A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 12, 2019
“When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel”

"When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “I used to walk five miles to and from school, uphill both ways” is a classic parent joke that forms the basis of the TV joke.

“Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel” was posted on Twitter by Kent Graham on October 26, 2014. The saying is often slightly changed—to “10 feet” of shag carpet, for example.


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Some things are so easy today; as a youngster I had to struggle through 10 feet of shag pile carpet to change the TV channel.

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Kent Graham
@KentWGraham
Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.
6:13 AM · Oct 26, 2014·Twitter Web Client

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@BobbyMello
.... Kids today have it easy. When I was young, I had to walk thru 9 feet of shag rug to change the channel on the television.
8:08 AM · Feb 23, 2015·Facebook

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Andy Kearney
@copshusband
Kids today have it easy. When I was young, I had to walk thru 9 feet of shag rug to change the channel on the television.
8:30 AM · Feb 23, 2015·Facebook

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9026-Eyes
@9026EYES
Kids today have no idea how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk through nine feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel.
2:24 PM · May 1, 2015·Facebook

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Swedish Canary
@SwedishCanary
Kids today have no idea how easy they have it. When I was a kid, I had to walk through 9 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel.
12:04 AM · Sep 7, 2015·Twitter for iPhone

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Roy Manterfield
@MumblingNerd
Some things are so easy today; as a youngster I had to struggle through 10 feet of shag pile carpet to change the TV channel.
4:02 PM · Sep 23, 2016 from Nottingham, England·Twitter Web Client

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April 4, 2018 ·
Last night we couldn’t find the remote and my kids were losing their minds. Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk through 9 feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel. ~ Craig

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Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk through nine feet of shag carpet to change the TV channel.

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Arch Stanton
@HELLOOBILL
Kids today have no idea how easy they have it.
When I was young I would have to walk through 9 feet of shag carpeting just to change the channel
12:56 PM · Nov 20, 2019 from Paradise, NV·Twitter for Android

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