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Papa Dave
12-13-2009, 08:42 PM
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
WE ARE AWESOME!!!!
OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF!!!!



To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please read what he said.


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,
tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon.
We drank FLAV-OR- AID made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing.... that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.... No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. What can kids today do besides push buttons?
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.


If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

~
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

HoldinCoffee
12-13-2009, 09:02 PM
Nice, but don't forget about "kick the can"!

dhkane
12-14-2009, 02:47 AM
Aaaaah those were the days. I can relate to a lot of them.

thisnthat
12-14-2009, 03:09 AM
Good stuff but the thing I don't get is that the people making up these health and safety rules now are more often that not from these generations you mention so why are they wrapping up everybody in cotton wool when it did them no harm?

ukulelegal
12-14-2009, 03:21 AM
I especially love Jay's quote. I'm glad I was born in 74!!! btw I still like to climb trees and I have never fell out of one.

strings
12-14-2009, 04:08 AM
Good stuff but the thing I don't get is that the people making up these health and safety rules now are more often that not from these generations you mention so why are they wrapping up everybody in cotton wool when it did them no harm?

Those are probably the unfortunate few whose parents were overprotective and neurotic:eek:

seeso
12-14-2009, 04:13 AM
Not that I was born in the 70's... but if I was, this thread would have made me chuckle. ;)

Rzr
12-14-2009, 04:21 AM
Not that I was born in the 70's... but if I was, this thread would have made me chuckle. ;)

60's? ;)

UKISOCIETY
12-14-2009, 04:29 AM
Did it mention Jarts?


I love my X-Box.

HoldinCoffee
12-14-2009, 04:31 AM
All my Jarts are stuck in the top of an old tree. They're a lot of fun but not very good at knocking other Jarts down :(

Blrfl
12-14-2009, 04:44 AM
And for everyone born after 1979:

GET OFF MY LAWN!

:D

--Mark

Papa Dave
12-14-2009, 04:47 AM
And for everyone born after 1979:

GET OFF MY LAWN!

:D

--Mark

:eek: :biglaugh:

Ukeffect
12-14-2009, 05:00 AM
And remember the "rich" city kids (I was born a country boy) got to play in special places called playgrounds that were made of steel poles sunk into concrete slabs! As for me and my friends we played with snakes, caught frogs and ran down baby rabbits when we baled hay (in REAL bales, not these lazy giant rolls)! Went fishing, and swimming by ourselves and nobody died...shoot I even learned to ride a bicycle on Interstate 80 before it was open to traffic near my farm! Damn...now I feel older than dirt!:eek:

Papa Dave
12-14-2009, 05:10 AM
In my nieghborhood when we were kids. We played a game called "tree tag" It was kinda more like dodge ball but one person was on the ground throwing a ball at the ones in the tree. If you got hit by the ball it was your turn to be on the ground and throw the ball. Thats how I busted my right arm when I was five years old.

Hankthetank
12-14-2009, 05:12 AM
Our Xmas gifts were soddering irons so you could burn your name into wood or leather or write you name in a piece of metal. Or chemistry sets with real chemicals.
We would play with fireworks. While trying to find snakes, we would throw M80's down snake holes.
There was no car pooling. If I wanted to get to baseball practice, I had to ride my bike there.


And not to make light of this but when did the peanut become the most toxic substance known to man. I don't know a single person over the age of 25 with a peanut allergy. I never had to deal with it in high school (2500 kids at my high school), nor at college. Now, my kids can't so much as mention peanut butter and jelly. Everything has to be peanut free. I feel bad for these kids of today with peanut allergies, because the peanut is delicious. And because the allergies is dangerous and severe. But when did that happen?

Hankthetank
12-14-2009, 05:18 AM
Two words:
Dodge Ball!!!!


http://www.sptimes.com/2004/06/21/images/xlarge/FLO_3_ex21dodge_NYET68_0621.jpg

UKISOCIETY
12-14-2009, 05:48 AM
And for everyone born after 1979:

GET OFF MY LAWN!

:D

--Mark



I knew I had made it to fogey-hood when I actually yelled that to someone. To be fair, though, they were driving a car on my lawn...!

Russ Sonny Kemner
12-14-2009, 06:16 AM
Thanks for the memories Papa Dave.

In the small rural community where I grew up in central Wisconsin, we had 4 channels on the TV including PBS. In the winter we could usually bring in at least 3. We all fished as soon as we were able to hold a fisning rod, and starting hunting at 12. School never closed due to snow, we just showed up whenever the bus driver got us there, and sometimes were able to leave early.

Had to ride my bike 5 country road miles for little league practice and yes I was one of those cut the first few years.

Of course there are a lot of things we have now that we didn't have back then: Aids, Crack, Crystal Meth, AK57's, Metal Dectors and Police Officers in our schools, Entertainment Television that headlines celebrity snafus instead of world events, advanced calculators as a requirement for grade school math, games that entice you to play for hours on toy guitars instead of learning the real thing, cell phones etc... Now I'm rambling like on - I think I have turned into my Dad.. Wait a minute, that's really not a bad thing after all!!

bbycrts
12-14-2009, 06:22 AM
Our Xmas gifts were soddering irons so you could burn your name into wood or leather or write you name in a piece of metal. Or chemistry sets with real chemicals.
We would play with fireworks. While trying to find snakes, we would throw M80's down snake holes.
There was no car pooling. If I wanted to get to baseball practice, I had to ride my bike there.


And not to make light of this but when did the peanut become the most toxic substance known to man. I don't know a single person over the age of 25 with a peanut allergy. I never had to deal with it in high school (2500 kids at my high school), nor at college. Now, my kids can't so much as mention peanut butter and jelly. Everything has to be peanut free. I feel bad for these kids of today with peanut allergies, because the peanut is delicious. And because the allergies is dangerous and severe. But when did that happen?

I got a chemistry set for Christmas when I was 8 or 9 (which put it square in the middle of the '70s). One of the chemicals was Sodium Ferrocyanide - relatively harmless in its natural state but if mixed with an acid it can form Hydrogen Cyanide gas. Which is lethal. I remember my oldest brother (12 years older than me) looking at the bottle and shrugging and saying, "You should probably keep acids away from this one."

I'm still alive, by the way!

RevWill
12-14-2009, 07:02 AM
I too have chased kids out of my lawn, but because they were going into the culvert behind my back yard to smoke pot and drink beer, and they weren't even in high school yet.

seeso
12-14-2009, 07:06 AM
Clackers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clackers). Rock hard acrylic balls that you were supposed to "clack" together. Street gangs started using them as weapons.

http://imgur.com/j6I1A.jpg

Melissa82
12-14-2009, 07:26 AM
Clackers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clackers). Rock hard acrylic balls that you were supposed to "clack" together. Street gangs started using them as weapons.

http://imgur.com/j6I1A.jpgI had so much fun with those... not using them as a weapon though. Hmm, I may have hit my brother with them when I think about it...

Blrfl
12-14-2009, 07:27 AM
I knew I had made it to fogey-hood when I actually yelled that to someone. To be fair, though, they were driving a car on my lawn...!

Ha! I haven't actually told kids to get off my lawn, and at 41, I'm not that old, but some days I feel like it. :rolleyes:

What I do find myself having thoughts about what's going to happen the first time I call an adult male not related to me "son." I figure there's going to be a little speech that goes along with it; something to the effect of "congratulations on being the first person who's ticked me off enough to want to play the age card."

--Mark

dktoller
12-14-2009, 07:55 AM
Ah yes. Playing tag on iron monkey bars mounted over concrete, and the merry-go-round-of-death (http://lostfortcollins.com/2008/08/23/vintage-playground/).

I remember getting a bow and arrows for my birthday. A kid had to watch out for himself back then.

Melissa82
12-14-2009, 07:57 AM
Ah yes. Playing tag on iron monkey bars mounted over concrete, and the merry-go-round-of-death (http://lostfortcollins.com/2008/08/23/vintage-playground/).

I remember getting a bow and arrows for my birthday. A kid had to watch out for himself back then.My brother and I had a tomahawk, bow n arrow set with the head peices with feathers. Fun times indeed.

Papa Dave
12-14-2009, 08:16 AM
I used to have a go kart like this

http://www.rc-trucks.org/go-carts-old.jpg

Now they are like these. What fun is that?

http://www.supersportz.com/images/GK-37-600-400.jpg

brickerenator
12-14-2009, 08:20 AM
I was born in 1989, but can relate to most everything in this thread

especially the parts about mud, barefeet, shooting, and spankings

:D

Russ Sonny Kemner
12-14-2009, 08:49 AM
Those acrylic balls were called Kerbangers,and were awesome, just like Jarts (giant lawn darts) Super-Elastic-Bubble-Plastic - this sticky solvent smelling goo that you attached to the end of small straw and made sticky bubbles with. What about that little red and white rocket that you put water into, and then pumped up with air pressure and shot into the air - Hit the release button while bending over that and you could give yourself a concusion -man that could have done some serious damage!

3795

UKISOCIETY
12-14-2009, 08:53 AM
http://www.nostalgia.condoris.net/images/rescuevertibird.jpg

'nuff said!

UkuleleHill
12-14-2009, 08:57 AM
I might not have been born in that era... But my parents were older when they had me, and my sister was 9 years older, so I was raised with the same ethics as those stated above, we lived on a court, baseball in the street, and if the ball went downt he sewer, the smallest of us would go get it, until we were strong enough to just lift the cover!

hoosierhiver
12-14-2009, 09:01 AM
I had a verti-bird, mine was orange though.

I seem to remember that before the later part of the 80's, no one thought drunk driving was a big deal, not even the cops.

Ukulele JJ
12-14-2009, 09:32 AM
I especially love Jay's quote.

He didn't actually say it. Not quite that way, at least. Link to Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/hitnail.asp).

I do miss real chemistry sets.

They're making kids wear helmets and elbow pads just to walk to the mailbox these days. :mad:

JJ

Hankthetank
12-14-2009, 09:58 AM
They're making kids wear helmets and elbow pads just to walk to the mailbox these days. :mad:

JJ

That's for the ADD/ADHD. Kids today get medicated for everything. When I was a kid, all we had was Vick Vapo Rub, Sucrets (for sore throats), Rubbing Alcohol, and Robitussin. There were no prescriptions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-EBG3a7jU

Russ Sonny Kemner
12-14-2009, 10:33 AM
My mom had a cure for a.d.d. - a "fails to pay attention" comment on your report card meant bare ass belt spankin. Scared the A.D.D. right out of me.

mailman
12-14-2009, 10:43 AM
And for everyone born after 1979:

GET OFF MY LAWN!

:D

--Mark

The neighbor lady at the corner of our street used to yell at us every day for cutting across her lawn on the way to and from school.

Thirty years later I was delivering mail on that route, walking from house to house. Out she came, yelling as always, "How many times have I got to tell you to keep off of my lawn?!"

I almost peed my pants laughing! True story....

Papa Dave
12-14-2009, 11:05 AM
My mom had a cure for a.d.d. - a "fails to pay attention" comment on your report card meant bare ass belt spankin. Scared the A.D.D. right out of me.

That worked for me too.


The neighbor lady at the corner of our street used to yell at us every day for cutting across her lawn on the way to and from school.

Thirty years later I was delivering mail on that route, walking from house to house. Out she came, yelling as always, "How many times have I got to tell you to keep off of my lawn?!"

I almost peed my pants laughing! True story....

That is funny!

bbycrts
12-14-2009, 11:50 AM
http://www.nostalgia.condoris.net/images/rescuevertibird.jpg

'nuff said!

Bestill my beating heart! I loved vertibird!

bbycrts
12-14-2009, 11:52 AM
That's for the ADD/ADHD. Kids today get medicated for everything. When I was a kid, all we had was Vick Vapo Rub, Sucrets (for sore throats), Rubbing Alcohol, and Robitussin. There were no prescriptions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd-EBG3a7jU

Back then we were allowed to carry the sucrets in our pockets and pop one in when we needed it, too. Now kids have to go to the school office to pick up a cough drop, which has to have a signed doctor's order on file for the office to be able to give one to him/her.

molokinirum
12-14-2009, 11:53 AM
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
WE ARE AWESOME!!!!
OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF!!!!



To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.
If you don't read anything else, please read what he said.


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930's, 40's, 50's,
60's and 70's!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and
or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,
tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies
in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes,
we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats,
no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags,
bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends,
from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon.
We drank FLAV-OR- AID made with real white sugar.
And, we weren't overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing.... that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day,
as long as we were back when the streetlights came on....
No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes.
There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth
and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles,
or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,
and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and,
although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house
and knocked on the door or rang the bell,
or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out
if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
What can kids today do besides push buttons?
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,
and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids
so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?


~
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another,
and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,
are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

HaHa...right on!!!! I know exactly what you mean!!!! I feel sorry for today's children, no fun!!!

Joe H
12-14-2009, 11:53 AM
Did it mention Jarts?

There was nothing like spending a summer afternoon tossing sharp metal spikes in your best friends direction.

ke leo
12-14-2009, 01:56 PM
What about meeting at the creek for a fight after school with your "enemy" and walking away respectfully afterwords regardless of who got their butt whipped! No guns, knives, weapons, other friends (aka gangs)... just mano y mano!

Remember Big Wheels? We asked for one and was told "no" because we couldn't afford it. So we made our own by taking off the front tire, fork, and seat of our trikes; turning it upside down; and putting them back on the right way. How many kids today would think of that?!

Nurdaben
12-14-2009, 06:32 PM
ah memories, i was thinking of doing that song on the uke. dunno if i am though /shrug

http://www.cornerpockets.com/images/Lincoln%20Logs/Commemorative_eddition.jpg

and gotta love being pulled in one of these with a robe tied to a bike

http://www.ericmailloux.com/Web/Nostalgie/Jeux/Jeux/Images/Big_Wheel.jpg

i dont know how i survived with out brain damage

Papa Dave
12-14-2009, 06:41 PM
The Big Wheel was cool but who remembers these?


http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/02/89/14/98/0002891498153_500X500.jpg

"Nurdaben: ah memories, i was thinking of doing that song on the uke." Go for it!!!

JTY
12-14-2009, 07:16 PM
haha .. you're dead on Papa Dave. I started on a Mongoose BMX bike and the friends and I made monster ramps out of anything that didnt move (concrete blocks, tree stumps, cane field ditches, fire pits, etc) jumping BMX ramps from hell way past dark.. BTW, looking at your avatar pic, are you Chong by chance?:D

UkuLeLesReggAe
12-15-2009, 12:57 AM
I was born in the 90's, but with my spirit!! I was there for the 70's.

Papa Dave
12-15-2009, 05:08 AM
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
WE ARE AWESOME!!!!
OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF!!!!



To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please read what he said.


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,
tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon.
We drank FLAV-OR- AID made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing.... that's why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.... No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. What can kids today do besides push buttons?
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.


If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

~
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

Nice job of editing Kanaka916, Thank you!