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Old 07-01-2003, 02:45 PM
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According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids or locks 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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

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

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

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 street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

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, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or
broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors, ever.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility --- and we learned how to deal with it. And you're one of them!
Congratulations.

Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before lawyers and government regulated our lives for our own good !!!

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SO TRUE SO TRUE!!!!!!!
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How did we survive ???

Good question. The old-fashioned, toughened, common sense way. No *****s back in the day.

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Sheesh!! I'm old enough you don't have to remind me... But then...(now I'll sound old)...Those were the good ol' daze!!!..and....most of them still are....Aren't they??
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how did we survive? The fear of death by gettin a beating from our parents!! Thats how!!!
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how did we survive? The fear of death by gettin a beating from our parents!! Thats how!!!
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That whole picture changed before my eyes... I was born in '76.
ATARI just came out when I was a kid... and we didn't even consider sitting in front of the thing all day...
Oh, I was never FAT! I am not FAT.

My Dad had slingshots and BB guns when he was a kid... Yeah, they drew blood.
Let's just say that I knew this kid that got suspended from high school for blasting the class bully in the Azz and cheek with a BB gun. The class was freed from his bullying, and "the gun slinger" got 10 days out, and was made an example of in school (by the administration).

Today... Today that BB gun toting guy would have been sent to court, and probably spend a year under house arrest...


Someone really had their head together when they wrote that...
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So true. How many of you guys followed behind the mosquito man on your bikes with the smoke so thick you could not see a foot in front of you.
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So true. How many of you guys followed behind the mosquito man on your bikes with the smoke so thick you could not see a foot in front of you.
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Yep, only in Jersey...Been there!
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