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I copy this from a UK source, and while specific content is specific UK in places I guess you will get the general drift! :)
Us old 'uns
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have
survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured
lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no
childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets
and it was fine to play with pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and
fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels As children, we would ride
in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat
was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it
tasted the same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank
fizzy juice with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we
were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends,
from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this. We would
spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top-speed
down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.

After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve
the
problem.
We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as
we
were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one
minded.
We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
phones, no
personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

We had friends - we went outside and found them.
We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt!
We fell out of trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law
suits.
We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other
parents.
We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners
catching us.
We walked to friends' homes.
We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy
or
daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs
of 7
and wore our coats by only the hood.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard
of...They
actually sided with the law.
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion
of
innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how
to
deal with it all.
And you're one of them. Congratulations!
Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids,
before
lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read
about
us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a
smile
on your face: The majority of students in universities today were born
in
1986........They are called youth.
They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the
Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never
heard
of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle.
For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.
AIDS has existed since they were born.
CD's have existed since they were born.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't
imagine
how this fat guy could be a god of dance.
They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are Films
from
last year.
They can never imagine life before computers.
They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the
Famous
Five.
They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.
They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they
will
never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.
Now let's check if we're getting old...
1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a
night out.
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing
comfortably with
computers.
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time
around
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the
good Old days,
repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together.
8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to
some other
friends because you think they will like it too...

Yes, you're getting old!!!
 

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Yep I'm getting old. But by this forums standards I'm still one of the youths :D Just to make you feel older I turned 42 yesterday and I remember watching Michael Jackson when he was barely toilet trained in the Jackson 5....and he was black.

Ahhhh them good ole days. I think I went some summers without watching a tv ever. Thanks for the trip down memory lane :p
 

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I remember very fondly those youthful days. I grew up in a small town in British Columbia full of orchards and farms and all the fun we could think of. Sure we got into trouble, and yes, we were spanked and grounded but out of it we learned respect and responsibility. And boy o boy did we drink a lot of Kool Aid in the hot Okanagan sun.
 

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There is and old cliché that reminds me of, I do believe it it goes something like
"I forgot more then you will ever know"
-Point is I must know a lot of that "stuff" being over 60 .
- But I don't remember a lot of it :(
- Or perhaps I don't want to :D
 

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Feeling old ?

Yes times have changed and I for one don't think it is all for the better.
I will be 54 this month and I can rember taking a gun to school and using it at the shooting range inside the building. We NEVER thought of using it for any other purpose. If you got out of hand you got in trouble at school and got into even more when you got home. Yes I'm getting older and would not want to trade those experinces for a chance to do it over again in todays world unless I had all the knowledge that I now have to start out with then I'm not sure that would be enough 8)
 

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allwalk said:
Just to make you feel older I turned 42 yesterday <snip>
Belated :eek:ccasion4: Allan!!!
 

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Yeah Allan - heres hoping you had a good one! :)
 

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I recently received the USA version of the same thoughts.

First, we survived being born to mothers who
took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, and
didn't get tested for diabetes. Then our baby
cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no
childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up 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, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it,
but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! 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 O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride
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, X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
rooms. . . WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! 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!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents. We made up games with sticks and tennis
balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did
not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever.

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!

This generation has 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.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

Send this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own
good.



And our children think we just don't get it. If only they knew.

Janine
 

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All true. And we burned our trash in an incinerator (old steel barrel) in the back yard. We also burned our leaves at the curb after raking them in the Fall. I used to relish the aroma of leaded gasoline. Medicine containers and lighters were not "child proofed". Most of our toys would be considered too dangerous for today's children to have.

And my mother would let us put on bathing trunks and go out and play in the huge puddles during thunder storms. :shock:
 

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Getting old...

I too remember the "good ol' days". My brother and I used to ride our bikes sometimes 20 miles a day after school. In the winter we rollerskated or went sledding. My first skateboard was a piece of wood with rollerskate trucks screwed to it. I tucked my hair up under my cap so I could play baseball with the boys...we had a black and white tv until I was 10 or so.

I read books for fun, bought reel to reel tapes, records and 8 tracks...(still have a phonograph with a built in 8 track player!) We got dirty, feared our teachers, the law and most of all our parents. I remember movie drive ins, A&W Rootbeer delivered on roller skates, Superman, Lassie, Flipper and Felix the Cat in black and white. We had a choice of 3 TV channels and none of them were cable. Our vacation pictures were black and white or "super 8". Going out to eat was a rare treat and privilage...even to McDonalds.

My kids both know what record albums and tapes are, they love "The King", reading books and know how to ride a bike... They also know about other cultures and want to travel. We are waiting until Sarah is a bit older and can appreciate seeing how other people live. Most of all they know to respect their elders and to use their manners!

I am alarmed and ashamed that more people of my generation are not raising their families with the values we all [here] have been raised with.

Both Jack and I work but we still make time to introduce our children to travel, camping, swimming, sledding and other outdoor activities. Jack is an assistant scout leader and my son just earned his Tenderfoot.

Ok, off my soapbox now... :oops:
 

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And my mother would let us put on bathing trunks and go out and play in the huge puddles during thunder storms. :shock:
During the mid sixties, my parents let me surf - knowing full well that I couldn't swim a stroke! I guess they figured I either wouldn't wipe-out, or if I did, I'd wrap my tentacles around that board to stay afloat (which is pretty much how things worked out :D ).

Steve
 

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Thanks for the B'day wishes. It was a good one. I got a new humpbag (seatecs) for the Burg and I got this virtual brand new Joe Rocket Leather jacket . It was worn 3 times by previous owner and was about 1/3 the price of new New Riding Jacket
 

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Nice b'day presents Allan. Now we'll see if mother nature won't give you a gift of some good riding weather. 8)
 

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Nice one!
 

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Getting older (54) body complains of the years of dare devil action,creaking joints, aching back and cold weather getting into once broken bones.
Do I regret doing those things ? No way! I would do it all again tomorrow.
Football,Rally driving,Karate, Judo, Mountain biking,Motocross and that's not counting the kids stuff.

Ian :D
 
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