headed aliens and walk around their neighborhoods in broad daylight. EVERYONE was doing it. It was the thing to do.

Yes sir... totally normal.

Normal, right?

Uh, hello?

!

Ok, disregard those pictures. That's not me and that never happened. Must be some internet crap I found somewhere. HEY LOOK... KITTENS!


Damn, I wish we'd had cable TV.

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If you feel sorry for me as a child, please click the happy face here.

54 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What made you, I mean why would you...Wow those pictures are just amazing! Thanks for the kitty chaser though.

Durblady said...

ROTFLMAO - I love the photos! Can't say I ever experienced that - and I'm thinking Morgan would have a problem with me trying it now!

momjeansblogger said...

You were really inventive as a kid! What sort of cult, I mean commune did you live on?

cathouse teri said...

Those are some scary pictures! In fact, I don't think they promote the idea of "finding things to do" so much as they promote birth control! :)

When my kids told me they had nothing to do, I made them clean the toilet. Or wash the car. Or vacuum. They didn't say that very often to me.

And when an adult tells me they are bored, I say, "Well then you must be boring... because only the boring get bored."

CLEARLY you and Mark are not BORING! :)

April said...

OMG, those are great! No, I have no CLUE what you're talking about. When I was a kid, we had cable :)

Jennine said...

This makes me feel better about spending three months sewing sequins onto a glove in homage to Michael Jackson when I was 13.

Too funny!

jerrychicken said...

erm, erm, moving along quickly...

I suppose I could post some pictures of me in '73, long hair in that "spikey" stylee, huge flared patchwork jeans, tie-die t-shirt, me as skinny as a rake, platform boots...

...but that would be plain daft.

No, aliens look, well, almost normal now.

mom said...

I can't beieve it!!! WHEN did you that?

mom said...

P.S. DARN----I left out the word "do", so it would read "do that".

Jeff said...

elizabeth - There are no clear answers to these questions. Let's just say we had very vivid imaginations. And no humility.

durblady - Please, leave Morgan out of this. She's just a child for pete's sakes!

momjeansblogger - Well, we did like purple Kool-Aid an awful lot.

teri - No, that wasn't much of a problem for us.

april - Ahh cable, the great provider.

jennine - Hold on... I'm not sure these are comparable. *I* only dressed up like an alien ;-)

jerrychicken - I'm seeing a certain Beatle-esque look about you. Please DO share some pics!

mom - Oh, how convenient you don't remember. Nice try mom, but you are just as responsible for this as me.

VE said...

bwahahaha. Were you the prototype for the blue man group? I was a kid back at that same time and mother told me about these kinds of things...

Oh, and just to punish you more, you are starring in my meme movie tomorrow (Thu). May God have mercy on your soul....

Regan said...

Oh, then now probably isn't the best time for me to say I'm bored and there's nothing to do and there's nothing on TV and none of my friends are home and The Junk Drawer and I Do Things don't have any new posts....

Yeah, probably not the best time for that.

Drowsey Monkey said...

WTH? You were circus frea ... um, I mean people who worked in the circus?

Kathy said...

I'm scarred for life. Scarred I tell ya.

Jay said...

HAHAHAHAHA!!! Tears!! Oh, my ... ! ROFL!

You certainly made entertainment, but whether it was for you I can't say. I'd suspect other people found you very, very entertaining indeed. For a while. LOL!

Susan said...

My first thought was that this was probably just something you did one time, and you happen to have pictures. But then I looked closer and realized that the outfits are slightly different in each picture, and I re-read your explanation, where you admit you did it "all summer". I could see this being an answer for boredom one time, maybe, but I don't know how you could keep it going for an entire summer!

Marvin the Martian said...

Awwwwwwww! ;-)

Sarah said...

My brother and I went to a babysitter as kids and we had to spend a certain amount of time outside each day. I don't remember half the games we played but most contained toads, never aliens, esp. blue ones... or us dressing like them, but i do remember some red and blue skirts that he and I would dance in.

unfinishedrambling said...

Wow! I'm floored. I thought I had some humiliating pictures of myself: re: manboobs, etc. Whoa. I think you've got me beat, Jeff.

I like how you tried to make us look the other way with the kittens, but it's so...well...horrifying, we can't look away. :)

Gette said...

ve stole my blue man group comment

Michelle said...

What the H-E-double hockey sticks were you *doing*? I really can't even begin to wrap my mind around it. I obviously was not near so creative.

I will say that I plan to pull out the jar 'o yucky chores for the days when the wee ones are old enough to complain about being bored. Every complaint is met with a slip of paper. I'm guessing my wee ones will never be bored after the first time!

bon bon said...

i always knew your wiring was off. this proves it. if you ever have to apply for a new job, do not tell them you're a blogger until well after landing the position. trust me.

Heather said...

Ooooooo-kay.

doozie said...

Highly disturbing. Don't fall asleep with those things roaming about, they will chew your ears off. Cats...EEEEEK

Maureen said...

Aw.... KITTENS!!!!!

(I am totally blocking out those other two photos...)


Aw.... KITTENS!!!!!

Jacki said...

WOW...those pictures are truly...WOW! Truly embarrasing! I give you props for actually posting them Why would you do that?? What were you doing?

Mom Thumb said...

I can see why Lois blocked this out of her mind. What I want to know is where did you get that . . . 'clothing?'

Sornie said...

Those photos make the past look extremely creepy. It's a miracle you turned out normal.

Jeff said...

ve - You make an excellent point about the Blue Man Group. I'm contacting my lawyer right now to engage in a frivolous lawsuit.

regan - Yes, be careful what you ask for or you might end up doing something that ends up in an embarrassing photo on someone's blog someday.

drowsey - How did you know? In that first picture we were actually balancing on a narrow wall. We were naturals!

kathy - Sorry. But I'm not paying your shrink bills.

jay - Actually the neighbors got kind of sick of us. At one point one guy (who didn't know us very well) caught me and nearly beat the crap out of me because we were lurking around his yard at 10:00 at night dressed up similar to that. Some people have no imagination.

susan - Ummm, would you believe me if I told you we did crap like this for several years?

marvin - Is that the sound of you gouging your eyes out?

sarah - I think we need to read about that in more detail. Stories like that are official blog fodder you know.

unfinished rambling - Oh well, I gave it a shot.

gette - VE steals everything. You gotta watch your stuff when he's around.

michelle - If you think I was weird, you should have seen Mark. He had the strangest imagination of anyone I've ever met.

bon bon - I would think this would help me in the job search. I could sell it as being "creative."

heather - What?

doozie - You are talking about the cats, right?

maureen - Nice try. Keep telling yourself that.

jacki - Why would I do what... post the pictures or dress up like that? Sorry, I can't explain either.

mom thumb - What do you mean? A shirt, socks, some long underwear, a few rags and "wha-la!" instant alien. Try it!

sornie - Well, "normal" is a relative term. But thank you for thinking so.

Sarah♥ said...

Wow. Just Wow.

Babs (Beetle) said...

What? You had TV as a child? We didn't have TV until I was about 9 years old, and then it was only balck & white ;O) And what's with all those bright colour clothes? We were still in post war colours!

damon said...

Which Smurf were you?

Seriously I don't know how any kid can be bored. But you're right, they will hear it from their kids too!

JD at I Do Things said...

Those kittens will never erase the images of you as a 12-year-old bald alien, which have been permanently burned onto my retinas.

Dang, those are crazy photos, man!

(What are you on right now?)

JD at I Do Things

Jeff said...

sarah(heart) - Yes, I have that effect sometimes.

babs - Funny. So you're saying you didn't have colour when you were a kid? I'm definitely going to have to use that one!

damon - I believe our society is on a never-ending quest to find new ways to entertain our children. That's because most of society is run by parents.

jd - Unfortunately I weaned myself off my childhood imagination years ago. I dream of being half as creative as I was back then.

The Hypocritical One said...

Those are classic pictures...and you can probably stake claim to inventing camel-toe.

Stephanie M said...

Its hard to feel too bad for you when my brother and I were out in our backyard jumping on mini-tramps when your pic was taken...we didn't have cable either.

ann of the shampoo bag said...

What did you wear for Halloween? It's hard to top bald-headed aliens!

Alice said...

The tears...stop it...

That's about worth 5 smileys.

Mitch McDad said...

Dude.

That's all I can say.

Bee said...

BWAHAHAHAHA!!

I'm just glad there are no pictures of me (girl) and my two brothers dresses as the wrestlers of my time. Hulk Hogan, Junkyard Dog and Rambetta (me).

Jeff said...

hypocritical one - More like camel-feet in that picture.

stephanie m - We didn't even have mini-tramps. Unless you're talking about the neighbor girls.

ann - We dressed as normal teenaged boys. It scared the crap out of everyone.

mitch - Dude... good to see you!

bee - That sad actually, that you don't have those memories in print. Sad for me and all your readers that is.

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Nice save with the Kitten Shot!

Dorky Dad said...

That is absolutely awesome. And I thought it was bad when I posted a picture of myself wearing a bra.

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

BWWWAHAHAHA!!!!
I just found your site from Dorky Dad and dude, this is some great stuff.

muskrat said...

i can't believe you have the--um, guts--to post these pics. well done!

Fancy Schmancy said...

My son never says he's bored. And, thankfully, he never dresses up like that! I do pull out "when I was a kid" card often enough that I'm sure he's sick to death of it!

Carla said...

Are you still friends with Mark? I ask because there is this cool group on Flickr called "me then, me now" You can join this group to show pictures of past and then redo's of that same picture now. I think you should do it. It might even be more embarrassing now, than then?

Jeff said...

ed - Not according to some of the commenters here!

dorky dad - No, that was good when you posted this picture. Good for a huge laugh that is.

procrastinator - Oh great, now it's starting to spread. But thanks for stopping by!

muskrat - Yes, "guts" was the appropriate noun, thank you.

fancy schmancy - When I was a kid my dad used that card all the time.

carla - Oh geez... Now why did you go and have to bring that up? It would take some doing since we don't live very close to each other, but he's still insane enough to agree to it. Hmmm, could happen - you never know.

leigh said...

ok. first i have to get over the leotard pictures.....nope, not yet.

my mom left you an answer to your question!!! ignore the comment from sessie. she's overly sensitive.

Jeff said...

leigh - Who you calling a leotard?!I may have been goofy but you don't have to get mean about it. ;b
And how did you know I was a Leo?

Also, I think Sessie's comment was sweet... standing up for mom and all. I hope my kids stick up for me that way!

Sandy said...

Okay...for a minute there I actually thought that may have been you and I was truly scared.

My daughter loves the photo by the way, the cats, not the aliens.

Anette said...

SMURFS! Lol! those photos are great!

Jeff said...

sandy - I hope you're pulling my leg and I don't really need to tell you that was me. Because yeah... me.

anette - I was way ahead of the curve on that one. Hey, maybe the Smurfs people owe me some royalties!

TLC said...

ok, this proves that you will just do anything for a laugh. And woah, mama, what a laugh!

I was thinking, "Yeah, I had to use my imagination, I am with you..." :::scroll down::: eep!

I just made rock towns, dude! You are on your own with the dressing up. Oh and we dressed up as superheroes, too. I was Wonder Woman (why would you doubt it?)

But the kitten pic was smart because I forgot all about your alien...oh look! kittens!

T.