"Confused About Generation Gap" joke
We were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, xerox, contact lenses,
frisbees and the PILL.
We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, lazer beams, and ball-point pens. Before pantyhose,
dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes--and before man
walked on the moon.
We got married first--and then lived together. How quaint can you be?
In our time, closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of". Bunnies were small rabbits and
rabbits were not Volkswagons. Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne; and having a
meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins. We thought fast food was what you ate
during Lent; and Outer Space was the back of the Riviera Theatre.
We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and computer marriages. We
were before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape
decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, wordprocessors, yogurt, and guys wearing earrings.
For us, time sharing meant togetherness-- not computers or condominiums; a "chip" meant a piece of
wood; hardware meant hardware, and software wasn't even a word!
In 1940, "Made in Japan" meant JUNK and the term "making out" referred to how you did on your exam.
Pizzas, "MacDonald's" and instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 cent and
10 cent stores where you bought things for five and ten cents. You could buy ice cream cones for a
nickel or a dime. For one nickel you could ride a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi, or
enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600.... but
who could afford one? A pity, too, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable. GRASS was mowed. COKE was a cold drink. POT was
something you cooked in. ROCK MUSIC was a grandmother's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the
We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely
before the sex change; we made do with what we had. And we were the last generation that was so dumb
as to think you needed a husband to have a baby.
NO WONDER WE ARE SO CONFUSED AND THERE IS SUCH A GENERATION GAP TODAY!
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