80s and 90s: The Last Generation That…

By | Sunday 09.10.2011

I’ve read this on Facebook, posted as a comment to a picture of the class I used to be part of during elementary school. I have to admit, I miss the good old days…


Suntem ultima generaţie care a jucat “Ascunselea”, “Castel”, “Raţele şi vânătorii”, “Ţară, ţară! Vrem ostaşi”, “Prinsea”, “Sticluţa cu otravă”, “Pac Pac”, “Hoţii şi vardiştii”, ultimii care au strigat “Un doi trei la perete stai”, ultimii care au folosit telefoanele cu fise, dar primii care am făcut petreceri video (închiriam un video şi stăteam să ne uitam la filme 2 zile închişi în casă), primii… care am văzut desene animate color, primii care am renunţat la casete audio şi le-am înlocuit cu CD-uri.

We are the last generation that had played “Hide and Seek”, “Castle”, “Ducks and hunters”, “Country, country! We want soldiers!”, “Tag”, “The little bottle of poison”, “Bang Bang”, and “The thieves and the coppers”, tha last who had yelled “One, two, three, face the wall!”, the last ones who had used coin pay phones, but the first ones who had video parties (we used to rent a video [casette] and then we stayed indoors watching movies for two days), the first… who had seen cartoons in color, and the first who had replaced audio casettes with CDs.

Noi am purtat jeanşi elastici, pantaloni evazaţi, geci de blugi de la turci, iar cine avea firme gen Lee sau Puma era deja lider de gaşcă. Noi am dat examene de Capacitate, nu am dat teste grile la admitere. La gradiniţă am învăţat poezii în româneşte, nu în engleză… Şi am cântat “MULŢI ANI TRĂIASCĂ”, nu “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” la aniversări.

We had worn loose jeans, splay pants, coats and jeans from Turks, and those who had [clothes from] companies like Lee or Puma was considered the “gang” leader. We had taken the “Capability” exams, and we haven’t taken admittance grid tests. In kindergarden we had learned poems in Romanian, not in English… and [we sang “Happy Birthday” in Romanian] at someone’s anniversary.

Am sorbit din ochi Pasiuni, mai ales Sunset, chiar şi Dallas… şi cine zice că nu s-a uitat, ori minte ori nu avea înca televizor. Reclamele de pe posturile străine ne înnebuneau, şi abia aşteptam să vină şi la noi guma Turbo, sau puştile alea absolut superbe cu apă. Între timp, ne consolam cu Tango cu vanilie şi ciocolată si clasicele bidoane umplute cu apă de la robinet, care turnate în cap ne provocau pneumonii. Şi uite un motiv bun să nu mergem la şcoală.

We watched “Passions”, especially Sunset, and even Dallas… and who says that they had not are either lying or hadn’t owned a TV set yet. The commercials on foreign TV channels were driving us crazy, and we could hardly wait for the Turbo chewing gum to come to Romania, or those superb water guns. Meanwhile we consoled ourselves with vanilla Tango and chocolate and the classic flasks filled with water from the sink, which spilled in our heads would give us pneumonias – and here’s a good reason not go to school.

Noi am ascultat şi Metallica, şi Ace of Base, şi DJ Bobo, şi Michael Jackson, şi Backstreet Boys şi Take That, şi înca nu auzisem de manele, singurele melodii de joc fiind horele la chefuri, la care nimeni nu ştia paşii, dar toţi dansam! Dar… spre deosebire de copiii din ziua de azi, am auzit atât de Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Abba şi de Queen, cât si de noile nume gen 50 Cent şi Britney Spears.

We had listened to Metallica, Ace of Base, DJ Bobo, Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, and Take that, and we hadn’t yet heard of “manele”, the only party music [we knew] were horas, for which no one knew the dancing steps, but we all still danced to it! Unlike children today, though, we had heard of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Abba, and Queen, as well as the new names like 50 Cent and Britney Spears.

Am citit “Licurici”, “Pif”, Cireşarii, şi am băut Cico şi Zmeurată şi ni s-a parut ceva extraordinar când au apărut primele sucuri “de la TEC” fără să ne fie teamă ca “au prea multe E-uri”, iar la şcoală beam toată clasa dintr-o sticlă de suc, fără teama de viruşi.

We had read “Licurici”, “Pif”, “Ciresarii”, and we had drunk “Cico” and “Zmeurata”, and we for us it was something amazing when the first drinks “from TEC” had appeared on the market, without being affraid that they have “too many E-s”, and in class we all drank from the same bottle without being affraid of viruses.

Noi am băut prima Coca-Cola la sticlă şi am descoperit internetul. Noi nu ne dădeam bip-uri, ne fluieram să ieşim afară, noi nu aveam dolby surround system, tăceam toţi ca să auzim acţiunea filmului, nu aveam Nintendo sau PlayStation ci jocuri tetris de care ne plictiseam la o lună dupa ce le cumparam şi le uitam pe dulap, pline de praf.

We’re the ones that had drunk the first [plastic] bottle Coca-Cola and we had discovered the Internet. We weren’t “beeping” eachother’s phones, instead we wistled [to eachother’s windows to call our friends outside], we didn’t have a Dolby Surround System, and instead we were all silent to hear the action of the movie; we didn’t have Nintendo nor Playstation, but we did have Tetris games of which we got bored after a month from when we bought them, and they would remain full of dust somewhere in our closets.

Abia aşteptam la chefuri să jucăm “Fântâniţa”, sau “Flori, fete sau baieţi”, sau “Adevăr sau Provocare”, sau orice ne dadea un pretext să “pupăm pe gură” pe cine “iubeam”… Noi suntem cei care înca au mai “cerut prietenia”, care înca roşeam la cuvantul “sex”, care dădeam cu banul care să intre în farmacie să cumpere prezervative, pe care apoi să le umplem cu apă şi să le aruncăm în capul colegilor; noi am completat mii de oracole, sperând ca persoana iubită va citi acolo unde scrie “De cine iti place?” că ne place de el/ea.

We could hardly wait for parties, to play “The little fountain”, “Flowers, girls and boys”, or “Truth or Dare”, or anything else that would give us a pretext to “kiss on the mouth” whoever we “loved”… We are the ones that still asked [someone to be our girlfriend / boyfriend], the ones that still blushed when we heard the word “sex”, the ones that would flip a coin to see who would enter a pharmacy to buy condoms which we would fill with water and throw in our colleagues’ heads, we’re the ones that have answered thousands of “oracles”, hoping that our loved one would read their name where it says “Who do you like?”.

Este uimitor că înca mai suntem în viaţă, pentru că noi am mers cu bicicleta fără cască, genunchiere şi cotiere, nu am avut scaune speciale în maşini, nu am aruncat la gunoi bomboanele care ne cadeau din greşeala pe jos, nu am avut pastile cu capac special să nu fie desfăcute de copii, nu ne-am spălat pe mâini după ce ne-am jucat cu toţi câinii şi toate pisicile din cartier, nu am ţinut cont de câte lipide şi glucide mâncam, părinţii noştri nu au “child proof the house”, ne-au trimis să cumpărăm bere şi vin de la alimentară, şi câte un pachet de ţigări de la tutungerie.

It’s amazing that we’re STILL ALIVE, because we used to ride our bicycles without safety hats, elbow and knee protectors, we didn’t have special seats in cars, we didn’t throw away the candy we’ve accidentally dropped on the floor, we didn’t have medicine with special packages which can’t be opened by children, we didn’t wash our hands after we played with all the dogs and cats from our neighborhood, we didn’t keep count of how much carbohydrates and lipids we ate, and our parents didn’t “childproof the house” and instead used to send us to buy beer and wine at the grocery store, and a pack of cigarettes at the tobacco store.

Noi am auzit cum s-a tras la Revoluţie, noi am fost martorii a trei schimbări de bancnote şi monede, noi am râs la bancuri cu Bulă, noi am fost primii care au auzit-o pe Andreea Esca la Pro TV, noi suntem cei care mai ţinem minte emisiunea “Feriţi-vă de măgărus”.

We heard the gun fire from the Revolution, we’ve witnessed three changes in paper and coin money, we laughed at jokes with Bula, we’re the first ones who heard Andreea Esca at Pro TV, and we are the ones who remember the show called “Beware of the donkey”.

Suntem o generaţie de învingători, de visători, de “first-timers”…

We are a generation of winners, dreamers and “first-timers”…

Dacă citeşti şi ai căzut măcar un pic pe gânduri, eşti de-al nostru! Trimite şi la prietenii pe care poate i-ai uitat de mult, să îşi aducă aminte şi ei!

If you read this and it made you think at least a bit, you’re one of us! Send this to friends which perhaps you’ve forgotten a long time ago, for them to remember too!