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Old 02-06-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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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 clackers' on our wheels. (I think you will find they were known as spokey dokeys - some old git wrote this)

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 pop 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 Internet chat rooms. We had friends -we went outside and found them.


We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no
lawsuits.

We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other
parents.

We played knock-down-ginger and were afraid of the owners catching us.

We walked to friend's 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 up 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
1983........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 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, Red Hand 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 don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

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 stories 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...

...I'm only 24 but this is sooo true..made me smile.
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Old 02-08-2004, 03:46 PM   #2
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Im only 22, born in 1982 for those of you too old to remember math :lol: but a lot of those things mentioned for someone born in 83 to not remember arent necessarily true....I had black and white tvs, i didnt have video gamesuntil i was 12, and then i had atari, intellivision, and straight up nintendo...ghetto by anyones standard(although still the best) I was forced to play outside, build things, try things, and get hurt failing. had fistfights, only had one car, no cell phones, had bicycles. Stuck cards in the spokes because my spoke sliders werent enough. listened to plenty of the music listed as "unheard of" above. anyway...the fact of the matter is...i think you need to start "todays youth" a little younger...say 1985-86.
just because those things were all available...it wasnt the norm to have them all. NOwadays....its like a requirement for life if you ask a kid whos 2 and barely talks....he knows "on computer" thats greek to a 5 yr old in early eighties...we had "green screens"
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:39 AM   #3
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Man, reading that post brought back a whole bunch of memories. I was born in '64. So I can identify with that and quite a few other things. Hippies, watergate,the end of Vietnam, The Ed sullivan show, Big block V8s with no pollution controls and only one vacuum hose for timing advance on the distributor. Hey, and how 'bout 8 track players and those crazy beehive hairdos :lol: Hell yeah..... I'm gettin old. 8)

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Old 02-10-2004, 02:08 AM   #4
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Eight track tape players!

Somewhere at my mother's house is a mint condition Panasonic Dynamite Eight 8-track player!!

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Old 02-10-2004, 10:22 AM   #5
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WOW! Marcel, you really are old! :twisted:


(I now feel much better being only born in 67)
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Old 02-10-2004, 11:11 AM   #6
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sorry but that is not true (the last part that is): i am born in december 1983 and we didn't have CD's from the beginning, I never knew AIDS excisted until Freddy Mercury died :cry: , I knew that MJ was in fact a black man turning white because of some disease, I knew al about Germany (my country is next to them ), life before computers: we got our first computer in 1997 so I know a lot from before: we were also playing outside all day long etc etc etc

so drawing the line since the year 1983 is not correct: (almost) everything you said about the old generation I did myself when I was young (bringing you to school? you can walk can't you? that is what my parents said).

man i feel old
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:28 PM   #7
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Don't take it all so literally...it's meant as a bit of fun. Some parts may apply to you, while others will not. This was written by a British person about life in Britain so there are some parts that you won't relate to.
I'd like to point out that I didn't write this, I'm merely passing it on.
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:02 PM   #8
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[code:1:0ba670c864]They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda Carlisle. [/code:1:0ba670c864]

Wait...is this supposed to be a bad thing?

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Old 02-10-2004, 01:43 PM   #9
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I played outside until the street light came on. We went to the Frito mans house to get chips and did not worry about what he might do to us. We rollerskated ALOT. You were really popular if you had the Mork and Mindy suspenders (I did). You were also really popular if you had a portable record player (Mine was white and orange). We competed to see who had the most 45's (I never did). We danced around singing "Oh Mickey" while playing red rover. Cartoons were on Saturdays only. Wasn't School House Rock the Best? I stayed up till midnite just to see Friday Night Videos. I went to see Star Wars at the drive in, in my jammies. We wore out the 8 track of the Grease soundtrack.
I'll be 32 this year. Those were good times....
I only wish my kids could have had it that good...
Now, Nintendo rules the world, along with Cartoon Network...
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I plead the 5th amendment on this one.... it might incriminate me :lol:
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Rick Astley??

How about Jon Astley!!

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When I was in High School I wore a Buck 110 folding knife on my belt as did at least 75% of the male student population. No one thought anything of it. It was a rural HS and we all came to school after milking the cows or other farm chores and went home to do the same. I also kept my .22 cal target rifle in a case in my locker with a minimum of 500 rounds of ammo. And nothing was said about this either. We could bring our rifles and shotguns into the school if we had a permission slip from our parents and the Principal, and had passed the hunter safety course. The firearm had to be in a case and unloaded.

Needless to say that anyone attempting a school shooting at that school at that time would have died rather quickly.
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Is it an NJ thing or does anyone else remember Milk Machines?

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I remember milk machines in school. I also remember sandwich machines. Gross!
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By us, Milk Machines were these big (at least they seemed big to me at the time) refridgerators that were located on some corners throught the city of Paterson. You would walk to the corner, drop in your change and get 1/2 gallon of milk!

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