WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE?
- Wake up, Dad is going to work, brother is going away to a place called school. Some children come over to stay over to play. Day in day out, my show that I once watched with my brother who is now away, Moose and Beaver is on TV. I wait a long time, now my favorite show G-Force is on TV. Now it's lunch time. Play in the backyard. Sometimes my friends wouldn't come over.
- Now I get to go to school. I'm happy. Little bus comes to my house, these are all new faces. I like Erin, she's very pretty, we should be friends or else I will be mean to her, like that time I pulled her hair.
- School is okay. There are these giant Leggo blocks and little wooden toys, but I like the small Leggo I have at home much better. We do activities, and there's this white stuff we call glue, and we spread it on paper, and we use little metal scissors to cut paper and make stuff. Lisa doesn't talk to anyone, and when I said hi, she put her fingers on my forehead and scratched my face.
- One day I looked over to the other side of the room and in my brother's class Michael is being mean to him. I go over there and I yell and I pushed him away !
- Summer time means we won't be going to school for awhile. That's okay cause I have friends on my street, and Dad got us an Atari.
But we cannot play right now cause we are going on a plane ride !
Trinidad is a lot of fun. Everyone talks like my parents, while I'm already starting to sound like the people I see on TV and at school. There are people there who call themselves family, everyone is very nice and we get to go to the beach. I told them about my friend Erin ( who really wasn't my friend) and they were laughing at me. After a long time we went back to Canada, I was very happy to see my friends on the street again and I told them about all the things I seen in Trinidad.
-Summer time was still on, life was normal. Play outside, play on the street, play some Atari.
Our friend's had an Atari too, but their games were different than ours. Jason said "let's trade games" we said no because our Dad said to keep them safe cause they are expensive, Jason said well it's not forever, just for a little while, then we can trade back. GREAT IDEA AND WE CAN TRY MORE GAMES THIS WAY ! Everyone was doing this now.
- I'm told it's Saturday and we can watch anything we want. Many many many cartoons play in the morning.
- Back to school again. Rinse repeat the above.
- Summer again. All over again.
- School is now boring. They make us do a lot of writing. I'd rather play video games or go bike riding all the way to the end of the neighborhood.
For a generation x, there was no internet, so 80's pop culture praised TV programs, modern video games, and music a lot. Then something took the world by storm and all the kid's at school was talking about it....
I left out Star Wars, but of course Star Wars was the favorite movie. But this is a forgotten junk. Like Star Wars GoBots had a lot of toys that got boring really quickly.
- More homework, more cartoons, when I was bad my Father would put the fear of God in me and bussmyass.
- One day while watching GoBot's a TV commercial came on that showed me a science fiction I would love for the rest of my life, as long as it was done in honor of the first generation.
The next day at school, everyone was in an uproar. This looked so much better than GoBot's and we weren't even fond of them anymore. These Robot's changed better, and they used weapons instead of shooting lasers out of their hands. The day someone brought a Transformer toy to school, it attracted the entire school during recess. 300 kids from grade 1 to 8 swarming in 1 spot just to see 1 toy.
You see. In those days we didn't just reach out and select what we wanted to watch, so when something outstanding came out, it was a big deal.
- Sometime back then we got our first Computer. It was called a Commodore 64. The school had them too, and I remember it was hard to use, even by today's standards it's difficult cause to load everything took special commands. It was mandatory to know how to open a list of options on a floppy disk. The C64 also had the power to play video games, and it did this better than the Atari, except it took very long to load programs. In some cases it took 20 minutes or woese to load a game's stage, especially if the game was on a cassette tape. The thing that amazed me about computers back then, was the chiptunes, they sounded so beautiful and I still think they sound beautiful. The C64 and older computers up to this day have a distinct sound.
Gaming on the computer became popular, cause A) You can plug in your Atari Joystick to the computer, and B) Students everywhere were pirating games as there was a method being passed around how to do this. I recall using a hole punch on the floppy disk made it possible for us to write anything on them, enter the age of data sharing. I'm still amazed how we managed to spread such techniques without the internet. Back then everyone was more in together and better company I think.
- Video games were getting boring. The Atari wasn't as fun as the games on C64, and the C64 took long to load. Nintendo and Sega released their first home consoles, and video games were back and hotter than ever. There was a game on the Atari called Mario Bros. But now, Super Mario Bros. comes with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and it was great. All these games were very good with no load times. Instead of copying games, we were back to trading them, but also buying selling and renting them at the local video rental store.
When I was a child I asked for a NES. They were sold out everywhere, and at school the have not's were all like, just wait, they'll make more. During the lol NES crisis, cause gaming was hitting the world like a plague, my Father managed to snipe one when he went down to the states.
The gaming consoles made computers boring. For now. Arcade machines were still the best at what it did, and for $1,000 you can have a NeoGeo console, which used arcade chips and played some arcade games $250 per game. In the 80's came Street Fighter II, the biggest Arcade fighting game. This game was so popular it carried on with variations of it for about 15 years. I would like to know how much I actually spent playing this and Killer Instinct in the arcades, cause it was pretty bad. It wasn't until the release of the Super Nintendo, SFII came home and they did not fuck it up at all.
- Cars were getting smaller. I always thought cars were ugly but they started looking better. Personally I still like the Honda CRX and though she's old now, you can get top dollar for what it is. Ricer's love these cause they can be modded to smoke Lamborghini's.
-Swimming, skating, skateboards, bike riding, games of Man Hunt, hiking were all fun activities that was a regular practice. I can write about those things but that would be more boring than what I'm writing about now, plus those things arn't as psychological as all the bullshit that kept me interested as a child.
- Computers made a comeback. Like one day I'm walking in the mall. And there I saw a desktop computer close to the storefront window. This one was black, black keyboard, but the most amazing thing about this, it had a tiny screen on the screen, showing video. Bruh. This was some different futuristic shit, and the world was like "Must have". Yes. Computers can now play music and videos, and these CD's which is still a new technology, can go in the computer, and they have software on it, AND the computer can play music CD's too !?. Sooooo powerful ! These Windows based IBM Ativa's came in the range of $5,000 which is so worth it.
- Connecting online was always possible with computers, as long as you had a modem and knew what you were doing. With these new computers, everyone wanted to learn them all over again. This time it was much easier. I was in my late teens when I first heard the word "Internet", and for some reason I knew what it was.
I first got connected on the internet at a friends place. I observed as they connected the telephone line to the computer, and we were in. I've seen things like this in the movies, and I knew this day would come. Whatever we did online was brief. That was called the dotcom era, where everyone wanted a .com site, and if you had a domain a big company wanted, they would pay you millions for it. They just had to have the .com at any cost, as it was vital considering what the internet became.
TLDR bitch ? It's okay cause I enjoyed writing this and I would add even more if I wasn't so close to the limit.
In a nutshell, my childhood was fun and games, yes it had some scary moments. Free lodging, free food, laundry done for me, no bills, allowance, and a fuck load of useless entertainment. Except for G1 Transformers. It's not that I'd still watch it, but when I see new projects being done with the classic Transformers G1 style, I'm on it.