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Old 10-08-2002, 10:54 AM
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HOW DID WE SURVIVE?

Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we
have.

As children we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

Our baby cribs were painted with bright colored lead based paint.

We often chewed on the crib, ingesting the paint.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and
when we rode
our bikes we had no helmets.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We would spend hours building our go-carts
out of scraps and then rode 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 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.

We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really
hurt.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank sugar soda,
but we were never over weight; we were always outside playing.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as smart as others or didn't
work hard so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same
grade.

That generation produced some of the greatest risk-takers and
problem solvers.

We had the freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we
learned how to deal with it all.
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Old 10-08-2002, 10:57 AM
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Ah-men!!
 
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Old 10-08-2002, 11:09 AM
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i second that brother . .i was tought to learn from my mistakes and take responsiblity for my own actions. . . .how the hell did i get this far in one piece. man i did some stupid stuff in my day . . .but it sure was fun
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Along comes technology and there are all these little whiney ass brats who play computer games all day long and eat cheeto's. Through temper tantrums when they dont get their way and the parents cant do a damn thing for fear of being reported to child services for abuse!!!
Hell back when i was growing up we had the fear of being beat to a pulp in us! If you screwed up, YOU WERE GONNA GET WHOOPED! no if's, and's, or buts!.....well, sore butts but thats the way things were!
I dont understand where things took a turn for the worse? I think it was somewhere around 1990 during my Senior year of Highschool that i noticed all these little kids coming to school (freshman) man i remember my first year as a freshman and we were just a tad smaller hieght wise then the Seniors.....these little kids looked like they just got out of 6th grade!!! And all of them looked pale like they have never seen the sun! All from sitting inside and playing games! I think they should maybe put a limit to some of the game technology so these kids get bored and actually get outside and do normal kid things!
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Old 10-08-2002, 11:27 AM
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and dont forget,our parents could woop our a#$%......and I never figured out that brakes thing on my go cart.....I let my little brothers try them out first.......and dont forget...the cars were made of real metal then,not recycled beer and soda cans!!!!


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AMEN. I think it was called personal responsibility. Today, everybody is a damn victim of something and needs time to heal along with a financial settlement.

I remember too, growing up, that I was guilty until proven innocent . These days, all you hear parents say is "not my Johnny". No, really lady your little Johnny is a pain in the *&^*%$ ass.

God I sound old

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Old 10-08-2002, 12:08 PM
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The bottom line is we were just lucky because everyone knows that “It Takes A Village” to raise children these days to protect them against all the things that were common when we were growing up, such as:

Asbestos – all public buildings, including my schools were insulated with asbestos.

DDT – yes we sprayed bugs with it and I ate food that had been sprayed with (as well as dirt).

Lead Paint – already mentioned.

Walk/Don’t Walk Signs – If a car or truck was coming we didn’t walk in front of it.

Trigger Locks – once you showed common sense your Dad taught you how to handle a gun.

Knee/Elbow Pads – Hey I was proud of my scabs and scars.

Hazardous Warnings on Toys – You didn’t have to tell me how to play with a toy.
 
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Sometimes progression is counter productive. I hate the f*&%ing feel good mentality with "positive reinforcement". Bull****, you can't cut it, get left behind and "FIGURE IT OUT". It used to make us try harder. Nowadays, it makes WHINE and COMPLAIN HARDER! Funny thing...if you took all the money in the country and distributed it equally to everyone, I would bet doallrs to donuts, that in 5 years, those who have it now, would have it again. If you can't and won't suck it up and deal with it, and work harder the next time, I feel no pity nor sense of urgency to bail you out. If you are looking for a hand out, move to a socialist country. We are capitalists, risk takers and comprised of individuals that have made untold sacrifices to get where we are, and I will not let you take it away because you are too god damned lazy to make it happen on your own! I will not tell you how good you are when you suck. I will tell you what I was told, if you would like to do better, try harder, make sacrifices and work at it. If you are not willing to apply yourself, it is no one else's fault but your own. DEAL WITH IT! No one owes you a thing. You owe alot to others, so get your ass in gear.

I'll step off my soap box now.

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"As children we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags."
Maybe our parents were better drivers than we give credit for. Remeber, back then the speed limits were a lot higher thatn now.

'Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat."

You bet! But I remeber being taught the dangers of doing that back in the 3rd grade.

"Our baby cribs were painted with bright colored lead based paint. We often chewed on the crib, ingesting the paint."
Lead poisoning wasn't a concern I guess.

"We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets."
I as properly disciplined to not touch anything in the medicine cabinet.
It's just our government protecting us from ourselves. Lord knows I banged my head enough.

"We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle."
Bottled water was for rich and frivolous.

"We would spend hours building our go-carts
out of scraps and then rode 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."

Ah, backyard mechanics. No place better to learn about physics.


"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."

I too was that way. Out playing, riding my bike, building forts in the woods, climbing trees, etc
Todays parks a recreation areas are no longer safe. They've been taken over by punks and drug dealers. Anybody that hangs out in those places long enough is loitering and labled a trouble maker.

"We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really
hurt."

Today that calls for a lawsuit. Todays kids are mostly pansies, can't take a hit and keep on going.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank sugar soda,
but we were never over weight; we were always outside playing."

That's the thing, we were outside playing, burning it off. Todays kids are kept indoors, seated in front ot the TV or computer playing video games munching on junk foods. Our parents, mine anyway, made us go out to play. Unless it was raining I was always outside.

"Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment."

Disappoinment is part of life. Learn to deal with it and learn fom it. It makes you strive to be better. The ones that always got what they wanted were called spoiled.

"Some students weren't as smart as others or didn't
work hard so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade."

Hell yes. I stayed back once (first grade) and even had to do summer school for failing freshman year high school. Obviously I'm not afraid to admit it either. I see nothing wrong with it. Failure is good it teaches us to work harder.

Wally made a good point:
"Along comes technology and there are all these little whiney ass brats who play computer games all day long and eat cheeto's. Through temper tantrums when they dont get their way and the parents cant do a damn thing for fear of being reported to child services for abuse!!!"
Goes back to not making the kids go out to play. TV makes a great babysitter but a poor substitute for human interaction.
If i got out of hand, WHAM!!,I got hit. Didn't matter if it's in public or private.

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Wally made a good point:
"Along comes technology and there are all these little whiney ass brats who play computer games all day long and eat cheeto's. Through temper tantrums when they dont get their way and the parents cant do a damn thing for fear of being reported to child services for abuse!!!"
Goes back to not making the kids go out to play. TV makes a great babysitter but a poor substitute for human interaction.
If i got out of hand, WHAM!!,I got hit. Didn't matter if it's in public or private.
Ain't that the truth, and if it DIDN'T happen in public you knew private was gonna be hell!!!
 
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