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Old 10-17-2006, 06:50 AM   #1
Ryan Atkins
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Hey everyone,

My wife saw this posted at work and read it to me over the phone. I thought it was amusing, so I asked her to copy it so I could post it here. I'd quote a source, but none was indicated on the sheets:

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-
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 infants & children,
we would ride in cars
with no car seats
booster seats, 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, white
bread and real butter
and drank koolade
made with sugar, 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,
Playstations,
Nintendo's, X-boxes,
no video games at all,
no 150 channels on
cable, no video
movies or DVD's, no
surround-sound,
CD's or Ipods, no cell
phones!, no personal
computers, no
Internet or chat
rooms......

WE HAD FRIENDS
and we went outside
to find them!

We fell out of trees, got cut,
broke bones and teeth and
there were no
lawsuits from these
accidents.

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.

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

And 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 throught the house with
scissors, doesn't it?





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Old 10-17-2006, 07:21 AM   #2
Barry Cooper
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No arguments here. Our playground had a see-saw, merry-go round and monkey bars on asphalt. We played a game we called Smear the (Sexual Minority, NTTAWWT) which involved tackling each other constantly, on asphalt. I skinned my hands and knees constantly. I was always raw somewhere. Somebody was always going to the nurse. But nobody died.

I've been in full-blown curmudgeon mode for about a week because they passed a no-smoking ban. I expect that sort of thing in the People's Republic of California, but this is redneck country. Is there nowhere safe from people trying to save my body at the expense of my soul? I'm not exactly a smoker, but a smoky blues bar without the smoke just isn't the same.

People smoked in the old days because nobody expected to live forever. Now they are going to start building up plastic rooms with bubbles for germs.

I'm more than half serious.
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Old 10-17-2006, 07:37 AM   #3
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Little League had tryouts
and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn't had
to learn to deal with
disappointment. Imagine
that!!

Yeah, wow, imagine that. All that did was to make you work even harder to make the team next time.

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.

Or even learning how to fix your own bikes. My daughters were shocked when I was able to put a bicycle chain back on their bikes. I told them that I use to do this type of stuff and more when I was their age. I’m not a bout to pay the Bike Doctor $50.00 for a 5 minute fix.

when we
rode our bikes, we had no
helmets,

Don’t even get me started on this one. My daughters never wore helmets and yet….they are still alive, wow.

They actually sided with
the law!

Ha, getting picked up by the police was a walk in the park. Because once they rang you door bell and your father or mother answered it, then you can really kiss your a$$ goodbye after the police left. And don't even think about bringing home a bad report card.:crybaby0:

We fell out of trees, got cut,
broke bones and teeth and
there were no
lawsuits from these
accidents.

My father would tell my brother and I that if we got hurt it was our own stupid faults or yell at us as he drove us all the way to the hospital. Then we would get grounded when we got back home….ahhhhh, those were the days. My father would also say that adversities makes you tough.

Good Stuff Ryan. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.:rofl:
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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and we all ate lead paint and it did not make us dumberer
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Old 10-17-2006, 08:38 AM   #5
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"Is there nowhere safe from people trying to save my body at the expense of my soul?"

That's a good line, I saved it. Thanks...

Howard
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:40 AM   #6
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LMAO Barry, we played Smear at my 20th high school reunion in July.

Didn't think about it at the time but it has all the makings of the official crossfit game. No time for specialization, gotta play offense and defense, catch your rest when you can.


HMMMM.
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Old 10-17-2006, 09:49 AM   #7
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Michael,

I'm going to hazard a guess alcohol was involved.

It's a thing of beauty, though. It's like rugby without the messiness of rules.

Howard,

Thanks!!! Related quote, not from me: there's a thin line between hard and dumb, and we're just the ones to cross it. Oldy but goody.
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:10 PM   #8
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Wow, I was just complaining to my mom about this exact post, now it seems we blame kids for their problems...
Really, it isn't the kids calling on all the changes that are described here, it's the parents who were born in 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's. You don't have to buy your kid a playstation, you can let them bruise and scrape their knees, you can let them eat dirt and unwashed veggies, you don't have to file a class action suit when your kid doesn't make the team, you don't have to be an loud abusive overbearing parent in the stands yelling at the ref and getting into fights with other parents, it's not the kids that are lobbying governments to put in regulations...

I'm not saying that you guys do that exact thing but I'm just putting a different spin on it,
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Old 10-18-2006, 11:49 PM   #9
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I'm 24 and I think I was on the cusp of all the changes. I grew up outside, threw rocks, climbed trees, got in snowball fights, etc. I think it was in 4th grade that this vague concept of "self-esteem" started getting thrown around. Only some of our computers had color screens, but they were still lame enough that playing outside was better.
The kids I see in my neighborhood today pull their backpacks behind them, which have wheels on them. They have motorized Razor scooters, iPods, etc. However, I've talked to a few of these kids and I'm surprised at how thoughtful and nice they are. They are reading at much earlier ages and seem pretty interested in learning about science, computers and are aware of world events. I think they are adapting to a new society and are developing strengths in areas that were irrelevant or non-existant when I was a kid. But there are also a few athletic kids in my neighborhood, so I guess that is one thing that will never change. Perhaps it is parents that have changed the most...
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:56 AM   #10
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I love my kids doctor. She likes seeing skinned knees on kids. She says it is a sign of being active.

Just last week I received a call from the school health nurse because my kid knocked out his front tooth. I arrived at the nurses office and they seemed worried that a lawsuit was pending. The nurse appeared relieved when I told her kids will be kids.
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