This list comes out every year and it always makes me feel
older. So of course I wanted to share it. It also makes me
wonder what an equivalent list for skydiving would be.
Ya know, some sort of "today's AFF/JM candidate..." I start
a list at the end.
Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly
change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin
puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the
mind set of that years incoming freshmen.
Here is this year's list:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation
were born in 1982. They have no meaningful recollection of the
Reagan Era and probably did not know he had ever been shot.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
There has been only one Pope.
They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not
remember the Cold War.
They have never feared a nuclear war.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been***off and plastic.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression
'you sound like a broken record' means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.
They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Ping-Pong.
They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was
introduced when they were 1 year old.
As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 33 cents.
They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen
a black-and-white TV. They have always had cable. There has always
been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA is.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
They were born the year that Walkman were introduced by Sony.
Roller-skating has always meant in-line for them.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They have never seen Larry Bird play.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II
and the Civil War.
They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard: "Where's the beef?" or "I'd walk a mile for a Camel"
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. is.
The Titanic was found? They thought we always knew where it was.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
McDonald's burgers never came in Styrofoam containers.
There has always been MTV.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Today's AFF/JM candidate....
Hear's PC and thinks pilot chute
Hears "church window" and thinks of churches.
Thinks static line is something the military does.
Doesn't know the hand signal for student in tow.
Has made all their jumps with a hard helmet.
130 square feet is a "big docile canopy".
Can't remember what PLF stands for and has to be retaught.
Lands in the peas by accident.
Hopes to get a chance to jump a DC-3 some day.
Has more "jet jumps" than twin Beach jumps.
Thinks 2 grand is "hummin' it down".
Thinks oil leaking from an engine is a bad thing.
Never heard of the Air Bears, Tommy, or Mirror
Image and thinks the Knights have always ruled 8-way.
Never jumped at Muskogee.
Can't get a Freak number because he can't find
enough brothers (or sisters).
Thinks a Cloud is something you don't jump through.
5 cells is about half a canopy.
Would never cut a hole in a canopy and can't
imagine why anyone would.
Never had their girl friend stand tension.
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